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  • Leland police seek four women in scam

    Leland police are looking for four women involved in a scam.

    The women, each described as black with a medium build, entered Leland’s Walmart at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, and got more than $7,000 using a scam to obtain pre-paid Visa cards, according to a police department news release.

    The women were last seen driving a white SUV with a Florida license plate.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Jacob Schwenk at 371-1100.

  • Man arrested in Brunswick County faces charges in three states

    A man accused of committing property crimes in three states was arrested Oct. 10 as the result of a joint effort between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Horry County (S.C.) Police Department.

    James Douglas Valenti, 40, of Friendfield Terrace, Little River, S.C., is charged with receiving stolen goods/property, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property under false pretense, safecracking, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Pickup collision injures Leland pedestrian

    A Leland man suffered a broken collarbone after being hit by a pickup Oct. 10 in the 1900 block of Mount Misery Road, less than a mile from his residence.

    A 2007 Ford pickup driven south by 63-year-old Alton Nines of Currie hit 23-year-old Laney Huneycutt Jr. where Mount Misery and Leland School roads connect shortly after 8:30 p.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper R. McDermott said.

    An ambulance took Huneycutt to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for his injuries, which were not life-threatening.

  • Shallotte man faces felony drug, weapon charges in county case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Shallotte man on felony drug and weapon charges Oct. 12.

    Eugene Gause, 54, of Beach Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Canada to Keys ride raises money, awareness for suicide prevention

    CALABASH — About 14 years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Burke committed suicide

    The Navy seaman was the son of Curt Wildemann’s cousin, MaryAnn Burke, the cousin of Curt Wildemann

    Fast forward to February 2016 when Wildemann, of Henderson, Nev., is in Seattle to visit a friend. While he was there, his brother Mike told him MaryAnn and her husband Ray were in Seattle, too, to participate in one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s national Out of the Darkness walks.

  • Texas rescue dogs welcomed by N.C. foster homes

    Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Lone Star State, not the least of which were its most helpless victims — pets who were either separated from their owners or in need of attention at inundated shelters.

    The week of Oct. 1, it was local animal groups to the rescue as volunteers with Wilmington-based Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, with assistance from Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Paws-Ability, traveled 1,200 miles down to a Houston shelter to fetch some dogs in need of new homes.

  • Sunset Beach councilman confronts candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Drama erupted at the end of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday when town councilman Richard Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern as he was speaking and two board members intervened.

    The incident occurred while Nern was speaking about park fees during public comment at the Oct. 17 morning meeting.

    “When there’s no (waterfront) market next year, remember how the vote went,” Nern said after a majority of council voted Tuesday to increase park usage fees.

  • Grand jury indicts six men in federal drug trafficking case

    Six alleged members and associates of a drug trafficking organization operating out of Wilmington have been indicted for conspiring to distribute and possessing with the intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl, powder cocaine and crack cocaine following an investigation in which the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office participated, U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Tuesday.

    Firearm charges are pending against four of the men, all of whom are from Wilmington.  

  • Treats for troops

    Local trick-or-treaters will join kids across the nation in donating their Halloween candy by bringing it to Coastal Pediatric Dentistry.

    The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in care packages to U.S. service members deployed overseas in harm’s way and to first responders serving at home.

  • Breakfast with first responders in OIB

    Enjoy a free breakfast while meeting firefighters and police officers from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This is an opportunity to ask questions and learn helpful safety tips while getting to know first responders who keep the community safe.

    In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at the Betty S. Williamson meeting room at 3 W. Third St.