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Weapon Against Drunk Drivers
Shallotte Police Officer Keith Croom holds a portable "breathalyz
er" that was recently donated to the department by Mothers
Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). The device allows officers to test
motorists for sobriety in the field. Croom , a certified emergency
medical technician and three-year veteran of the police depart
ment, has been promoted to Officer 11.
Sailboats Spend A Rough Halloween
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter
and two rescue boats were called to
remove the crew of a 41 -foot sail
boat that went aground in 10-foot
seas on a shoal in the Cape Fear
River late Saturday night.
At about 11:50 p.m., the Oak
Island Coast Guard Station received
a call from the sailing vessel
Magnolia, reporting itself aground
on Jaybird Shoals, Station Chief
BMCS J.D. Amdt said Monday.
The station's 41 -foot patrol boat
was launched to investigate and a
Marine Assistance Radio Broadcast
was issued to allow commercial
salvors an opportunity to handle the
case. The Coast Guard does not tow
vessels if a private company or an
other boat is willing to do the job,
but it will remove the crew if they
desire. Arndt said.
When the Coast Guard boat ar
rived, it was unable to get close
enough to remove the two persons
on board. The station's 21-foot fast
response rigid-hulled inflatable boat
arrived a short time later, but was al
so unable to reach the sailboat due to
shallow water and seas averaging
about 10 feet, Amdt said.
At about 3 a.m., a rescue heli
copter from the Coast Guard Air Sta
tion at Savannah arrived and de
ployed a rescue swimmer who
helped the sailboat's two crew mem
bers into a rescue basked, which was
hoisted onto the hovering chopper.
The two were taken the Oak Island
station and found to be in satisfacto
The Magnolia was anchored by
the crew before departing, but it ap
parently broke loose and washed on
to the beach near Bald Head Island.
A commercial salvor re-floated the
sailboat the next day.
Sunday at about 4:30 p.m., the sta
tion was called by the 38-foot sail
boat Nancy Jean, reporting herself
powerless but under sail en route to
the Cape Fear River. The 41 -footer
was launched to investigate and a
MARB was broadcast, with no re
Due to the weather conditions, the
sailboat would have had a difficult
time mooring safely, so the Coast
Guard boat took her in tow and
moored her safely at Southport
Marina, Arndt said.
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Man Charged With Rape Gets Eight
Years In Prison On Reduced Charqe
A 30-year-uld Rockingham man
accused of raping a Supply teenager
last April was sentenced to eight
years in prison after agreeing to
plead guilty to lesser charges in
Brunswick County Superior Court
The defendant, Ricky Wayne
Scott, was arrested and indicted on
one charge each of second-degree
rape and second-degree sexual of
fense in an incident April 23.
A 16-year-old Supply resident
told investigators she agreed to go
out with Scott and accompanied him
to several businesses and homes in
Shallotte and Seaside, where they
eventually stopped to visit one of
At about 2 a.m., she and Scott left
to take another woman home, ac
cording to the incident report. After
dropping the woman off, Scott took
the 16- year-old to the end of Sea
shell Lane, off Seaside Drive, near
the Intracoastal Waterway. There he
allegedly forced her to have sexual
intercourse on the front seat of a car.
Last Monday (Oct. 25), Scott
agreed to plead guilty to one count
of committing a crime against nature
in exchange for the dismissal of the
other two charges.
In addition to his prison sentence,
Scott was ordered to pay court costs
and $450 for his court appointed
In other action during four days
of Superior Court last week:
>Anthony Craig Smith, 29, of
Shallotte was sentenced to five years
in prison after pleading guilty to two
counts each of habitual driving
while impaired by alcohol and dri
ving while his license was revoked.
He was ordered to pay $350 in attor
ney fees and was recommended for
the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Training (DART) program while in
?Ervin Simpson, 20, of Riegel
wood was sentenced to 120 days in
prison after pleading guilty to a
charge of carrying a concealed wea
pon. If he qualifies for parole or
work release, Simpson is required to
pay court costs and $500 attorney
?Jerome Smith, 23, of Route 2,
Bolivia was sentenced to 90 days in
Brunswick County Jail after plead
ing guilty to one count of cocaine
possession. A two-year prison sen
tence was suspended on the condi
tion that he pay $1,200 in attorney
fees, court costs and a community
service fee. He was ordered to per
form 100 hours of community ser
vice within nine months of his re
lease from jail. Smith was put on
five years supervised probation.
?A prayer for judgment contin
ued was allowed for Anthony Terrell
Belser. 25. of Wilmington after he
pleaded no contest to a charge of
preparing obscene motion pictures.
He had been accused of two counts
of sexually exploiting a minor and
one charge of taking indecent liber
?Marcus James Scott, 24, of
Bonaparte Road, Calabash, pleaded
no contest to a charge of taking in
decent liberties. He was sentenced to
three years, suspended on the condi
tion that he pay court costs and per
form 100 hours of community ser
vice within the next 12 months. He
was put on supervised probation for
?n avin Krislian Best, 19, of
Yaught Drive, Long Beach, pleaded
guilty to two counts each of misde
meanor breaking entering and larce
ny and was given a two-year sus
pended prison sentence. He was or
dered to pay restitution to his vic
tims, to perform 60 hours of com
munity service and to pay court
costs and $300 in attorney fees.
?Nathan McMillian Jr. of Sellers
Road, Supply, agreed to comply
with a district court judgment im
posed after his conviction there on
four counts of assault by pointing a
?A jury found Moses O. Bowen,
30, of Woodburn mobile home park.
Leland, not guilty on charges of in
decent exposure, willful interference
with a firefighter and two counts of
?Mary Jane Ballard, 38, of Lane
Trail, Leland pleaded guilty to one
count each of possessing alcohol for
sale, possession of lottery tickets,
selling lottery tickets and possession
of drug paraphernalia. She was giv
en a two-year suspended sentence
and ordered to perform 90 hours of
community service. She was put on
unsupervised probation for three
years and ordered to pay court costs
and a SUM) community service fee.
?Doc Earl Causey, 49, of Route
1, Ash, pleaded no contest to a
charge of driving while impaired
for a smooth ride
and was ordered to comply with the
terms of a district court judgment.
?Steve Jackson, age unavailable,
of Southport, was found in violation
of his probation and was sent to
prison for six years.
?Howard L. Delts. age unavail
able, of Bolivia, had his sentence ac
tivated for an out-of-county proba
?Godfrey Lanier Hankins, 29, of
Route 2, Supply, pleaded no contest
to one charge each of possession
with intent to sell and deliver mari
juana and selling the drug. Prayer
for judgment was continued until
recommended by the state.
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