Public Safety

  • 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.

  • 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