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  • Burr returns county MSA issue to Congress

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr re-introduced a measure to require the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to consider Brunswick County part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), instead of the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA.

    Burr attached an amendment to the Commerce, Science, and Justice Appropriations Act of 2016 to require the OMB to accurately measure the economy and population of the Wilmington area, including Brunswick County.

  • Man arrested in SC in Longwood robbery

    A Longwood man wanted in an armed robbery in Brunswick County in April was captured in South Carolina on July 3.

    Georgetown police arrested 22-year-old Shaquille Rasheed Vereen at 4:30 a.m. and booked at the Georgetown County Detention Center on a charge of disorderly conduct.

    Both Vereen and 32-year-old Senneca Lamar Flowers are accused of stealing a 22-year-old man’s cell phone and wallet before hitting him in the head with a handgun April 26 in the 2000 block of Longwood.

  • Two indicted in separate drug trafficking cases

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted two people on drug trafficking charges in separate cases June 27.

    ·      Christy Chatfield, 39, of Graham Drive in Leland, conspiring to sell/deliver marijuana, trafficking opium/heroin and felony cocaine possession. She was arrested on the charges March 23 and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility that day on $750,000 bail.

  • Garden of ideas to grow at Lincoln Elementary

    LELAND — Sudents and faculty came together Wednesday, July 6, to break ground on a new garden at Lincoln Elementary School.

    The Garden at Lincoln Elementary, located in the school’s courtyard, will serve not only as a place to grow fresh fruits and vegetables, but also to help expand the minds of the students who will tend to it.

  • Grand jury indicts five men on sex crime charges

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted five men on sex crime charges in separate cases June 27.

  • Leland man charged in June robbery

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Leland man Monday, July 11, involved in an armed robbery last month.

    Darrin Darnell Lee, 27, of Smith Trail, is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, in addition to two counts of failure to appear on a misdemeanor.

    Warrants show Lee threatened a man with a handgun to steal his debit card, driver’s license and $800 on June 16.

  • Ash man accused of killing ex-girlfriend to see judge Aug. 11

    BOLIVIA — An Ash man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend did not appear in front of a Brunswick County judge Monday, July 11, as originally scheduled

     Instead, Chris Kalb, 24, of Ash-Little River Road, will face a judge Thursday, Aug. 11, for an extradition hearing and a hearing on an unrelated assault on a female charge.

  • Arrest made in beach cooler thefts

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is charged in a string of Yeti Cooler thefts committed during the Fourth of July weekend.

    Ocean Isle Beach police detectives arrested 24-year-old William Matthew Bowers, of 1601 Gate 3 SW, after an officer recognized him driving a white Camaro at 2:50 p.m. on N.C. 179 near Odell Williamson Municipal Airport on Wednesday, July 6, Capt. Ricky King said. Police have not released whether coolers were found in the Camaro at the time of Bowers’ arrest.

  • School board extends superintendent Tubb’s contract to June 2020

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education extended Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb’s contract through June 30, 2020.

    The decision came after the board announced at its Tuesday, July 12, meeting Tubb received an “above average” rating during his evaluation earlier in the day.

    Tubb’s contract originally ran from April 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018 at a salary of $144,000 a year.

  • Burglar steals artifacts, money from Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

    WINNABOW — Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site was closed to the public Sunday, July 10, following a break-in and theft of artifacts and money earlier that morning.

    The site along the Cape Fear River includes the colonial ruins of Brunswick Town and Confederate Civil War Fort Anderson.

    Site manager Jim McKee said he received a call at 2:18 a.m. Sunday that museum security had been breached and artifacts had been taken.