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  • 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.

  • Two injured in unrelated Shallotte shootings

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two unrelated shootings that happened within a two-day period in Shallotte.

    The most recent shooting was a case of domestic violence Monday, July 18, at a home on Sanders Forest Drive SW.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said deputies responded to a call at the residence at 7 p.m. and found 37-year-old Steven Ray Olive shot his father, 62-year-old Jerry Lynn Olive, in the leg with a semi-automatic handgun after an argument.

  • Supply woman convicted in December stabbing

    A Supply woman accused of stabbing a Bolivia man last December was convicted July 7 of assault with a deadly weapon

    Ashley Michelle Spencer, 29, pleaded not guilty to the crime before Judge Jerry A. Jolly.

    The alleged victim swore out a warrant showing Spencer stabbed him in the side with a butcher knife. Emergency treatment using stitches and staples was required to close his wound.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Spencer on May 4, when she was booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $250 bond.

  • Judge sentences Shallotte man as habitual felon on heroin charges

    A judge sentenced a Shallotte man as a habitual felon to serve at least three years in prison on heroin possession charges, according to a news release issued Friday, July 15, by the District Attorney’s Office.

    A superior court grand jury indicted 22-year-old Jamar Akeem Bethea on Jan. 4 on multiple charges relating to the possession with the intent to sell or deliver heroin occurring on McMilly Road in Shallotte after a lengthy narcotics investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Judge sentences S.C. man for trafficking heroin in county

    A judge sentenced a South Carolina man to serve up to seven years in prison for trafficking heroin in Brunswick County, according to a news release issued Friday, July 15, by the District Attorney’s Office.

    Todd Mitchell Waters, 43, of Conway, pleaded guilty Wednesday, July 13, to trafficking 2,000 wax bindles (dosage units) of heroin in a case prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas.

  • Sunset Beach home destroyed in Friday fire; no injuries reported

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH — A Sunset Beach home is considered a total loss after an early morning fire Friday, July 15, on East Main Street.

    No one was injured.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the accidental 2 a.m. fire began when a grill on a porch with warm coals was blown over by high winds. The coals landed on pine straw next to the home, catching the straw on fire.

  • Pelican’s SnoBalls opens in Leland

    LELAND — Leland has a new temptation now that Pelican’s SnoBalls has opened on Village Road.

    Chris Baker and Kyle Kelsey are the owner/operators of the new store, which opened July 1 at 403 Village Road NE, the former location of Mr. Frosty’s Subs & Ice Cream shop.

    Baker said the Leland shop is the third Pelican’s SnoBalls the duo has opened, but it is their first business in Brunswick County.

    They also run the Pelican’s SnoBalls sites on Market Street and Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington.

  • County hires economic development manager out of Southport

    Brunswick County’s restructured economic development department has found its manager.

    John Allen, formerly the community development specialist for Southport, was hired to run the day-to-day economic development efforts June 27 at a starting salary of $66,770.

    Allen fills a role created when Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously March 1 to merge the county’s economic development and planning departments.