Local News

  • Coast Guard rescues woman, daughter near Oak Island

    The Coast Guard rescued a woman and her 10-year-old daughter Saturday after rip currents pulled both out to sea near Oak Island and Bald Head Island.

    A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from the Coast Guard's station in Oak Island received a phone call from the North Carolina Marine Patrol about two people reported missing near Cape Fear River Inlet Buoy 11 at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic news release.

  • Leland man missing since March 15

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man last seen March 15 on Village Road.

    The last correspondence the family of Seth Dallas Thomas received from him was a text message sent March 23. The details of the text message didn’t cause the family any concern, according to a police department news release.

    Thomas, 35, is described as a 6-foot-2 white man weighing about 200 pounds with brown hair and blue yes. He was last seen driving a 1998 burgundy Ford F-150.

  • Man pulled from Holden Beach swimming pool

    A 76-year-old man was pulled from a Holden Beach swimming pool Thursday morning.

    His name and condition were not released.

    Emergency responders were dispatched to a home in the 1200 block of Ocean Boulevard West at 11:50 a.m. regarding an “unknown problem,” according to a Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad news release. They found bystanders performing CPR on the man, who had been pulled from the pool.

    It was reported the man was found facedown in the water, Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne said.  

  • Two dead, two injured in two-vehicle Supply crash

    A two-vehicle crash Wednesday night in Supply killed two people, including an infant, and injured two others.

    Johnny Paul Garnett, 23, of Holden Beach and the 6-month-old, who has not been named, died of their injuries, North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. M.W. King said.

    They died after two vehicles collided at Holden Beach Road and Stanbury Road SW about 9:30 p.m., said Dave Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

  • Southport police seek missing woman

    Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a woman missing since July 3.

    Kayla Alley Griffin was last seen leaving Dosher Memorial Hospital at 924 N. Howe St. She was under observation for “suicidal issues,” according to a police department Facebook post.

    Griffin is described as a 22-year-old white woman with blondish brown hair and green eyes and a pierced lip.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Kevin Long at 457-7911.

  • Shallotte names new police chief

    By Janine Piburn

    Beacon Correspondent

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte’s new police chief was sworn in to office at the regular meeting of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen on July 5.

    Scott Branning is new to the position, but not to the force. He’s been with the department since August 1997 after starting his law enforcement career in Roxboro in 1993. He worked his way up through the ranks from patrol and has been ranked as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major.

  • Crew helps clean, create biking trail in Brunswick Nature Park

    WINNABOW — Living in Brunswick County means living in a flat marshland, so anyone wanting to take a mountain bike for a spin will most likely take their rough ride on a man-made trail.

    That’s exactly what the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps provided last week when it kicked off its fifth summer season by deploying a crew to Brunswick Nature Park, wrapping up its three weeks of work throughout the state. The park in Winnabow is a North Carolina Coastal Land Trust protected property.

  • Shallotte police seek Wal-Mart shoplifter

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s assistance to find a woman who shoplifted about $500 in items from Wal-Mart last week.

    Detective Cory McLamb said the woman, described as a white with a medium to large build, came into the store about 1 p.m. June 30 and stole two flat-screen TVs, Charmin toilet paper, an unspecified brand of paper towels and an unnamed brand of dog food.

    Anyone with information is asked to call McLamb at 754-6008.

  • Man charged in attempted Oak Island kidnapping

    Police arrested a man accused of trying to steal a vehicle with a pregnant mother and child inside in Oak Island.

    Joseph “Joe” Dylan Dreisonstok, 24, of Wilmington was arrested Monday morning and faces charges of assault on a female, attempted larceny and larceny of a motor vehicle, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    Warrants were served on Dreisonstok in the July 1 incident on South Middleton Avenue, according to an Oak Island Police Department Facebook post.

    Dreisonstok remains jailed on $100,000 bail.

  • Municipal elections filing period open

    Brunswick County’s election filing period for Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities, two sanitary districts and the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees opened at noon Friday, July 7.

    Election filing will continue through noon Friday, July 21.

    Brunswick County’s municipal elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

    Bald Head Island

    Mayor Andy Sayre filed July 7 to run for re-election.