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Public Safety

  • Bolivia man gets 18 years for cocaine distribution

     

    Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced a Bolivia man Sept. 12 to 18 years in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

    Howard also ordered 43-year-old Davin Lamont Smith to six years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

    Smith was charged in a six-count superseding indictment March 22, 2017, and pleaded guilty to four counts April 11.

  • BBB study shows how fake check scams bait unwary consumers

    An in-depth study by the Better Business Bureau finds that while consumers may write fewer checks in this era of electronic financial transactions, fake check scams are on the rise. Fake checks are used in a variety of frauds, from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes fraud. In all cases, victims deposit the check and send money back to scammers. BBB warns consumers to be on guard against these serious and pervasive frauds and their perpetrators.

  • 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 police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 27

    Burglary, breaking and entering by entering the garage of a Village Road residence and stealing $450 in tools.

    Larceny of a case of water from the Circle K convenience store on Main Street.

    Candice Elaine White, 38, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of possession of stolen goods.

  • 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.

    Aug. 27

    Identity theft using the victim’s personal information to open accounts and incur $2,750 in debt.

    Simple assault by striking the victim in the face with an open palm in the parking lot of Piggly Wiggly shopping Center at 112 Village Road.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 27-Sept. 2, 2018

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

    Aug. 27

    Robin Rose Filpski, 61, of East Main Street was arrested on a charge of resist, delay and obstruct.

    Aug. 28

    Andrew Cruga, 47, of Lacota Road was arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge.

    Aug. 30

    Mark Huelle, 48, of Clubhouse Road was arrested for stealing a case of beer from Food Lion.

    Aug. 31

  • Federal judge sentences Shallotte man to more than 5 years for drug conspiracy

    A judge sentenced a Shallotte man Wednesday to more than five years in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

    Senior U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced 53-year-old Delmas Carlyle “Trampus” Gause, 53, to serve 71 months, followed by five years of supervised release, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    Aug. 16

    Property damage by opening a car door and hitting a parked car at Zaxby’s.

    Aug. 21

    Theft by switching price tags on $95.74 in clothing at Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    Theft by pushing shopping cart with $500 in merchandise out of the Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    Aug. 22

  • Leland Police reports

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

    Aug. 17

    Obtaining property by false pretenses and communicating threats by tricking the victim into spending $700 and threatening him at a South Palm Drive, Winnabow, residence.

    Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle by taking $150 from the victim’s belongings at a Garden Club Way residence.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 14-27 2018

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

    Aug. 14

    Cash reported missing from the register at Subway.

    Aug. 15

    Breaking and entering reported on Magnolia Street.

    Domestic situation reported on Sandpiper Bay Drive. Both subjects were advised of their rights.

    Breaking and entering reported on Dogwood Drive.

    Aug. 20

  • Sunset Beach man accused of raping child

    A Sunset Beach man is accused of raping a child.

    Melvin Martin Sheppard, 54, of Live Oak Drive was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with statutory sex offense with a child younger than 15 and two counts of first-degree rape of a child.

    Warrants show Sheppard committed the crimes between March 26, 2015 — when the child was 9 and he was 52 — and the date of his arrest.

    North Carolina Department of Public Safety records show Sheppard was convicted in October 1984 of common law robbery in Cleveland County.