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  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

     Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Leland woman faces cruelty charges after more than 100 animals seized from her home

    A Leland woman has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from an apparent hoarding situation Tuesday afternoon, July 15, from her home near Belville.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz, 33, was arrested that day and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

  • Former sheriff Hewett dies in New Hanover County jail

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said in a news release.

    Hewett, 51, was in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Facility on a federal gun charge. He was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release issued Thursday, July 10, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Detectives find Supply man who was reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office have located a Supply man who was reported missing.

    David Wayne Presley, 33, was last seen at his residence on Helmsman Drive about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, according to a news release.

    He was found safe Saturday morning, July 12, near Sunset Beach, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man accused of sex crimes involving child in Brunswick County

    A Carolina Beach man accused of sex crimes with a child is jailed in Brunswick County.

    William Allen Jackson, 56, is charged with indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    He was arrested Thursday, July 3, on an arrest warrant from the Oak Island Police Department.

    The incidents took place with a child younger than 13 in April in Oak Island, warrants allege.

    Jackson is incarcerated on $300,000 bail.

  • Longwood man wanted on assault charges

    Deputies are asking for the public’s help locating a Longwood man wanted on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

    Thirty-one-year-old Justin Divon Griffin, of Marlon Road, is wanted on charges of assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing, misdemeanor child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, misdemeanor larceny and interfering with emergency communication. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in January, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Deputies make biggest heroin seizure in county history

     BOLIVIA — A high-speed chase ended with the largest heroin seizure in Brunswick County history and the arrest of a Supply man.

    On Thursday, July 10, deputies arrested 32-year-old Kevin Jermaine Hankins and charged him with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and speeding after the chase began near Leland around 3 a.m.

  • OIB fireworks show to return in 2015

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach will continue scheduling an Independence Day fireworks show after the success of the first attempt June 29.

    But next year it plans to host the fireworks during the July 4th weekend instead of the week before.

    Town officials voted unanimously at the Tuesday, July 8, commissioners’ meeting to schedule the 2015 second annual fireworks display Friday, July 3, with a rain date of Sunday, July 5.

  • OIB businessman creates CAMA approved product for beach house erosion repair

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A local business owner created a way to stabilize sand erosion under beachfront homes while meeting the environmental standards set by the state.

    Daniel Simmons, owner of Ocean Isle Beach Ready Mix, was called to stabilize the foundation of a house at 444 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, along the strip of beach where a new layer of sand was laid down in the spring to hold off beach erosion.

    The ocean waves had already taken a toll on the house before the beach renourishment could provide some protection.

  • Navassa homecoming sees a youth movement

    NAVASSA — Navassa hosted its 33rd annual homecoming last weekend with only a rain delay rescheduling one event.

    The town had a good turnout of old and new community members, but Mayor Eulis Willis pointed out the town’s future homecoming events is secure because of the large number of children lining the parade route and family fun activities.

    “Communities grow and change and ours is predominantly children,” Willis said.