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  • Leland police add community crime map program

    LELAND — The Leland Police Department has a new mapping tool for incidents and arrests that provides an online map for residents.

    Town board meeting, Council members unanimously approved Oct. 19 authorizing an agreement for the LexisNexis Accurint Virtual Crime Center with a $9,000 contract for one year.

    Police Chief Mike James said there are two parts to the program: a public access side that provides information for Leland residents, including crime rates, and the map of its own locations.

  • Brunswick County GenX levels jump

    Brunswick County test results for the GenX chemical in the water supply spiked in mid-October, but the latest samples returned to the numbers that have been reported through the summer.

    Results reported Nov. 13 by county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson showed water samples taken Oct. 26 with levels of 39.5 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, and 38.4 parts per trillion in the finished water source.

  • County to add ‘In God We Trust’ to vehicles

    Brunswick County commissioners will add “In God We Trust” to all county vehicles.

    A one-and-a-half-inch sticker will be placed under the county seal, which is on the driver and passenger doors, of each county vehicle.

    Commissioner Marty Cooke requested a discussion to add the national motto to all county vehicles at the Oct. 16 county board meeting.

    The issue was tabled until November for county operation services director Stephanie Lewis to determine a design and cost for the addition.

  • Bridge expected to open before Shallotte Christmas parade

    SHALLOTTE — The new Mulberry Branch bridge on Bridgers Road is expected to open in time for Shallotte’s Christmas parade Saturday, Dec. 2.

    The B-440 bridge replacement project on Bridgers Road is not yet finished, planning director Robert Waring said during the town’s Board of Aldermen meeting Nov. 8.

    Mayor Walt Eccard raised the question about the Dec. 2 event, noting Bridgers Road is used for parade access.

  • WBHS honors veterans in Nov. 9 ceremony

    SHALLOTTE—Remembrance, not only for past and present veterans but for their families as well, is what United States Navy Captain Doug Elznic hoped attendees of Nov. 9’s West Brunswick High School Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony would take to heart. And not just remembrance, he said, but proper care for all veterans, no matter their situation.

  • Leland woman accused of trying to hit man with vehicle

    A Leland woman is accused of damaging two vehicles while trying to hit a man last month.

    Aon’dajua Swain, 18, of Brooklyn Street was arrested Oct. 31 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of injury to personal property, all misdemeanors.

    Warrants show Swain tried to run the man over with her vehicle, causing more than $200 in damage to his car and $200 in damage to another woman’s car, Oct. 16.

    Swain was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Nov. 1 on $20,000 bail.

  • Operation Safe Ride to target those who pass stopped school buses

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Brunswick County Schools are teaming again for Operation Safe Ride.

    According to a joint news release, a similar campaign has been conducted for the past two years, with the efforts resulting in a “reduction of infractions on some of the district’s most vulnerable routes.”

    Operation Safe Ride has been set to take place Nov. 13, Nov. 15 Nov. 27 and Nov. 29.

  • Operation Clean Slate to help veterans, spouses resolve misdemeanor cases

    Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus and New Hanover counties are participating in Operation Clean Slate on Friday, Nov. 17, to help veterans with misdemeanor cases.

    According to a news release, veterans and their spouses who are have traffic citations and pending non-violent misdemeanors are invited to address their cases during the event, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the New Hanover County Courthouse, 316 Princess St., Suite 543 in Wilmington.

  • Sex offender accused of being on middle school property

    A registered sex offender is accused of being on middle school property.

    Christopher Jason Long, 33, of Blue Banks Loop Road in Leland was arrested Nov. 7 and charged with being a sex offender on a child premises.

    Warrants show Long was at Leland Middle School on Nov. 6.

    Long was convicted Feb. 23, 2009of attempted indecent liberties with a child Jan. 1, 2007, North Carolina Department of Correction records show.

    Long remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $250,000 bail.

  • Winnabow woman faces fraud charges

    A Winnabow woman faces fraud charges in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 37-year-old Arthea Lanee Jacobs of Egret Nest Circle on embezzlement, obtaining property by false pretense, possession of five or more counterfeit instruments and uttering forged endorsement charges Oct. 31.

    Warrants show Jacobs embezzled 13 checks from her employer valued at a total of $16,250 and forging the owner’s name when she deposited them into her personal bank account between April 1 and Sept. 25.