TRAGIC: Swansboro by Sail Capt. victim of a drowning incident Thursday evening

Friday, May 24, 2019, the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office issued a release in regards to a call at approximately 5:30pm on May 23, 2019 to assist with a drowning that occurred in Swansboro. The victim, a 55-year-old white male was recovered in the late afternoon in the intracoastal waterway near the Hwy 24 bridge in Swansboro.

Photo Credit: Swansboro by Sail

Preliminary investigation reveals that the drowning has been ruled accidental and that no foul play is suspected. Detectives of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Office have met with officers from North Carolina Wildlife and shared our investigation.

The OCSO is not releasing or confirming the victim’s identity at this time.

Live and Local Radio Host, Raeford Brown reported via social media prior to the sheriffs office release:

A fatal boating mishap in Swansboro last night. An investigation is underway to determine what happened. Michael F. Dunleavy, 55, died when he either fell or was knocked overboard. He and a friend were aboard his 34 foot sailboat, “Fevre”, out for a short spin, when it’s believed a breeze caused the sailing vessel’s boom to hit Mr. Dunleavy, knocking him into the water. His wife was at a downtown restaurant, awaiting his return. Details are still sketchy.

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

-Raeford Brown

Swansboro by Sail confirmed the report from Radio Host, Raeford Brown with a post informing supporters and followers that the Captain had passed.

The communities prayers and condolences are with his wife, family, friends, frequent passengers and colleagues.

Mike Dunleavy, Captain of Swansboro by Sail

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Laurinburg woman shot and died after a Facebook confrontation

Editorial intro: Another tragic event of a shooting death in N.C. this week, this one stemming from an online altercation over social media via Facebook. This story will hopefully be a wake up call to many who engage in online confrontation freely as if it never has consequences of life or death. We have recently seen where the profoundly app lead to a 19-year-old Illinois teenager to being stabbed to death following use of the app that allows people to ask users questions anonymously or make comments to them. Which in the matter of the “profoundly” case, 19-year-old Charee Alexander of Peoria, IL who died Friday, Apr. 12, 2019 after somehow becoming involved in a fight the day before. According to the mother of Alexander, she was not the main target, but more of an innocent bystander there supporting her sister who had gotten into an altercation with another girl.

However, this particular Laurinburg tragic story stems more towards text messages to FB then onto to the streets where many lives changed forever at the hands of uneccesary violence.

As most know, it is not the “usual” style of The Onslow Beat to include social media screenshots in such a manner as this in publishing. Yet, it seems imperative to show the nature of the conversation had leading up to this horrific event as well as warn others about engaging in online altercations. Facebook can be a great tool, it can also take your life, change your life in a bad way, land you with criminal charges and in jail or prison. Be wise with your use of all networks online. Proving you are brave and tough is not worth your last breath or serving hard time. If you see a loved one engaging in this kind of behavior, deescalate it, don’t encourage it! That may land you behind bars too. The official story and more below.

On Thursday, May 2, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, arrested William Brisson, 19, of Rockingham Road, Laurel Hill, NC, for the attempted murder of Elizabeth Pinkston.

William Brisson

On May 2, 2019, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 15261 Oak Street, Laurel Hill, NC, in reference to a shooting that occurred. Upon investigation, the criminal investigative unit found William Brisson, did shoot and attempt to kill Elizabeth Pinkston, age 30, during a verbal dispute. Brisson was taken into custody and charged. The incident occurred at the residence identified on Oak Street, which neither the victim nor the defendant resided at.

Pinkston was shot in front of her two young sons following an online altercation.

The altercation began between the two on social media via Facebook where you can see below, a post from Brisson telling the victim to “pull up” and talk that talk.



Screenshot from William Brisson's Facebook
Screenshot of William Brisson communicating with Facebook friends about him “waiting” [sic] on the now murder victim, Elizabeth to show up.
Screenshot of a woman who has identified herself as a family member of William Brisson who the night of the shooting was instigating and engaging in the online confrontation as well. Jennifer Wyand is seen here stating in a comment to Elizabeth Pinkston, “I don’t do guns but I got hands!!…” [sic]
SS from William's post
Here in this screenshot, you will see Elizabeth Pinkston (slain victim) responding to Jennifer Wyand (cousin of the shooter) stating in a comment “shit wassup tho, I’ll sling both.. and fuck no, I don’t what’s goin on yall MFs Wildin tho…But hey I’m with it” [sic] Elizabeth Pinkston continued, “Y’all comin at me like a fuckin bitch or sumn shit…tell me what’s REALLY goin on…”

Comments between Elizabeth and William in regards to an alleged disrespectful post as well as text conversations between what is assumed to be Jennifer and Elizabeth based on the context. Perhaps another person who was a middle man instigator of sorts between all parties involved.
Here in this SS Elizabeth Pinkston states, “I never once said you using that shit. But JENNIFER did. The only thing that was fucked up on my part was even mentioning shit to her mouthy ass. And you know I know better…y’all were fucked up and it wasn’t weed bitch…miss me with that shit…you and Jeremy both….”


In this SS Jennifer Wyand, cousin of the accused, William Brisson, says “You not going to come for my baby cuzz (cousin) like that and me not say anything to him about it!….” [sic]
Elizabeth attempted to diffuse the situation and deescalate it by saying “…you wanna settle it lil man just call me… we can be adults or you can keep entertaining MFs and keep this shit goin. Either way is fine with me…” [sic] William states, “Fuck settling shit you got me fucked up fuck you and anybody else wid (with) you (insert middle finger emoji)” [sic]

Elizabeth attempted to diffuse the situation and deescalate it by saying “…you wanna settle it lil man just call me… we can be adults or you can keep entertaining MFs and keep this shit goin. Either way is fine with me…” [sic] William states, “Fuck settling shit you got me fucked up fuck you and anybody else wid (with) you (insert middle finger emoji)” [sic]

Below are after the shooting death of Elizabeth Pinkston. img_2251-e1557096856696.png


Pinkston was taken to the Scotland Memorial Hospital where she received emergency surgery ultimately, being air flown to Charlotte, NC. Pinkston succumbed to her injuries just before midnight. The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigative Unit, will pursue First Degree Murder charges in the coming week. Additionally, the sheriff’s office will review potential charges for the shooting having occurred in the presence of both Pinkston’s surviving minor children.

Brisson is being held on a $500,000 secured bond however, will receive no bond once the charges are upgraded for the murder of Pinkston. Brisson remains in the custody of the Scotland County Detention Facility.

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office as well as The Onslow Beat extends their deepest condolences to the children, family and friends of Elizabeth Pinkston.


INSIDE: 9-11 Call, teacher interviews and medical records released in the breaking case of RaNiya Wright

There are no charges in the death of the 10-year-old child RaNiya Wright who died last month in a nearby hospital following a fight at Forest Hills Elementary. It has been determined that RaNiya was not a victim of bullying and that her and the other student had verbal altercations on a regular basis that teachers have stated to have been mutual. Wright’s death is reported to be a result of a birth defect and not a result of the fight itself.

Today the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office released investigative documents from the joint investigation between their agency and the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office regarding the investigation into the death of RaNiya Wright.

There are no charges in the death of the 10-year-old child, RaNiya Wright. The Cheif Prosecutor says that RaNiya Wright died of natural causes. It has been reported that there is no evidence of the fight contributing to her death. Instead, it was a birth defect.

RaNiya died in a Charleston hospital on March 27, two days after she was involved in a short fight that is described as a “slap fight,”  with another student in her classroom and complained of a headache minutes later.

Frustrations have grown in the three weeks since the 10-year-old’s death due to a lack of available details. Suspicions have also grown across the Carolina’s with foul play and a cover-up by the school system to evade lawsuit and accountability, that was not the case. With her cause of death now confirmed and released, RaNiya’s family is still pushing for more information, unwilling to accept the medical evidence as an explanation for the girl’s death.

The prosecutor said the cause of death is brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Her arteries and veins were tangled and lead to a rupture. 13 days prior to the fighting incident, RaNiya was seen by a doctor for headaches. The pathologist reported the only trauma was the rupture in her brain and also ruled out that the fight itself, was not a contributing factor. Stone said he came to this determination after pathologists and other physicians conducted postmortem testing at the Medical University of South Carolina where RaNiya died.

There was no bullying determined to be involved in this case.

AVM is also known to be associated with acquired Chiari malformation type 1 per NCBI reports. AVM affects approximately one in every 100,000 people.

The information released is as follows:

  • 911 call


  • 911 dispatch log View Log Here
  • Initial Colleton County Sheriff’s Office report CCSO Incident Report
  • Notification email to Raniya’s mother from the school nurse Notice to Parents (COPY)
  • The audio recording of an interview with one of Raniya’s teachers. Please note that there are periods of silence to protect the name of the other minor child, her mother and some delicate details as necessary.  In this interview, you will hear details on this particular day and other days at Forest Hills Elementary School in general. In this particular interview, this teacher states she never met RaNiya’s father, the father was not listed as a point of contact for Raniya at school. There were eight people listed for emergency contacts and the father was not one of them. The teacher also mentions how RaNiya mentioned her headaches occasionally at school. This interview is 14:50 in length.


  • The audio recording of the interview with one of Raniya and Student #2’s teachers
  • Colleton County Sherriff’s Office incident report, which contains student statements Investigative Report
  •  A written statement from the classroom teacher (substitute) In this statement the teacher said the two students had a verbal altercation prior to the physical altercation and she did not know what made the two girls fight. The substitute teacher also said that she did separate the two girls as some previous reports have stated conflicting and inaccurate information stating the opposite. Statement from Substitute Teacher
  • Audio from an interview with the PE teacher from Forest Hills Elementary. The teacher divulges in this interview that there had been a history of negative behavior between the two students that they were able to control by separating them. The investigator asked if anything seemed off that particular day between them and the PE teacher said he could tell the conversation between the two students hadn’t been friendly. “You could kind of tell that if it continued, it could have gotten physical…”


  • Timeline of events around the time of the incident, through Raniya’s departure via ambulance Timeline_of_Events
  • Medical records related to Raniya’s headaches and dizziness. The one file is a 44-page-record and date’s back to 2012 with RaNiya’s medical history.  These files have been sensibly modified to protect particular aspects of information. This primary physician’s file shows several appointments where headaches were a factor as well as the Colleton Medical Center record.
    Primary Physician Record &  Prior Medical Records Colleton Med

Here is the link to today’s Facebook Live broadcast by the 14th Circuit Solicitors Office, the video does cut off before the tail end of the conference.  This was unintentional the phone was left unattended on the tripod during the conference and at some point, the camera did stop recording. Video below:





Congressman Walter B. Jones passed away this afternoon at age 76

Congressman Walter B. Jones, age 76 (NC-3) passed away this afternoon in Greenville, NC. Jones faithfully represented the people of ENC for over 34 years in congress and the state legislature.

Jones was absent from congressional votes in the new term since September, he also took his last and 12th term oath of office at home privately in January due to what were mainly undisclosed health reasons at that time. Later in January, it was reported that Jones had fallen and broken his hip and was in hospice care.

Congressman Jones was a man of the people.  With a kind heart and the courage of his convictions, he dedicated his life to serving his Savior and to standing up for Americans who needed a voice. He was a champion for our men and women in uniform and their families, always mindful of their service and sacrifice. 

The last two bills Jones pushed to legislation this January were defending grieving military families to cut the red tape and more easily begin receiving funds for the loss of their loved one in service. The very last was a pro-life advocacy bill where several prohibitions were sought from heart beat detection prohibiting abortion to no tax-payer funding to cover any part of abortion procedures and more.

“Congressman Jones will long be remembered for his honesty, faith and integrity.  He was never afraid to take a principled stand.  He was known for his independence, and widely admired across the political spectrum.  Some may not have agreed with him, but all recognized that he did what he thought was right.”, said Jones Office.

Jones definitely leaves a legacy of positive relationships to be admired by all with many of his constituents and fellow leaders.