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Public Safety

  • Sheriff’s detectives search for missing man

    Update: Welch returned to his home Thursday evening.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are searching for a missing man.

    Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives are searching for Charles “Mike” Welch, a 27-year-old white male.

    Stanley said Welch was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, near Black Bear Run in Supply driving a four-door silver Dodge Ram.

    Welch is 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has sandy blond hair and hazel eyes.

  • Calabash man charged after punching fist through column

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach police charged a Calabash man for damage to real property after he got mad and punched his fist through a stucco column.

    Anthony Bernard Sabatell, 19, was charged following the incident reported Aug. 24 on Resort Circle in The Colony II in Sunset Beach.

    According to a police report, Sabatell was charged following an argument with his ex-girlfriend.

    Police also charged Kenneth J. Gardner, 51, of Pennsylvania with DWI on Aug. 24.

  • Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week:

    •Tamara Maria Kelly, 33, of 1950 Old Ocean Highway Lot 22, Bolivia, was charged with possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Joseph Phillip Watkins, 46, of 1221 Easy St., Bolivia, was charged with four counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Watkins was taken to the detention center, where he was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • Sheriff’s helicopter credited for finding Alzheimer’s patient

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of the sheriff’s office helicopter Air One, rescued a missing subject in a thick wooded area of Ocean Isle Beach Sunday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 28, deputies responded to a home on East Northwind Drive in Ocean Isle Beach in reference to Gary Lynn Bragg, 72, who failed to return to his residence.

    Bragg, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, had been gone since about 4 p.m. that day.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Shooting into an occupied dwelling and property damage on First Street in Shallotte; suspect shot into victim’s residence while the victim was in the home. A Honda Civic and a couch were damaged from the shots.

    •Littering on Stone Chimney Road in Supply; suspect put three iron golf clubs in victim’s yard.

  • ATF, drug enforcement team joint investigation nets two arrests

    A joint investigation with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit and the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) led to the arrest of two local suspects this week.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said the year-long joint investigation ended with the execution of a search warrant at a Leland home.

    Around 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, agents executed the search warrant at 992 Ashland Way in the Windsor Park community.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Shooting into an occupied dwelling on 12th Street in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect shot at victim’s vacation home, causing $500 worth of damage to the home’s siding and sheetrock.

    •Larceny on Point Winward Place in Shallotte; suspect stole medication from victim’s safe.

  • Roving meat seller charged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Wilmington man was charged with driving while license revoked after someone complained about him going door-to-door selling meat.

    Matthew Duncan Kennedy, 28, was arrested after someone reported a suspect was going door-to-door soliciting customers to buy meat from the back of a small freezer truck. The incident was reported at the corner of Park and Holly streets on Aug. 19.

    Kennedy was released on $500 secured bond, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Father, son arrested after pharmacy robbery

    A father and son were recently arrested on several criminal charges.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said sheriff’s deputies responded to a robbery just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Remedy Shop Pharmacy, 925 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    The following day, detectives arrested James Hegedus, Sr., 41, of 7171 Westbrook Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, for his role in the robbery.

    His arrest led to the arrest of his son, James Michael Hegedus, Jr., 18, on a misdemeanor breaking and entering charge.

  • Leland man found dead in Waterford retention pond

    LELAND—A 46-year-old man was found dead in a retention pond in the Waterford community Wednesday afternoon.

    Leland Police Chief Timothy Jayne said Bobby Braxton Pierce, Jr., of 1006 Garden Club Way, Leland, was found dead around noon Wednesday, Aug. 17.

    Just before noon, Sgt. John Keel responded to Pierce’s home for a welfare check. After checking the residence, Keel then searched the front yard, back yard and patio and a retention pond behind the home.