Local News

  • Detectives seek Leland man in thefts

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the community's assistance in finding a wanted Leland man.

    Ryan Tyler Duffy, 23, of Holly Hills Drive, is wanted on charges of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and felony larceny, according to a news release.

  • Bus malfunction forces evacuation

    A school bus taking students to Lincoln Elementary School in Leland malfunctioned Tuesday, April 28, forcing the evacuation of students from the bus. No one was injured.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Bus No. 210, which was transporting about 30 students, “experienced a mechanical issue this morning resulting in engine smoke,” which she identified as a turbo charger failure which caused oil to lead into the hot exhaust.

  • DWI checkpoint nets two arrests, 35 charges

    A multi-agency DWI Checking Station involving the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Leland Police Department netted two arrests and resulted in 35 charges April 24 in Wilmington.

    The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office S.A.F.E. unit, as an active participant in the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, hosted the event on the 2300 block of North College Road.

  • Tips lead to two arrests, seizure of $50K in marijuana

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested two South Carolina residents on drug charges and seized about $50,000 in marijuana after traffic stops on U.S. 17 on Wednesday, April 22, according to a news release.

  • Agents seize $13K in marijuana from Carolina Shores home, arrest two

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested a Carolina Shores couple Wednesday, April 22, after finding about $13,000 in marijuana inside their home, according to a news release.

    Courtney Beckford and Theresa Beckford, both 32, are each charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a dwelling house for keeping and selling marijuana and possession of marijuana paraphernalia and were booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Brunswick County deputies assist in Wilmington drug arrests

     Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies assisted two other law enforcement agencies in a search that resulted in the arrests of two Wilmington men accused of trafficking drugs.

    The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit and Wilmington police, along with Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies, arrested Daquah Lamar Drakeford and Deandre Lavon Wilder after searching a home on the 1200 block of North Fourth Street on Monday, April 20, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said.

  • Investigators seek couple in jewelry theft

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s investigators are asking for the community’s assistance in identifying a couple believed to have stolen jewelry from a Calabash gift shop Sunday.

    Employees of Callahan’s Nautical Gifts at 7212 Beach Drive said a white man and white woman came in about 4 p.m., stole the items and left in a white, four-door, Ford F-150 pickup with tinted windows. 

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective April Cherry at 880-4929.

  • County keeps pay-as-you-go for parks, but will review priorities

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed it won’t add more debt to the county budget to finance park projects, but will review the priority list once more before continuing the pay-as-you-go policy in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    County staff reviewed the pay-as-you-go policy — only using money available from the fund balance for capital projects — after Commissioner Randy Thompson asked to consider alternatives during an April 9 budget workshop.

  • County seeks limit to liability if beach communities post lifeguards

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners agreed to seek legislative help to ensure coastal communities aren’t at risk if they choose to put lifeguards on their beaches.

    At their Monday, April 20, meeting, commissioners voted to send a resolution to the General Assembly asking to enact legislation to provide immunity or limit liability for municipalities or counties that provide lifeguard services.

  • Apple Inc. joins land conservation near Green Swamp

    A conservation effort led in part by Apple Inc. will conserve several hundred acres in Brunswick County while also providing timber to use for the company’s packaging.

    The Conservation Fund, which works to promote environmental and economic success, announced April 16 in purchased more than 3,600 acres in Brunswick County and more than 30,000 acres in Maine in partnership with Apple.