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  • 72-year-old arrested on sex offense charge

    A 72-year-old Bolivia man is charged with a second-degree forcible sexual offense.

    Donald Richard Queen of Hanover Street was arrested July 12 and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

    A warrants shows the crime happened one month earlier, June 12.

     No other information was available.    

  • Leland man faces felony child abuse charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

    Michael Willis Pounds, 28, of Angels Gift Trail NE, was arrested Monday, July 11, and charged with felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

    Warrants show Pounds struck the girl’s face and buttocks multiple times, causing bruising and swelling, while he was babysitting her in Johnston County sometime between April 12 and April 15.

  • Oak Island warns of police impostor

    The Oak Island Police Department is warning Brunswick County residents and visitors about a man who is claiming to be an off-duty police officer.

    Police Chief Greg Jordan said his office has received many complaints from people about a man who threatened them with violence during road rage incidents, telling people he’s an off-duty Oak Island police officer.

    Jordan said the man is about 5-foot-9 with red/brown hair, mustache and beard and drives a Subaru Tribeca SUV. He said none of his officers match this description.

  • County offers free hepatitis C testing

    BOLIVIA — As the number of hepatitis C-positive Brunswick County residents increases, Brunswick County Health Services knows more action needs to be taken.

  • ‘Mazematician’ creates sandy sensations for Sunset Beachgoers

    SUNSET BEACH — It’s morning, before the crowds arrive.

    Aaron Gutknecht surveys Sunset Beach’s pristine sands, unscathed by ocean water at low tide.

    He finally picks a spot, roughly the size of half of a football field, puts his homemade shovels to the sand and begins his work for the day as the Mazematician.

    Gutknecht, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been coming with his family to Sunset Beach for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until eight years ago he began to bring his unique talent of creating sand mazes to the area.

  • Vandals damage Brunswick Town tomb

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    Vandals damaged a historic grave at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site less than a week after the site’s museum was burglarized.

  • Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts resigns after selling house

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has announced his resignation effective in August after selling his house.

    Watts, 58, and his wife Adrienne plan to move out of Brunswick County after closing on the sale of their Sunset Beach house in late August. Watts said resigning was the next step since he will no longer be a resident of the town.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant declares alert because of pump motor damage

    Duke Energy officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport declared an alert July 13 at 8:39 p.m. because of damage to a pump motor. It ended at 9:18 p.m. that day when alert conditions cleared.

    “The utility declared an alert in accordance with procedures but resumed regular operations soon thereafter,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Emergency Management said in a news release. “It is important to know that at no time during the brief incident was there any risk to public health or safety.

  • Two men charged in shooting death of Holden Beach woman

    Two men sought in the slaying of a Holden Beach woman in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., were arrested four days after the crime.

    Nicholas Mciver, 20, and Terrell Freeman, 29, were arrested Wednesday, July 13, in Charlotte and are awaiting extradition to South Carolina each on a murder charge in the death of 29-year-old Amanda Fisher, according to a North Myrtle Beach news release. No information about a possible motive has been released.

  • Deputies seek Winnabow convenience store robber

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for the man who robbed a Winnabow convenience store the morning of Saturday, July 16. No one was injured.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said a man came into Han Dee Hugo’s at 6170 Ocean Highway at 5:30 a.m. and showed the clerk a gun before taking cash. He left the store headed north on U.S. 17 in a newer model red Honda passenger car.

    The robber is described as white with a ponytail and was last seen wearing an orange toboggan and camouflage jacket.