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  • School officials, detectives address system network hack

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an unknown hacker who has disrupted the school district’s Internet connectivity.

    In a news release issued March 25, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said members of the school district’s technology department are working to identify and mitigate distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) issues impacting the system’s network since schools began the spring semester in January.

  • Jury selection continues in trial of man accused of killing 3-year-old

    BOLIVIA — Twelve jurors have officially been seated in the murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in Shallotte more than three years ago.

    Two alternate jurors must be selected before opening statements can begin in Brunswick County Superior Court in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty, charge against son dismissed

    The mother of a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, while the same charge against his brother was voluntarily dismissed.

    Katherine Carter and her son, Curtis Wayne Hewett, are accused of helping 23-year-old William Hewett in his alleged escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Jan. 29. They and others were charged with animal cruelty after several animals were found in poor health at the family’s compound on Trails End during the ensuing manhunt, Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • Investigators arrest three men on drug trafficking charges

    Investigators have arrested three men who are accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of cocaine from Detroit to southeastern North Carolina, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Investigators seek owners of abandoned horses

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services is seeking assistance from the public in locating the person or people responsible for abandoning two horses last month in the Ash area.

    A tan female pony was found on Camp Branch Road about12:30 a.m. March 20. A large brown male horse was found several hours later on Egypt Road.

    Both animals were checked by a local large-animal veterinarian, according to a news release issued Wednesday, March 25, by sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

  • Jury selection continues in trial of man accused of killing 3-year-old boy

    BOLIVIA — Three new jurors have been chosen in the murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Friday, March 27, marked the fourth consecutive full day of jury selection in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray of Wilmington, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

    For four days, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger and Murray’s lawyer, James Payne, conducted extensive questioning with potential jurors in the case.

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss entire jury pool

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to dismiss an entire jury pool in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Thursday marked the third consecutive day of jury selection in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Rolling car injures two Leland officers

    Two Leland police officers suffered minor injuries during a traffic stop.

    Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Leland Officer Inman Rahman attempted a traffic stop at U.S. 74/76 west near the Mount Misery Road exit.

    The driver, Benjamin Patrick Jr., failed to yield to blue lights and siren for a short distance. Once he stopped, he had to be pulled from his vehicle.

    Patrick failed to put his vehicle into park and it began to roll backward, striking Rahman and Officer Jeff Salyer with the open door.

  • Accused child murderer’s lawyer moves to dismiss jury pool

    BOLIVIA — The lawyer for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy filed an oral motion to dismiss an entire jury pool after multiple potential jurors discussed the case outside the Brunswick County Superior Court courtroom with a television reporter Wednesday, March 25.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate jumps to 8 percent to start 2015

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate climbed to 8 percent in January 2015.

    The rate increased from 6.3 percent in December 2014 and was closer to January 2014’s high of 8.6 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate last hit 8 percent unemployment in December 2013.

    The county hit a two-year low at 6.0 percent in October 2014 but has increased each month since.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.