Local News

  • Man accused of stealing firearms from vehicles in Leland

    A Wilmington man was wanted by Leland police for stealing firearms during two vehicle break-ins.

    Alexander Dequan Pellom, 23, of Mitchell Court was located at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Wilmington, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. The police department issued a news release a day earlier asking for the public’s help to find Pellom.

    Pellom faces two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a firearm, Humphries said.

  • Matthews woman accused of assaulting deputy

    A Matthews woman is accused of assaulting a man, then assaulting the deputy who came to arrest her.

    Jamie Leigh Lancaster, 34, of Stone Down Lane was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor simple assault.

    Warrants show Lancaster pushing and slapped a man Oct. 3. When a deputy arrived to arrest her, she pushed him, pulled away from him and kicked him in the groin area.

  • Legislature overrides governor’s GenX veto

    The GenX contaminant discovered in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, was part of one of the first issues the General Assembly addressed when it reconvened in special session last week.

    The House and Senate each voted Oct. 4 to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56, which proposed offering $435,000 in funding for GenX treatment and study.

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will receive $185,000 to monitor and study treatment for raw water from the river to remove GenX.

  • School district celebrates employees of the year

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — The Brunswick County Board of Education took its meeting on the road Oct. 3 to celebrate the district’s employees of the year.

  • ATF investigates police equipment theft from officer’s Winnabow residence

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the theft of Wilmington Police Department equipment, including a gun, ammunition, a Taser and bullet-resistant vest, from an officer’s vehicle in Winnabow last month.

  • Coastal Drug Store makes move down Main Street

    SHALLOTTE — Coastal Drug Store was a fixture on Shallotte’s Main Street for 51 years of its 81 years in business.

    While it remains on Main Street, the store has moved about a mile west to the Shallotte Plaza Shopping Center.

    Day one in the new location began Monday when Coastal Drug owner Theresa Mintz reopened the store at 4924 Main St., Unit 12 on the opposite end of the shopping center from Duffer’s Bar and Grill.

  • Bladen County commissioner charged with DWI in Brunswick County

    A Bladen County commissioner is accused of driving while impaired in Brunswick County.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant stopped 32-year-old Ashley Trivette of White Lake on U.S. 17 near Supply on Friday and “observed bloodshot red glassy eyes, strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath,” according Trivette’s release order.

    The order shows Trivette had a blood alcohol concentration of .10. A person is considered legally impaired in North Carolina with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

  • Man arrested on robbery, kidnapping charges from August

    A Leland man was arrested last week on charges stemming an armed robbery.

    Navassa police arrested Ezra Tomar Sparkman, 24, of Magnolia Drive NE on Oct. 3 and charged him with aiding and abetting armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

    Warrants show Sparkman aided and abetted two others in stealing $90 from a woman during an Aug. 27 armed robbery.

    Sparkman remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Southport police investigate cooler thefts

    The Southport Police Department is asking for help to find two coolers stolen after the King Mackerel Tournament last weekend.

    People in a golf cart pulled up to the Southport Marina and stole a blue Michelob Ultra cooler and a red Budweiser cooler Oct. 7 and 8, respectively, according to a police department Facebook post. The coolers are valued at $1,000 each.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Detectives seek woman who stole from church collection jar

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who stole money from a collection jar last week.

    The woman, described as black with a heavy build and short black hair, took the money from a jar at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756.