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  • Man pleads guilty in 2014 shooting death at his residence

    BOLIVIA — A Supply man will spend at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge James Gregory Bell ordered 39-year-old William Calvin Steward to serve between 144 and 185 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, with credit for time served, after Steward pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 20, to second-degree murder.

  • Texas man arrested in computer scam

    BOLIVIA — A Texas man is charged in the case of a Calabash man whose money for a home purchase was intercepted via computer malware in December.

    Edward Hua of Sheldrake Court in Sugar Land was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with felony access government computers to defraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense greater than or equal to $100,000.

  • Bolivia felon accused of shooting into occupied car

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Bolivia man last week accused of shooting at two women in a car on Galloway Road in Bolivia.

    Nathan Rudolph Smith, 36, of Randolphville Road was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Warrants show Smith used a 9mm handgun to shoot into a black Toyota Corolla with two women inside Feb. 4.

  • Teen pleads guilty in fatal 2016 crash

    BOLIVIA — A Carolina Shores teen charged in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February 2016 received probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter Feb. 20.

    As part of an agreement, 19-year-old Devin Keither Harris also pleaded guilty to interfering with an electronic monitoring device, as well as three unrelated felony counts each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering.

  • Child abuse charges against Leland couple dismissed

    All misdemeanor child abuse charges filed against a Leland couple last April have been dismissed.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kellie Earle Hill and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Alexander Austin Dean, both of Sandy Hills Drive, were arrested April 18.

    Hill was charged with six counts of misdemeanor child abuse and Dean faced three counts of the same crime.

  • Man dies in crash at U.S. 17 and Maco Road

    A collision Monday morning at U.S. 17 and Maco Road killed the passenger in a pickup that ran into a tractor-trailer.

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash, but identified the passenger as 51-year-old Horace L. Gore Jr. of Leland to other media outlets Tuesday.

    Brunswick County Deputy Emergency Services Director/Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the victim died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • Man wanted in 2014 Navassa shooting returns to county

    A man wanted in a 2014 Navassa shooting is in custody in the Brunswick County Detention Facility after being arrested in Georgia.

    Anthony Damaud Anderson, 24, of Navassa, was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting of Tyson McMillan.

    Anderson is accused of shooting McMillan in the back after they argued Jan. 8, 2014, on a path between Water and Main streets in Navassa.

    McMillan has recovered fully.

  • Committee makes Leland business recommendations

    Leland’s Economic Development Committee created four recommendations for the town council from the business survey conducted in 2016.

    The LEDC sent out the business survey to 352 businesses in July to learn more about the business community, the hurdles business owners have faced, opportunities available and what is needed for the business environment to grow. An overview of the survey responses was completed in October.

  • Leland to study burying power lines

    LELAND — Burying power lines along Village Road could be the next move Leland officials make to ensure downtown development succeeds.

    The town board authorized an agreement with Duke Energy for an engineering study, design documents and estimated cost to move Village Road overhead power lines underground at its Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting.

    Officials also agreed to fund the study with a budget amendment appropriating $90,000 from the General Fund.

  • County commissioners agree to extend school board funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners approved at their Feb. 20 meeting extending the funding agreement with the Brunswick County Board of Education for the next four fiscal years.

    The funding agreement, begun in 1995, stipulates the school system receives 36.5 percent of ad valorem taxes collected after all general fund debts are paid for the year, which allows the school board and school administration to develop long-range budget plans.