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  • Former dance studio owner faces two more indictments

    The former owner of a Leland dance studio has been charged in two more indictments related to a 2012 case involving the sexual assault of a child.

    Leland police charged 40-year-old Jamie Kyle Watson of Holly Street with two counts of sexual offense with a child younger than 13 on Aug. 17, 2012.

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted Watson on March 14 on a charge of soliciting sexual offense with child-adult offender and two counts each of indecent liberties with child and sexual offense with child-adult offender.

  • Former dance studio owner faces two more indictments

    The former owner of a Leland dance studio has been charged in two more indictments related to a 2012 case involving the sexual assault of a child.

    Leland police charged 40-year-old Jamie Kyle Watson of Holly Street with two counts of sexual offense with a child younger than 13 on Aug. 17, 2012.

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted Watson on March 14 on a charge of soliciting sexual offense with child-adult offender and two counts each of indecent liberties with child and sexual offense with child-adult offender.

  • Second teen charged in deadly Shallotte crash

    Another Brunswick County teen is charged in a Shallotte crash in February that killed his friend and injured his brother.

    Justice Harris, 16, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, as statutory language includes anyone who willfully takes or operates a vehicle of someone else without his permission, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who is prosecuting the case. He was booked at Brunswick County Detention Facility on Friday, April 8, and released the same day on a $1,000 bail, records show.

  • Hands and hearts from Horry to New Hanover counties

    SUPPLY ­— “With the grain.”

    “Sand it.”

    “Blow the dust.”

    “Continue sanding.”

    With these simple commands, students participating in the Communities In Schools of Brunswick County after-school program at Cedar Grove Middle School sanded down chairs April 5. 

  • Local lottery winner’s boyfriend heading to prison

    The boyfriend of Shallotte Powerball winner Fontella Marie Holmes has been sentenced to serve at least seven-and-a-half years and up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking Wednesday, April 7, with credit for time already served.

  • Ex-cop’s trial in teen’s slaying moved to April 19 in Brunswick County

    A former Southport police sergeant who shot a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago will now stand trial Tuesday, April 19in Brunswick County, the District Attorney’s Office said.

    The decision to keep 46-year-old Bryon Vassey’s bench trial case in-county came after Vassey’s lawyer, James Payne of Shallotte, and his co-counsel, Michael McGuiness of Elizabethtown, moved March 29 that the charge against Vassey be dropped and for a change of venue, citing concerns for Vassey’s safety.

  • OIB commissioners tap Blythe to serve out Grantham’s term

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners selected Carolyn Parker Blythe to replace D.B. Grantham on the town board Tuesday, April 12.

    “Unfortunately, Commissioner Grantham resigned because he moved outside of the city limits,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

    Commissioner Betty Williamson nominated Blythe, who was unanimously approved by the remaining four commissioners.

  • Leland’s first Gateway district subdivision approved

    LELAND — Leland’s planning board approved a preliminary subdivision plan March 29 for the first development tailored to the town’s Gateway project.

    Harrington Village subdivision is a multifamily development planned off of Village Road between Baldwin Drive and Fairview Road.

    Harrington Village Developers LLC purchased eight parcel totaling 19.73 acres, including the Leland Flea Market property that faces Village Road.

  • New LCAC manager wants to put programs into community hands

    LELAND — The future of the Leland Cultural Arts Center will be molded by manager Julianne Scott, who started working for the town March 29.

    “My main concern is growth. We want to expand our offerings to get more people here, especially more young people,” Scott said.

    Leland officials set goals at a Jan. 28 vision meeting for LCAC to add more classes and activities with a new manager after Jill Brown resigned as manager at the end of 2015.

  • Leland pinwheels for child abuse prevention

    LELAND — Leland police built a pinwheel garden in the grass in front of town hall this week to promote awareness of child abuse prevention.

    Lts. Jeremy Humphries and Josh Spence, Officers Inman Rahman and Jackie Roman, and intern Tyler McElroy helped set up the display with pinwheels and signs of support in an effort to get the word out about Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed in April.