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Public Safety

  • Watts to retire as county emergency services director

    Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts is retiring after 16 years with the county, effective Dec. 31, according to a county news release issued Tuesday.

    Watts served as Brunswick County Emergency Medical Services Division director for 12 years before being named emergency services director in 2014. He previously worked for Mecklenburg EMS and spent 16 years as a volunteer with Union Road Volunteer Fire Department in Gastonia, the last two years as chief.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 5-7, 2018

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Dec. 5

    Lois Henderson, 69, of 506 Dogwood Drive, Sunset Beach, arrested for DWI.

    Dec. 6

    Gregory Edward Leonard, 67, of 108 Discovery Lake Drive, Sunset Beach, arrested for assault on a female.

    Dec. 7

    Breaking-and-entering reported on Marlin Street. Unknown subject(s) entered residence and took several TVs.

  • Sunset Beach fire displaces residents

    A fire attributed to an electrical problem damaged an unoccupied townhouse in Sunset Beach on Friday night, displacing its residents until repairs can be done.

    The first fire engine responding to an alarm arrived at the scene on Queen Anne Street at 7:36 p.m. Dec. 7, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Paul Hasenmeier said.

    After smoke was spotted in the second and third-floor windows of the unit over Sunset Nails Salon, the incident was elevated to a fire call. Additional mutual-aid response engines from Calabash, Ocean Isle Beach and Grissettown fire departments arrived.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 30

    Ryan Lee Darby, 31, of Elvira Street in Fayetteville was extradited from J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., to face several financial card theft charges and several financial card fraud charges. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Center and held under $60,000 bail.

    Dec. 2

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Nov. 13

    Breaking and entering and stealing $1,100 in golf clubs from a South Willis Drive Rental Storage facility.

    Breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the parking lot of Wal-Mart on Main Street, causing $572.87 in damage.

    Nov. 14

    Identity theft using the victim’s information to obtain a Home Depot credit card.

    Larceny of $435 in electronics from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 8

    Terry Lynn Rogers, 42, of Chesnut Street, Wilmington, was cited on a misdemeanor shoplifting charge.

    Nov. 11

    Gabrielle Deshon Gause, 26, of Oak Lane was arrested on a warrant for arrest.

    Communicating threats and harassing phone calls to Harris Teeter on Olde Regent Way.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Nov. 9-18 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 9

    Breaking and entering on Live Oak Drive where several TVs were stolen.

    Nov. 10

    Breaking and entering on Live Oak Drive where several TVs were stolen.

    Nov. 13

    Breaking and entering a motor vehicle from which a handgun and radar detector were stolen.

    Attempted break-in at a Shoreline Drive West residence.

    Nov. 14

  • Bolivia man gets 17 years for drug trafficking

    A federal judge sentenced a Bolivia man to 17 years for drug trafficking in a case investigated by the FBI Coastal Carolina Criminal Enterprise Task Force.

    U.S. District Court Judge James C. Dever III also sentenced 50-year-old Rodney Troy Williams to five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon announced in a news release issued Nov. 16.

  • NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative under way

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative.

    The NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plate to pay for bike helmets that are distributed at bicycle safety events for underprivileged children.

    Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear one while biking, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent.

  • Animal collisions increase as temperatures cool

    The falling leaves and lower temperatures enjoyed in North Carolina’s autumnal seasons results in rising rates of deer collisions. Fall weather continues to correspond with high numbers of car accidents spurred by the darting of deer onto roadways, increasing the risks of vehicle damage and personal injuries.

    The reported number of animal-vehicle collisions in North Carolina in 2017 was 18,540 — 629 more than the year before. Brunswick County had the state’s 10th-highest number.