Noxious smell at Microtel sends four people to hospital

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

SHALLOTTE—Four people were sent to the hospital Sunday after a noxious smell was reported in one of the rooms at the Microtel off U.S. 17.

Three housekeepers and one guest were treated and released from Brunswick Community Hospital, according to Lt. Scott Branning, of the Shallotte Police Department.

Branning said hotel management called 911 Sunday afternoon after three housekeepers were overwhelmed with noxious fumes coming from a third-floor room.

Shallotte police evacuated the hotel and called emergency management, fire and EMS departments and Sunny Point’s HAZMAT team.

After their assessment, the HAZMAT team determined nothing hazardous was in any of the rooms.

Emergency workers, including several fire departments, Brunswick County EMS and Shallotte Police were at the hotel for about four hours, Branning said.

Supply woman arrested for stealing, selling plants

Early Tuesday morning, Shallotte Police arrested 26-year-old Stephanie Jo Smith, of Woodduck Lane, after she was stopped with a truck full of stolen plants.

According to Branning, a patrolman noticed Smith driving a pickup truck full of plants on White Street, heading toward Smith Avenue.

After a routine traffic stop, Smith was unable to produce identification or receipts for the plants.

After a consent search of Smith’s home, police seized hundreds of stolen plants.

Branning said the stolen plants were from Home Depot, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Wal-Mart, and Smith was apparently selling the stolen plants.

Smith has been charged with misdemeanor larceny and released from the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $500 secured bond.

More charges are pending, Branning said.