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  • Shallotte police arrest woman on felony larceny charge

    Shallotte police arrested a Supply woman wanted in a January theft.

    Amy Elizabeth Griffie, 36, of Partridge Place was arrested Feb. 7 at her residence and charged with felony larceny, Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    Griffie is accused of stealing a ring worth about $1,000 from the counter of Pawn-USA on Main Street on Jan. 19. The ring has not been found.

     Griffie was released Feb. 7 from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.    

  • Shallotte man arrested on 2014 sex crime charges involving child

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man on 2014 sex crime charges involving child.

    Timothy Paul Freshwater, 33, of Woodthrush Lane was arrested Tuesday, Feb. 7, and charged with statutory rape/sexual offense, indecent liberties with a child and sex offense in a parental role, all felonies.

    Warrants show the incident took place Oct. 21, 2014, when the victim was 13. 

  • CGMS students face discipline after BB guns found in locker

    Four Cedar Grove Middle School students face disciplinary action after a school resource officer discovered Airsoft BB Guns in a locker Feb. 8.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said a tip from a student led to SRO Kenneth Powell finding two BB guns. She said Powell and principal Michael Hobbs took immediate action and the four seventh-graders involved were identified.

    Swencki said all four students face disciplinary action according to the school’s code of conduct, which ranges from short-term to possible long-term suspension.

  • Leland woman arrested on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 66-year-old Leland woman accused of trying to sell oxycodone pills in January.

    Wilma L. Batten of Village Road was arrested Feb. 7 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II substance, felony conspiring to traffic opium/heroin, felony conspiring to sell/deliver a schedule II substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. 

    Warrants show Batten attempted to sell a pill bottle containing 17 oxycodone pills Jan. 18.  

  • Plea hearing scheduled Feb. 20 in 2016 fatal Shallotte crash

        A Carolina Shores teen facing charges in a Shallotte crash that killed his 13-year-old friend and injured his 16-year-old brother in February 2016 is scheduled to enter a plea in Brunswick County Court on Monday, Feb. 20, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Hospice patient FaceTimes with rock hero Eddie Van Halen

    LELAND — It’s the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 5. Fifty-four-year-old Mike Brewer of Leland sits in a dim room holding an iPad that’s connected to FaceTime. On the screen in front of him is the image of a kitchen some 3,000 miles away.

    After a beat, a smiling man pops into view. Mike smiles back at rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen and says, “Hey, I know that guy.”

  • Supply families mourn pets in separate animal cruelty incidents

    SUPPLY — Two Supply families are grieving their pets in separate animal cruelty incidents.

    The Lay family of Sandy Bluff Drive SW in Supply is mourning their 2-year-old Staffordshire terrier Brudio, who was stabbed to death Feb. 5.

    Michael Lay and his wife Melissa described it as a typical Sunday for the family, with many of their five children outside the home before church.

    Nine-year-old Michael Lay Jr. was outside with Brudio near the the vacant house between their home and that of 61-year-old Carl “Sandman” Chamberlin.

  • Supply man faces two murder charges in Feb. 2 crash

    A 24-year-old Supply man faces another murder charge after a second person involved in a Feb. 2 crash died last weekend.

    William Chandler McHenry of Bluebird Lane is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, aggravated death by motor vehicle and a misdemeanor count of driving while license revoked.

    McHenry was driving his white 2003 Ford Explorer south in the 2000 block of Kirby Road in Supply about 8 p.m. Feb. 2 when he hit a white 2017 Chevy Equinox, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Strangman said.

  • Shop class launches housing start for feral felines

    BOLIVIA — It involved lessons in geometry combined with ones in humane treatment of animals as students in shop class at Brunswick County Academy tackled a new assignment last week to build houses to shelter homeless cats.

  • Carolina Shores opposes proposed GSATS study area, routes

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are wasting no time expressing disapproval of the proposed location for the Carolina Bays Parkway Extension.

    Last week, the five-member Carolina Shores town board unanimously approved a resolution opposing the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) area and “routes as initially proposed,” citing destruction of neighborhoods as the foremost reason.