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  • 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.

  • Man hospitalized after single-vehicle DWI crash

    A man remained at an area hospital Monday afternoon after crashing his vehicle while impaired, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

    No one else was injured in the single-vehicle crash.

    Dennis James Lynch, 49, of Carolina Beach was driving his Nissan Quest south on N.C. 87, 1.7 miles south of Northwest, rounded a curve and ran off the right side of the road at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Trooper John King said. The vehicle went airborne before hitting a large tree, landing upright and pinning Lynch inside.

  • Two-month investigation nets two drug arrests

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents arrested two people on drug charges following a two-month multi-agency investigation.  

    Deonte Xavier Bigelow, 27, of Manning Way in Elon and Courtnae Shantae Wiley, 27, of Chestnut Street in Burlington were arrested Nov. 8 and each charged with two counts of trafficking in cocaine, conspiracy to traffic in cocaine and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Couple charged in rash of Bolivia break-ins

    Investigators charged a Robeson County couple in a rash of break-ins in Bolivia.

    Cody Shenny Locklear, 24, of Shannon Drive in Shannon and his wife, Kameron Jessica Locklear, 24, of Annease Drive in Fairmont, were both arrested Nov. 9.

  • Carolina Shores gets $574,454 FEMA money for Hurricane Matthew

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town of Carolina Shores has received $574,454.18 in newly released Federal Emergency Management Association reimbursement money for Hurricane Matthew costs.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting Thursday, Nov. 9, said the check had been received that day through the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

  • Hunger & Homeless Banquet and Soup Luncheon Nov. 18 in Leland

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition presents the Sixth Annual Hunger & Homeless Banquet and Soup Luncheon 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Brunswick Center, 121 Town Hall Drive NE in Leland.

    The annual event always takes place in November in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, which is from Nov. 11 to 19 this year.

    This year’s event program is “Ending Homelessness in Brunswick County.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

  • Sheriff's office safely locates missing woman

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office announced Monday they have safely located a woman last seen Nov. 8

    According to a Sunday Facebook post, Kaylyn Nicole Holler, 23, was last seen leaving her home on North Red Bug Road on Nov. 8.