The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Unit has launched “Animal Tales” magazine. Animal Tales is a free publication distributed by ASU giving the community information on caring for your pet. Animal Tales was completely paid for by citizens donations and advertisements placed in the publication. Animal Tales has various topics including a letter from the Sheriff, rabies information, registration guide and tips for finding lost pets just to name a few. You can pick up your copy of Animal Tales at the Animal Services Unit located off Division drive or at various locations through-out the county. You can also download a copy from our website or Facebook page.
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are currently investigating an early morning theft of a vehicle, trailer and ATV’s from 321Burbank Rd. Approximately 7:30am this morning a man was driving down River Road when he noticed his friend’s vehicle and trailer with ATV’s in the back of the trailer on the side of the road with the trailer detached. The man approached the vehicle to see if his friend needed help when a black male appeared. The man confronted the suspect in which a short scuffle ensued. The suspect then pulled a knife and told the man “don’t come any closer”. The man got back in his car, left and called 911. The suspect reattached the trailer and traveled north on River Road towards downtown. The suspect crashed the blazer just south of Mott’s Landing in the 5800 block of River Road where he fled on a Yamaha scooter into the Mott’s Village housing development. Deputies located the abandoned scooter and began tracking the suspect utilizing K-9. The suspect is a black male, approximately 5’5” tall, scruffy facial hair, wearing a purple puffy jacket and jeans. The vehicle, a white four door blazer, utility trailer, one of the quad ATV’s and the Yamaha scooter have been recovered. A red Yamaha quad ATV with “910” on the side is still missing. Deputies believe a second suspect may be in possession of this ATV. Anyone with any information on the theft or the stolen ATV please contact the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at 910-798-4162 or text a tip at http://www.newhanoversheriff.com/Detective-Tip.html
On October 28, 2014, the New Hanover County Vice/Narcotics Unit concluded a three month investigation into a heroin trafficking ring providing a substantial amount of heroin to the Wilmington, North Carolina area. The investigation revolved around three known felons receiving shipments of raw heroin and then manufacturing, processing and converting it into individual dosage units.
On October 28, 2014, Vice/Narcotics Detectives applied for and was granted a search warrant for 4707 Greentree Road Apartment #B. Upon execution of this search warrant, Jerome Brown and Fredrick McBride were in a back bedroom of the apartment packaging heroin. The Department of Social Services responded to the apartment due to a small juvenile being present during the execution of the search warrant.
The culmination of this investigation resulted with the seizure of over 1500 bindles of packaged heroin, approximately 4.5 ounces of raw heroin, numerous manufacturing items, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of US Currency. The heroin seized has a street value of approximately $85,000.
Jerome Brown and Fredrick McBride were arrested and charged with trafficking heroin (2 Counts), possession with intent to sell/deliver heroin, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle, conspiracy to traffic heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both individuals received a $1,000,000.00 secured bond. Quince Moore was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin (4 Counts), possession with intent to sell/deliver (2 Counts), possession of drug paraphernalia (2 Counts), maintaining a dwelling/vehicle (2 Counts) and conspiracy to traffic heroin. Quince Moore received a $100,000 secured bond for these offenses. All three men are currently in the New Hanover County Detention Facility.
The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit competed in the United States Police K-9 Association 2014 National Police Dog Trials held in Wilson, NC. The trials were held from October 19 – 24, 2014. Corporal J. Stegall, Deputy J. Cummins, Sergeant S. Croom, Deputy W. Baxley, and Deputy R. Mills placed third overall nationally. Corporal J. Stegall also placed 6th overall in the individual trials. Deputy Cummings finished 11th individually and Sgt. Croom finished 20th individually. This is a wonderful accomplishment for the canine unit, not only did everyone receive national certification but the number three canine unit in the nation is New Hanover County.