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.
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”.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit recently made several arrests.
Rodrick Recirda Bryant, age 31 of Clay Branch Rd, Supply was arrested on 02/28/13 for one count possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance (approximately 0.9 grams of cocaine – included in Schedule II of the NC Controlled Substance act). Additionally, he was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia including digital scales, and 98 plastic baggies. In addition to the vehicle a search was also conducted at his residence. $308 was seized at the time of the arrest. Officers were conducting a vehicle stop, which lead to the arrest.
On 03/04/2013, Thomas Vincent Merrick, III, age 22 of Park Ave in Leland was arrested for one count Felony Possession of Cocaine, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of possession of a stolen firearm and one count of resisting a public officer. 6.2 grams of crack cocaine was seized as well as the vehicle that Merrick was operating.
Marcus Scarborough Spencer, age 42 of NC Hwy 55 in Durham was arrested on 03/01/13 for one count Possession with Intent to Manufacture, Sell and Deliver a controlled substance, namely 87 grams of Marijuana (Schedule VI of the NC Controlled Substance Act), one count Felony Possession of marijuana (more than one and one half ounces) and one count maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling a controlled substance (marijuana). Mr. Spencer was initially pulled over during a vehicle stop for inspection violation.
On Thursday, 02/28/2013 at approximately 6:30 p.m. the Brunswick County 911 center received a call that a person had been shot in the 500 block of Plum Street in Navassa. Upon arrival, Deputies found Kenneth Donell Moore, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the hip area. He was transported by ambulance, and it appears that his injuries are not life-threatening.
The initial investigation reveals that Mr. Moore was socializing with a group at the area of Plum Street and Main Street when some type of altercation erupted. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information available regarding suspects or motives.
To: The citizens of Brunswick County, North Carolina
The State of North Carolina
The United States of America
Recently I have received a number of inquiries regarding my position on the second amendment of the Constitution. As Sheriff of Brunswick County, I took an oath to support and defend the United States and North Carolina Constitutions. The citizens of Brunswick County entrusted their office of Sheriff to me, and I will not act inconsistent with my oath, nor will I allow anyone or group to infringe upon the rights of the citizens of Brunswick County afforded by the Constitution.
In today’s world, our society is plagued by acts of violence and criminals seeking to exploit those unprepared. I encourage our citizens to take ownership with regards to their personal safety and the safety of their families. Those seeking to legally arm themselves for personal protection should do so after carefully considering all options available. I support and encourage responsible and legal gun ownership and stand ready to assist the law abiding citizens of our county in processing the necessary documentation to purchase a firearm or obtain a concealed weapons permit. However, to the criminal element seeking to obtain any type of weapon, let this serve as your notice; attempt to do so in Brunswick County and you will be held accountable.
As our state and national leaders search for ways to reduce the ever increasing acts of violence occurring in our society, I pray they seek guidance from the Almighty to find lasting solutions without victimizing our citizens. Recent mass shootings and other acts of violence demonstrate the critical need for additional mental health treatment as we move forward. Additionally, we should vigorously seek out and prosecute criminals, especially those who choose to prey upon our society by aid of weapons. Violent acts committed by criminals and those suffering from mental illness should not be used as a platform to limit or ban the possession or use of weapons by law abiding citizens in our nation. The demonization of firearms will not solve the current crisis and if allowed to go unmolested will serve to expose the good people of our county, state and nation to illegal laws which will make it difficult if not impossible to protect themselves.
As Thomas Jefferson once said, “A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference.” As a citizen and as your Sheriff, it is my belief we can address the violence currently gripping our nation, by means of careful thought and looking to the root cause of the issues. Thank you, and may God Bless us all.
Sheriff John W. Ingram V
Brunswick County, North Carolina
Jan. 1, 2013 at 10:38pm, the Brunswick County Communication Center received a fight in progress call with baseball bats at 6524 Farm Meadows Rd, in Leland. Deputies were dispatched and upon arrival they found Hartford Talmage Sellers III age 26, unresponsive lying in the driveway at 6524 Farm Meadow Rd. He was transported to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Another subject, Boyd Harrelson age 43, was also transported to NHRMC, and later released.
On January 4th, 2013, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Detectives also arrested William Joseph Connolly for the assault on Hartford Talmage Sellers III, which occurred January 1st, 2013.
The victim in this case, Hartford Talmage Sellers III passed away on Friday, January 4. As a result, Boyd Franklin Harrelson, Jr has been charged with second degree Murder in the death of Mr. Sellers. Harrelson remains in the Brunswick County Detention Center. No bond has been set for the Second Degree Murder. The investigation is still on-going and further information will be released when it becomes available.
If anyone has information about this case that occurred January 1st, on Farm Meadows Rd, in Leland, please contact Lt. Donna Simpson at 910-880-4952 or 910-253-2777.
William Joseph Connolly
6579 Farm Meadows Dr,
-Assault with a Deadly Weapon
-Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor
Boyd Franklin Harrelson Jr, Age: 43
6543 Farm Meadows Dr, Leland, NC
-Second Degree Murder
-Assault With a Deadly Weapon With Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury
-Assault With Deadly Weapon Serious Injury
Nickolas Wayne Smith, Age: 21
6543 Farm Meadows Dr, Leland, NC
-Assault With A Deadly Weapon
Today at 2:00pm, at a media conference, Sheriff John Ingram announced that the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division has arrested Richard Hugh Grissett for the murder of Linnie Mae Ward, which occurred last Tuesday, November 13th.
Ingram commended detectives who have worked extremely hard, day and night, for the past 8 days, to solve this case. In closing, he asked that everyone please keep the family members of Ms. Ward in their thoughts and prayers.
RICHARD HUGH GRISSETT
7167 Farm Loop Path
Yesterday, November 13, 2012, at 12:03pm, Brunswick County deputies were dispatched to a death call at 1975 Gwynn Rd, NW, Longwood, NC. When the deputy arrived on scene, he was met by a relative who was there to check on Linnie Mae Ward, an 86 year old white female, who was found unresponsive.
After further investigation by detectives, an autopsy was requested to determine if foul play was suspected. Today, the autopsy report revealed that the death is a result of blunt force trauma and other injuries.
This is now considered a homicide investigation. Sheriff Ingram is offering a reward from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and has requested a Governor’s reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of subject(s) responsible for the death of Ms. Linnie Mae Ward.
Anyone with information please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-253-2777 or call Detective Kyle Jones at 910-880-4944.
Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram, V is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the ARREST and CONVICTION of the person or persons responsible for the death of Linnie Mae Ward.
This release is made jointly by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office
Phillip Kennedy was originally charged with felonious breaking and entering and with being an habitual felon. The court appointed defense counsel to represent him on these charges. Defense counsel filed a motion requesting an evaluation of Mr. Kennedy’s capacity to stand trial. This is a separate civil proceeding that is collateral to the criminal case. The Defendant was represented by the same attorney in both actions. That evaluation was done at Central Regional Hospital in July, 2011. Pursuant to that evaluation, the court in Brunswick County determined that Mr. Kennedy lacked capacity to stand trial at that time.
Subsequently, the court issued a civil order that Mr. Kennedy be involuntarily committed to Cherry Hospital in Wayne County for an additional evaluation and treatment. Mr. Kennedy was evaluated at Cherry Hospital in October, 2011. Because of the judicial determination that the defendant lacked capacity to stand trial, the State filed a dismissal with leave on the criminal charges in November, 2011. This dismissal did not resolve the civil commitment issues. At the time of this dismissal, Mr. Kennedy was not in the Brunswick County Jail and was being held at Cherry Hospital.
On December 14, the Superior Court in Brunswick County ordered Cherry Hospital to produce all medical records and documents related to their evaluation. The court further ordered that these records be made available, in a sealed condition, directly to the court. In December, 2011, additional civil hearings were held in Wayne County District Court and Mr. Kennedy was ordered back to the Brunswick County Jail. On December 15, Mr. Kennedy was returned to the Brunswick County Jail. It appears that no further court hearings were held in the civil commitment proceedings.
On June 7, 2012, a status review of the jail population was conducted by staff from the Sheriff’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office. During this review, it was discovered that the defendant was still being held in the Brunswick County Jail and that further civil hearings had not been conducted. On June 8, 2012, the charges were dismissed without leave and Mr. Kennedy was released from jail. A review of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office files indicates that no notice or authorization to release Mr. Kennedy was received by the Detention Facility prior to June 8, 2012.
As of this date, there has been no local judicial hearing to determine what further action should be taken concerning Mr. Kennedy’s future treatment. Until that determination has been made, it would be improper for further comments on these pending issues.
NORTH CAROLINA SHERIFFS’ ASSOCIATION SHERIFFS’ LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
Sheriff John W. Ingram, V of Brunswick County graduated on March 9, 2012 from the Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute. This training was sponsored by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association and funded through a grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission. Thirty-five sheriffs from across the state received their certificates at a ceremony held at the William and Ida Friday Center at the University of North Carolina
in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
The Sheriffs’ Leadership Institute consisted of four one-week training programs conducted over a period of two years. The first two weeks were designed primarily for newly-elected sheriffs and provided specific, technical skills necessary to assume the Office of Sheriff. The second two weeks were designed for newly-elected and experienced sheriffs to further their knowledge, skills, and abilities in the leadership and
management of the Sheriff’s Office.
This Institute is a national model and provided leadership and technical training, specifically designed for sheriffs, like no other training in the United States.
The Association Headquarters is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Edmond W. Caldwell, Jr. serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel.