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  • Leland wildfire damages 475 acres, forces evacuations

     LELAND — A wildfire off Mount Misery Road in Leland engulfed 475 wooded acres, damaged five homes and forced evacuations in three neighborhoods near Northwest on Monday afternoon, April 7.

    No one was injured during the fire or evacuation and no homes were destroyed.

    The fire started about 2 p.m. in the woods in between Mount Misery Road and Compass Pointe , forcing Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner to order the evacuations for residents on Heirloom Drive, Butler Drive and the Barrington neighborhood.

  • Leland man indicted on first-degree murder charge in baby’s death

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Leland man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 15-month-old-son in January.

    Albert David Morgan, 35, and the baby’s mother, 33-year-old Angel Marie Ray, were arrested Jan. 15, the day Brayden Christopher Ray was injured, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brayden died Jan. 17.

    Morgan was indicted on first-degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury charges, court documents show.

  • Castle Hayne man indicted in fatal motorcycle crash

     A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Castle Hayne man March 23 on a felony death by motor vehicle charge in a July motorcycle crash that killed a passenger on his bike.

    Fifty-eight-year-old James Joseph Robertson was indicted March 23 on charges of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no motorcycle endorsement and failure to maintain lane control.

    He is charged in the death of Robert George Gallagher III, who died from injuries suffered in the wreck on U.S. 17 near Leland on July 27, court documents show.

  • Mount Misery Road water outage rescheduled

    Residents along a portion of Mount Misery Road, just north of Industrial Boulevard near Leland, will be without water Wednesday night, April 22, and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service, according to a Brunswick County news release. The outage was originally planned for Thursday, April 10, but was postponed until April 16 and postponed again because of inclement weather.

  • Leland Causeway Project enters next phase

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have lane closures on Blackwell Road two-tenths of a mile west of N.C. 133, near Leland, to shift traffic onto the new realigned Blackwell Road from 6 a.m. Saturday, April 18, to 6 a.m. Monday, April 20.

    This will begin the next phase for the Leland Causeway Project, which will widen the road to three lanes in both directions to alleviate some traffic congestion through the area.

  • Key witness testifies in accused child killer’s trial

     BOLIVIA — Jurors heard testimony from a key witness Thursday in Brunswick County Superior Court during the trial of a 29-year-old Wilmington man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    It marked the third consecutive day of witness testimony in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Sheriff’s office investigates shooting in Longwood

    A 31-year-old man is recovering after being shot in the back in Longwood on Wednesday, April 1, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jeffrey Martinez Sarvis called 911 at 6:10 p.m. to say someone had shot him while he was on Carlon Road NW, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Sarvis was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he was treated for his injury, which was not life-threatening, and released.

  • Mother of slain Shallotte boy testifies in Murray trial

     BOLIVIA — The mother of a slain Shallotte boy outlined the events that led to her son’s death more than three years ago during the second day of testimony in Brunswick County Superior Court for the trial of a 29-year-old Wilmington man accused of killing him.

    Jurors heard testimony from three witnesses during proceedings Wednesday, April 1, in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Parent rep, former teacher criticize superintendent process

    BOLIVIA — Shortly after new Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb was sworn in Tuesday night, two people expressed concern about the way the school board went about selecting him.

    Parent Advisory Council president Erin Cimino, reading from a prepared statement at the March 31 school board meeting, said she has no issue with Tubb having the job as superintendent, his capability or working with him in the future but is disappointed with the board’s selection process.

  • Leland police issue scam alert

    Police are warning residents about a scam after a Leland business received a suspicious call Tuesday.

    Someone claiming to represent Duke Energy called the business, which was not identified, and said the company had not received payment for services in the past three months, according to a Leland Police Department news release.