A man and woman arrested for child abuse and multiple drug charges in Wilmington

A man and woman in Wilmington, NC have been arrested on a series of felony drug charges and misdemeanor child abuse after a month long investigation.

(WILMINGTON, NC –) Wilmington Police Department issued a news release that a man and woman are behind bars this afternoon, following a month long investigation.

These arrests are a result of an executed search warrant by the WPD Special Investigations Division at the 700 block of S. 8th Street.

The investigation began in response to a multiple citizen complaints and Text-a-Tips about drug activity in the area. From the execution of the search warrant, police seized 45 grams of crack cocaine (1.5oz), 10 grams of marijuana and approximately 1 gram of methamphetamine. Police also discovered an infant in the home at the time of the search.

The following individuals were arrested as a result of the investigation:

33-year-old, Peter Ramon Galloway:

Photo Courtesy of WPD
  • Trafficking Cocaine (2 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • Sell/Deliver Cocaine (2 Counts)
  • PWISD Cocaine (3 Counts)
  • PWISD Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a Park (3 Counts)
  • Maintaining a Dwelling for the Sale of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Misdemeanor Child Abuse
  • Possession of Marijuana

Galloway has a long history of felony and misdemeanor convictions prior in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety database dating back to 2002. Prior convictions listed or drug related (possessions), gambling, driving while license revoked, second-degree trespass, possession with intent to sell, speeding to elude arrest, DWI (level III) and the most recent listed is a post release revocation in 2017.

Galloway was incarcerated In North Carolina Department of Public corrections in Craven County Correctional Institution for a 2014 felony conviction, where he served 5-years and 6-months and was released in July of 2018.

31-year-old, Victoria Ashley Morris:

Photo Courtesy of WPD
  • Trafficking Cocaine (2 Counts)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic Cocaine
  • PWISD Cocaine
  • PWISD Controlled Substance Within 1000 Feet of a Park
  • Maintaining a Dwelling for the Sale of Controlled Substance
  • Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Misdemeanor Child Abuse
  • Possession of Marijuana

Victoria Ashlee Morris has a prior criminal record in the North Carolina Department of Public Safety database for a felony and misdemeanor charge in 2016 for possession of a schedule II controlled substance and carrying a concealed weapon. She was given a 24 month term of probation and a suspended sentence for those past crimes.

Galloway was given a $3 million secured bond and Morris a $1.5 million secured bond.

Wilmington PD is investigating vandalism of confederate statutes downtown

Wilmington Police Department reported that confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington were vandalized around 3:00am on Thursday, July 4, 2019. WPD is looking for what appears to be a woman who is responsible for vandalizing the statues.

(WILMINGTON, NC)- The George Davis statue located around the corner of Market & Third Streets, Third and Dock Streets has been vandalized again. This act is coincidentally following protests in downtown Wilmington in late June demanding removal of these statues.

The statue that is dedicated to the fourth attorney general of the confederate states, George Davis stands on Third and Market Streets.

The statue was erected in the City of Wilmington, NC in 1911.

Wilmington Police Department reported that confederate monuments in downtown Wilmington were vandalized around 3:00am on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Wilmington Detectives are trying to find out the identity of what appears to be a female who was involved in vandalizing the confederate statues in downtown. WPD reported previously that vandalism has happened in the same place in 2017.

The Gabriel James Boney Confederate Memorial was also vandalized in the 2017 incident, though it is not clear whether it was specifically also involved in this incident.

The investigation revealed that the suspect threw orange paint on the monument and fled from the scene.

Watch the video footage below.

                                              Video Footage Courtesy of Wilmington PD





MISSING: 14-year-old teen in Wilmington NC

Wilmington Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating missing teen, Brandy Walker, age 14.


UPDATE: Wilmington PD says the teen has been located safely.

Wilmington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenaged girl.

Photo Used is Courtesy of Wilmington Police Department

14-year-old, Brandi Walker is described to be 5’8″ inches tall, 115 lbs and last seen wearing gray tights with a white/ lime green t-shirt. Citizens are urged to use the anonymous Text-a-Tip line or call Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3609 with any information on her whereabouts.

Ocean City Jazz Festival Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

History, superb music and the beach come
together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its 10th anniversary with
a bang. The slogan of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose” and the gala weekend
is slated for July 4-7, 2019.

The annual award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival has music to whet the appetite and a destination that seals the deal.

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, NC, May 10, 2019 − History, superb music and the beach come
together as the award-winning Ocean City Jazz Festival marks its 10th anniversary with
a bang. The slogan of the festival is “Jazz with a Higher Purpose” and the gala weekend
is slated for July 4-7, 2019.

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Hosted by the nonprofit Ocean City Beach Citizens Council, the festival, boasts an
incredible lineup of talent that caters to both jazz purists and lovers of contemporary
jazz. This year’s artists include Jazmin Ghent, the John Brown Little Big Band, the Sax
Pack (featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Marcus Anderson), Selina Albright, the
Ocean City All-Star Band (featuring Cyrus Chestnut, Mark Whitfield, Derrick Gardner
and John Brown), Gail Jhonson, Adam Hawley (with special guest Kat Hawley featuring
Marcus Anderson) and the John Brown Quintet featuring Alvin Atkinson.

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The festival kicks off with a beer and wine tasting on July 4, from 5-7 p.m. followed by a
special evening of music featuring guitarist John Dillard. On July 5, 2019, Secretary of
the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resource, Susi Hamilton will
greet attendees as the festival celebrates the Come Hear NC music initiative.
This year, the festival has added a brunch and gospel concert on Sunday July 7 featuring Richard Dawkins and the John Brown Quintet with special guests Cyrus Chestnut and Tamisha Waden, and a nonprofit workshop facilitated by Saad& Shaw – Comprehensive Fund Development Services on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The festival began in 2009, when the Ocean City Community celebrated its 60th
anniversary with entertainment by a Fayetteville, N.C. jazz saxophonist and his
accompanist on the porch of the Community Center. All in attendance, both visitors and
residents, enjoyed the celebration, launching the annual Ocean City Jazz Festival as a vehicle to promote and celebrate the history of the Ocean City Community. Proceeds are used for community preservation; promotion of the history of the Ocean City Community and it significance to the State; to foster music education by underwriting jazz workshops; mentoring programs with master musicians for local students; and underwriting of festival costs.


The Festival has grown annually in attendance and features nationally recognized jazz
artists making it a perfect summer venue and destination. A variety of ticket packages
are available for the festival, with shuttles running from Jacksonville and Wilmington. A
full event travel package is also being offered. In January, the festival won “Best Sponsorship Package” in the state from the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events.

For tickets, and additional information visit http://www.oceancityjazzfest.com.

About the Historic Ocean City Community
After World War II, Edgar Yow, an enterprising white Wilmington attorney and former
mayor purchased six miles of beach property on Topsail Island. As mayor, Yow was
acquainted with many members of the black community and realized that in the Jim
Crow era there was a need for beachfront recreational opportunities for African Americans.

Yow, call upon Dr. Samuel Gray and later Wade Chestnut and his siblings Betram,
Robert and Louise Chestnut. Gray and the Chestnuts purchased several tracts of land
from Yow and formed an inter-racial corporation, Ocean City Developers. Ocean City
Beach was established in 1949 and is the first community in the state that African
Americans could purchase oceanfront property.

Performance from the Ocean City Jazz Festival Website:

First Food Truck Roundup in Sneads Ferry this evening

Thursday, May 16, 2019, Treasure Realty and Harper Rose Boutique are partnering in hosting the first-ever Food Truck Roundup right in the heart of Sneads Ferry near Four Corners, formerly known as “Monks Corner” by the native villagers.

There will be a variety of new foods that your taste buds will absolutely love you for and won’t upset your wallet. There are three food trucks in this roundup, Sneads Ferry’s own Salty Sista’s serving up their signature dishes with fresh, Maine lobster rolls, lobster hush puppies, wagyu beef sliders and more. Vida Tacos of Jacksonville, NC serving up the absolute best So-Cal style tacos in all of Onslow County with the freshest ingredients and flavor of perfection. Tasty Tee’s Snack Shack of Wilmington, NC serving up a variety of southern and American favorites from wings & fries, coastal delight- shrimp burger, Carolina’s cure-all in the land of food,  “Bar-B-Que” paired with side item options to purchase like coleslaw and mac & cheese, if you please.

There will be tables and chairs on site if you would like to stay and enjoy. If you are in a hurry, you can grab and go as well.

This is projected to be a once a month event with rotating food trucks coming from across the NC Coastline as far as Kure Beach! Go on out and show your support of our local food trucks.

Do you have a food truck and want to join in the rodeo? Send an email to saltysistas@yahoo.com

This event is sponsored by Harper Rose Boutique and Treasure Realty.



Spring Lake Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying suspects in multiple break ins

(SPRING LAKE, NC)- On Tuesday March 26, 2019 around 10:45pm a single unknown suspect broke into the Sprint Store located at 505 N.C. Hwy 210 in Spring Lake, NC. The suspect is a black male, slender build and did not have his face covered.

On Tuesday April 9, 2019 at approximately 4:00am, two black male suspects broke into the Sprint Store at 505 NC Hwy 210 in Spring Lake. Neither of the suspects had their faces covered and one appears to be the same individual that broke into Sprint on March 26.

Approximately 10 minutes later, at 4:10am, unknown suspects broke into the Verizon Wireless Store located at 104 S Bragg Blvd in Spring Lake. This location is walking distance from Sprint.

Spring Lake Detectives are requesting anyone with information regarding these suspect’s identity or with any additional information regarding these break ins, to please contact Spring Lake Detectives at (910) 436-0350 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477). Crimestoppers information can also be submitted anonymously by visiting http://www.fay-nccrimestoppers.org/send_a_tip.aspx and completing the anonymous online tip sheet, or by downloading the FREE “P3 Tips” app available for Apple devices in the Apple App Store and available for Android devices in Google Play.

UPDATE: Catch & Release- Charges dismissed by the District Attorney where a Wilmington man was charged for abandoning a pet fish

The New Hanover District Attorney, Benjamin (Ben) David reportedly announced in a press release Tuesday that charges against a Wilmington man accused and charged with animal cruelty for abandoning his pet fish have been dismissed.

DA David stated, “We take a very dim view of anyone who would abuse any creature great or small and appreciate the enforcement of the laws to protect vulnerable animals.”, WECT reported.

 New Hanover DA David says that fish aren’t protected under the statute and all three charges dismissed.


(Wilmington, NC)-

A New Hanover County man faces animal cruelty charges after he allegedly abandoning a pet fish following eviction from his home last month.

Michael Ray Hinson, 53, was charged Wednesday with three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and one count of abandonment of an animal. He was released on a $4,000 unsecured bond.

Long finned Oscar fish

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said Hinson was evicted on Friday, March 22, and when deputies went to the home a few days later, they found he had left behind an Oscar fish that was in poor health and swimming in a dirty tank.

WPD: Two men arrested on robbery & assault of a homeless family and a couple


Two Wilmington men are facing armed robbery, breaking and entering and assault charges for violent acts over the weekend.

Suspects arrested

Witnesses say the men robbed a homeless family at the AmeriStay Inn on Market Street and then robbed a couple in the parking lot of the Golden Corral on New Centre Drive just before 7pm on Friday, the evening of March 15th.

During the confrontation at the Golden Corral one of the victims was cut on the hand. Police were able to get a description of the suspects and vehicle and located 28 year old, Glenn Harry Bowen and 27 year old, Robert James Sansbury at an apartment off Emory Street. Both men were taken into custody.

Both Bowen and Sansbury have a criminal history involving violent crimes such as robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Glenn Bowen

Bowen was prior convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, drug related offenses and stolen goods.

Robert J. Sansbury

Sansbury was prior convicted of two hit and runs, resisting arrest, assault on a government officer and a number of other charges.

UPDATE: #FOUND SAFE MISSING SENIOR: Wilmington PD asks public help locating 85-year-old Donald Calder

MISSING: 85 yo Donald Walter Calder 5’04”, 200 lbs, grey hair, brown eyes, may have a small suitcase, left family’s house in 300 block of Pinecliff Dr sometime this evening. Use Text-a-Tip or call 910-343-3609. https://t.co/K7lj6nDyrK

MISSING: Police are looking for a missing 21-year-old Wilmington woman

Wilmington police are looking for a missing woman who was reportedly last seen around 1am Friday, Feb. 15th on Carnation Ct.

MISSING: Calquana Victoria Maynor

Age: 21

Height: 5’3″

Weight: 115 pounds

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Black

Other identifying characteristics: Tattoo of a ladybug on front thigh, tattoo of a heart on her hand.

Contact WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip if you have info.

UPDATED: #ARRESTED Wells Fargo and Circle K robbery suspect identified in Wilmington and Leland as the same man


Wilmington Police charged Elijah Muhammad McFarland, 35, with robbery with a dangerous weapon Friday morning.

A WPD officer on patrol in the 700 block of Church Street recognized McFarland riding a bicycle in the area, confirmed he was the suspect and arrested him for his role in the robbery of the Wells Fargo on South College Street Thursday.

McFarland is currently being held at the New Hanover County Jail on a $300,000 bond. He received a $150,000 bond for the Wilmington robbery, and $150,000 bond for the Brunswick County incident.

Double robbery suspect has been identified as 25-year-old, Elijah Mahammad McFarland who is wanted in a Wells Fargo bank robbery on S. College Rd. Wilmington as well as a convenience store robbery in Leland. The suspect is seen in images wearing the same outfit on both occasions, unmasked.

WPD officials reported that the suspect passed a note to the teller demanding money. He reportedly claimed to have a weapon but never displayed it.

Wells Fargo S. College Rd. Wilmington robbery image

Brunswick Co. Sheriff’s Office also released information via social media identifying the same man in a robbery at a convenience store in Leland where he is WANTED for robbery with a dangerous weapon. This particular incident occurred at around 10pm on 02/13/19 at the Circle K convenience store located at 7806 Ocean Hwy E, in Leland. BCSO stated, “Subject entered the store, told the clerk he had a gun in his pocket and demanded money. He fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.”

BCSO image of suspect
Circle K Robbery Images (LELAND)

No one was injured during the incident.

The suspect is described as a 25 year old black man with a goatee, 5’4”, 130 pounds. He was wearing a flat-rimmed white baseball hat, a red jacket, blue jeans and tan boots. Anyone with information is asked to contact WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip.

Anyone with information on the Leland incident should conact Det. Hester at 910-713-8360.

UPDATE: Wilmington PD made arrest in pedestrian hit and run

UPDATE 2/13/19: Wilmington Police arrested Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 21, Tuesday evening. Lawrence is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run and driving without a license. The investigation into a hit and run revealed Lawrence intentionally attempted to strike a pedestrian, who is the father of her four children, and did strike the pedestrian with whom he was walking on Rutledge Drive last week. Magistrate Laura Barnes issued Lawrence a $25,000 unsecured bond.

WANTED: Wilmington Police are searching for Courtnay Danielle Lawrence, 22, for her involvement in a hit and run that left a pedestrian with multiple injuries.

Police identified Lawrence as the driver of the suspect vehicle on Rutledge Drive Wednesday morning after receiving multiple tips from the public. The male pedestrian has been identified and has a known dating relationship with Lawrence.

Investigators located a photo of Lawrence posing with the damaged car, a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, that was posted to social media immediately after the incident.

Police obtained warrants for Lawrence for assault with a deadly weapon, hit and run failure to give information/aid to personal injury, and driving without a license.

WPD issued a public statement on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 in regards to the initial incident where a surveillance camera nearby captured the entire scene on camera.

The victim told officers she was walking back from the store with an acquaintance when she heard a horn honking  and saw the man whom she was walking with jump out of the way around 9:50 a.m. Wednesday. The driver of the vehicle was then believed to have intentionally swerved off the roadway to strike the pedestrians. The suspect struck the victim on her right hip, launching her into the air several feet, before landing her on her left side. The victim suffered multiple injuries to her head, shoulder, hips and knees.

After nearly being struck, the male pedestrian fled the scene and did not return to provide his information.

Video received from Wilmington PD.

Crime Stoppers of the Lower Cape Fear, in conjunction with the Wilmington Police Department, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the woman who is seen on video purposely striking the pedestrian with her car on Rutledge Drive Wednesday morning and then fleeing the scene.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call WPD at (910) 343-3609 or use Text A Tip to remain anonymous.

UPDATE: MORE CHARGES- Oral surgeon charged with a number of sexual related offenses with female patients in Wilmington and bond reduction granted


WPD charged Michael Hasson with 12 additional counts of sex crimes Tuesday afternoon.

Hasson, an oral surgeon in Wilmington, was charged on April 2 with five counts 2nd degree sex offense and seven counts of sexual battery.

Today, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, Judge Lindsey McKee ruled that Hasson’s bond be lowered to $500,000.

Initial press release below:

MORE CHARGES: Wilmington Police have charged Michael Lee Hasson, 55, with 13 additional sex crimes.

The oral surgeon is accused of sexually abusing several of his female patients between 2009 and 2018.

Members of the US Marshals Fugitive Taskforce with the Wilmington Police Department arrested Hasson early Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the four charges filed on Jan. 31, Hasson is charged with seven counts of sexual battery, three counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of second degree sex offense and one count statutory sex offense.

WPD is asking anyone who has contacted the police regarding Hasson but has not received a call back from a detective to please call again at (910)-343-3609.

Hasson received a $1Million bond and is currently being held at the New Hanover County Jail.

WPD release: Wilmington Police arrested Michael Lee Hasson, 55, Thursday night and charged him with three counts of sexual battery and one count second degree forcible sex offense.

Hasson, an oral surgeon at Wilmington Oral Surgery on Floral Parkway, is accused of sexually abusing at least four of his patients between 2017 to the present while they were under anesthesia.

The victims, all female, range between 17 and 21 years of age.

Hasson is currently being held at New Hanover County Jail on a $1.25 million bond.

Additional charges are forthcoming. The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact to WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip.

WANTED: Wilmington PD searching for Carlos Santos for involvement in hit and run

WANTED: Wilmington Police are searching for Carlos Roberto Santos, 27, after a tip came in last week that he was involved in the hit and run of a motorcyclist earlier this month.

Carlos Santos, Son (WANTED)

Around 5:20 p.m. on Jan. 9, a motorcyclist failed to yield while crossing the intersection at 7th and Wooster Streets when Santos, driving a 2004 Gold GMC, struck the victim, ejecting him roughly 15 feet into the air before landing on the pavement. The victim suffered several injuries, and his motorcycle was totaled. His father, Carlos Alberto Santos, also of Leland, is the owner of the suspect vehicle but refused to give WPD the name of the driver to whom he loaned his vehicle.

Carlos Santos, Father

After WPD offered a reward for information in this hit and run, a tipster came forward and was able to identify Santos as the operator of the vehicle. Investigators then confirmed with witnesses that Santos was the driver.

He is charged with hit and run leaving the scene of an accident with injuries and driving while license revoked.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact WPD at 910.343.3609 or use Text A Tip.