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  • Bladen County commissioner charged with DWI in Brunswick County

    A Bladen County commissioner is accused of driving while impaired in Brunswick County.

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant stopped 32-year-old Ashley Trivette of White Lake on U.S. 17 near Supply on Friday and “observed bloodshot red glassy eyes, strong odor of an alcoholic beverage about her breath,” according Trivette’s release order.

    The order shows Trivette had a blood alcohol concentration of .10. A person is considered legally impaired in North Carolina with a blood alcohol concentration of .08.

  • Man arrested on robbery, kidnapping charges from August

    A Leland man was arrested last week on charges stemming an armed robbery.

    Navassa police arrested Ezra Tomar Sparkman, 24, of Magnolia Drive NE on Oct. 3 and charged him with aiding and abetting armed robbery and second-degree kidnapping.

    Warrants show Sparkman aided and abetted two others in stealing $90 from a woman during an Aug. 27 armed robbery.

    Sparkman remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Southport police investigate cooler thefts

    The Southport Police Department is asking for help to find two coolers stolen after the King Mackerel Tournament last weekend.

    People in a golf cart pulled up to the Southport Marina and stole a blue Michelob Ultra cooler and a red Budweiser cooler Oct. 7 and 8, respectively, according to a police department Facebook post. The coolers are valued at $1,000 each.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 457-7911.

  • Detectives seek woman who stole from church collection jar

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a woman who stole money from a collection jar last week.

    The woman, described as black with a heavy build and short black hair, took the money from a jar at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Charles Liles at 880-5756.

  • Police investigate stabbing at Leland Food Lion

    Police are investigating an incident last week at Leland’s Food Lion where a woman was stabbed with an oyster knife.

    A Leland police report shows the 44-year-old victim, whose name was redacted, was stabbed Oct. 2 at the store at 103 Village Road. Her condition was not available.

    E911 dispatch records show someone called at 9:19 p.m. to report their daughter had been attacked and stabbed.

    No other information, including a description of the woman’s attacker, was available.

  • Man sentenced to more than seven years for burglary

    A Clarkton man will spend at least seven years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree kidnapping and first-degree burglary in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson sentenced 39-year-old Jeffery Leon Collins to between 89 and 119 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

  • Commission suspends OIB real estate agent

    The North Carolina Real Estate Commission suspended an Ocean Isle Beach real estate agent for failing to disclose a felony drug conviction promptly.

    The commission suspended 40-year-old Odell Frasier Bullington of Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach for 12 months.

  • Longtime library friend Marylin Searby lauded

    Marylin Searby was a friend of Hickmans Crossroads Library even before there was a library.

    Late last month, her fellow Friends of the Library at the county book branch on Calabash Road paid tribute with a reception honoring the octogenarian for her ongoing contributions to the little rural library that could.

  • Carolina Shores OKs $10,000 garage building

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners have approved purchase of a garage building extension to store town equipment for a cost of $10,000.

    The standalone 30-by-30 building features a roll-up door and can withstand winds of up to 140 mph, Town Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the monthly town board meeting Thursday, Oct. 5.

    Commissioner Greg Davis said the purchase “sounds like a no-brainer. As we grow, our equipment grows.”

  • Science Café on GenX Oct. 19

    The Eastern North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is hosting a Science Café on GenX open to the public from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at Warwick Center, University of North Carolina in Wilmington.