BCSO Investigators Arrest 19 Year for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

On Friday July 25, 2014, Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested 19 year old James Rudolph Brown IV, of Earla Loop Road in Bolivia, for 1st degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

An investigation was initiated after Detectives received a report that sexually explicit photos of a juvenile female had been posted by an Instagram User. During the investigation Detectives learned that Brown had sent the pictures of the juvenile female to an Instagram account whose user then posted on line.

The investigation in this case is ongoing and more charges are expected to be filed. Brown was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond.

BCSO Detectives Asking for Public’s Assistance and for Victims/Witnesses to Come Forward

On Saturday, July 19, Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested Denzel Jamal Hill, 22 of Dogwood Lane NE in Leland, on multiple sex crimes including statutory rape, indecent liberties with a child as well as AWDWISI. He was placed in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $1,000,000.00 bond.

Since then, Hill has been charged with additional counts of rape, sex offenses, kidnapping, and AWDWISI involving the same victim, as well as an additional victim. His bond has been increased to $2,000,000.00.

During course of the investigation, detectives have learned of other unknown, potential victims of Hill. Detectives have also learned that there are witnesses to the some of the crimes in which he has been charged.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is requesting the help of the public to identify and locate other potential victims and/or witnesses involving Denzel Jamal Hill*. *All information provided will be kept confidential as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.*

Anyone with any information should contact Detective Ashley DiBella at 910-880-4871 or Detective Ronald Clarke at 910-386-7080.

BCSO Saddened by Loss of K9

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is saddened to report the passing of K9 Officer “Clyde”.

Clyde was part of the bloodhound team along with Deputies Josh Smith and Chris Powell, and canine sister “Bonnie”. Clyde was handled primarily by Deputy Powell.

Deputy Powell: *“Clyde had a very unique personality. He was a real go-getter. He was happy and loving and all he wanted to do was to please. He was a very hard worker, often working until he was too tired to go anymore. He was a very talented tracker and assisted in many searches over the years. This is a devastating loss for me. He will always hold a special place in my heart and will be greatly missed.”*

Clyde, along with his sister Bonnie, was donated to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. He was fostered and cared for by members of the Sheriff’s Office until he was ready for training. Deputy Powell worked with Clyde since his arrival. Clyde passed away over the weekend of natural causes.

BCSO Seeking Info on Stolen Trailer

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in finding the person’s responsible for taking a yellow Kraftsman, dual tandem trailer from Back to Normal Construction on Ocean Hwy West (HWY 17), Ocean Isle Beach.

At approximately 7am Tuesday morning, employees noticed the trailer missing. Surveillance video of the property shows three unknown male subjects entering the property and taking the trailer. They were possibly traveling in an orange or red Ford, four-door truck with a black flatbed and diamond plate toolboxes attached to the flatbed. Anyone with information should contact the Det. Ronald Clarke with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-386-7080.

South End Larcenies

The South End Task Force is asking for the public’s help in identifying the owner/driver of the vehicle pictured below. Subject is a person of interest in the larceny of a utility trailer from OIB and suspected of additional larcenies in the south end of the county.

Please call Detective Mike Murray at 910-880-4942 or Detective Brian Higgins at 910-443-5602 if you have any information.

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BCSO Executes Operation “Spring Sweep”

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice- Narcotics Unit conducted a mass “round up” of drug offenders this morning. A list of approximately seventy individuals with various drug offences was distributed at an early morning briefing.

Sheriff John Ingram: “An operation like this sends a very clear message from the citizens of our county. It is only possible with their help and assistance. The vast majority of the individuals who were apprehended this morning were a direct result of citizens calling into our office, submitting tips on our website, or alerting us in other ways of suspicious activity in their communities. We value the confidence placed in us by our citizens and ask that they stay vigilant in keeping us informed. No issue is too small – if it concerns them, it concerns the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.”

Over fifty offenders were placed under arrest and transported to the Brunswick County Detention Facility during Operation “Spring Sweep”.

Complete List of “Operation Spring Sweep” Roundup Charges (.pdf document)

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Golf Cart Inspection/Registration


“Booze It & Lose It” Checkpoint

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted a “Booze It and Lose It” checking station on Friday night (03/15/2013) at Hwy 74/76 West at the Brunswick River Bridge. This was the first checking station of the year and the first utilizing the Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Unit #7 or “BAT Mobile”.  Multiple agencies throughout the area participated in the operation. In addition to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, those agencies included New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Leland Police Department, NC State Highway Patrol, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department, Sunset Beach Police Department, Oak Island Police Department, Holden Beach Police Department, Whiteville Police Department, NC Probation and Parole, Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office and several representatives from the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program. A total of 55 charges were written during the operation according to operation supervisor First Sgt. William Caulk including:

Driving While Impaired:  17
Open container of alcohol:  2
No operator’s license:  7
Driving while license revoked:  5
Seat belt violation:  1
Child restraint violation:  1
Expired registration:  4
Expired inspection:  4
Allow unlicensed driver to drive:  1
Fail to register vehicle:  1
Possession of alcohol underage:  1
Possession of marijuana:  3
Possession of drug paraphernalia:  4
Possession with the intent to sell and deliver cocaine:  1
Manufacture cocaine:  1
Felony possession of cocaine:  1
Maintain a vehicle to keep cocaine:  1

Additionally, Patrick Deon Davis, 28, of Wilmington was arrested for DWI and then found to be wanted in New Hanover County for failing to appear on charges of manufacturing marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, possession with the intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintain a vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was transported to the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he was placed under a $50,000.00 secured bond.

Jarmall Akeem Collins, 28 of Whiteville was also arrested for trafficking in cocaine, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance (2 Hydrocodone 10mg pills), simple possession of schedule IV controlled substance (30 grams of crack/cocaine, 2 grams of marijuana), and possession of drug paraphernalia (digital scales). Collins is currently being detained at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $100,000 secured bond.

Taskforce Formed to Combat Impaired Driving

BITE Task Force

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram met recently with local law enforcement agencies including the NC State Highway Patrol, as well as representatives from the District Attorney’s Office.  Sheriff Ingram called the meeting in hopes of creating a collaborative taskforce to eliminate impaired drivers from the roadways.

Sheriff Ingram: “Impaired driving on the roadways of this county has got to stop. This is not about glory or recognition.  It’s about coming together as team to make the roads of this county safe for our citizens.”

In addition to representatives from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, attendees included the following: Caswell Beach Administrative Chief of Police George Kassler, City of Boiling Spring Lakes Chief of Police Randy Page, Town of Sunset Beach Chief of Police Lisa Massey, Town of Leland Police Department’s Det. Joe Pierce, Shallotte Police Department’s  Det. Ed Marti, Town of Holden Beach Police Department’s Det. Jeremy Dixon, Town of Ocean Isle Beach Chief of Police John Goodwin, Town of Oak Island Chief of Police Van Eddinger, NC State Highway Patrol’s Sgt. Matt Hardee, District Attorney Jon David, Assistant District Attorney Gina Essey and Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage.

At the conclusion of the meeting, it was decided that the collaborative group would be the Brunswick Interagency Taskforce Enforcement team (B.I.T.E).  The taskforce will be meeting again soon to discuss a plan of action.

Johnson Charged After Abandoning Dog


On February 22, 2013, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, along with the Town of Leland Animal Control, obtained into custody an Austrailian/Shepherd mixed canine. The animal was found abandoned by a real estate agent who was changing the locks in a foreclosed home. The dog was found in a wire crate and was found to be severely dehydrated and malnourished. He was also unable to move his back legs.

After a thorough investigation by Animal Protective Services Officer Cpl. Terri Ferguson, a warrant was issued for Tara Johnson, 35, of Leland. Johnson was taken into custody without incident and was charged on 03/05/13 with one count of cruelty to animals, namely intentionally depriving the animal of sustenance and one count of abandonment of an animal. She is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.

The dog, whom has been named “Springer” by the staff and animal specialists at Animal Services, is gaining weight and recovering. Lt. Tommy Tolley says “he is full of life and recovering wonderfully but has a long road ahead”.