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  • Defining prescription painkiller misuse and abuse

     Editor’s note: This is the second story in a six-part biweekly series examining the prescription painkiller problem in Brunswick County. The first story in this series was published July 3.   

      

    There’s a fine line between misuse and abuse. But both can be deadly.

    Brunswick County leaders are working to combat a growing problem of prescription painkiller misuse and abuse.

  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.

  • STEM camps provides unique opportunity at local school

     CALABASH — An elementary school class filled with summer campers may evolve into a room full of inventors by summer’s end.

    Through Communities In Schools, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is hosting Camp Invention, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for five weeks this summer.

    Robin Russ and Cathy Milligan are teaching the class, which is coordinated by Communities In Schools site coordinator Amber Malave.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

     Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Leland woman faces cruelty charges after more than 100 animals seized from her home

    A Leland woman has been arrested and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from an apparent hoarding situation Tuesday afternoon, July 15, from her home near Belville.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz, 33, was arrested that day and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. She was released after posting $5,000 bail.

  • Former sheriff Hewett dies in New Hanover County jail

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about 2 p.m. Saturday, July 12, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said in a news release.

    Hewett, 51, was in custody at the New Hanover County Detention Facility on a federal gun charge. He was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release issued Thursday, July 10, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Detectives find Supply man who was reported missing

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office have located a Supply man who was reported missing.

    David Wayne Presley, 33, was last seen at his residence on Helmsman Drive about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, according to a news release.

    He was found safe Saturday morning, July 12, near Sunset Beach, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man accused of sex crimes involving child in Brunswick County

    A Carolina Beach man accused of sex crimes with a child is jailed in Brunswick County.

    William Allen Jackson, 56, is charged with indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    He was arrested Thursday, July 3, on an arrest warrant from the Oak Island Police Department.

    The incidents took place with a child younger than 13 in April in Oak Island, warrants allege.

    Jackson is incarcerated on $300,000 bail.

  • Longwood man wanted on assault charges

    Deputies are asking for the public’s help locating a Longwood man wanted on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

    Thirty-one-year-old Justin Divon Griffin, of Marlon Road, is wanted on charges of assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing, misdemeanor child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, misdemeanor larceny and interfering with emergency communication. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in January, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Deputies make biggest heroin seizure in county history

     BOLIVIA — A high-speed chase ended with the largest heroin seizure in Brunswick County history and the arrest of a Supply man.

    On Thursday, July 10, deputies arrested 32-year-old Kevin Jermaine Hankins and charged him with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and speeding after the chase began near Leland around 3 a.m.