Public Safety

  • Fire marshal receives fire prevention grant

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Andrew Thompson received a fire prevention grant from FM Global to purchase a fire investigation hydrocarbon detector.

    FM Global offers financial support to organizations that work to combat fire loses through a fire prevention grant program to support national, state, regional, local and community organizations.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2018

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

    Oct. 31

    Report taken on West Canal Drive about obtaining property by false pretense. Victim paid for work on his home and subject never came back to do the work.

    Nov. 1

    Report taken on Elderberry Lane about breaking and entering a motor vehicle. Unknown subject(s) entered vehicle and took some coins from inside the center console.

  • Duke Energy to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant will be tested between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be sounded at least once during the test at full volume. Residents will hear an audible tone lasting for about three minutes.

    This full volume test is performed annually, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Agents arrest two men after attempted Calabash traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested two men after an attempted traffic stop in Calabash on Friday night yielded the seizure of three guns and 2.5 grams of cocaine.

    Quinton Demarr Richburg, aka Quinta D. Richburg, 24, of Brooks Court in Shallotte is charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, and two counts each of possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Oct. 7-22 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    Oct. 7

    Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle on Shoreline Drive.

    Oct. 15

    Breaking and entering a vehicle reported on Wyndfall Drive; $40 in coins reported stolen.

    Oct. 16

    Report taken off Magnolia Drive about someone being threatened.

    Oct. 18

    Report taken on Lakeshore Drive about stolen golf clubs.

    Oct. 20

    Felicisimio C. Santos, 37, of Main Street, Shallotte, was arrested on a driving while impaired charge.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant siren tests planned

    The outdoor warning sirens within the 10-mile area around Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested over the next several weeks.

    The tests will be full-volume and last about five to 10 seconds. The work will be conducted Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Since the sirens will be tested individually, there is no specific time when residents can expect to hear the sirens.

  • Woman charged with killing her mother in Oak Island

    Oak Island police arrested a woman in the slaying of her mother last Thursday morning.

    Julia Louise Copenhaver, 24, of Chatham Street in Springfield, Va.,is charged with first-degree murder, according to records at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, where she was booked at 4:45 p.m. Oct. 25 and is being held without bail.

    A warrant shows she “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did of malice and forethought kill and murder Susan Louise Copenhaver” on Oct. 25.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    Oct. 8

    Michael William Appleby Jr., 35, was arrested on a felony warrant.

    Shoplifting clothing worth $264 in pants and a purse at Belk on Shallotte Crossing Parkway.

    Oct. 9

    Rakeen Deshawn Ratchford, 27, was arrested on a felony warrant.

    Oct. 11

  • Leland Police reports

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

    Oct. 4

    Breaking and entering and larceny of a wallet including $10 cash, credit cards and a driver’s license from a motor vehicle on Jansen Lane.

    Oct. 5

    Charles Alan Kiess, 71, of Crestfield Way, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of driving while impaired and failure to stop at the scene of a crash.

  • USDA launches interactive tool on opioid crisis

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched an interactive data tool to help community leaders build grassroots strategies to address the opioid epidemic.

    The opioid misuse Community Assessment Tool enables users to overlay substance misuse data against socioeconomic, census and other public information. This data will help leaders, researchers and policymakers assess what actions will be most effective in addressing the opioid crisis at the local level.