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Pender County Sheriff's Office

Homeowner charged with setting fire that destroyed house

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videoPender County Sheriff's deputies have charged the owner of home destroyed by fire last night with setting the blaze. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Pender sheriff discusses deputy's DWI charge

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videoAfter firing a deputy involved in an alleged drunk driving crash yesterday, Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith wants to make sure nothing like that happens again. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Investigators say Pender Co. deputy was drunk before wrecking car

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video A Pender County Sheriff's deputy is out of a job after being charged with DWI after a car crash in Onslow County this morning. Full story...
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Alcohol vaporizers newest trend in fast highs

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video A new trend in getting drunk has the attention of law enforcement agencies, as it makes its way to North Carolina. Experts say people are using alcohol vaporizers to get drunker faster. Full story...
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Pender County murder suspect turns himself in

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videoThe man accused of a deadly shooting last night in Pender County turned himself in this afternoon. Pender County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 911 call at a home off US 17 in Hampstead just after 9 p.m. Tuesday. When Deputies arrived on the scene, they found the body of Donnie Lee Pridgen. Full story...
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Registered sex offender charged with 20-year-old crimes against child

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videoA registered sex offender is back in jail charged with sex crimes against a child two decades ago. The Pender County Sheriff's Office arrested Barry Gene Gurganious, 42, of Currie Tuesday for two counts of first degree statutory sexual offense and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Full story...
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Wilmington teen charged with sexual assault in Pender Co.

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videoA Wilmington teen is facing several sexual assault charges including attempted rape. The Pender County Sheriff's Office says deputies arrested 17-year-old Tyler Koenig last week. Full story...
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Pender Co. deputy totals patrol vehicle

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videoA Pender County Sheriff’s Deputy is recovering from an accident suffered while on patrol. Full story...
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Pender deputy suspended for drinking before alcohol test training

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videoA Pender County Sheriff's deputy is back on duty after being suspended without pay for more than a week last month. Sheriff Carson Smith says Jan. 11 Dep. Nick Carter was attending a class to re-certify operating an alcohol breath test in Jacksonville. During a practice exercise at around 10 a.m., Dep. Carter blew a 0.02. Full story...
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School bus tires slashed at Topsail High

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videoSome students in Pender County got a late start to their school day after vandals apparently targeted school buses. A statement from Pender County Schools says at 5:15 a.m., bus drivers arrived to begin their routes and found flat tires on 15 buses parked at Topsail High School. Full story...
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Burgaw man charged with sex crimes against child

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video A Burgaw man is in jail accused of sex crimes against a child. Pender County Sheriff's deputies arrested Cheyne Martin Potrafka, 29, Friday. Full story...
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Pender Co. man charged with more than 27 sexually related counts

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video The Pender County Sheriff's Office arrested and charged Danny Dewitt Strickland today on 27 different sexually related charges. Strickland has been previously charged with four sexually related counts. Full story...
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Law enforcement wants Pender Memorial to hire private security

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video They provide vital services to the citizens of Pender County, but budget issues may keep law enforcement from continuing to help Pender County's only hospital. Full story...
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UNCW employee charged for having child pornography

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video In August, the Pender County Sheriffs Office arrested and charged 41-year-old Harvey Darrell Porter with six counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor after child pornography was found on his computer. Full story...
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Man arrested for attempted murder

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videoA man is in jail in New Hanover County charged with trying to kill a woman. The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says Rusty Randall, 29, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and other crimes. Full story...
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