Local News

  • Bolivia man charged with 31 sex crimes

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Bolivia man accused of sex crimes, including statutory rape and indecent liberties with a minor.

    Gerad Michael Christman, 26, of McKay Road SE, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 19, and charged with 15 felony counts of indecent liberties with a minor, 15 felony counts of statutory rape and felony disseminating obscene material to a minor younger than 16.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between June 1 and Sept. 20.

  • Former Shallotte Middle teacher pleads guilty to sex offenses

    A former Shallotte Middle School math teacher accused of sex crimes with a Virginia teen pleaded guilty to four felony charges related to the case.

    Kathleen Antonina Capitano, 24, of Shallotte, pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children younger than 15 and three counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to Fairfax County (Va.) Circuit Court. She was originally arrested April 16, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.

  • Three charged in Shallotte shoplifting, officer assault case

    Three people, including a South Carolina woman and her son, are accused of stealing at least $1,000 in clothing from a Shallotte department store before assaulting a police detective Oct. 14.

    Tammy Jean Bell, 45, of Buffkin Road in Green Sea, S.C., was arrested Oct. 14 and charged with felony larceny, felony conspiracy to commit larceny and misdemeanor resisting arrest, Shallotte Police Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

  • Board terminates two BCC curriculum programs

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees voted Thursday, Oct. 20, to terminate two curriculum programs because of low enrollment.

    Board member Dwight Flanagan handed out information regarding the programs and said the Academic and Student Affairs Committee on Oct. 18 decided to recommend the termination of the Geomatics Associate in Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) programs because of low enrollment for both.

  • Reconstructing hope

    After discovery, diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer, Sue MacCallum of Bolivia is reclaiming her life once more.

    The two-time survivor was first diagnosed in 2008 after a self-examination.

    “I had a mammogram and sonogram, and it didn’t show up, but I could feel that something was forming in my right breast. I could feel it,” she said.

  • Baby humpback whale washes up on Bald Head Island shores

    A baby humpback whale washed up on Bald Head Island’s beaches Thursday, Oct. 27.

    Bald Head Island Conservancy spokeswoman Amber Walters said the whale washed up at 4 p.m. along South Beach near the Shoals Club. Despite efforts to rescue it, the whale died just after 6 p.m. 

    The whale measured 28 feet long, weighing about 5,000 to 6,000 pounds, or roughly three tons. The conservancy estimates the whale, a female, was 8 months old.

  • Three Supply residents arrested in Horry County shooting, officials seek fourth

    Horry County Police officers have arrested two people and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies have arrested a third in connection with an early October shooting in Myrtle Beach, with one person still at large.

  • Navigators available to help with health insurance marketplace, open enrollment

    ginning Nov. 3 to help residents navigate the health insurance marketplace during open enrollment and re-enrollment.

  • Shallotte burglary suspect nabbed in New Hanover County

    A Wilmington man wanted in a Shallotte burglary was nabbed in New Hanover County on Wednesday morning. 

    Brian Michael Gines, 27, of Beeson Court, has been charged with felony second-degree burglary, felony larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor larceny, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Gines was arrested by New Hanover County Sheriff's Office deputies at his place of work in New Hanover County Oct. 26. Flax declined to say which agency transferred Gines to Brunswick County. 

  • SBHS junior accused of sexual assault at homecoming event

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a South Brunswick High School junior accused of sexual assault during a homecoming bonfire Wednesday, Oct. 19.

    Jibri Ali Ballard, 16, of Galloway Road in Bolivia, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 20, and charged with felony second-degree sex offense and misdemeanor sexual battery.