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  • DA: Officer justified in fatal shooting

    BOLIVIA — Leland police Officer Jacob Schwenk was justified in using fatal force against the man who shot at him during an attempted traffic stop last month, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office determined.

    Schwenk and Brent Quinn, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times Dec. 9, 2016.

    David held a news conference Jan. 11 at the Brunswick County Courthouse less than 24 hours after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation completed its independent investigation of the case having interviewed Schwenk the morning of Jan. 10.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available beginning Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • CIS to discontinue before and after-school programs, summer camp

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County will no longer off fee-based before and after-school programs or its summer camps when the spring 2017 semester ends.

    CIS executive director Bonnie Jordan said there are no plans to bring the programs back after June.

    Instead, she said in a Jan. 20 news release, CIS is focusing on its outcome-based programs.

  • Shallotte traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man after finding drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

    Tysean Ja’mar Pigott, 25, of McMilly Road NW was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 11, and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Leland police seek meat thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman they say stole meat from Piggly Wiggly on Village Road on Jan. 2.

    The woman, who has a small build and was wearing a striped shirt at the time of the theft, took about $40 in meat from the store, Leland Police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. She was the passenger in a Jeep Liberty parked outside the store.

     Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sgt. Brian Hall at 332-5003.    

  • Man accused of stealing dog during Leland break-in

    A Little River, S.C., man is accused of stealing a dog during a break-in Jan. 8 in Leland.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Laquan Romalis Gore, 24, of Little River Road, on Jan. 11 and charged him with first-degree burglary, larceny of a dog and second-degree kidnapping, all felonies.

    Warrants show Gore broke into a home in the 4000 block of Grinders Way NE and stole a tan and white pit bull Jan. 8 while a man and woman were there. 

  • Brunswick County charges dropped against man in new construction theft case

    All 18 felony charges in Brunswick County against a man who was linked to a new construction theft case have been dismissed.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 31-year-old Jose Guillerno Leiva-Galvan and 45-year-old Elvis Abraham Lopez-Romero on Feb. 26, 2016.

    Leiva-Galvan was charged with nine counts each of breaking or entering and larceny after breaking or entering, while Lopez-Romero was charged with seven counts of breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

  • Woman visits Shallotte in trip ‘round the world

    SHALLOTTE — Fiji and Jasmine Pedal Around the World.

    FiJaPaw.

    At least three continents.

    Six years.

    Or not; Jasmine Reese said plans can change and she’s flexible.

    Reese, 28, of Indianapolis, has embarked on a bicycle journey around the globe that will include stops in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America with her Whippet mix, Fiji, ending in about six years, unless she decides to make more permanent stops along the way.

  • Charter school can’t sue ex-superintendent, court rules

    A North Carolina court of appeals ruled Tuesday that Roger Bacon Academy and its founder, Baker Mitchell Jr., cannot sue former Brunswick County School superintendent Edward Pruden for criticizing them.

    Mitchell filed a defamation lawsuit Jan. 6, 2015, against Pruden in New Hanover County Superior Court, seeking $100,000 in damages. RBA has four charter schools in the region, including two in Brunswick County.

  • Leland lists top 20 capital projects

    LELAND — Leland officials began prioritizing capital improvement projects Jan. 11 during their first budget meeting of 2017.

    “It will be a tight budget year. We will not be able to do everything we hope,” Town Manager David Hollis said.

    Hollis estimated the 2017-18 general fund revenues could be about $10.1 million providing about $500,000 more than 2016-17 for budget planning.

    Town board members created a Top 20 list of projects.