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Public Safety

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Oct. 3-7, 2018

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

    Oct. 3

    Breaking and entering on Inlet Drive.

    Oct. 6

    Breaking and entering on 17th Street.

    Oct. 7

    Breaking and entering on Shoreline Drive West.

  • Calabash Fire Department, September 2018

    During September, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 222 calls: four structure fires, five woods/brush fires, a vehicle fire, 20 fire alarms, 11 motor vehicle accidents, a rescue, 40 storm-related, two investigations, 29 citizen assistance, two mutual aid, three other and 104 EMS first-response calls.

  • Bolivia felon to serve more than 9 years for possessing drugs, weapons

    A federal judge sentenced a Bolivia felon Friday to more than nine years in prison for drug and weapon possession, according to a U.S Attorney’s Office news release.

    U.S. District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced 25-year-old Michael Montray Frink to 117 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

    Frink was charged by indictment with possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime in violation.

  • Federal judge sentences couple for distributing cocaine in Brunswick County

    A federal judge sentenced an Elon couple convicted of distributing cocaine in Brunswick County, according to a U.S Attorney’s Office news release.

    Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt on Wednesday sentenced 27-year-old Deonte Xavier Bigelow to 10 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release and 28-year-old Courtnae Shante Wiley to serve five years of probation.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Sept. 27-30 2018

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

    Sept. 27

    Windows reported broken out of several residences on Magnolia Drive. Following an investigation Alan Chance, 59, of Magnolia Drive, was arrested and charged with several counts of injury to real property.

    Sept. 28

    Garrison Patrick McDowell, 32, of Westbrook Drive was arrested on possession of a stolen vehicle charge.

    Sept. 30

  • Mold in buildings flooded by hurricane presents health risks

    As North Carolinians begin to clean up debris and building interiors that may have been exposed to flooding or standing water caused by Hurricane Florence, state health officials are cautioning them to be mindful of the hazards associated with mold and other contaminants that may be present inside homes and other buildings.

    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, mold growth should be cleaned up as quickly as possible and any water problems, such as leaks in roofs, walls and plumbing, should be fixed to help control moisture inside a building.

  • State sees surge in malicious email

    North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) reminds email users to eye electronic communications closely. Malicious emails sent to the state of North Carolina increased more than 60 percent during the days leading up to the landfall of Hurricane Florence, state chief risk officer Maria Thompson said.

  • Officials warn of repair scams after disaster

    Citizens should be aware that following large storms and weather events, scammers sometimes target residents in the affected areas, according to a Brunswick County news release.

    Brunswick County is not endorsing contractors or vendors, and Brunswick County Public Utilities has not authorized any vendors to make repairs to utility lines on their behalf.

    If citizens encounter someone making such a claim or suspect a scammer in Brunswick County, they can report it by calling 911, 253-2777 or 253-5383.

  • Death reported at Hurricane Florence shelter in Shallotte

    By Brian Slattery and Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writers

    Someone died at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte, which is in use as an emergency shelter during Hurricane Florence, on Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said all questions about the death should be directed to county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson.

  • Deputies arrest four in break-ins during hurricane

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested four men, including two charged in a fatal 2016 Shallotte crash, accused of breaking into cars and businesses during Hurricane Florence. 

    The sheriff's office received a call Thursday last night about break-ins in and around Carolina Shores and Calabash, spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Deputies arrested Devin Keither Harris, 21, and Justice William Harris, 18, and charged them each with breaking or entering a motor vehicle. They were each booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $5,000 bail.