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  • Police chief apologizes for officer parking in handicap spot

    Leland Police Chief Mike James has released a statement apologizing for one of his officers parking in a handicapped spot.

    In a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page Friday, James said it had been brought to his attention a police vehicle had parked in a spot designated for someone with a physical disability.

    “I am disappointed to see a member of my staff, who does not have a privilege to park in a space which has been reserved for those with disabilities, park in this reserved space,” he wrote.

  • Leland police seek man in Aug. 31 break-in

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the man who broke into a Village Road home at 1:17 p.m. Aug. 31.

    The burglar, described as a white man with a medium build, stole handguns, jewelry, coins and various prescription medication.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Felicia McCabe at 332-5005.

  • Leland police seek Wal-Mart generators thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who stole $1,000 in generators from Wal-Mart at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

    The man, described as white with a medium build, was last seen driving a four-door Ford Taurus white passenger car.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0148.

  • Leland man faces elder abuse, extortion charges

    A Leland man is accused of extortion and elder abuse.

    Robert Houston Field, 66, of Carolina Avenue was arrested Aug. 30 and charged with elder abuse and five counts of obtaining property by false pretense.

    Police received a report Aug. 21 and learned Field embezzled $49,620 and got an additional $8,975 fraudulently from an elderly citizen in the community between Feb. 1 and Aug. 30, according to a Leland police department news release.

  • Shallotte man charged in pursuit no longer faces extradition

    A Shallotte man accused of leading law enforcement officers on a pursuit into South Carolina no longer faces extradition to another state.

    According to a district court docket, Judge Scott L. Ussery voluntarily dismissed extradition for 23-year-old William Carmichael on Aug. 18 because there was no governor’s warrant for him.

    Carmichael was accused of refusing to pull over for law enforcement officers until he crossed into South Carolina on Feb. 14, 2016. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on a governor’s warrant April 29, 2016.

  • Trailer used to feed homeless stolen, returned to Belville church

    About 9 a.m. Aug. 23, Scott Hennis, worship/community pastor with Crosswinds Church in Belville, noticed its trailer was missing.

    The trailer, which Hennis said is usually parked right next to the church, is used by members once or twice a month to help feed the homeless.

    Hennis said he discovered the lock that secured the trailer was cut in half in the parking lot.

  • Nonagenarian reflects on more than half a century at Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— On May 28, Fred Mersbach Sr. of Columbia, S.C., celebrated becoming a nonagenarian.

    To commemorate his 90th birthday, he celebrated with family at a place that has been a second home for him for more than half of his life: His vacation home, Sandlapper, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Mersbach was born in Evanston, Ill. just outside of Chicago in 1927 before relocating with family to Bay Village, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. In 1945, Mersbach decided he wanted to aid in what was unbeknownst to him the tail end of World War II.

  • Settlement agreement outlines work deadlines for Jaguar’s Lair

    A bond litigation settlement agreement approved last month by Sunset Beach Town Council outlines infrastructure work dates for the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development that is part of The Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    A news release sent out by town clerk Lisa Anglin on Aug. 24 states the developer, CEO Mark Saunders of The Coastal Companies, is to “design, permit, construct and permit” required improvements for Jaguar’s Lair Section 2 lots starting March 30, 2018, with completion by Jan. 28, 2019.

  • Grand opening for new Goodwill store set for Sept. 14 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — After over a year of construction, the grand opening for a new Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) Donation Center & Store is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14.

    The new 11,274-square-foot store at 70 Emerson Bay Road off U.S. 17 at Persimmon Road has been under construction since a community groundbreaking in June 2016.

    Work this year got delayed on the new store, attributed to cul-de-sac work that was still needed, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at town commissioners’ monthly workshop this past May 1.

  • CANCELLED Carolina Shores meetings Sept. 11

    EDITOR'S NOTE: All Carolina Shores meetings scheduled for Monday, Sept. 11, including the one below, have been cancelled because of the approach of Hurricane Irma.

    Because of Labor Day this past week, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will have their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. next Monday, Sept. 11, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Commissioners are still expected to have their monthly meeting at 2 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 14.

    Information and agenda packets are available on the town website at carolinashoresnc.com.