Navassa Shooting

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.

Second Amendment Statement

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

Two in Custody After Assault

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
AGE: 52
6579 Farm Meadows Dr,
Leland, NC

Bond: $5,000
-Assault with a Deadly Weapon
-Failure to Appear on Misdemeanor



Boyd Franklin Harrelson Jr, Age: 43
Bond: $180,000.00
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
Bond: $5,000.00
6543 Farm Meadows Dr, Leland, NC

-Assault With A Deadly Weapon

Grissett Charged in Longwood Homicide

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.


AGE: 51
7167 Farm Loop Path
Shallotte, NC
CHARGE: Murder
No Bond

Longwood Homicide

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.

Press Release


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.

Sheriff Ingram Graduates from 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.

Arrests Made in Connection to Hankins Death

Today March 7, 2012 the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested four individuals for Felony Inciting to Riot. These charges arise out of the events surrounding the death of Marcus Hankins at the Democratic Headquarters on April 15, 2011.The following suspects have been arrested:

Samar Peleek Gardner, 26, of 2988 Brown Road, Bolivia

Felony Inciting a Riot
$100,000 secured bond

SR’ Cedric Marquis Hewett, 22, of 765 Cedar Grove Road, Supply

Felony Inciting a Riot
$100,000 secured bond

Jamar Akeem Bethea, 18, of 73 McMilly Road, Shallotte

Felony Inciting a Riot
$100,000 secured bond

Michael Montray Frink, 18, of 176 Hickman Road, Calabash

Felony Inciting a Riot
$205,000 secured bond

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Tyrell James Webb

Felony Inciting a Riot
Arrest is pending

Rashen Georgell Bellamy

Felony Inciting a Riot
In custody of North Carolina Department of Corrections

Kelly Tolley, 21, of 455 Randolphville Road, Bolivia

Possession and the sale of alcohol without a license
Possession of spirituous liquor where such possession was not authorized by ABC law
$2,000 bond

Sheriff Ingram states, “The investigation into the death of Marcus Hankins will continue and anyone with information concerning this please contact Lieutenant Donna Simpson at (910)253-2732”.

Sex Offender App

The NC Dept of Justice has released an iphone app designed to offer the public a quick way to find registered sex offenders who live in North Carolina. This app is part of the Attorney General’s mission to protect and inform the citizens of North Carolina.

The app allows the user to search for offenders by GPS location and street address. It displays detailed information about a particular sex offender including their offenses and latest photos when available. The app also allows the user to signup for email alerts for a particular offender.

You can follow the link or search for the app on itunes for your iphone or ipad.

Sex Offender iphone app

Scam Alerts

We would like to remind everyone about various scams that have been affecting senior citizens.  Callers are advising that family members are in jail out of state and need money wired for bond.  Another scam involves callers who are attempting to obtain your sensitive personal information in order to provide medical equipment.

Never send or wire money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.

If you have information about a fraud, report it to state, local, or federal law enforcement agencies.