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  • Tri-county investigation ends with drug arrests

    Two men are accused of running a marijuana operation spanning Brunswick, Columbus and New Hanover counties.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 66-year-old Blair Jay Whitham of Aaron Fullwood Drive SE in Bolivia and 53-year-old James Michael Beneway of Loop Road in Bolton on Feb. 15, according to a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Man sentenced in fatal chase that began in county

    A Liberty man will spend more than 11 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in New Hanover County Superior Court to a high-speed chase that began in Brunswick County and left a motorcyclist dead in Wilmington, according to a New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Leland sex offender faces new charges

    A convicted sex offender is accused of having been on the campus of Lincoln Elementary School.

    Marcus Deandread Gore, 25, of Blake Circle NE in Leland was arrested Feb. 13. He is charged with being a felony sex offender on a child premises and felony failure to register a new address as a sex offender.

    Warrants show Gore was not only on the campus of the school in Leland on Feb. 8, but also failed to notify the last registering sheriff of his change of address Feb. 16.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks two ice plant thieves

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two people who broke into a Supply store and stole various items Feb. 9.

    The two broke into the Cubelet Ice Plant at 2739 John T. Holden Road and stole various items, including tools and collectibles, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kip Hester at 713-8360.

  • Man pleads guilty in 2014 shooting death at his residence

    BOLIVIA — A Supply man will spend at least 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

    Robeson County Superior Court Judge James Gregory Bell ordered 39-year-old William Calvin Steward to serve between 144 and 185 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, with credit for time served, after Steward pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 20, to second-degree murder.

  • Texas man arrested in computer scam

    BOLIVIA — A Texas man is charged in the case of a Calabash man whose money for a home purchase was intercepted via computer malware in December.

    Edward Hua of Sheldrake Court in Sugar Land was arrested Feb. 14 and charged with felony access government computers to defraud and felony obtaining property by false pretense greater than or equal to $100,000.

  • Bolivia felon accused of shooting into occupied car

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Bolivia man last week accused of shooting at two women in a car on Galloway Road in Bolivia.

    Nathan Rudolph Smith, 36, of Randolphville Road was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Warrants show Smith used a 9mm handgun to shoot into a black Toyota Corolla with two women inside Feb. 4.

  • Teen pleads guilty in fatal 2016 crash

    BOLIVIA — A Carolina Shores teen charged in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February 2016 received probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter Feb. 20.

    As part of an agreement, 19-year-old Devin Keither Harris also pleaded guilty to interfering with an electronic monitoring device, as well as three unrelated felony counts each of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny after breaking and entering.

  • Child abuse charges against Leland couple dismissed

    All misdemeanor child abuse charges filed against a Leland couple last April have been dismissed.

    Twenty-five-year-old Kellie Earle Hill and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Alexander Austin Dean, both of Sandy Hills Drive, were arrested April 18.

    Hill was charged with six counts of misdemeanor child abuse and Dean faced three counts of the same crime.

  • Man dies in crash at U.S. 17 and Maco Road

    A collision Monday morning at U.S. 17 and Maco Road killed the passenger in a pickup that ran into a tractor-trailer.

    The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash, but identified the passenger as 51-year-old Horace L. Gore Jr. of Leland to other media outlets Tuesday.

    Brunswick County Deputy Emergency Services Director/Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the victim died at the scene. The driver of the pickup was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.