Parents asked to watch students’ social media after Topsail track coach charged with additional sex acts with student

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office is asking parents of students to keep watch over their children’s access to social media websites. Through their investigation, detectives have discovered that Garrison allegedly used Instagram and other common web sites to have inappropriate contact with some students.

Garrison Ahmad

PENDER COUNTY — A  former Topsail High School assistant teacher and track coach faces additional charges of sexual activity involving another female victim. Ahmad Rashad Garrison, 27, of 305 Cedar Island Trail in Holly Ridge, faces additional charges of four counts of sex act with a student, Pender County Sheriff’s Office Capt. James Rowell announced […]


Topsail High track coach resigns after being charged with human trafficking of a 14-year-old girl

An investigation began when the parents of the victim found inappropriate Instagram messages sent between their daughter and Garrison.

Garrison Ahmad

PENDER COUNTY — A Topsail High School assistant teacher and track coach has been charged with human trafficking in a case involving a 14-year-old former student at the school. Ahmad Rashad Garrison, 27, of 305 Cedar Island Trail, Holly Ridge, has been charged with one count each of human trafficking of a child victim and […]


Topsail baseball coach resigns after missing spring season

Coach Gehris shares a huge with Sam Luchansky after winning the state title. Photo by Joe Catenacci

HAMPSTEAD – Topsail High School is looking for someone to lead their baseball program following the resignation of head coach Jonathan “Granville” Gehris. Gehris officially stepped down on Friday of last week after missing the entire 2016 spring season. While the state championship coach was on paid administrative leave since late January, following an arrest […]