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  • Coffee with Sunset Beach police chief May 11

    Enjoy coffee with Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the conference room at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    This new program provides residents an opportunity to personally meet with their police chief in a friendly and casual setting. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss matters of interest, learn more about their police department, offer tips and share information directly with Joyner.

  • NRC open house for Brunswick Nuclear Plant assessment May 10

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house for Tuesday, May 10, to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Brunswick nuclear plant during 2015.

    The plant, operated by Duke Energy, is near Southport.

    The open house, which will include informational posters, is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Duke Media Center, 8520 River Road SE in Southport.

  • Shallotte man faces firearm, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Shallotte man accused of stealing a firearm and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

    Andrew Joshua Combs, 28, of Tavia Lane SW, was arrested Friday, April 29, and charged with larceny of a firearm, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants show.

  • Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Deputies charge man in county’s largest fentanyl seizure

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday, April 29, in the largest seizure of fentanyl in the county’s history.

    Troy Ahkeen Wilson, 37, of South Fifth Street in Wilmington, is charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, a warrant shows.

    Deputies arrested Wilson after he was pulled over for speeding on U.S. 74 near Interstate 140, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte man charged in weekend shooting

    A Shallotte man is accused of shooting into a building with five people inside Saturday, April 30. No one was injured.

    Kelvin Harris Hill, 51, of North Mulberry Road NW, was arrested Saturday and charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    A warrant shows Hill fired a 9mm into a recreational outbuilding on his property just after midnight. It is not clear what prompted the shooting.

    Hill was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Forensic psychiatrist returns to stand in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A forensic psychiatrist returned to the stand Friday morning, April 29, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Defense lawyers called Moira Artigues to provide her expert opinion on 18-year-old Keith Vidal’s mental health before and during the day he was shot and killed by Bryon Vassey on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Agents arrest four men on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested four men on drug charges in separate incidents, according to a news release.

    · Festes James Lance, 42, of School House Road in Ash, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Oak Island police charge seven in break-ins

    Oak Island police charged five people, including two registered sex offenders, April 26 in a series of vehicle and residential break-ins that began in November 2015, according to a town news release issued Thursday, April 28

    · Joseph Ryan Crone, 34, of Akron, Ohio, is charged with first-degree burglary and incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail.

  • Teens charged in NBHS break-in

    Leland police charged three teens and are looking for a fourth person in a break-in at North Brunswick High School.

    School staff reported the break-in April 9 after they found a door at the school unsecured, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release Thursday, April 28. Among the items stolen were an X-Box 360 with games, a portable speaker and Oakley sunglasses.