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  • Winnabow man dies in Funston Road crash

    A Winnabow man was killed Wednesday, April 2, when his car flipped on Funston Road off N.C. 87.

    Jesse Mason, 23, crossed the center line in his Ford Explorer, and when he tried to get back in his lane, he lost control of his vehicle, Sgt. P.M. Sanders of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

    Sanders said Mason then crossed the center line again and ran off the left side of the road.

    “His vehicle then hit a tree and that’s when the car flipped,” Sanders said. “He actually crossed the center line twice.”

  • Bridge construction causes U.S. 74/76 lane closure

    The inside lane of eastbound U.S. 74/76 near Leland just east of Malmo Loop Road will be closed Friday, April 4, at 9 a.m. until Monday, April 7, at 6 a.m. for bridge deck preservation.

    The impact on traffic is expected to be low and no detour will be in place. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

  • Grissett murder trial jurors selected, opening statements begin Thursday

    BOLIVIA — A jury has been selected for the trial of Richard Hugh Grissett, who is accused to beating 86-year old Linnie Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home in November 2012.

    After a two-day suppression hearing, jury selection began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, and lasted until 5 p.m. The jury is comprised of seven men and five women, with two alternate jurors. The group was chosen from a pool of 75 candidates.

  • Ocean Isle Beach pushes for largest terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If Ocean Isle Beach is approved for a terminal groin, town officials want to go big.

    Board members voted March 20 to endorse a 750-foot terminal groin recommendation to the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Town officials met with Ken Willson and Tom Jarrett of Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina to review an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is required for approval of a terminal groin project.

  • Iler touts Brunswick company for coal ash cleanup

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has pitched a Brunswick County business as a possible solution to Duke Energy’s environmental pollution problem.

    On Friday, March 21, state regulators asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up pollution caused by its coal ash spill onto the banks of the Dan River near Eden in early February.

  • Family of Town Creek Confederate Army veteran dedicates new grave marker

    TOWN CREEK —The ancestors of Civil War Sgt. Andrew Jackson Potter held a family reunion of sorts Sunday, March 30, meeting at his gravesite off Rock Creek Road in Town Creek to replace a missing headstone.

    Dale Coleman Spencer, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Potter led the effort to install a new grave marker for the relative she only recently learned about.

    Spencer said she discovered her family connection to Potter through genealogy records.

  • Southport city manager involved in golf-cart accident

     Southport’s city manager accidentally struck a pedestrian with his golf cart last week, Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said.

    Kerry McDuffie was leaving Southport City Hall about 1:15 p.m. March 25 when he accidentally ran into a woman who was walking down the street, Dove said. The woman was treated and released from Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport that same day.

    No charges have been filed, Dove said.

     

    Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.

  • Judge rules key evidence admissible in murder trial

     BOLIVIA — A judge has ruled that a recording in which Richard Grissett tells investigators he is responsible for the death of an 86-year old Longwood woman can be admitted as evidence in Grissett’s first-degree murder trial.

    Grissett, 52, is accused of beating Linnie Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her home Nov. 12, 2012.

    Judge Wayland Sermons is presiding over Grissett’s trial in Brunswick County Criminal Superior Court. The trial, which began Monday, March 31, is expected to last about two weeks.

  • Sheriffs, Attorney General address statewide evidence backlog

     Attorney General Roy Cooper and law enforcement officers from across North Carolina, including Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, gathered in Wilmington last week for the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association Spring Conference to discuss several issues, including the evidence backlog at the state level.

    Law enforcement and prosecutors across the Tar Heel State have experienced difficulties in obtaining results of evidence testing.

  • ‘Grandparents scam’ returns to Brunswick County

     A scam preying on grandparents is again making the rounds in Brunswick County.

    A Sunset Beach woman who recognized it through a suspicious phone call is warning others about the dangers of a con artist on the other line.

    Lillie Little received several phone calls in a two-week span that alerted her to the possibility of the scam returning to the area.