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Courts

  • Gause sentenced to more than 10 years for habitual felon, cocaine possession

    James Alfonzo Gause has been convicted of possession of cocaine and being a habitual felon. Last week, Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Gause, 38, to 10 years and four months in N.C. Department of Corrections.

    Assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said a jury deliberated for 40 minutes for the cocaine possession charge and six minutes for the habitual felon charge.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 12, 13, 17 and 18 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Nov. 12

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Jeffrey Clyde Baker, fictitious/canceled/revoked registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    George Richard Barry, gill net violation, prayer for judgment continued and costs; without holding commercial fishing license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge John Smith with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Nov. 3:

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged David Carl Collins, 44, of 2 Lee Drive, Wilmington, with driving while impaired Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Kangaroo parking lot. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $500 secured bond.

  • Former detention officer charged with assault

    A former Brunswick County detention officer has been charged with assault on a female.

    Shallotte Police charged Gregory Robert Smith, 26, of 628 Village Road, Shallotte, with assault on a female Nov. 19.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said Smith was employed as a detention officer from March 11, 2008, until he resigned Nov. 20.

    Smith was making an annual salary of $28,789, Miller said.

    Smith’s district court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

  • Teen charged with burglary

     SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a teenager Sunday and charged him on several counts of burglary and larceny.

    Charles Arthur Smith, 16, of Maxton, was charged Nov. 9 with first-degree burglary, larceny after burglary and four counts of breaking and entering of motor vehicles in Sunset Beach.

  • Public record

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 5, 6, 7 and 10 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Nov. 5

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtrooms clerk Michelle Warth and Lisa Quick:

    James C. Abernathy, improper equipment, costs.

    Kellie Jean Abernethy, improper equipment, $25 and costs; no operator’s license, expired registration card/tag, expired/no inspection sticker, all voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Craig Ellis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Oct. 27:

    Sarah Elizabeth Allan, 16, of 162 NW 5th St., Oak Island; three counts felony break or enter a motor vehicle, three counts misdemeanor attempted larceny.

    Carl Henry Alston, 35, of 457 Colony Lane SE, Leland; felony murder, felony first-degree rape, felony first-degree kidnapping.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incident last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    • A hit-and-run accident on Causeway Drive. A vehicle backed into a parked vehicle and left the scene.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit issued the following charges last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Reese Talbort McDonald, 20, of 205 NE 54th St., Bolivia; charged with felony possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Bobbi Lynn Davis, 37, of 2371 Captains Wheel Ave., Holden Beach; charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.