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  • Former Carolina Shores mayor quits before new one sworn in

    CAROLINA SHORES — For anyone wondering where outgoing Mayor Walter Goodenough was at the Dec. 10 town board meeting, he resigned early before new Mayor Joyce Dunn took the oath of office.

    Goodenough, who lost the Nov. 3 election to former commissioner Dunn, submitted a letter of resignation at town hall the previous week, effective Dec. 4.

  • Calabash election winners take oath of office

    CALABASH — Newly elected town commissioner Michael Herring, re-elected commissioner Cecelia Herman and Mayor Mary Knight took oaths of office at the monthly town board meeting Dec. 8.

    Knight recognized outgoing commissioner Buddy Walton for his four years of service to the town.

    “He really gave it every effort he possibly could taking care of stormwater,” she said as those in attendance applauded.

    The board voted to have town commissioner Jody Nance continue as the town’s mayor pro tem.

  • Southport lawyer appointed to BCC Board of Trustees

     A Southport-based lawyer will begin a term on the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees following an appointment by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The governor appointed Mark Bachara, of Bachara & Essey, a law firm based in Southport, to the board of trustees last week.

    Bachara, a Wilson native, will begin serving his term in 2016.

  • Philanthropist rides cross-country to raise money for fallen soldiers’ families

     SHALLOTTE — After Adam Sandoval rode into Beach House Harley-Davidson last week, he checked off another one of the 696 dealerships he’ll visit during his two-year cross-country journey.

    Sandoval, a self-described travel junkie, visited the 437th of 696 total Harley dealerships across the United States as part of his “Scootin’ America” trip to raise money for the children of fallen soldiers.

    Sandoval is trying to raise $500,000 for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

  • Three men indicted on sex crime charges

     A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three men on sex crime charges in separate cases Dec. 7.

    Quran Hakeem Grady, 19, of Sunset Beach, was indicted on charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual offense, crimes against nature, felonious restraint and sexual battery, court records show.

    Grady, who is accused of restraining and sexually assaulting a woman in May, was booked and released from Brunswick County Detention Facility on bail but the amount was not available, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Former Leland firefighter pleads guilty to sexual exploitation of minors

     BOLIVIA — Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced a former Leland firefighter accused of various sex crimes involving children to at least 15 months in state prison last week.

    Lewis ordered 49-year-old Brian David Saltsgaver to serve between 15 and 27 months in the N.C. Department of Correction on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

  • Supply man faces 40 felony sex crimes charges

     A Supply man accused of committing sex crimes with a child faces 40 felony charges after his Dec. 15 arrest.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 34-year-old Michael Charles Jacobs and charged him with 20 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts each of first-degree sexual offense and second-degree sexual offense, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Tuesday, Dec. 15.

  • Supply man pleads guilty to trafficking heroin

     One of the men charged in the largest heroin seizure in Brunswick County history was sentenced to at least six years in state prison last week.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 30-year-old Erick Douglas Grissett, of Supply, to between 70 and 93 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to trafficking heroin Wednesday, Dec. 9.

    Assistant District Attorney Chris Thomas prosecuted the case.

  • Judge denies bail reduction for man accused of more than 70 sex crimes involving child

     BOLIVIA — Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis denied a motion to reduce bail for a Wilmington man charged with sex crimes who has been incarcerated in Brunswick County for almost two years, despite a crucial lapse in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

  • Former officer accused of killing teen to stand trial in February

       BOLIVIA — A former Southport police officer will stand trial more than two years after the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home.

    Bryon Vassey will be tried Feb. 15 on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest Jan. 5, 2014, said Sharon Alford, victim and witness legal assistant for the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.