Press Release

‘Unity in the Community’ Town Hall Meeting

Date: 9/28/16

Reidsville, N.C. (September 21, 2016) – The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police and the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law will sponsor “Unity in the Community” town hall meeting on six University of North Carolina campuses from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 28, 2016. Along with NCCU, the host site for the meeting, the additional remote sites include Fayetteville State University, Winston-Salem State University, the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and Elizabeth City State University. The meetings will be broadcast and viewed simultaneously via live video to all campus sites.
The purpose of the forum is to have dialogue between law enforcement and the community. The nine-member panel at NCCU will consist of police leaders, noted academic researchers, and community based organization leaders. Panelists will take questions from the audience with the focus on building strong relationships between the police and those they serve.
The town hall event begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Albert L. Tuner Law School. The public is invited to attend.
The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police (NCACP) is comprised of over 300 active police chiefs as well as their command staff who are committed in providing professional law enforcement services and protecting our state’s citizens. It is the goal of the association to start the conversation with the community about building a stronger relationship of trust, understanding, and collaboration.
Chief Robert Hassell, NCACP President and Chief of Police for Reidsville, NC, states, “I believe these forums will allow all those involved to identify and better understand the challenges we face and encounter within our communities. The interaction will provide the opportunity for us to enhance and improve relations and hopefully be the catalyst for more discussion and positive change.”
For more information, call Jessica Alexander – Media Specialist (336) 347-2353.

System Pressure Advisory!
Date: 6/16/16

The water consumers of the town of Wrightsville Beach in New Hanover County are experiencing periods of low pressure and outages in the distribution system due to a water main break.  Periods of low or no pressure in the distribution system increases the potential for back siphonage and introduction of bacteria into the water system. The areas affected are listed below:

  1. The intersection of Causeway Dr. and Waynick Blvd to the south end of the island.

  1. The intersection of Causeway Dr. and South Lumina Ave. to the south end of the island

Therefore, the Division of Water Resources advises that when water is restored consumers boil all water used for human consumption (including drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes and food preparation) or use bottled water.


Vigorous boiling for one (1) minute should kill any disease-causing organisms that may be present in the water.     


Boiling water concentrates any levels of nitrates that may be present in the water. Infants below the age of six months and pregnant women should use an alternate water supply (e.g., bottled water) whenever possible.


This office is strongly urging the water consumers to conserve water whenever possible. 


This advisory remains in effect until further notification is issued.


This advisory issued on 6/16/16 by:


                                                          Town of Wrightsville Beach

                                                          Water and Sewer Dept.


Coastal Zone Mapping by the US Army Corps of Engineers
Date: 05/13/2016

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, McKim and Creed, and Esri will be completing Coastal Zone Mapping in Wrightsville Beach on Monday, May 16, 2016.  The mapping will be performed using a drone, or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System).

To minimize the risk of danger to beach patrons, there will be no pedestrian access to portions of the beach on May 16th between the hours of:

  1. 8:00 am to 8:30 am – No access from Beach Access 37 (Crystal Pier) to Beach Access 44 (Jack Parker Blvd.).
  2. 8:30 am to 9:30 am – No access from the Southern end of Wrightsville Beach from Access 44 (Jack Parker Blvd.) to the Coast Guard Station.
  3. 9:30 am to 10:30 am – No access to the beach within 300 ft of either side of the Masonboro Inlet Jetties.

2015 Self Above Service Award
Date: 02/10/2016

District Attorney's Office - Fifth District and the Wilmington Downtown Rotary Club honored Wrightsville Beach Police Officers Lieutenant Jason Bishop, Sergeant Jordan Smith and Officer Sten Taube with the 2015 Service Above Self Award. The award was given for a water rescue that saved the life of a man on June 7, 2015. District Attorney Ben David presented the award yesterday February 9, 2016 at the Wilmington Downtown Rotary Club at the Coastline Convention Center.

Death Investigation
Date: 01/07/2016

On January 7, 2016 at approximately 11:59 AM, Officers of the Wrightsville Beach Police Department received a call from New Hanover County 911 Communications in reference to a possible suicidal subject on the beach strand near beach access 2 on the north end of Wrightsville Beach.

Upon arrival, officers found a deceased white male, approximately 50 years of age suffering from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the head.

At this time the Wrightsville Beach Police is conducting a full death investigation pending a final determination from the medical Examiner's Office as to the actual cause of death.