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  • Pickup strikes van carrying students on U.S. 74

    A pickup ran a red light and crashed into a Kids World Academy 15-passenger van carrying eight students from Southport on Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries.

    It happened at 9:40 a.m. on U.S. 74 in Leland, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Adams said

    Charles Carter, 56, of Princeton was driving a blue 1999 Ford F-150 west on U.S. 74 when he failed to stop at the light and struck the van driven by 26-year-old Desiree Auld of Southport, who was trying to turn left at a stop light from N.C. 140 onto U.S. 74.

  • Shallotte police seeking information on June 6 robbery

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who robbed the Kangaroo Express on June 6.

    No one was injured during the crime, which happened at 2:49 a.m. at the gas station at 4528 Main St., Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    the clerk, who was restocking in the back, heard the door chime and came back up front, the man told the clerk to “turn around and everything will be fine,” before taking an undisclosed amount of cash, Holman said.

  • Tabor City man arrested on cocaine charges

    A Tabor City man is accused of maintaining a SUV for keeping and selling cocaine.

    Joseph Miller, 38, of Miller Road in Tabor City was arrested in Brunswick County on June 2 and charged with manufacturing cocaine, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte man accused of child sex crimes

    A Shallotte man is accused of committing sex crimes against a child.

    Christopher Louis Maraquin, 26, of Evans Circle was arrested June 16 and charged with statutory sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show the crimes happened Nov. 6, 2016, involving a child 15 or younger.

    Maraquin remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail.

  • Leland man arrested after guns, cocaine, marijuana and $60K found

    Agents arrested a Leland man Monday after seizing 32 guns, about two pounds of cocaine, about 23 pounds of marijuana and $60,000 in cash from his home.

  • Calabash man accused of assaulting disabled woman in her home

    A Calabash man is accused of breaking into a disabled woman’s home and assaulting her last Friday.

    Michael David Consoli, 33, of Carolina Street was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree burglary and assault on a handicapped person.

    Warrants show Consoli broke into a home in the 8000 block of East Calabash Drive in Sunset Beach between 10 and 11 p.m. June 16, struck the woman in the chest with a painter’s stick and stole medication from the residence.

  • County schools announce personnel changes, superintendent’s evaluation

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved personnel changes effective July 1 and conducted Superintendent Les Tubb’s annual evaluation during a specially called meeting June 13.

    Rhonda Benton, district executive of elementary and middle grades, will transfer to West Brunswick High School where she will serve as principal.

    Brock Ahrens, principal at WBHS, will transfer to Leland Middle School where he will be co-principal with current principal Patricia Underwood.

  • Pickup strikes van carrying students on U.S. 74

    A pickup ran a red light and crashed into a Kids World Academy 15-passenger van carrying eight students from Southport on Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries.

    It happened at 9:40 a.m. on U.S. 74 in Leland, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Adams said

    Charles Carter, 56, of Princeton was driving a blue 1999 Ford F-150 west on U.S. 74 when he failed to stop at the light and struck the van driven by 26-year-old Desiree Auld of Southport, who was trying to turn left at a stop light from N.C. 140 onto U.S. 74.

  • Lightning strike suspected in OIB fire

    Firefighters think lightning caused the fire that damaged an empty house on the Ocean Isle Beach island Tuesday morning. No one was injured.

    Dispatchers received a call at 8:10 a.m. about the fire at 25 Atlantic Way, Mayor Debbie Smith said. A neighbor was awakened by a loud bang and realized the home was on fire.

    The house sustained extensive smoke and fire damage with a collapsed roof. Smith said crews successfully kept the fire from spreading to other homes, though the heat rippled vinyl siding on one of them.

  • Moody’s affirms county’s general obligation bond rating at Aa2

    Moody’s Investors Service has affirmed both Brunswick County’s Aa2 general obligation bond rating and the county’s Aa3 rating on lease-backed debt, assigning the county a positive outlook.

    The ratings announcement from Moody’s notes Brunswick County’s “historically solid financial position” and “below average debt burden that will remain manageable despite significant borrowing plans,” as well as its “strong financial management.”