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  • Calabash woman accused of trying to bite deputy

    A Calabash woman is accused of trying to bite a deputy who tried to arrest her on an assault charge.

    Gloria Thomas, 76, of Wampee Street was arrested April 27 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of resisting a public officer.
    Warrants show Thomas tried to bite the deputy who tried to arrest her for hitting a man in the back and torso with a wooden cane April 27.

    Thomas was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released April 28 on $2,000 bail.

  • Woman accused of conspiring with juveniles to traffic drugs, steal lawnmowers

    A Leland woman is accused of conspiring with three juveniles to traffic painkillers and steal lawnmowers.

    Jessica Lynn Figueroa, 31, of Dogwood Road NE was arrested April 25 and charged with conspiring to traffic opium/heroin, four counts of conspiracy, three counts of conspiring to commit misdemeanor larceny and two misdemeanor counts each of possession of stolen goods and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

  • State agents arrest Navassa police officer

    North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation agents arrested a Navassa police officer Monday who claimed he was fired upon while on duty last month.

    Thomas Moshe Cutler, 24, of Oak Island was charged with filing a false report to a police station, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    Cutler was booked and released May 1 on $5,000 bail, Brunswick County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Jon David, District Attorney for the 13th District, said Cutler claimed to be the victim of a shooting April 16.

  • National Day of Prayer to be observed May 4

    The Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association invites all to a personal time of prayer in observance of National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Shallotte Presbyterian Church at 5070 Main St. in Shallotte.

  • Leland man to serve more than 140 years for rapes, torture of two girls

    BOLIVIA — A judge sentenced a Leland man Tuesday afternoon to more than 140 years in prison for dating, abusing and raping two girls.

    Moments earlier, a jury convicted 25-year-old Denzel Jamal Hill of 70 out of 71 charges he faced in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Jurors found Hill guilty of statutory sex offense, two counts each of kidnapping and forcible sex offense, 11 counts of felony assault, 17 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 33 counts of statutory rape.

  • St. Brendan’s fourth Fiesta Mexicana on Cinco de Seis (May 6)

    Just a day after Cinco de Mayo comes Seis de Mayo.

    Saturday, May 6, in fact, is when St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 U.S. 17 in Shallotte is having its fourth Fiesta Mexicana, and everyone is invited.

    On the menu is a variety of Mexican gastronomía (cuisine) including tacos, quesadillas and tortas, described by event organizer Sister Mary Teresa, coordinator of St. Brendan’s Hispanic ministry, as an enorme Mexican sandwich.

  • County agrees to match $2.8 million for BCC facility expansion

    County commissioners made an agreement with the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees Monday to pay half the cost, $2,857,000, for a building to expand nursing and medical assisting program classrooms.

    Brunswick Community College offers six allied health study programs including Associate Degree Nursing (ADN), Practical Nursing (PN), a PN to ADN bridge program, Phlebotomy, Medical Assisting, and Physical Therapy Assisting. 


  • Sunset Beach sales revenue loss estimated at $58,000

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach stands to lose $58,000 in sales tax revenue if the state legislature approves Senate Bill 126 sales tax redistribution.

    That’s what Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester said at Monday night’s town council meeting, adding he had signed a letter generated by mayors to send to state legislators voicing their opposition.

    Another measure to raise the fire fee limit could also affect the town and create better neutrality so Sunset Beach would no longer be subsidizing properties that aren’t in the town, Forrester said.

  • Carolina Shores aims for same tax rate, $50,000 sales tax cut

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners will consider on first reading Thursday a proposed budget calling for a neutral tax rate, plus a $50,000 cut in the wake of a state bill expected to reduce sales tax income.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, May 1, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall outlined details in the proposed $2.1 million 2017-18 fiscal budget that takes effect July 1.

  • Sunset Beach mayor seeks support against involuntary de-annexation

    As state Sen. Bill Rabon’s bill to de-annex a Sunset Beach senior rental complex stalls in a state committee, Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester is seeking support from his colleagues to oppose efforts like Rabon’s in the future.

    Senate Bill 289, filed March 15 in Raleigh by Rabon, R-Southport, proposes de-annexing Sunset Creek Commons, a 72-unit rental complex for ages 55 and older at 1401 Seaside Road, from the town of Sunset Beach. The bill passed first reading March 16 and was referred to the Senate Committee on Rules and Operations, which Rabon chairs.