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  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

     BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

    Hall, who is represented by Gastonia-based lawyer Arcangela Mazzariello, faces 11 counts of statutory sex offenses, four counts of indecent liberties with a child and a count of forcible sex offense.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

  • Authorities search for missing Navassa teen

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing 15-year-old boy from Navassa late Tuesday afternoon, July 9.

    Antonio Demetrius Hansley is black, 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds. His top front teeth are missing, his hair is short and black and he has brown eyes.

    Authorities believe Hansley is suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, the alert said. He was last seen wearing a red and gray short sleeved T-shirt with dark shorts at 103 Village Road in Leland. He could be traveling to Wilmington and in danger.

  • Former sheriff faces federal firearms charge

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett had an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10, to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
    According to an affidavit in a criminal complaint, multiple firearms were found at Hewett’s Supply residence Wednesday, July 9. The number and type of firearms seized from the residence weren’t given.

  • Ash resident challenges novel used in schools

     For the second time in seven months, Brunswick County Schools is facing another book challenge.

    An official challenge of Sherman Alexie’s novel, “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” was delivered June 30 to Cedar Grove Middle School. The challenge arrived after public discourse regarding the merits of the book and its appropriateness for study as part of the middle school’s honors English and language arts curriculum.

  • School superintendent’s evaluation continued again

     BOLIVIA — Twelve hours and two weeks later, the Brunswick County Board of Education still hasn’t completed Superintendent Edward Pruden’s evaluation.

    What began June 24 with a seven-hour meeting to assess Pruden’s performance has continued into the second week of July as board members convened for another five hours Tuesday, July 8, at the Brunswick County Schools Administrative Office building in Bolivia.

  • Nonprofit seeks to mentor local youth, teens

     There’s a new group ready to help the youth of Brunswick County.

    Last year, Crystal Babson and Christian Tucker launched It’s My Very Own (IMVO) Brunswick County, a nonprofit designed to match community leaders with children ages 8 to 18 to help the students live up to their full potential.

    Babson had already established a Kid Brother/Kid Sister program while Tucker was trying to establish a nonprofit to aid foster children.

  • Supply man indicted on murder charge

     A Supply man facing a murder charge was indicted Thursday, July 4, by a Brunswick County grand jury.

    William Calvin Steward, 36, was arrested April 11 and accused of shooting and killing a woman at a party at his home.

    He was indicted on charges of murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and discharging a weapon into a dwelling or moving vehicle.

  • Man accused of 63 sex crimes involving child

     A Wake County man accused of multiple sex crimes with a child has been incarcerated in Brunswick County.

    Frank Welsh Richmond III, 36, of Falls Lake, was arrested June 30 and charged with 21 counts of statutory rape of a person who is 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim. He also is charged with 21 counts of statutory sexual offense against a person 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, plus 21 charges of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Lawyer: Not Vidal’s mother who threatened officer

     The lawyer for a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of a Boiling Spring Lakes teenager says the victim’s mother did not threaten the officer’s wife after all.

    James Payne, Bryon Vassey’s lawyer, filed a motion April 25 for production of records in Brunswick County Superior Court seeking courthouse video footage showing Mary Wilsey allegedly threatening Victoria Vassey after a standard superior court case management hearing April 8 in Bolivia.