Local News

  • Four people face drug charges in separate cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested four people on drug charges in separate cases.

    ·      Jenna Lynn Cerniglia, 25, of Gores Landing Road SW in Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Cerniglia had 4.8 grams of cocaine and a plastic baggie Feb. 14.

  • Former Navassa officer’s lawyer blames stress, PTSD for shooting report

    A former Navassa cop accused of staging a shooting in April did so because of work and personal stressors, his attorney said in court Feb. 9.

    Thomas Moshe Cutler, 25, of Oak Island, was arrested May 1 and charged with filing a false report to a police station. Assistant District Attorney Jacob Ward said Cutler now also faces a charge of obstructing justice.

    Cutler was booked and released May 1 on $5,000 bail, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said previously.

  • Bolivia man faces dozens of felony charges

    A Bolivia man is accused of using his parents’ checkbook to make more than $800 in grocery store purchases three months ago.

    Danford G. Clemmons, 59, was arrested Feb. 8 and charged with 22 counts each of uttering a forged instrument, obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor counts of larceny, according to warrants released by Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

  • Duo to spend decades in prison for Leland woman’s slaying

    WHITEVILLE — Two of the three people charged in the 2015 killing of a Leland woman in a plot to steal her money and car each were sentenced to decades in prison Wednesday.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge Robert Floyd sentenced Michael Jesse Williams, 33, and Kayla Turner, 21, separately for their roles in the death of Alicia Deans, a 26-year old mother of two, on April 28, 2015.

  • Man to spend more than a year in prison for Sunset Beach drug death

    A Lake Waccamaw man will spend at least a year in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the 2016 drug death of a man in Sunset Beach.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 36-year-old Hunter McCrae Morgan to serve between 17 and 30 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served after Morgan pleaded guilty Feb. 13.

  • State announces $1 million to improve public beach access

    The state Division of Coastal Management recently announced the availability of about $1 million in funding to local help governments in 20 coastal counties improve public access to coastal beaches and waters for the 2018-19 fiscal year. The Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program provides matching funds to local governments in those counties.

  • Councilmen dredge up Jinks Creek concerns

    SUNSET BEACH — Two town councilmen expressed concern Tuesday after learning proposed dredging for the Sunset Beach island now includes the northern portion of Jinks Creek.

    “Why wasn’t this brought up before?” councilman Richard Cerrato asked during a project update by consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol at the Feb. 19 council workshop.

    Neal said he believed the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management wanted to interpret the rules to avoid Jinks Creek and tie in a “deep-water section or hole” near Palm Cove.

  • Library manager assesses future move

    Hickmans Crossroads Library branch manager Christi Iffergan is targeting this summer for the library’s planned move to Brunswick Community College’s former South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17.

    She said the new library will also need a new name, since it will no longer be located at Hickmans Crossroads, in addition to new furnishings and shelving, describing the latter in particular as “not cheap.”

  • Calabash proceeds with park site appraisal

    CALABASH — The town is moving ahead with preliminary measures for its newly acquired riverfront parkland.

    The town board of commissioners last week approved authorizing Town Administrator Chuck Nance to proceed with seeking proposals for appraisal of the 1.42-acre property overlooking the Calabash River near the bridge at Beach Drive, which was purchased by the town last August for a future park.

  • CRC chairwoman calls for offshore drilling stance

    SUNSET BEACH — The chairwoman of the state Coastal Resources Commission last week called for the board to consider taking a stand on offshore drilling in the wake of proposed plans opening up off the North Carolina coast.

    CRC chairwoman Renee Cahoon of Nags Head, speaking on the second day of the two-day CRC meeting at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach, said it’s time for the commission to act on the issue.