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  • Man dies in single-vehicle crash in Leland

    A 50-year-old Leland man died in a single-vehicle crash Friday, July 7, in Leland after he was ejected from his truck on Town Creek Road near Skeeter Hawk Road.

    No one else was inside the vehicle.

    Mitchell Fowler, 50, of Skeeter Hawk Road was driving his Ford Ranger pickup truck westbound on Town Creek Road at 8:05 a.m. when he ran off the road, overcorrected, went back on the road into the oncoming traffic lane and flipped his vehicle into a ditch filled with water, North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper M.R. Strangman said.

  • Six teens arrested in break-in/larceny cases

    Six teens have been arrested in a string of break-ins and thefts in the Bolivia area.

    Deputies responded to reports of about 15 separate break-ins on Green Lewis, Oleander, McKay and Law the morning of July 5, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Most of the break-ins involved vehicles, but two garages or sheds were also targeted.

  • Ocean Isle Beach police asking for assistance in IDing two in June 30 break-in

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two white men they say broke into Causeway Gourmet and stole unspecified items in the early morning hours of June 30.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Rich Heycock at 274-1746.

  • Sandcastle builder carries on parents’ tradition

    SUNSET BEACH — His parents have long been locally renowned for their sandcastle-building skills.

    Last week during his week-long summer visit to Sunset Beach, Luke Goodmuth was just continuing the tradition started by his parents, Steve Goodmuth and Karen Koebel of Woodstock, Md., as he crafted his own impressive sand structures on the beach near 40th Street at Sunset Beach’s westernmost end heading toward Bird Island.

  • Teen wanted in car theft case turns self in

    A teenager accused of taking part in a stolen vehicle case earlier this week has turned himself into authorities, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said.

    According to a sheriff’s office news release, Dajuan Christian Thompson, 17, was wanted on a charge of larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The incident happened Wednesday in the Bolivia area.

  • Identity of bicyclist killed in July 4 Leland wreck released

    Leland police have released the name of a bicyclist killed on U.S. 17 on Tuesday.

    Sergio Perez Jimenez, 61, of Leland died July 4 after 47-year-old Christopher Craig Johnson of Carolina Shores struck Jimenez's bicycle at 7:40 p.m. on U.S. 17 just south of the 74/76 overpass. The department has charged Johnson with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

    Johnson was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility Tuesday and released Wednesday on $15,000 bail, according to jail records.

  • Leland police: Bicyclist hit, killed on U.S. 17

    A pedestrian riding a bicycle has died following a fatal accident on the Fourth of July, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. More information will be made available Wednesday morning after the person's family has been notified, he said.

    We will update this story as more information becomes available.

  • Southport police seek two in Wal-Mart larceny

    Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man and woman who stole more than $1,000 in items from Wal-Mart at 2 p.m. Friday, Chief Gary Smith said in a Facebook post.

    The man and woman are both white and with a small build. The man also has a tattoo on his right forearm.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kevin Long at 457-7911.

  • Beach House Harley H.O.G. Chapter 2495

    Most everyone who comes to Brunswick County has a favorite activity they came for, whether it was golfing, boating or fishing, but the Beach House Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Chapter 2495, their something is motorcycles.

    “The ride is what it’s all about,” Beach House H.O.G. assistant director Bob Cervelli said.

    Beach House Harley-Davidson started its club and when it opened in 2009.

  • Former school board member convicted of embezzlement

    Former Brunswick County Board of Education member Raymond Carl Gilbert will serve three years probation after he was convicted Friday of two felony counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.

    Gilbert, 50, of Ash was arrested in June 2013 amid accusations he stole $1,128 sometime between Nov. 1, 2011, and June 3, 2012, and $2,500 sometime between July 1, 2012, and June 20, 2013, from the Parent Teacher Association at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash. He was indicted on the two charges July 20, 2015.