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Brian David Sltsgaver
Brian David Saltsgaver

A volunteer firefighter has resigned with the Leland Fire and Rescue Department after he was charged in connection with sending lewd photographs to teenage girls through a messaging app.

Brian David Saltsgaver, 49, of Liz Lane in Leland, is charged with indecent liberties with a child, nine counts of felony dissemination of obscenity and four counts of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

According to arrest warrants, Saltsgaver is charged with requesting and sending sexual obscenities to two females, ages 14 and 15, over KIK messenger app between July 2-27.

Saltsgaver was employed at the Leland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department from Feb. 2, 2002 until July 27, when he resigned, according to Chief John Grimes.

“[The department] is aware of the charges that have been filed against Brian David Saltsgaver. We have cooperated fully with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit in their investigation of this alleged crime,” Grimes said in a news release Tuesday.

Saltsgaver was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $1 million secured bond.


Police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station convenience store early Tuesday morning.

A white man with a knife entered the Scotchman, 4405 S. 17th St., at about 2:20 a.m., according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay. The suspect reportedly demanded money and chased the store clerk out of the front door.

The suspect left the store in a dark colored SUV toward South College Road, Lindsay said.

The suspect is described as white male in his 30s, who is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds. He wore a long-sleeve gray shirt, dark blue jeans, a dark hat and had a five o’clock shadow.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.

New Hanover County

Lamar Walker
Lamar Walker

A registered sex offender was sentenced to more than three years in prison after pleading guilty to a shooting in September 2012.

Lamar Mauice Walker, 35, pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of firearm by felon in connection with a shooting in the Hillcrest community in Wilmington on Sept. 13, 2012, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David.

Walker, of Wilmington, pleaded guilty to his involvement in encouraging his co-defendant in the case–35-year-old Pedro Lopez–to shoot a man, David said.

“State alleged that Walker put Lopez up to the crime. Walker sent a text message a few moments before the shooting to a witness at the scene…Walker told detectives with the Wilmington Police Department that he was not in the area of the crime at the time of the shooting, but telephone records placed him nearby,” David said.

Pedro Lopez
Pedro Lopez

Lopez pleaded guilty in the case on March 24, 2014. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, he was convicted of attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.

According to the National Sex Offender Registry, Walker was convicted of indecent liberties with a child on Feb. 15, 2001, in New Hanover County. He registered on Feb. 21, 2001.