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Detective Doubts Report Of Kids'
Hammer Assault, Robbery
A 47-ycar-old Leland man claims he was hit in the
head with a hammer and robbed of $800 cash by a group
of children ranging in age from 6 to 12, according to a
crime report on file at the Brunswick County Sheriff's
But the detective assigned to the case has his doubts
about the story, saying he believes the man might have
fallen and hit his head while intoxicated.
"I'm taking all this with a grain of salt. There are
some things that don't add up." said Detective Steve
Mason. "I think his time frame may be a little off."
According to the incident report, a woman called
911 to report that her neighbor on Heights Place had
been assaulted and robbed Thursday evening. She later
called back to say that he had been taken to New
Hanover Regional Medical Center.
Mason and Deputy William Hewett visited the man
at the hospital, but found him "not conscious."
The next day, the man told Mason that "as many as
eight children came to his residence about his puppies,
and one of them, a nine-year-old female, struck him
with a hammer" and look his wallet, containing S800
cash and three checks.
The daughter of his landlady told Mason she found
him on the floor, the report said.
Mason said it appears that the man may have been
drinking when several neighborhood children came to
play with his new puppies. The detective said one of the
youngsters told him the man was passed out on the floor
when they arrived.
"I think he may have fallen, hit his head and woke
up a little confused," Mason said. An investigation is
In other reports on file at the sheriff's office
69-year-old retiree in Navassa told Deputy Matt
Jesson that someone fired a shotgun at his car Thursday
night. The man said he was in his home on Main Street
at about 10:30 p.m. when "he heard gunshots, which he
advised is not uncommon for this area." The next morn
ing he found an undetermined amount of damage to the
left mirror and door of his 1979 Lincoln.
?A 9mm Tech Nine semi-automatic assault pistol
was stolen from a Calabash pawn shop last week. The
owner told Deputy Phil Bryant that the gun may have
been stolen by a man to whom he had loaned his keys a
few days before the theft was discovered. The gun was
estimated to be worth about $200.
HTwo shotguns and a .22-caliber rifle were reported
stolen from a mobile home on Maco Road. Leland. The
owner told Deputy Richard Long that he was looking for
his shotgun to go hunting Friday morning when he no
ticed it was missing, along with two other weapons. The
man said he did not know when the guns were stolen be
cause he stored them after last year's hunting season and
had not checked on them since. Long estimated the val
ue of the weapons at about $500.
?A .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol was reported
stolen from a home on Mt. Misery Road, Leland. Friday
morning. The victim told Richard Long that she was
moving some belongings to her mother's home when
she noticed the gun missing from its hiding place under
her mattress. It was valued at about $53.
tfTwo motorcycles and a four-wheeler valued at
$4,200 were stolen from the back yard of a home on
Lanvale Road, Leland, last week. A woman told Richard
Long that she discovered the three all-terrain vehicles
missing at about 8 a.m. Monday. They were described as
a gray Yamaha four-wheeler and two white Yamaha dirt
bikes, models P-80 and a P-50.
?An estimated $3,000 worth of Fishing tackle and
household items were stolen from a mobile home on
Crest Lane in the Forest Hills subdivision. Supply,
sometime in the past two months. The owner returned to
the trailer recently and discovered that someone had
forced his way in through the front door, according
Deputy Malcolm Long. Missing were two color televi
sions, a videocassette recorder, a microwave oven, 10
rods and reels, nine video games, a gas grill, a set of
women's golf clubs and a vacuum cleaner. There was an
estimated $150 damage.
?Someone broke into Hewett's Grocery Store on
Mt. Pisgah Road, Supply, and stole more than $2,500
worth of merchandise Thursday night. Deputy Malcolm
l-ong reported that the suspects apparently forced their
way into the rear door, breaking a deadbolt lock from
the frame. "Items were missing from every shelf," he
said including 60 cartons of cigarettes, 22 Bic lighters,
20 six-packs of soft drinks, 10 bags of chips, 10 boxes
of gum. 10 disposable razors, 10 rolls of Bounty paper
towels, 12 peanut butter bars, two packages of extra
strength Tylenol, three boxes of Advil, 10 combs, six
toothbrushes and some toothpaste, aspirin, nasal spray
?More than $2,350 worth of property was stolen
from a woman who lives on McMilly Road, off N.C.
130 near Shallotte. last week. Deputy Robert Long said
she returned home Friday night at about 8 p.m. to find
that someone had pushed open the glass on her rear liv
ing room window. Missing was a television, a VCR, a
sewing machine, a miniature tape recorder, a video
game machine, a class of 1975 West Brunswick High
School ring and a set of barber clippers.
?A kerosene heater, a videocassette recorder, a color
television and a cable box with remote control were
stolen from a mobile home in Longwood Saturday night.
Bryant estimated the value of missing property at $560.
?Eight rods and reels valued at $524 were stolen
from a home on Mary Street, off Gurganis Road. Shal
lotte, sometime in the past three weeks. The owner told
Robert Long that he had left them leaning against a
fence in the yard and discovered them missing Nov. 14.
?Two televisions, a vacuum cleaner, a down sleep
ing bag and a blanket were stolen in one of two break
ins reported on Elkin Street in the Coastal Retreat subdi
vision. Supply, last week. A Charleston. W.Va.. man told
Deputy Jerry Gray that he arrived at his mobile home
Sunday afternoon to find that someone had pried open
and broken a rear window to get inside, causing an esti
mated $ 1 25 damage.
?While investigating that break-in. Gray reported
that he "was informed of the trailer next door as being in
need of a larceny report" and walked over to investigate.
The owner, also from Charleston, said her trailer also
had been entered through the rear window. Missing was
a color TV, three rods and reels and a coat, all valued at
an estimated $600. There was about $200 damage.
?A man told Bryant that someone stole his VCR
while he was asleep in his home on McLamb Road, Cal
abash. Saturday night. "The victim advised that when he
went to bed at 10 p.m., the VCR was playing and when
he got up the next morning it was gone," said Bryant's
report, which listed the value of stolen property at $250.
?About $75 worth of liquor, beer and soft drinks
were stolen from a home on Eleanor Street in Hurricane
Haven, Supply, recently. The Fayetteville man who
owns the home told Deputy Rebekah McDonald that he
arrived there Friday evening to find that someone had
pried open a window, causing an estimated $200 dam
age. "He advised that he has not given anyone permis
sion to enter his residence in this manner," McDonald
?A black-and-white TV valued at about $50 was
stolen from a home on Northwind Drive in Ocean Trail
subdivision. Supply, sometime in the past few weeks.
When Gardening On Seacoast, Not Just Any Plant Will Do
1 ne beach environment ? with its
salt spray, sand, temperature ex
tremes, fluctuating tides and buffet
ing winds ? is hostile to most plant
That can make establishing a
lawn or garden, creating a bird habi
tat or controlling shoreline erosion a
challenge for those who live or work
on the beach.
On Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort
Fisher, a team of five specialists will
share their expertise with homeown
ers, landscape contractors, develop
ers or anyone else with an interest in
salt-tolerant coastal plantings.
The seminar will be held from
9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Sponsors are
the N.C. Cooperative Extension
Service offices in Brunswick, New
Hanover and Pender counties, the
N.C. Aquarium and UNC Sea Grant.
Spencer Rogers, coastal engineer
ing specialist with the UNC Sea
Grant program at Fort Fisher, will
share his experience with breakwa
ters, a new approach to shoreline ero
sion control that appears to be more
effective than traditional bulkheads.
Also, Brunswick County Exten
sion Director Milton Coleman will
discuss beach and dune stabilization.
Coleman has been recognized nation
ally for his work in dune stabilization
using sea grasses, recycled Christmas
trees and other approaches.
Bruce Williams, the extension
service's regional turf grass special
ist, will discuss choosing grasses for
tne ocean tront home.
Jim Lanier, director of the North
Carolina Aquarium, will discuss salt
-tolerant plants at the aquarium,
while Steve Broome, a professor in
the Soil Science Department at N.C.
Stazte University will discuss ways
to use marsh vegetation for both
shoreline erosion control and habitat
To register for the workshop, call
either the Brunswick County Co
operative Extension Office, 910
253-4425, or the New Hanover
County Cooperative Extension Of
The aquarium, located at Kure
Beach, can be reached by way of
U.S. 17 and U.S. 421, or by way of
the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry.
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Deputy Joey Adams found thai someone had apparently
pried open the front door to get inside, causing an esti
mated $250 damage.
?A Bolivia man told Deputy J.R. Earp that someone
stole his son's black BMX bicycle from the yard of their
home on Midway Road last week. Its value was estimat
ed at about S70.
?Someone broke through the front door of a mobile
home on Ix-igh Court, off Maco Road, Leland. Saturday
night, causing an estimated SI. 050 damage. The Owner
told Sgt. Darrvl Marlow that the only thing missing were
some check books.
?A handicapped driver registration tag was stolen
from the car of a man who lives on Cedar Landing
Road, Supply, last week. The man told Malcolm Long
lhal he had left his car unlocked with his permanent dis
ability identification card inside. Its cash value was esti
mated at $5.
?lesson investigated the theft of $17 worth of gaso
line from a Belville convenience store Tuesday after
noon (Nov. 16). A clerk at :iie store said that two men
pumped the gas at about I2"I5. then drove off in a blue
I97X Chevrolet pickup truck.
?I^iundry anil linens valued at about $1()6 were
stolen from a clothes line behind a trailer in the
Eldorado Mobile Home Park, (.eland. Sunday morning.
Listed as missing on Jesson's report were four baby
blankets, two bed spreads, a horse blanket and three
sheets described as "white, with Cape Tear Hospital
stamped on them."
U S ARMY PHOTO
Niles Earns Recruiter Ring
Staff Sgt. Timothy Niles (left) receives his recruiter ring, the highest achievement for recruiting excel
lence, in a special ceremony in Raleigh. Presenting the award is Brigadier Gen. Robert Roper , deputy
commanding general, US. Army Recruiting Command, Ft. Knox, Ky. Niles, who is assigned to the
U.S. Army recruiting office in Kinston, was also named " Top Resene Recruiter of the Year." He had
previously won several incentive awards relating to his recruiting performance. A native of Shallotte
and 1984 graduate of West Brunswick High School, he is the son of J osie Niles. He is shown above
with his wife, the former Wendy Holmes, daughter of Margaret Holmes of Shallotte.
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