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  • Two men sought in wallet theft

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are looking for two men suspected of larceny and fraud.

    Someone accidentally left his wallet on a washing machine while doing laundry Dec. 5 at River Run Laundromat at 4956 Long Beach Road in Southport, according to a news release. He contacted the business the next day and was told no one had turned it in. When he called his bank, he found out many transactions totaling more than $500 were debited from his account.

  • Wilmington man arrested after chase near Maco

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested a Wilmington man on traffic violations and drug charges after he led them on a high-speed chase to the Columbus County line Friday afternoon, Dec. 19.

  • Investigators find no evidence man posed as Red Cross official

    Investigators have found no evidence indicating a Leland man accused of leading police on a chase Dec. 15 defrauded the American Red Cross, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, is charged with failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen goods, felony speeding to elude arrest and driving while license revoked-driving while impaired revocation, Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell said.

  • Investigators arrest two on larceny charges

    Two Little River, S.C., residents face larceny charges after detectives said they conspired to steal items from a Calabash gift store.

    Investigators arrested 21-year-old Kyle Hugh Kenon and 38-year-old Courtney Margaret Mittlestadt on Dec. 16.

    Kenon is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise, mostly jewelry, from Callahan’s of Calabash Nautical Gifts on Beach Drive, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Police seek man who robbed Dollar General

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of robbing Dollar General on Dec. 16.

    At 9:30 p.m., the man entered the store and “forcefully took money” from an employee, according to a news release from town spokeswoman Rachel Johnson.

    The robber, who is described as a 5-foot-8, 180-pound white man, lingered around the store briefly before taking an undisclosed amount of money. He is believed to have left in a silver Buick.

    No one was hurt during the robbery.

  • Beach consortium reorganizes board after Caswell Beach fund complaint

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Brunswick Beaches Consortium took the first steps to reorganize after former chairman, Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, was removed from representing his town.

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith ran the Dec. 11 BBC meeting.

    “I feel this organization has been very beneficial to the communities of Brunswick County. Working together we accomplish more than working separately,” she said.

  • Belville makes zoning changes for potential H2GO water treatment plant

    BELVILLE — Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO was denied a zoning change in Leland to build a water treatment plant, so it brought its proposal to Belville.

    At the December board meeting Monday night, Dec. 15, Belville commissioners approved a set of text amendments to provide for and regulate a reverse osmosis water facility in the town’s Industrial District.

    The board voted unanimously, 3-0. Commissioner Pat O’Bryant was not in attendance.

  • Ocean Isle officials endorse a change to oceanfront setback rules

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved a request to send to North Carolina’s Coastal Resources Commission to consider amending oceanfront setback rules for the town.

    The setback rules require a static line — the first line of stable, natural vegetation that exists before a renourishment project is used to mark where the setback begins, regardless of the location of the actual first line of vegetation after the nourishment project.

  • Brunswick board approves land sale to state for $300,000

    Brunswick County commissioners have approved the sale of 397.85 acres to the state for $300,000.

    The land is east of River Road SE (NC 133) near the entrance road to Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal.

    County Attorney Huey Marshall said the county was preparing to sell the property to the Nature Conservancy with funding from Pittman-Robertson Land Acquisition Grant.

  • Brunswick County unemployment rate lowest in years at 6 percent

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 6 percent in October, beating the two-year low of 6.3 percent unemployment reached in April.

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

    The county unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a point from September, the same rate as the state unemployment rate, which decreased from 6.1 percent to 5.5 percent.