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Archive for the ‘Crime News’ Category


            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.


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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