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Today's News

  • Agents arrest four men on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested four men on drug charges in separate incidents, according to a news release.

    · Festes James Lance, 42, of School House Road in Ash, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Oak Island police charge seven in break-ins

    Oak Island police charged five people, including two registered sex offenders, April 26 in a series of vehicle and residential break-ins that began in November 2015, according to a town news release issued Thursday, April 28

    · Joseph Ryan Crone, 34, of Akron, Ohio, is charged with first-degree burglary and incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail.

  • Teens charged in NBHS break-in

    Leland police charged three teens and are looking for a fourth person in a break-in at North Brunswick High School.

    School staff reported the break-in April 9 after they found a door at the school unsecured, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release Thursday, April 28. Among the items stolen were an X-Box 360 with games, a portable speaker and Oakley sunglasses.

  • County track teams compete in conference championships

    LELAND — North Brunswick’s boys finished first and North’s girls finished second in the East Central Conference track and field championships.

    North’s boys scored 197 points in the six-team meet May 5 at North. Croatan was second (121.25).

    For North, Jayhlen Washington won the 110-meter hurdles race (14.0 seconds), the long jump (23 feet, 4.5 inches) and the triple jump (46-0). Larry Hobbs was third in the long jump (19-9).

    Cameron Barnhill won the 100-meter run (10.9) and the 200 (23.1).

  • Judge begins deliberating on Vassey trial verdict

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge has begun deliberating on a verdict in the case of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Trojans beat New Hanover 3-1

    West Brunswick beat New Hanover 3-1 May 4 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game.

    Winning pitcher Johnathan Carlyle (8-0) gave up six hits in seven innings. He struck out three, walked one and hit one batter.

    West scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth in taking a 3-1 lead. With one out, Ashburn reached on an error. He stole second and scored on a two-out double by Tyler McDuffie. Carlyle singled home McDuffie.

  • Closing arguments scheduled Thursday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — Closing arguments are expected to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014. He was the last of three officers to arrive on scene that day.

  • Vassey takes stand in his manslaughter trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Former Southport police sergeant Bryon Vassey said he had no choice but to shoot and kill Keith Vidal in his Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Vassey testified in his own defense Tuesday, May 3, the 11th day of his trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge in the death of the schizophrenic teen.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, April 18

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Options for making your garden sweet

     Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickening-sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden. Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down. Luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.