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  • Joint investigation leads to three arrests in Leland

    An investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Police Department’s Drug Unit led to the arrest of three South Carolina men May 24 in Leland.

    Nathan Gipson, Buddy Ray Kinney and Victor Elijah Robinson were in the Wal-Mart parking lot when they tried to flee from agents and nearly hit some parked vehicles before they were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Agents seized 181 grams of methamphetamine from the men, she said.

  • Man, son die in Sunset Beach Jet Ski accident

    By Laura Lewis and Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writers

    SUNSET BEACH — A Georgia man and his son died after their Jet Ski struck the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Fishing Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach on Friday afternoon, May 27.

    The Brunswick County Coroner’s Office said John Wernowsky, 51, of Acworth, and his 10-year-old son, Jake, died of blunt force trauma injuries. Efforts to revive them after their watercraft struck the pier about 2:15 p.m. were unsuccessful.

  • Shallotte trio arrested after drug investigation

    Three Shallotte residents face drug charges after a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigation that began in April.

    Sabrina Lavonne Brewer, 27; Carly Sue Turbeville, 38; and David Carl Marlow Sr., 54, were arrested May 25 after agents seized four bags of heroin and needles from their residence on Tyron Road, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of pawning stolen items

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of trying to sell to a pawn shop items he’d stolen from several people.

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstacy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • Police seek help IDing couple in motel theft

    Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two people involved in a break-in and theft at Ocean Crest Motel on May 14.

    One is described as a black man 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 tall and weighing between 175 and 190 pounds. He was seen traveling in a dark-colored Chevrolet Cruz with an unknown woman who may be traveling to Wake County.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 278-5595 or at oidetectives@gmail.com.

  • SBHS senior dies in Wednesday morning traffic collision

    A South Brunswick High School senior has died following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday, May 25.

    Lily Beatini, 18, was on her way from the Southport area on N.C. 87 near Cougar Road to the school at the time of the accident, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki and Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said. 

    Shirley said the preliminary investigation shows Beatini lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, overcorrected, crossed the center line and was immediately struck by a waste industries vehicle.

  • ‘All clear’ bulletin issued after bomb threat at SBHS

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office issued an all-clear bulletin following a bomb threat evacuation May 25 at South Brunswick High School.

    Parents were asked not to come to the school and to monitor social media for additional updates. Students were reported safe.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded.

    The school was following standard safety protocols, according to updates.

    As a precautionary measure, South Brunswick Middle School was directed by the sheriff’s office to have shelter in place.

  • ‘All clear’ bulletin issued after bomb threat evacuation at South Brunswick High School

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office issued an all-clear bulletin following a bomb threat evacuation this morning at South Brunswick High School.

    Shelter that was in place for South Brunswick Middle School has also been lifted.

    Parents were asked not to come to the school and to monitor social media for additional updates. Students were reported as safe.

    Officials with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office were on the scene.

    The school was following standard safety protocols, according to updates.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council nixes reducing tax rate

    SUNSET BEACH —Sunset Beach Town Council has defeated 3-2 a motion to reduce the town’s ad valorem tax rate from the current 16 cents to 11.8 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The vote came at the board’s May 17 meeting after the reduction was proposed by councilman Richard Cerrato and seconded by councilman Mark Benton.

    A public hearing for the budget is scheduled for council’s upcoming meeting Monday, June 6.