FOR RELEASE: BCSO Arrest Bolivia Woman for Trafficking Cocaine

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force arrested a Bolivia woman on Thursday night on multiple drug charges. The arrest came during a vehicle stop on HWY 17 near Calabash and was the result of a brief investigation into numerous complaints from the community.

Sherry Marie Gilbert, 40, of Clemmons Rd., SE in Bolivia was charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, one count of PWIMSD cocaine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Over 57 grams of cocaine with a street value over nearly $6,000 was seized as well as a Cadilac Escalade.

Gilbert is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $210,000.00 secured bond.

FOR RELEASE: BCSO Seeking Information in Connection to Theft at Lowes Home Improvement

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individuals responsible for taking numerous tools from the Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in Southport and Wilmington. The incidents took place on 09/19/2013.

Attached are photos from surveillance videos of the individuals suspected of taking the tools.

Anyone who might recognize the individuals or vehicle (thought to be a Toyota Yaris) in the photos or anyone the with information should contact Det. Holly Locklear with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 910-880-4950.

Three Men in Custody After Brief Chase

Three men have been taken into custody in Brunswick County after a brief vehicle chase which came to an end after officers performed a PIT maneuver.

The incident took place at approximately 9pm Tuesday evening in the area of the Hwy 74/76 overpass in Leland. The driver of the vehicle, Kyerick Tashaun Sweet, 20, of 7th Street, Wilmington will be charged with PWIMSD heroin, conspiracy to traffic heroin, felony fleeing to elude arrest, resisting, obstructing, or delaying a police officer, and careless and reckless driving. Further investigation as to possible gang involvement is also pending.

Malik Matthews, 17, of Alamosa Dr., Wilmington and Antwon Terrell Hansley, 19, of Ridgecrest Ln., Rocky Point will both be charged with PWIMSD heroin and conspiracy to traffic heroin. After a brief investigation, the vehicle Sweet was driving was suspected of transporting heroin between New Hanover and Brunswick Counties. 90 bags of heroin were found in the vehicle.

BCSO Detectives Make Multiple Arrests and Recover Approximately $20,000 Worth of Stolen Property

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit along with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force have made multiple arrests and issued charges in connection to a string of thefts in and around the Holden Beach area. Thirteen people have been arrested with two more wanted in connection to the these breaking-ins as well as various drug charges.

So far, approximately $20,000 worth of stolen property has been recovered by BCSO detectives.

Christopher Sean Evans, 25, Moore St., Supply
Arrested on 10/07/13 for probation violation and charged on 10/17/13 for breaking or entering, larceny after breaking or entering, and injury to real property. Evans is charged with breaking into a residence on Sabbath Home Rd., Supply and taking over $27,000 worth guns, ammunition and radio equipment. The incident took place around 10/03/13. Evans is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $20,000 bond.

Jeffrey Ryan Carlyle, 31, Sabbath Home Rd. SW, Supply
Arrested 10/11/13 for probation violation and charged on 10/17/13 for breaking or entering, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to real property, and possession of a firearm by a felon. Carlyle is charged with breaking into a home on Sabbath Home Rd., in Supply and taking over $27,000 worth of guns, ammunition and radio equipment. The incident took place around 10/03/13. Carlyle is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $55,000 bond.

Wesley Wade Leggett, 25, Green Pine Dr., Supply
Arrested on 10/14/13 for breaking and entering into a home on Covey Lane in Supply on 09/27/13. Leggett was held for a short time at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and then released on a $2000 bond.

Madison Nichole Walters, 21, Green Pine Dr., Supply
Arrested on 10/14/13 for breaking and or entering and larceny after breaking or entering. Walters is charged with breaking into a home on Covey Lane in Supply on 09/27/13 and taking a box fan. Walters was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $10,000 bond.

Omar Rivera, 21, Chadwick Landing, Shallotte
Arrested 10/12/13 for 3 counts of possession of stolen goods, 1 count of misdemeanor larceny, first degree burglary, and larceny after breaking or entering. Rivera is charged with breaking into a home on Jackson St., supply and taking a television on 10/12/13. Rivera is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $75,000 bond.

Jonathan Joel Valez, 19, Bacons Bluff, Supply
Arrested 10/12/13 for 3 counts of possession of stolen property and one count of resisting a pubic officer. Valez was also charged with multiple drug charges including two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of PWIMSD heroin, and two counts of selling/delivering heroin. Valez is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond.

Jonathan Blake Ferster, 21, Gray Bridge Rd., Shallotte
Arrested 10/17/13 for breaking and or entering, obtaining property by false pretenses, possession of burglary tools, larceny from the person, felony conspiracy (larceny from the person), two counts of breaking and or entering, and two counts of larceny after breaking or entering. Ferster is charged with breaking into a Shallotte Electric in Shallotte as well as a home on Glenburnie St. in Calabash and Sirwood Place in Sunset Beach and taking a gun, camera equipment and jewelry. These incidents occurred between 08/10/13 and 10/17/13. Ferster is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond.

Christina Nicole Ward, 21, Coastal Planes Rd., Supply
Ward is wanted for breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and or entering and misdemeanor larceny. Ward is charged with breaking into a residence on Secession Dr., in Supply and taking a television on 09/26/13. She is also wanted for taking a television from the Gray Gull Motel in Supply on 09/29/13. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Christina Nicole Ward should contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Heather Nicole Barnes, 22, Rutland Rd., Bolivia
Arrested on 10/15/13 for misdemeanor larceny of a television from the Gray Gull Motel in Supply on 09/29/13. Barnes is still wanted for breaking and or entering and larceny after breaking and or entering. Barnes is charged with breaking into a home on Seccession Dr. in Supply and taking a television. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Heather Nicole Barnes should contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Lovell Webster, 23, Strawberry Way, Shallotte
Arrested on 10/16/13 for PWIMSD marijuana, manufacture marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Webster was held and then released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $10,000 bond.

Brandon Clark Evans, 20, Moore St., Supply
Arrested on 10/11/13 for possession of drug paraphernalia and probation violation. Evans is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $20,500 bond.

Kenneth Leander Martin, 63, NW 8th St., Oak Island
Martin was arrested on 10/15/13 for PWIMSD marijuana, manufacture marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Martin was held for a short time and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $10,000 bond.

John Douglas Wagoner, 17, E. Oak Island Dr., Oak Island
Wagoner was arrested on 10/11/13 for PWIMSD marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Wagoner was held briefly at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released on a $5000 bond.

Kristopher Daniel Schultz, 27, Dockside Dr., Holden Beach
Arrested on 10/17/13 for probation violations, obtaining property under false pretense, and misdemeanor larceny. Schultz is charged with taking rims and tires from an individual. Schultz is currently being held under a $32,000 bond at the Brunswick County Detention Facility

*WANTED* *

Rachel Dawn Eades, 23, Green Pine Dr., Supply
Eades is wanted for breaking and or entering, larceny after breaking and or entering, and resisting a public officer. Eades is wanted for breaking into a home on Covey Lane in Supply and taking bedsheets and bathroom tissue on 09/27/13. Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Rachel Dawn Eades should contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office

 

BCSO Volunteers Reach New Highs and Save Taxpayer Dollars

tn_DSC_0375Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizen Volunteers achieved a historic high level of support in the first nine months of 2013.  As of September 30, 2013 volunteers had contributed nearly 13,600 hours at a value to taxpayers of nearly $230,700 in 13 functions in the Sheriff’s Office. The milestone establish is the eclipsing of the total 2012 year’s volunteer efforts by almost 300 hours and just over $25,800.00, with three months to go in the year  In addition the many volunteers devoted to the Animal Protective Services unit added another over 6,300 hours’ worth over $102,600.  This brings the total volunteer contribution to the Sheriff’s Office to nearly 20,000 hours, a contribution valued at over $333,300 if the functions had been performed by paid staff.  This offsets of over 15 man-years of additional operational support in lieu of an increase in paid positions.  The estimated cost of supporting the Volunteer Services program through these nine months is $61,000; covering the cost of uniforms, equipment, and two recently acquired replacement Citizen Patrol cars.

Outside of the Animal Protective Services Unit, the largest volunteer contribution is in the Administrative support area.  Working in a variety of tasks at the Bolivia headquarters and the two (2) sub-stations volunteers accomplished 3,559 hours

tn_DSC_9297This is closely followed by our highly visible Volunteer Observers Impacting Community Efforts (VOICE) Citizens Patrol program.  Over 50 unarmed citizen volunteers perform community observation patrols on a daily basis.  In addition they augment deputies by responding to traffic accidents for traffic control; conducting traffic control functions for special events; assisting with escort assignments; assisting stranded motorist; and conducting special patrol checks of businesses, parks, and schools among many other functions.  This program is designed to add trained observers to the community as a deterrent to crime and allow sworn law enforcement officers to be able to provide more focus on necessary law enforcement duties.  In the first nine months of 2013 these volunteers, operating four patrol cars, logged 41,475 miles on 425 patrols over 3,526 hours.  In the process they assisted 158 stranded motorists; responded to 41 traffic accidents, conducted 71 traffic control and 11 escort assignments; and conducted 781 special patrol checks. They also participated in 39 Community Outreach events with the Crime Prevention Unit.

The volunteers also serve at both the public lobby of the Detention Center and main entrance of the Courthouse.  There they work with an assigned deputy to screen visitors, answer questions, and provide information and directions. Volunteers worked 1469 hours at the Detention Center and 859 hours at the Courthouse as of the end of September.

Volunteers also support In-service and Basic Law Enforcement Training events, and Citizens’ Academy classes.  Community Outreach events allow volunteers to work with Crime Prevention Unit deputies in better informing the public about the Sheriff’s Office and the many programs available.  Typically these occur at community festivals, big and small, and business sponsored events.

tn_DSC_0335Volunteers also frequently accompany a deputy in transported patients that have been ordered involuntarily committed to a facility within the State.  By performing this duty it allows for one deputy or Detention Office per shift to remain in the County for an entire shift.  517 hours were contributed by 11 volunteers in the first 9 months of 2012.

We also have one volunteer that assists in the operation of the Sheriff’s helicopter.  He often flies as an observer and is a fully training Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) operator.  The Sheriff also recently added volunteers to the Marine Patrol Unit.  Functioning as additional crew members of the unit boats the augment the activities of the onboard deputies while patrolling the waterways of Brunswick County.  Began in late April, 8 volunteers have already logged 497 hours in this capacity.

tnDSC_0372We also have two specialized volunteer units.  A critical function is performed by our Chaplain’s Corps by providing spiritual support for employees, and victims of violent crime or accidents and their families.  Eight dedicated Brunswick County clergy make up this unit and have worked nearly 600 hours since January.  The other unit is a 4 volunteer team dedicated to the review of Unsolved Cases within the Sheriff’s Office.  This specialized team made up of retired law enforcement investigators has devoted 1179 hours on several cases and in support the Sheriff’s Office financial crimes and fraud detective.

Sheriff Ingram has often said “we could not do our job without these valuable volunteers”.  A total of 117 volunteers have contributed to these efforts in 2013, with 37 of them already in excess of 100 hours each for the year to date.  Collectively and individually this amounts to a 50% increase in hours contributed over 2012 results, and a 60% increase in value to the taxpayers, mainly due to the expanded number of functions.

BCSO Vice-Narcotics Task Force Make Heroin Arrest

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force has arrested Jonathan Joel Velez, 19, of Bacons Bluff, Supply for PWIMSD heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, simple possession of schedule II controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.

Over 90 bindles of heroin, a .22 revolver and over $2000 in cash were seized from the residence. The arrest took place on October 12.

Velez is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $100,000 bond.

Jonathan Velez

2013 Fall Festival

Please make plans to attend the 6th annual Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Fall Festival!

The festival is free to everyone.  Hot dogs, drinks, candy, hayrides, cake walk, pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, face painting, and all kinds of fun games!

Where: The Walking Trail in front of the Government Complex in Bolivia
When: October 31, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00pm

Fall Festival 2013 Flyer

BCSO 14th Citizen's Academy Graduates and Donates to Sheriff's Office Program

Sheriff John Ingram, along with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit, would like to congratulate the graduates of our 14thCitizen’s Academy. A graduation ceremony was held at the Brunswick County Courthouse last evening. Cynthia Tart, with Brunswick County Communities in Schools was guest speaker.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy is a ten week program that builds a better understanding between Law Enforcement and those we serve through a series of classroom presentations, community involvement and many hands on activities.

Additionally, during the ceremony, the graduates generously donated over $450 to our Project Lifesaver Program.

Project Lifesaver is a free program offered by the Sheriff’s Office, to caregivers of individuals with brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism, Down’s syndrome, or any other condition that causes one to wander. The program is completely funded by donations.

Sheriff Ingram: “I was truly touched by the generosity of this group of individuals. A donation like this speaks volumes about their sense of community and service. I am so proud of our Citizen’s Academy program and grateful for the individuals who chose to dedicate their time and energy into taking the class. Receiving a donation like this – from this group, it’s truly humbling!”

More information about Citizen’s Academy, Project Lifesaver, as well as many other programs and services offered by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office can be found on the Sheriff’s Office website at www.brunswicksheriff.com or by calling our Crime Prevention Unit at 910-253-2788.

Detectives BCSO Asking for Information on Fly Trap Farm Break In

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for any information in regards to a break in that occurred on September 25.

Sometime between the hours of 4:30pm on the 25th and 7:30am on the 26th, the greenhouses at Fly Trap Farm, located on Civietown Rd. in Supply, were broken into. Over 10,000 fly trap plants valued at approximately $65,000 were taken along with some tools.

Fly Trap Farm is offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this break in. Anyone with information should contact Det. Jason Fennell at 910-880-4895.

BCSO Detectives Arrest Two for Larceny

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have two subjects wanted for felony larceny.

Ryan Tyler Duffy, 21, of Holly Hill Dr. NE in Leland, was arrested today for taking $3,600 worth of metal from Devere Construction, a company based out of Raleigh. The company has a construction site in the Industrial Park area in Leland.

Duffy was processed into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and then released under a $10,000 bond.

Hunter Louis Preset was located and arrested last night. He was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $5,000 bond.