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  • Testimony continues in Grissett murder trial

     BOLIVIA — A day after Richard Hugh Grissett, 53, was arrested and charged with the murder of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward in November 2012, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team members found the rifle she had used to try to defend herself in a pond beside Grissett’s home, evidence showed Tuesday, April 8.

    Grissett is accused of beating Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home.

  • Decades Dance celebrates BCC’s 35-year anniversary

     

    IF YOU GO

     

    What: Brunswick Community College Blue & Teal Decades Dance

     

    When: Friday, April 11, 5:30 to 11 p.m.

     

    Where: Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, Brunswick Community College

     

    How much: $10 for alumni, faculty and staff; $20 general admission

     

    For tickets, go to: www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-teal-decades-dance-tickets-10802814509?ref=ebtn

     

     

  • Proposal could lead to change in school start times

     The Brunswick County Schools district has proposed a change in bell times for elementary, middle and high schools in the coming school year.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden announced the proposal at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s April 1 monthly meeting.

    It would have elementary school bells ringing at 7:35 a.m., with high schools pushed to 8:40 a.m. and middle schools beginning at 8:50 a.m.

  • Prosecution makes opening statement in murder trial, testimony begins

    Prosecutors said Richard Grissett’s need to get high brought him to the one of the lowest points of his life: Standing trial for the killing of an 86-year-old Longwood woman.

    Grissett is accused of beating Linne Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her home. Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said the crime resulted from Grissett’s desire to feed his crack cocaine addiction.

  • Sunset Beach teen's body found in Shallotte River
  • Winnabow man accused of assaulting pregnant woman

    Deputies have arrested a Winnabow man accused of assaulting a pregnant woman.

    Maurice Kendell Wright, 29, of River Road SE, is accused of habitual misdemeanor assault, assault on a female, battery of an unborn child and assault inflicting serious injury, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The charges stem from alleged incidents that occurred March 31 in the Leland area.

    Wright, who was arrested Friday, April 4, is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $65,000 bail.

  • Grissett murder trial postponed until Monday

    BOLIVIA — The trial of Richard Grissett, who charged with first-degree murder in the death of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward, has been postponed until next week because the judge fell ill, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Grissett, 52, is accused of beating Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home in November 2012.

    Judge Wayland Sermons became sick and notified the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday morning, April 3.

  • 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.