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  • Leland man faces statutory rape charge

    A Leland man is accused of committing statutory rape.

    Navassa police arrested Gregory Herbert Westfield, 46, at his home in the 1500 block of Dorsey Lane on Wednesday, Aug. 23, on a charge of statutory rape/sex offense with a person older than 6 and a charge of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show the crimes were committed against a 13-year-old between Sept. 1, 2013, and May 23, 2015.

    Westfield was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released Thursday, Aug. 24, on $250,000 bail.

  • Leland man accused of shooting into occupied Castle Hayne home

    A Leland man is accused of shooting into an occupied Castle Hayne home last week.

    James Leayon Tallman, 29, of Pinecliff Drive NE was arrested on Monday, Aug. 21, and charged with felony discharging a weapon into occupied property.

    A warrant shows on Sunday, Aug. 20, Tallman is accused of using a 9MM to shoot into a home in the 2200 block of Chair Road while it was occupied by three people.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jerry Brewer said the shooting was reported at 6:15 p.m. Sunday.

  • Leland, Oak Island men win big in lottery

    Michael Hill of Leland said he almost missed out on winning a $10 million lottery prize.

    Hill, a nuclear plant worker, stopped by the Maco Depot on Maco Road in Leland and bought an Extreme Millions scratch-off ticket. When he didn’t win, he went back to the clerk who sold it to him.

    “I joked with her, ‘How come you didn’t sell me a winning ticket?’” he said in a news release issued Saturday, Aug. 26, by the N.C. Education Lottery.

  • Two die in Oak Island House fire

    A 56-year-old man and his 16-year-old son died in a fire that destroyed their Oak Island home Thursday night.

    The cause of the fire that killed Edward Michael Mylod and his son, Casey Mylod, at 109 SE Second St., was ruled accidental, according to a joint news release from Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo and Police Chief Greg Jordan.

    Three other people, who were been identified, escaped the fire safely, according to the release .

  • $200K Power Play ticket sold in Oak Island

    North Carolinians, vying for the second largest Powerball jackpot ever, won big in Aug. 23’s drawing with nine tickets winning $50,000, six Power Play tickets winning $200,000 and one ticket winning $1 million.

    The $1 million ticket matched all five white balls and was sold at the Food Lion on East Wilson Avenue in Creedmoor in Granville County. The winning numbers in the drawing were 6-7-16-23-26 and 4 for the Powerball.

  • Local 9/11 memorial services announced

    On Sept. 11, there will be memorial services in remembrance of loved ones who fell victim to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Lions Club will begin the day waving flags from area bridges to welcome visitors to their city. The public is invited to attend all services.

    8 a.m.: A Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady Star of The Sea in North Myrtle Beach (SC) coordinated by the New York Retired Firefighters Association.

  • Leland preapres to honor veterans at Founders’ Day

    The town of Leland invites all local veterans to participate in the 28th annual Founders’ Day opening ceremonies Saturday, Sept. 9. The event will run from 3 to 9 p.m. and will feature special musical performances by Johnny White and the Elite Band, Justin Cody Fox and the Across the Bridge Band.

    Veterans are asked to check in at the Guest Services booth at the festival entrance at 102 Town Hall Drive no later than 2:45 p.m. Veterans will be seated in a special viewing area where they will be recognized for their service during the opening ceremonies at 3 p.m.

  • International Coastal Clean-up Sept. 16

    The town of Holden Beach will participate in the International Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 16. Participants will be assigned a beach access or waterway park area to clean.

    If interested, call Christy at Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488 to get your beach access assignment. Supplies can be picked up Sept. 14-15.

  • Delinquent tax letter prompts no investigation

    A letter sent to Brunswick County residents offering to buy properties with delinquent taxes won’t merit an investigation, just a “buyer beware” notice.

    Brunswick County officials posted the notice to residents on the county website last week stating if they received a letter claiming their property taxes are delinquent, it did not come from the county.

    “Any notice or communication of delinquent property taxes would come directly from the Brunswick County Tax Office,” spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • State commission to review GenX discharge

    The discharge of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, has the attention of the state Environmental Review Commission.

    House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate Leader Phil Berger scheduled a hearing on the discharge for Wednesday, Aug. 23, in Wilmington.

    The legislators announced the ERC meeting was planned to be the first of many the commission will hold to discuss GenX.