Trish Elizabeth Whitley and baby have been safely located. Thank you for your help getting the word out.
Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Kyle Grant Pierce, 21, of Frink Lake Dr., Southport and owner/operator of East Coast Lawn Care out of the Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes area, and Tammy Pierce, 54, of the same address with several charges after an investigation over several months.
Tammy Pierce has been charged with six counts of Conspire Commit Felony Larceny (conspiring with Kyle Pierce to possess multiple stolen items) and two counts of Aid and Abed Obtain Property False Pretense (having known that a dump truck and tractor were not lawfully owned by Kyle Pierce). Tammy Pierce was in the Brunswick County Detention Facility but was released on 7/25 under a $2,500 bond.
Kyle Pierce was charged with four counts of Obtaining Property False Pretense, and two counts of Possession of Stolen Goods/Property (a tractor with bush hog worth $23,000 and an excavator worth $30,000). The incidents took place between 06/22/13 and 07/18/2013 This arrest was part of an on-going investigation over several months.
Kyle Pierce was previously charged with four counts of Possession Stolen Goods/Property which include a Skid Steer valued at $60,000 a front end loader attachment valued at $5,000, a bush hog valued at $3,000, and a John Deere Roller attachment valued at $10,000, along with two counts Felony Larceny which occurred between 05/10/13 thru 07/18/13. Kyle Pierce is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $50,000 bond. All together approximately $170,000 in reported stolen property has been recovered. Additional related charges are still pending.
Sheriff John Ingram, along with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit, is happy to announce a new and exciting program being offered by the Sheriff’s Office.
Rape Aggression Defense Systems or R.A.D. teaches basic physical self-defense for women. Certified R.A.D. Instructors Sgt. Bert Reaves and Dep. TK Nowell will be teaching realistic tactics for women to employ as an option for defending themselves in the event of a situation where their life is in jeopardy. The objective of R.A.D. according to its founder, Lawrence N. Nadeau is “to develop and enhance the options of self-defense, so they may become viable considerations to the woman who is attacked.”
“We are so grateful to Sheriff Ingram for supporting this program” says Sgt. Bert Reaves. “Dep. Nowell and I had the privilege of attending the certification class and in doing so, not only became certified instructors, but true believers in the R.A.D. System.”
Sgt. Reaves and Dep. Nowell obtained 30 hours of training in order to be certified. Only women and current law enforcement or active duty military personnel may become certified instructors. “As a woman, I feel truly empowered by R.A.D. and cannot wait to pass that along to other women”, said Dep. Nowell. “R.A.D. has given me some options or tools to use in the event of an attack, and that is empowering.”
The twelve hour class consists of a short lecture, followed by hands on instruction and ends with optional simulations (using protective gear). R.A.D. is offered *at no charge* to any woman in Brunswick County regardless of age (parental consent required for girls under the age of 18). Women who wish to find out more about the R.A.D. program or to find out when the next class will be offered should contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at 910-253-2708.
Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested Kyle Grant Pierce, 21, of Frink Lake Dr., Southport and owner/operator of East Coast Lawn Care out of the Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes area, with several charges after an investigation over several months.
Pierce has been charged with four counts of Possession Stolen Goods/Property which include a Skid Steer valued at $60,000 a front end loader attachment valued at $5,000, a bush hog valued at $3,000, and a John Deere Roller attachment valued at $10,000, along with two counts Felony Larceny which occurred between 05/10/13 thru 07/18/13.
Pierce is currently being held in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $30,000 bond. Additional related charges are pending.
It’s been just over a year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office acquired the Brunswick County Animal Shelter from the Health Department, thus becoming the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services (BCSOAPS). During that year, more than just the name has changed.
Since July 1, 2012, BCSOAPS has taken in 5,911 animals, which is 738 more than the previous year. Of the animals taken in, 2,422 were dogs and 3,191 were cats. BCSOAPS, with the help of volunteers and area rescue organizations, has placed 1,338 dogs and 416 cats. In total, 1,957 animals were placed during the past year which yields a 33% placement rate. This is just shy of the 35% goal the shelter was hoping to achieve. That, in part, is due to the influx of cats that were brought into the shelter during the spring. Last year, 965 out of 5173 animals were placed, yielding a placement rate of 18%.
Sheriff John Ingram on the progress the shelter has made: “I am so pleased and extremely proud of the progress that the shelter has made in just one year. This progress would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of Lt. Tommy Tolley and the fantastic staff at Animal Services, our many volunteers, rescue organizations and the community – including our children – many of whom have requested items for donation to our shelter in lieu of birthday presents. I would just like to encourage the citizens of Brunswick County, when looking for a family pet, to please consider adopting from our shelter or the many rescue groups in the county. I would also like to reiterate that spaying or neutering your pet is the only way to reduce the pet population, thus reducing the intake into our shelter. The fewer animals we take in, the fewer we must place.”
Cheri McLain of R.A.C.E., a community rescue group says the shelter has made a 100% turnaround over the past year. “The shelter is very receptive to suggestions from the area rescue groups. They have made so many wonderful changes including creating a more esthetically pleasing environment, utilizing the inmates to help keep the shelter clean, the staff and volunteers are so friendly. The attitude from the community has been so positive since the Sheriff’s Office acquired the shelter, largely because of the strong presence they have throughout the county. We are very lucky to have Sheriff Ingram. This was his vision. He made this happen. And we are excited to be a part of it.”
Ms. McLain goes on to say she is looking forward to more progress in the upcoming year. She said she would like to see an outdoor play area for cats to try to increase those adoptions. She also said multiple play areas for the dogs would be nice so that volunteers could take multiple dogs out a time. Ms. McLain says the dogs are more relaxed in their kennels when they have been exercised, thus more appealing to prospective adoptive families.
Shelter Director Lt. Tommy Tolley says that there are many goals for the upcoming year. In addition to increasing the placement rate, updating the grounds, completing the 14 acre walking track and some cosmetic updates within the shelter, there are plans for a memorial garden in which families can purchase memorial bricks online for their beloved pets.
Lt. Tommy Tolley, shelter director: “I am so grateful to Sheriff Ingram for all the support he has given us. This was truly his vision and without him, none of the success that we have had would be possible. I am also extremely thankful to all of our volunteers and rescue groups from throughout the county, whom without; progress would not be possible. Among the many kind gestures, Paws Place out of Boiling Spring Lakes donated a large vehicle so that we could transport animals to vet visits, adoption fairs or to the new Spay/Neuter Clinic. Ocean Isle Beach Collision painted it for us and The Sign Shoppe added the decals – all as donations to the shelter. Additionally, a Brunswick County citizen, who wanted no recognition, contributed $10,000 for the billboard on Highway 17 South and our mobile adoption trailer graphics (soon to be revealed). These are just two examples of how this wonderful community supports us. It’s really humbling and overwhelming.”
Tolley continues, reiterating Sheriff Ingram’s point: “Even though we have made great progress, there is still much to do. If we are going to increase our placement rate, we’ve got to decrease the amount of animals coming into our shelter, and part of that is going to have to come from the community. I cannot stress enough the importance of spaying or neutering your pets. It is the only way to control the pet population, thus keeping animals from ending up at the shelter and possibly being euthanized.”
Janie Withers is the president of Paws-Ability and a tireless supporter of the shelter and for the animals in our county. “We can’t fix what is already happening. That’s why it is so important to lay the groundwork for change in the future and we are accomplishing that. One of our goals concerning the shelter is to work to improve those statistics. And while much progress has been made, there is still much to do and it will not happen overnight. One way to improve the shelter statistics, and where we are focusing all of our efforts and funds for this year, is through the new Spay/Neuter Clinic. This is something that the community can truly be proud of. To have this type of clinic in Brunswick County is a true testament of the progressive and supportive community in which we reside. But the citizens have to utilize this resource. If the citizens don’t bring their pets to be spayed or neutered, the problem will continue and will worsen. If animals continue to be brought into the shelter in the volumes in which they have been, the county will have no choice but to continue to euthanize unwanted animals, and that is at the expense of the taxpayers. Controlling the animal population is everyone’s responsibility. I would encourage everyone to get involved somehow. If you don’t want to be directly involved with the animals, consider participating in one of our fundraisers to support the Spay/Neuter Clinic. Information on various upcoming events can be found on our website at www.paws-ability.org “.
Ms. Withers goes on to say that she is very pleased with the progress of BCSOAPS. She says that in the past year she has seen more of a “cooperative effort” between the different organizations and volunteers. They are beginning to trust the system and work together for change.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is located at 429 Green Swamp Rd. in Supply. Adoption hours and hours of operation can be found at http://aps.brunswicksheriff.com/shelter/. Also, anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter can visit http://aps.brunswicksheriff.com/volunteer/ for information and an application.
Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Coordinator Ted Carlsen recently released the Volunteer Services results for the first half of 2013.
From January 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers have logged over 13,000 hours with a value of over $215,000; thus a significant savings for the taxpayers of Brunswick County. These hours are spent in many different capacities including administrative responsibilities at the main office in Bolivia and the substations in Calabash and Leland, Animal Protective Services, V.O.I.C.E. Patrol, and many other areas where specific talents and previous experiences are utilized.
Sheriff Ingram: “I cannot express how grateful I am to the volunteers at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. We could not do our jobs without them. Their contributions are immeasurable. Their work ethic and dedication is humbling.”
Sheriff John Ingram and the entire Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Mr. Carlsen and each and every one of the volunteers for all of the exceptional things they do on a daily basis for the Sheriff’s Office and for the community.
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Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested Christopher Lewis Green, 29, of Shallotte Point Loop in Shallotte for three counts of Crimes Against Nature, three counts of Second Degree Sexual Offense and three counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child. The incidents occurred between 10/17/2011 and 06/17/2012.
Green is currently being held in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office under a $300,000 secured bond.
Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, along with the Stanly County Sheriff’s Office, have arrested Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Kirk Avenue in Albemarle, NC.
Way has been charged with 16 counts of First Deg Sex Exploit Minor, 4 Counts Emply/Permit Minor Assist Offn Against, and 4 counts Indecent Liberties with Child. The incidents involved four juvenile males between the ages of 10 and 13 years and occurred between 06/24/2013 and 06/29/2013 at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell.
Way is currently being detained at the Stanly County Detention Facility under a $350,000 secured bond.
Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, as well as many deputies and volunteers, participated in several events over the July 4th holiday weekend.
Sheriff Ingram, along with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Motorcycle Patrol, greeted citizens in the Sunset Harbor community parade and the Sheriff later joined the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office V.O.I.C.E. Patrol Unit, Crime Prevention Unit and others at the NC 4th of July Festival parade in Southport.
Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies and volunteers helped with traffic and crowd control to help ensure the safety of the many citizens and visitors that were in the area for the 4th of July celebration. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and Quartet were also on hand for many of the festivities.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office would like to recognize Volunteer Coordinator Ted Carlsen for a job well done over the holiday weekend. Ted not only did a phenomenal job of coordinating all of our volunteers and V.O.I.C.E. Patrol Units for the weekend, but he also served as this years Co-Chairman of the NC 4th of July Festival in Southport! We are so very proud of Ted and all he does for the Sheriff’s Office and for the Community!
It is my wish that the citizens of Brunswick County, as well as the many vacationers and visitors that have come to enjoy our beautiful southern towns and beaches, have an enjoyable and safe holiday.
I would ask that everyone please use extra caution and patience when traveling on our roadways. Allow additional time to get to your destination. It is far better to arrive a little late than to drive too fast or recklessly and be involved in an accident.
I would also ask, if you are going to consume alcohol, to please have a designated driver or simply stay put. Do not put your life or someone else’s life in danger by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired. There will be extra patrols and enforcement on our roadways to help ensure the public’s safety.
Again, I hope that everyone has an enjoyable and most of all safe July 4th holiday! Thank you for allowing me to serve as your sheriff.