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1 3-Year-Old Shoots
Himself In The Foot
A Supply youth accidentally shot himself in the foot
with a shotgun in the parking lot of a Holden Beach
hardware store Friday afternoon, according to a police
report on file at the Brunswick County Sheriffs De
Deputy Cathy Hamilton reported that she was dis
patched to the Coastline Rescue Squad building on
Holden Beach Road at about 2:30. Upon her arrival she
said she found a 13-year-old boy sitting in the back of a
pickup truck with a wounded left foot.
The boy told her that he was sitting in the passenger
seat of the truck outside the nearby Tru-Value Hardware
store when the incident happened. He had with him a
1 2-gauge shotgun loaded with double-O buckshot.
"He said that while he was trying to unload the shot
gun, his finger hit the trigger, causing the gun to go off,"
Hamilton reported. Most of the pellets passed through
the truck's floorboard, she said.
The shooting was determined to be accidental. Furt
her details of the incident were not released because the
victim is a juvenile.
In other reports:
?Someone Fired a BB or a pellet through the win
dow of a moving car from another vehicle on N.C. 211
near Supply Saturday night. The victim, a 31-year-old
Southport man, told Hamilton he was driving his 1987
Saab north at about 10:45. As he passed a green Pontiac
heading south, something hit the driver's side window
of his car and shattered it. "He advised that he tried to
catch the vehicle, but was unable to do so," said
Hamilton, who estimated the damage at $150.
?In one of two cases of stolen Christmas presents
reported this week, someone kicked in the front door of
a mobile home on Shell Point Road and left with more
than S575 worth of property. The woman who owns the
trailer told Deputy Jerry Gray that someone stole her
prescription medication and all of the children's
wrapped Christmas gifts, including toys, dolls, baseball
cards, an AM/FM radio, some flannel shirts and several
pairs of underwear. There was about $200 damage to the
?A color television, a little girl's toy oven, a
"Creepy Crawler" toy and eight wrapped Christmas pre
sents were stolen from a mobile home at Ward's Trailer
Park in Ocean Isle Beach Friday. According to Deputy
Richard Long's report, the thief or thieves came in
through the front door and stole the gifts off the kitchen
? Two mannequins used for emergency services
training were among the items stolen in a break-in at the
Town Cr?*?*k Volunteer Rescue Squad building on U.S.
17 in Winnabow Thursday night. Deputy Mark Snow
den reported that the thief or thieves entered the building
by breaking a window. Also stolen were two portable ra
dios, a battery charger, an emergency pager, a television
and a cable TV box. The total value of missing property
was not determined.
?Numerous questions have been raised in the inves
tigation of a missing purse that was reported stolen from
a Southport fast-food restaurant Friday night. A 35-year
old Supply woman told police that she returned home at
about 5:30 that evening and realized she had left her
pocketbook at the restaurant. The next day. the night
manager told investigators he found the purse and put it
in a safe. After closing, he said a man and woman canie
to the drive-through window and claimed the pocket
But the day manager said it was "highly unusual" for
the night manager to remain at the restaurant alone and
it is "against company policy" to open the drive-through
window after closing. There was more than $400 in
cash, jewelry and credit cards in the pocketbook.
?Two riding lawn mowers valued at about $1,600
were stolen from a storage building off McLamb Road
near the South Carolina border last week. The owner
told Deputy James Adams lhat he left the equipment se
cure Thursday afternoon and discovered it missing
Saturday morning after noticing that someone had pried
the lock off the building. Adams also reported that
someone shot the side of the storage building with a 20
gauge shotgun loaded with number-eight bird shot.
?More than $700 worth of tools were stolen from a
locked storage box on a pickup truck parked at the Mt.
Zion Baptist Church yard in Longwood Thursday night.
Adams' report said the thief cut two padlocks off the
tool box to gain entry. Missing were three electric drills,
a reciprocating saw and 30 saw blades.
?Investigators believe it was a single vandal that
slashed the tires of three vehicles at two locations in the
Supply area Saturday night. Hamilton found one-inch
cuts in two tires on a 1989 pickup truck parked in the
driveway of a home on Craven Drive. A 1991 Plymouth
Laser parked there had a right rear tire damaged in a
similar manner. Two tires were also cut on a 1980
Oldsmobile parked at a residence near the intersection of
N.C. 130 and Hatteras Avenue. That car also had its
windshield broken. There was a total of $600 damage to
the three vehicles.
?Hamilton investigated another case of vandalism at
a mobile home on Boxwood Road in the Coastal Retreat
subdivision near Supply Saturday night. The woman
who lives there reportedly said "an unknown subject
walked up in the yard barefooted" and broke the win
dow and door, ca? sing an estimated $530 damage.
?A man who lives on Cedar Landing Road told
Deputy Gray he was being threatened over the telephone
and on the citizen's band radio by a commercial fisher
man who lives on Stone Chimney Road. The victim said
the suspect was in the area one night last week when he
heard a shot fired outside his home.
?The son of a woman who lives on Grissett Road in
Cedar Grove is a suspect in the theft of her color televi
sion Saturday night. She told Deputy Rebckah Mc
Donald that she left her son and one of his friends alone
in the house at about 10:45 and returned about 15 min
utes later to find her TV missing from the living room,
along with the two young men. The deputy estimated its
value at $250.
?A mixed breed palomino/appaloosa horse valued at
$1,200 was reported stolen from a farm on Funston
Road in Winnabow Wednesday evening. The owners
told Lt. Carl Pearson that the horse was securely penned
at a friend's farm and could not have wandered off. It
was later found at a home on Caison [joop Road.
?Pearson also took a report of an attempted larceny
from a boat at a marina near Holden Beach that was al
leged to have occulted Wednesday night. The victim
called 911 and claimed that someone caused about
$1,800 damage to his boat while trying to remove a
radar unit, stereo and other electronic equipment. How
ever, the deputy who went to the scene reported finding
no such damage. He said a radio had been removed from
the boat by the owner after the report was filed.
?Someone smashed three windows on a 1981
Volkswagen Rabbit parked on Village Point Road early
last week. The owner said he left the car near the
Methodist Church after it broke down at about 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 13. He came back two days later to find two door
windows and a rear side window broken. Deputy Long
estimated the damage at about $3(X).
?A high-pressure water pump, valued at S 1 5.000.
was stolen from a pipeline company office on N.C. 211
Friday night. 'Die owner told Hamilton that the thieves
unhooked the pump from some equipment, causing an
undetermined amount of damage.
?fhere was about SI 20 damage, but nothing found
missing, after a break-in at the Old Mill Mobile Home
Park Saturday night. The owner told investigators that
she came home at about 9:15 Sunday morning to find
the right front window of her trailer broken. It appeared
the thief had tried to enter there, but was unsuccessful.
The intruder then cut a screen on another window and
crawled inside, the report said.
?Deputy Brian Sanders investigated the discovery
of a stolen 1976 Lincoln in the driveway of the Johnson
Chapel church off Lincoln School Road last week. The
vehicle was turned over to the Wilmington Police De
?An employee of the Exide Electronics plant in
Leland told Sanders that his 1990 Toyota Corolla was
stolen from the company parking lot while he was at
work Friday morning. The man said he parked the car at
about 6:50 and noticed it missing at about 1 1 :30. He said
the car had been left unlocked with the keys under a
?The management of a Southport department store
reported Thursday that an unidentified woman forged
three checks and cashed them there last July and
October. Lt. Donnell Marlowe has determined that the
checks were stolen from two women who live in Fair
Bluff and Roanoke Rapids. 'Die checks were written for
a total of more than $250.
?A Calabash landscaper reported the theft of three
payroll checks from his work van Wednesday or
Thursday. Long later learned that someone tried to cash
the checks at three Calabash convenience stores. The
amount of the checks was not specified in the report.
?Someone pried open the back door of a trailer at
Chadwicks Mobile Home Park in Leland Friday night
and stole a color television, a video cassette recorder and
a stereo. No value estimate was given on Snowden's re
Shallotte Man Charged
In Stabbing Incident
A Shallotte man who was arrested
following a stabbing incident Friday
night remained in New Hanover
County Regional Medical Center
this week with a broken jaw.
Police Chief Rodney Gause said
Perry Randolph "Pee Wee" Bryant,
38, of Shallotte, was charged with
assault with a deadly weapon inflict
ing serious injury with intent to kill.
A Shallotte officer was called to
the Shallotte Manor apartment com
plex Friday around 11:30 p.m. "The
two men were fighting when the of
ficer got there," Gause said.
Bryant allegedly stabbed another
man in the left shoulder with a six
inch-long piece of glass, Gause said.
The victim, identified as 33-year
William Anthony Collins of Shall
otte, was treated at The Brunswick
Hospital in Supply Friday night and
released. Gause said Collins needed
After being stabbed. Collins re
portedly punched Bryant and broke
his jaw. "After the guy was stabbed,
that's when he hit him. He was a big
boy," Gause said.
The police chief said Bryant will
need surgery to repair his jaw. He is
expected to be in the hospital for
two to four weeks.
Police Search For Vandals
"This is the worst weekend we've
had all year," Shallotte Police Chief
Rodney Gause said Monday after
noon as he sorted through a stack of
vandalism reports on his desk.
He said the police department is
offering a small reward for informa
tion leading to the arrest of the per
son or persons who used a BB gun
or pellet gun to shoot vehicles at
eight locations around town over the
"We've had more reports of van
dalism today than we've had all
year," Gause said. "The bottom fell
out today. It's been one of those
Vehicles were vandalized at sev
eral downtown businesses including
Dykes Tire Center, Coastal Printing,
Dairy Oueen and Holmes Florist.
Vehicles also were vandalized at
Gause said the vandalism proba
bly occurred Saturday or Sunday,
but it wasn't noticed until Monday
"There's no doubt in my mind it's
going to be somebody local respon
sible," he said.
The reports of vandalism capped
a busy weekend for the police de
On Friday morning, thieves broke
into four stores at Meadow Square
Plaza and stole an estimated $20,000
in merchandise and supplies. They
also caused about $10,000 in dam
age at the businesses.
On Friday night, police investi
gated a stabbing incident at Shallotte
Anyone with information on the
vandalism is asked to call the
Shallotte Police Department at 754
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