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NHSO Warns Against Fraud


            The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating possible fraud.  Sheriff McMahon was informed by a citizen in regards to a man who was approaching people in the Golden Corral located on New Center Dr.  He stated that they would need a special identification card to be able to vote in next month’s election.  The suspect, a white male, wearing glasses, 30-40 years old, approached a couple who were having lunch in the restaurant and informed the couple that he was signing people up for the new voter identification card.  He stated that he needed all of their information such as name, address, party affiliation, and social security number to get them signed up for the new voter identification card.  Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating this case and additional information will be released as it becomes available.  For any information related to voter registration please contact the New Hanover County Board of Elections at 798-7330, http://elections.nhcgov.com/




NEW HANOVER – On Thursday, January 29, 2009 just after 12:30 a.m., Deputies responded to a rural area of River Road to find the body of 22-year old Alton Corey Vann.  Vann died as a result of a gunshot wound.

Today Sheriff Ed McMahon in partnership with District Attorney Ben David announced that Larry Karl Gonzalez has been arrested for the murder of Alton Corey Vann.  Gonzalez will be extridited from Texas to stand trial here in New Hanover County.gonzalez


Operation “Clean Sweep”


     The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with local, state and federal agencies conducted operation “Clean Sweep” today.  New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office concluded its 10 month investigation into various drug related offenders in which 50 offenders were identified as wanted individuals.  In partnership with the Wilmington Police Department, Pender and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Offices, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Department of Homeland Security, United States Federal Marshalls, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigations operation “Clean Sweep” was coordinated.  In the early morning hours of Wednesday September 3, 2014 multiple strike teams executed warrants across the entire county.  Thirty-five individuals have been arrested including 12 federal indictments for known gang members.  Outstanding warrant information and pictures will be released as it becomes available.


35 Total in custody

23 State warrants served

12 Federal warrants served

67 Charges

27 Probations searches

1 Search warrant

1 Recovered gun

3 Citations








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Sheriff Edward J. McMahon

Public Information Office

3950 Juvenile Center Road

Castle Hayne, NC 28429

Phone (910) 798-4498


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ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Wilmington Firearms Theft


      CHARLOTTE, NC – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms industry – have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft of firearms from the Wilmington Guns, Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL).


     ATF is offering a reward in the amount of $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of $10,000.


     This reward is part of a larger national cooperative initiative between the NSSF and ATF in which NSSF matches ATF reward in cases involving the theft of firearms from federally licensed firearms retailers.  ATF works closely with members of the firearms industry to curb the criminal acquisition and misuse of firearms. 


     On July 28, 2014, in the early morning hours unknown persons broke into Wilmington Guns, located at 7213 Market Street, Wilmington, N.C., 28403 and stole thirty-nine handguns. The burglary of this gun shop is being investigated by ATF and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.


     Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 1-800-ATF-GUNS (800-283-4867).  All calls will be kept confidential. 


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