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  • Leland man faces sex crimes involving child

     A Leland man incarcerated on assault charges now faces felony sex crime charges involving a child.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives charged 30-year-old Alejo Ruiz Mendoza of Mount Misery Road with first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child in alleged sexual assaults that took place between January 2014 and Feb. 25, 2015, warrants show.

  • Prom Closet to open doors for second year at SBHS

     While most prom nights aren’t scheduled until May, a South Brunswick High School math teacher is making sure Brunswick County girls are well dressed for the big night at no cost to the them.

    Cathy Johnson, a math teacher who also serves as the school’s faculty prom coordinator, is hosting the Prom Closet for the second consecutive year at South Brunswick High School. She and her prom committee will open the closet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13.

  • North Brunswick JROTC students host 13th annual tri-meet

     LELAND — North Brunswick High School hosted the county’s oldest drill meet on its campus on a frigid Saturday in Leland.

    North Brunswick’s JROTC program welcomed 14 other high schools to the 13th Annual Best of the Best Drill Meet on Feb. 28.

  • Trial date set for man accused of killing 3-year-old

     The trial for a man accused of first-degree murder and felony child abuse in the 2012 death of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister will begin March 23, Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage confirmed.

    Montey Andrea Murray has been incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since March 2012, awaiting trial in the February 2012 death of his then-girlfriend’s son.

  • Ash man dies in single-vehicle crash

    A 48-year-old Ash man was killed in a single-vehicle traffic crash Sunday evening, March 1.

    Manuel Rivera was heading to his home on Alligator Road from a friend’s house on Big Neck Road in Ash when he overcorrected and rolled the SUV he was driving, Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker said. Rivera was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene.

    The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating, Crocker said.

  • Fire that killed four people ruled accidental

    The March 2 fire that killed four people and injured a fifth was caused by a heater that was left too close to combustible materials, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said in a news release Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Deputy Coroner Dave Crocker identified the victims as 23-year-old Melissa Kay Thatcher, who was four months pregnant, her 3-year-old son, Caleb Andrew Rankin, and her husband, 22-year-old Keith James Thatcher.

  • Shallotte woman claims $250K lottery ticket

    A Shallotte woman has claimed the $250,000 winning ticket for Sunday night’s All or Nothing drawing, which was sold at the Lowes Foods on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    “It’s just exciting,” Darlene Anuszewski said Tuesday afternoon at lottery headquarters, according to news release from the North Carolina Education Lottery. “I never thought it would happen. But it did.”

  • Fire destroys oceanfront home in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Fire destroyed an oceanfront beach house and heavily damaged two more Friday night, Feb. 27. No one was injured.

    The house at 1079 Ocean Blvd. W. went up in flames, though nine fire trucks responded and firefighters soon got the blaze under control.

    “They really got a hold of it quick,” said Sgt. Frank Dilworth of the Holden Beach Police Department, who was among the first on the scene.

  • Missing 19-year-old sought

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing woman.

    Hallana Hankins, 19, was last seen leaving the Boiling Spring Lakes area earlier Friday morning, Feb. 27, headed to the bus station in Wilmington. She is thought to be traveling in the Texas area.

    Hankins is described as 5-foot-1 and weighing 185 pounds. She has long brown hair with an auburn wig.

    She was last seen wearing brown/multi-colored leggings, brown lace-up boots, a short black jacket and a brown scarf. She was also carrying a black bookbag.

  • Medicaid funds will allow Social Services improvements without budget increase

    When budget talks start, department heads usually struggle with increasing staff and updating technology in the same year, but the Department of Social Services will be able to do both without asking for additional county funding in 2015-16.

    David Stanley, executive director of the county’s health and human services department, which oversees health and social services, recently told Brunswick County commissioners an increase in Medicaid funding will cover upgrades in the social services.