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Today's News

  • Man sentenced to 84-103 years for sex offense on a child

    A jury convicted Norman Ray Roberts III on 16 counts of first-degree sex offense on a child under the age of 13 Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Roberts to 84-103 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Roberts was arrested in April 2007, and had been in the Brunswick County Detention Center since that time. Assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart was the prosecutor on the case.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 16, 17, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 16

    Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Jennifer Hearn:

    Christopher James Allen, carrying concealed gun, voluntarily dismissed, complied with deferred prosecution.

    Matthew James Bawden, misdemeanor breaking or entering, voluntarily dismissed.

  • E-mails are no way to conduct public business

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it until elected and government officials in Brunswick County clearly get the message—doing public business out of the public eye is wrong and violates the spirit of open meetings and public records laws.

    Last week, we took Carolina Shores commissioners to task about seeking a consensus on a public matter through e-mail, only to turn around and find out Brunswick County Board of Education members have done the same.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Sept. 14:

    Cooper lee Anderson, 44, of 3881 Central Ave., Shallotte; felony indecent liberties with child, felony first-degree sex offense with child.

    Mark Slade Andrews, 36, of 5138 Nesting Lane, Ocean Isle Beach; seven counts felony statutory rape/sex offense, four counts felony indecent liberties with child.

  • Travel tips from an expert

    Charlie Stokes of Holden Beach spent his lifetime traveling the world, first in the military and then for the State Department. He has been in 85 different countries in Europe, Asia, South American and Australia. When it comes to travel in strange and exotic places, Stokes is an expert.

  • Inmate, convicted sex offender dies in jail of heart attack

    BOLIVIA—Seventy-seven year old Collis Hewett, the former South Brunswick custodian who was convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing a student, was found dead in his jail cell at Brunswick County Detention Center Tuesday night.

    Hewett died of a heart attack, chief deputy Charlie Miller said.

  • Two teens injured in Easy Street shooting

    Two teens were injured last week after investigators say they were shot at while sitting in a vehicle on Easy Street in Bolivia.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Anthony Johnson, 17, of 22 Sharrow Estates, Supply, and Bradley Williams, 16, of 1174 Easy St., Bolivia, were sitting in a vehicle parked in front of 1174 Easy St. when Jaquan Lamont Holland, 21, and Brittany Leann Smith, 17, drove past them.

  • Leland man arrested for rape, kidnapping

    A Leland man was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping and rape.

    Christopher Ryan Dayton, 23, of 3240 Mount Misery Road, Leland, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, and charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and crimes against nature, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Carter said.

  • Wrong inmate accidentally released from detention center

    A case of alleged stolen identity led to the wrong inmate being released from the Brunswick County Detention Center on Sunday night.

    Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, was released from the detention center around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    But Rodriquez-Aguilar, who was arrested for failure to appear Sept. 17, was not supposed to be released, Miller said. Rodriquez-Aguilar allegedly used another inmate’s identification to be released, which he had been planning for about two weeks, Miller said.

  • Illiteracy comes home to roost

    It was a wintry day during 2001 in Pristina, Kosovo, when as an U.S. International Police Officer for the United Nations, I was dispatched to a routine call for broken windows at a high school.

    That day generated my continuing interest in education for the disadvantaged and abating the tragic effects of illiteracy right here in Brunswick County.

    Beginning in Kosovo