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  • County eliminates special assessment district policy to review cost sharing

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners abandoned a special assessment district policy after realizing public money would pay for more than 50 percent of the first approved project.

    In September, they unanimously approved a resolution for a water special assessment district for Marsh Bay Estates off Sunset Harbor Road SE next to South Brunswick Charter School in Bolivia.

  • Detectives seek man on kidnapping, assault charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is looking for a Leland man accused of causing a woman to lose an eye after he assaulted her.

    Jemar Lee Bell, 37, of Bell Way Drive faces first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female charges.

    Warrants show Bell assaulted the woman, resulting in the loss of her right eye, and choked her from behind to the point she felt she would pass out during incidents that happened between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14.

  • Southport women face cocaine charges in separate cases

    Two Southport women face cocaine charges in separate Brunswick County cases.

    Sarah Elaine Walker, 32, of Fairway Drive is charged with possession of a controlled substance on jail premises, possession of cocaine, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

  • Leland police seek four women in scam

    Leland police are looking for four women involved in a scam.

    The women, each described as black with a medium build, entered Leland’s Walmart at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, and got more than $7,000 using a scam to obtain pre-paid Visa cards, according to a police department news release.

    The women were last seen driving a white SUV with a Florida license plate.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Jacob Schwenk at 371-1100.

  • Man arrested in Brunswick County faces charges in three states

    A man accused of committing property crimes in three states was arrested Oct. 10 as the result of a joint effort between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Horry County (S.C.) Police Department.

    James Douglas Valenti, 40, of Friendfield Terrace, Little River, S.C., is charged with receiving stolen goods/property, breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property under false pretense, safecracking, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Pickup collision injures Leland pedestrian

    A Leland man suffered a broken collarbone after being hit by a pickup Oct. 10 in the 1900 block of Mount Misery Road, less than a mile from his residence.

    A 2007 Ford pickup driven south by 63-year-old Alton Nines of Currie hit 23-year-old Laney Huneycutt Jr. where Mount Misery and Leland School roads connect shortly after 8:30 p.m., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper R. McDermott said.

    An ambulance took Huneycutt to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for his injuries, which were not life-threatening.

  • Shallotte man faces felony drug, weapon charges in county case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Shallotte man on felony drug and weapon charges Oct. 12.

    Eugene Gause, 54, of Beach Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance, possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Canada to Keys ride raises money, awareness for suicide prevention

    CALABASH — About 14 years ago, 21-year-old Matthew Burke committed suicide

    The Navy seaman was the son of Curt Wildemann’s cousin, MaryAnn Burke, the cousin of Curt Wildemann

    Fast forward to February 2016 when Wildemann, of Henderson, Nev., is in Seattle to visit a friend. While he was there, his brother Mike told him MaryAnn and her husband Ray were in Seattle, too, to participate in one of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s national Out of the Darkness walks.

  • Texas rescue dogs welcomed by N.C. foster homes

    Hurricane Harvey wrought havoc on the Lone Star State, not the least of which were its most helpless victims — pets who were either separated from their owners or in need of attention at inundated shelters.

    The week of Oct. 1, it was local animal groups to the rescue as volunteers with Wilmington-based Chihuahua Rescue & Transport, with assistance from Rescue Animals Community Effort (R.A.C.E.) and Paws-Ability, traveled 1,200 miles down to a Houston shelter to fetch some dogs in need of new homes.

  • Sunset Beach councilman confronts candidate

    SUNSET BEACH — Drama erupted at the end of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Tuesday when town councilman Richard Cerrato confronted council candidate Charlie Nern as he was speaking and two board members intervened.

    The incident occurred while Nern was speaking about park fees during public comment at the Oct. 17 morning meeting.

    “When there’s no (waterfront) market next year, remember how the vote went,” Nern said after a majority of council voted Tuesday to increase park usage fees.