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  • Jury selection begins in murder trial for man accused of killing 3-year-old

     BOLIVIA — Jury selection is under way in the murder trial of a Wilmington man accused of killing his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son more than three years ago.

    A day after Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis ruled on several motions during pretrial hearings, jury selection began in the trial of 29-year-old Montey Andrea Murray, who is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Self-initiated warrants persist in Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA — Most criminal charges are levied after local law enforcement agencies thoroughly investigate a case. Not as many people are familiar with self-initiated warrants, meaning someone can make a criminal complaint in front of a magistrate, leading to the arrest of another person.

    Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who sits as a prosecutor during cases stemming from self-initiated warrants, said these cases are popular in Brunswick County.

  • Board approves bus driver attendance incentive program

     The Brunswick County Board of Education has approved a bus driver attendance incentive program that aims to encourage drivers to receive perfect attendance from now until the beginning of June.

    The board voted unanimously at a March 17 policy committee meeting to approve the incentive program, which was championed by district transportation director Bobby Taylor.

    Regular bus drivers and regular transportation safety assistants are eligible for the incentive program, while substitute drivers are not eligible, according to a March 17 news release.

  • Deputies issue 121 citations during Booze It and Lose It campaign

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office hosted a Booze It and Lose It campaign and issued more than 120 citations Friday, March 13, and into early Saturday morning, March 14, on U.S. 17 just south of Waterford Way in Leland.

    The checking station was in collaboration wit the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program St. Patrick’s Day weekend campaign, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote on the sheriff’s office Facebook page.

  • Former NFL quarterback delivers strong message to WBHS freshmen

     SHALLOTTE — Students at West Brunswick High School have heard drug and alcohol abstinence speeches before, but last Friday’s message was different.

    Almost 300 West Brunswick freshmen gathered inside the school’s gymnasium March 20 on the Shallotte campus to hear it from former NFL quarterback Roman Gabriel III, the son of former NFL star Roman Gabriel.

  • Sign angst brewing at Carolina Shores coffee shop

    CAROLINA SHORES — A local coffee shop owner believes he has grounds to complain the town of Carolina Shores is singling him out for sign violations.

    Eric Tryggeseth, longtime owner of Grand Strand Coffee Bar, has an issue with the town for making him remove signs promoting his business from the U.S. 17 right-of-way.

    “I’ve been fighting the town about signs about eight years,” said Tryggeseth, toiling Monday at his 10-year-old coffee shop in the Carolina Commons Shopping Center at U.S. 17 and Country Club Road in Carolina Shores.

  • Future developments under review in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Proposed plans for a senior apartment community and resort-wear store are in the development stages at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    Preliminary plans and a subdivision plat for Sunset Commons, a senior apartment community across from Seaside Methodist Church off N.C. 904, as well as a site plan for Perseus Resort Wear at The Village of Sunset Beach were reviewed by the town technical review committee (TRC) at a March 19 meeting.

  • Murder trial begins for man accused of killing 3-year-old boy

    BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County Superior Court judge ruled key evidence admissible Monday during the first day of the trial of a Wilmington man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis ruled on several motions in the trial of 29-year-old Montey Andrea Murray, who is charged with first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Three Supply residents face heroin trafficking charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a trio of Supply residents Thursday, March 19, on various drug charges.

    Agents arrested 18-year-old Tariah Mona Darling, 28-year-old Kristopher Daniel Schultz and 20-year-old Jonathan Velez after a brief investigation, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Friday, March 20.

    Darling, Schultz and Velez are accused of “trafficking by transportation of 4 grams or more but less than 14 grams of heroin,” warrants show.

  • School board names Tubb superintendent

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Board of Education members voted interim Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb as permanent superintendent during a special called meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 24.

    After a final discussion in closed session, the board returned to open session and voted 4-1 for Tubb’s promotion.

    Chairwoman Catherine Cooke, vice chairwoman Shirley Babson and board members Bud Thorsen and Charlie Miller voted to keep Tubb in the superintendent’s seat.