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Public Safety

  • Incidents investigated in Sunset Beach

    An Ocean Isle Beach man was arrested during a traffic stop Sunday in Sunset Beach.

    Alberto Gallegos, 29, of 6764 Beach Drive, was wanted on failure-to-appear and simple assault warrants, according to detective Joe Smith.

    Sunset Beach police also investigated a theft of a television reported Sunday at a unit on Resort Circle at The Colony II.

  • Leland man sentenced to federal prison

    A Leland man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for weapons and drug charges.

    Brunswick County assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said Bradley Maurice James of Leland was sentenced to 10 years and three months in federal prison in U.S. District Court in Wilmington on Nov. 10.

    During a Brunswick County jury trial February 2010, James was convicted of possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and possession with intent to distribute more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, Thomas said.

  • 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:

    •Burglary and larceny on North Ridge Drive in Supply; suspect entered victim’s home through a window and stole property, including jewelry, computer, flat-screen TV, iPod and digital camera.

    •Larceny and property damage on Stanley Road in Supply; suspect stole items and damaged victim’s property.

  • Two arrested for Ocean Isle Beach area break-ins

    Two suspects were recently arrested for a string of residential breaking and entering incidents reported in the Ocean Isle Beach area.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Del Routh said Sheriff John Ingram “has been putting a lot of emphasis on breaking and enterings in the county.”

  • B&E, larceny investigated in Sunset Beach

    The Sunset Beach Police Department is investigating a breaking-and-entering and larceny reported Nov. 5 on Live Oak Drive.

    Items reported stolen in the incident include a self-propelled push lawn mower, a tool box with tools, a socket set and an electric pressure washer.

  • 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:

    •Larceny and fraud on Ridgewood Drive in Calabash; suspect stole victim’s debit card and used it.

    •Armed robbery on Ocean Highway West in Calabash; suspect entered store stating he had a gun.

    •Burglary and larceny on Chris Street in Supply; suspect forcibly entered victim’s home and stole medication and a firearm.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering, felonious larceny and property damage on East First Street; suspect entered a residence and took a flat-screen TV.

    •Joe Mason Brown, 19, of 10172 Beach Drive, Calabash, was arrested for breaking and entering, felonious larceny and property damage.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Credit card fraud at Belk; suspect fraudulently used the victim’s credit card without permission.

    •Disturbance at Taco Bell; suspect entered an unmarked restricted area.

    •Shoplifting at Food Lion; suspect took steaks without paying.

  • Sunset Beach deputy chief retires

    SUNSET BEACH—Steve Smith, deputy chief of detectives for the Sunset Beach Police Department, has retired effective this past Monday, Oct. 31.

    Smith has been with the department for 13 years.

    Smith’s title is being retired as well.

    Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said Smith’s position will not be continued, but positions will be added for a detective and a patrolman in the town’s public safety department.

    Massey said Monday this is her decision and it will save the town money.

  • Six arrested in Sunset Beach

    Police made the following arrests reported over the past weekend:

    On Oct. 30, Thomas Peter Kronyak, 38, of Country Club Drive, Shallotte, was charged with DWI.

    Aaron Lee Vannatter, 21, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on outstanding warrants on two counts for failure to appear.

    Cori Otez Vaught, 21, of Eastbrook Avenue, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on warrants for child support.