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  • Three-vehicle bridge wreck in Sunset Beach sends four to hospital

    Four people were taken to the hospital Tuesday following a three-vehicle wreck on Sunset Beach’s Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge.

    It happened about 11:15 a.m. July 26 when a Ford truck headed toward the island collided head-on with a Chevrolet Impala headed toward the mainland, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said. The Chevrolet Impala then hit a BMW head-on, Dempsey said.

    Dempsey couldn’t say whether injuries of the four people taken to the hospital were life-threatening.

  • Brunswick Forest gated community plan approved

    LELAND — Leland council members have approved a new gated community in the town after striking down the 2014 ordinance banning them in April.

    Concerned citizens, mostly from Brunswick Forest, filled the town council room for a contentious planning board meeting March 29 and the April 21 town board meeting to argue against amending zoning ordinances that would allow Brunswick Forest to add a gated community in one of the development’s phases.

  • Commissioners’ split vote nixes farm stand operations change

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners’ split vote Monday denied a change to the Unified Development Ordinance that would have allowed local temporary farm stands to operate for extended periods.

    Commissioners voted 3-2 against changing the limitations on farm stands and farmers markets.

    In the current UDO, farmers can sell their own produce on their own property without a permit, but it is difficult for farmers to have farmers markets or farm stands off of their property

  • Candidate fined for delinquent campaign finance report

    Warren Richard Cox, who is running for a district court judge seat in November’s general election, was assessed a late filing penalty of $500 for a delinquent campaign finance report by the State Board of Elections.

    Cox is seeking the District 13 North Carolina District Court seat held by Judge Pauline Hankins.

    The State Board of Elections notified Cox on June 6 the campaign finance report for the first quarter of 2016 had not been filed by the March 7 due date.

  • Grill blown over by wind blamed for Sunset Beach house fire

     By Lindsay Kriz and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    SUNSET BEACH — A Sunset Beach home is considered a total loss after an early morning fire attributed to a grill blown over by wind broke out Friday, July 15, and quickly spread toward adjacent houses on East Main Street and Canal Drive.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher resigns amid drug investigation

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium resigned.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the Brunswick County Board of Education approved the resignation of 49-year-old Kelly Higgins Hansen during the executive session of their July 12 regular meeting.

    Hansen’s resignation took effect Wednesday, July 13, the day she was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Longwood man arrested in home break-in, assault

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Longwood man who was wanted in a break-in and assault after a chase Saturday, July 16.

    Patrick Lee Taylor, 34, of Pine Needle Lane broke into a home in the 2100 block of Pine Needle Lane at 9 p.m. July 11 and pointed a gun at a man before punching him in the face, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • 72-year-old arrested on sex offense charge

    A 72-year-old Bolivia man is charged with a second-degree forcible sexual offense.

    Donald Richard Queen of Hanover Street was arrested July 12 and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

    A warrants shows the crime happened one month earlier, June 12.

     No other information was available.    

  • Leland man faces felony child abuse charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

    Michael Willis Pounds, 28, of Angels Gift Trail NE, was arrested Monday, July 11, and charged with felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

    Warrants show Pounds struck the girl’s face and buttocks multiple times, causing bruising and swelling, while he was babysitting her in Johnston County sometime between April 12 and April 15.

  • Oak Island warns of police impostor

    The Oak Island Police Department is warning Brunswick County residents and visitors about a man who is claiming to be an off-duty police officer.

    Police Chief Greg Jordan said his office has received many complaints from people about a man who threatened them with violence during road rage incidents, telling people he’s an off-duty Oak Island police officer.

    Jordan said the man is about 5-foot-9 with red/brown hair, mustache and beard and drives a Subaru Tribeca SUV. He said none of his officers match this description.