Local News

  • Wilmington man indicted in Leland murder

     A Wilmington man has been indicted on a charge of first-degree murder in Brunswick County.

    James Ketchum, of 321 Hooker Road, was indicted by a grand jury April 7 on a first-degree murder charge.

    In a separate indictment, Ketchum is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault on a female, stemming from a Jan. 4 armed robbery at the Pop Shop, a convenience store at Village and South Navassa roads in Leland.

  • ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ comes to West Brunswick

     SHALLOTTE — The “Little Theatre” has turned into the “Little Shop of Horrors.”

    The West Brunswick High School theatre department performed “Little Shop of Horrors,” which is directed by students Keyanna Alexander and Teresa Nieto, on May 23-24, and is preparing for two more performances of the musical Friday and Saturday, May 30-31.

    The shows begin at 7 p.m. inside the “Little Theatre” on the campus of West Brunswick High School. Admission is $5 and children 5 and younger are admitted free.

  • Woman accused of threatening officer who killed her son

     A Boiling Spring Lakes woman is accused of threatening a Southport police officer, who is charged with killing her son, and the officer’s family.

    The lawyer for Bryon Vassey, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of Keith Vidal, filed a motion to obtain footage he said shows Vidal’s mother threatening Vassey’s wife.

    The lawyer for Vidal’s family, however, says it is a case of mistaken identity.

  • Leland man indicted on 20 counts of assault

     A Leland man who was shot by police during a DWI checkpoint last year has been indicted on 20 deadly weapon assault charges.

    Antoine Levar Graham, 26, was indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury Feb. 24. He was charged with 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, 10 counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and felony conspiracy.

    Graham is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1,021,000 bail.

  • Calabash man dies after single-vehicle crash

     A Calabash man died after a single-vehicle crash Friday night, May 23.

    Hugo Kosmel, 75, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet SUV at 8:02 p.m. when he ran off the right side of Persimmon Road in Carolina Shores and struck a tree, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said.

    Kosmel, who had no passengers, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he was pronounced dead.

    “Speed was a contributing factor” in the crash, Parks said.

  • Driver involved in crash with school bus in serious condition

     The driver of an SUV that collided with a school bus last week remains in serious condition.

    The bus was taking students home from South Brunswick middle and high schools before the crash took place about 4 p.m. May 19 on N.C. 211 near Middleton Boulevard, between Boiling Spring Lakes and Oak Island.

    The bus collided with a blue Subaru SUV driven by Arthur Seifert, 70, of Oak Island.

    Seifert was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where he was listed in serious condition, hospital spokeswoman Erin Balzotti said.

  • School schedule switch could cost district $1.75 million in 2014-15

     The switch back to a traditional start schedule for Brunswick County Schools will cost the district more than $1.5 million in the upcoming school year, according to an impact statement released by the school system.

    At the board’s finance committee meeting May 20, finance director Freyja Cahill and transportation director Bobby Taylor presented data about the cost of returning to a traditional schedule.

    The change in schedule would cost the district more than $1.75 million in 2014-15 and almost $900,000 the following year.

  • Early College High School graduates bid farewell, ready to soar

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Early College High School Principal Cherri Skaggs left graduates with a poignant message Friday night, May 23.

    “Like the firebirds, you lived your days burning brightly. Firebirds rebirth into young firebirds and soar again,” Skaggs told her students. “Hold fast to your goals. Hold fast to your dreams. Soar, Firebirds.”

  • County sees record number of motorists for holiday

     Memorial Day, which kicks off the summer season at Brunswick County beaches, saw record numbers of motorists on the local highways, but local law enforcement officers were prepared.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Booze It and Lose It campaign Friday night, May 23, on Andrew Jackson Highway near Maco Road in Leland, and other seat belt and checking stations were conducted throughout the county, said 1st Sgt. Jeremiah King, who supervises special operations.

  • SUV crashes into front of Shallotte business

    SHALLOTTE — The Memorial Day weekend started with a bang at one Shallotte business.

    Allan and Cindy Cheatham, owners of Shallotte Cleaners, were enjoying their day on the beach when they received word an SUV had crashed into the front of their business’ building at 116 Village Road on Saturday afternoon, May 24.

    A gray Ford Explorer with Virginia license tags caused structural damage to the front of the building.