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  • Medication drop box available at Shallotte police station


    The Shallotte Police Department now has a medication drop box available for public disposal.

    Capt. Scott Branning said the department received the box the week of Sept. 19. It will be available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the department at 114 Cheers St. No sign-in or appointment is necessary.

    Medicines can be brought in their containers or in bags and dropped into the box— no questions asked, Branning said. No liquids, lotions or sharp objects can be dropped in the box.

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting two girls

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to serve at least 19 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls two years ago.

    Douglas Len Burris, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 29, to one count each of statutory rape and statutory rape/sexual offense, District Attorney Jon David announced in a news release.

    Burris was accused of raping two girls, each between ages 13 and 15, in June 2014 and September 2014 in Brunswick County, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.

  • West Brunswick student to educate, inform peers during Mental Illness Awareness Week

    In 1990, the National Alliance on Mental Illness declared the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week in recognition of efforts to bring awareness to mental illness. This week, one West Brunswick High School sophomore is hoping to bring that effort to her fellow classmates.

    Lauren Sidelinger, 15, of Shallotte said her interest in psychology is what led her to taking a course on abnormal psychology during her time this summer at the Duke Talent Identification Program, or Duke TIP.

  • Gore remembered as dedicated civil servant

    Family, friends and public safety personnel are mourning Mark Gore, director of operations for Brunswick County EMS, who died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 1, at his home. He was 55.

    “Mark was just an amazing man, pure and simple,” said Rich Burns, Brunswick County EMS training officer.

    Gore was a member and the chief of the Shallotte Volunteer Rescue Squad from 1989 until its closure in 2008. He was also one of the first six paid paramedics with Brunswick County EMS on April 1, 1991.

  • Wilmington man faces multiple charges after Brunswick County chase

    A Wilmington man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase from Leland on Wednesday night, Sept. 28.

    Leland police charged 25-year-old Daniel Salemmo, of Halyburton Memorial Parkway, with felony fleeing to elude arrest, misdemeanor possession of a schedule III controlled substance, speeding, no operator’s license, aggressive driving, failure to burn rear lamps, unsafe passing and speeding in a work zone.

  • Leland police seek man in credit card theft

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man involved in a stolen credit card case.

    Lt. Jeremy Humphries said officers took a report in Magnolia Greens, where someone broke into a vehicle on Tommy Jacobs Drive on Thursday, Sept. 22.

    Two credit cards stolen from the vehicle were used by the man at Target on New Centre Drive in Wilmington to buy miscellaneous items and gift cards totaling $1,307.81.

  • Five men OK after boat capsizes in Ocean Isle Beach

    Five men are OK after their boat capsized in Ocean Isle Beach on Thursday, Sept. 29.

    Ocean Isle Beach Fire Chief Robert Yoho said his office got a call at 10:30 a.m. about a 21-foot Sea Hunt boat that had capsized while coming into the Intracoastal Waterway from the ocean. The boat had been hit twice by large waves, causing it to turn over.

    None of the five men in the boat were wearing life jackets, although they had them aboard, Yoho said.

  • Board of Education talks potential prep for Hurricane Matthew

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a request Tuesday night from Brunswick County Schools superintendent Les Tubb to waive the requirement of three bids for work costing more than $10,000 if emergency repairs are needed at a school as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

    “Part of this is to let the public know that we’re standing by, that we make sure we safeguard our schools as much as possible with the capability of the storm,” Tubb said.

  • New Sunset Beach mayor takes oath of office

    SUNSET BEACH — New Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester was officially sworn in during a brief ceremony before going into closed session at the start of the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night.

    Following council’s closed session to discuss Jaguar’s Lair, Sunset West and Riverside Drive with the town attorney, Forrester said during council’s pre-meeting work session he appreciated the confidence council members have placed in him in selecting him to fill former mayor Ron Watts’ unexpired term.

  • Carolina Shores denies initiating FEMA flood map changes

    CAROLINA SHORES — One of the residents affected by pending changes that put her in a flood zone claims the town initiated the measure with the Federal Emergency Management Agency after last year’s flooding.

    Phyllis Novkovic, whose Oakbark Court home was among those flooded during weekend rain that dumped 24 inches on the town one year ago last October, last week accused the town of taking action with FEMA to change flood maps as well as paying for an engineering study.