Local News

  • Detectives seek man who flashed restaurant employees

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the community's assistance in identifying the man who exposed himself to two restaurant employees in the Shallotte/Ocean Isle Beach area about 8 p.m. Saturday, May 14.

    The dark-skinned man is thought to be in his mid- to late 40s and was last seen wearing a blue Duke hat, a striped shirt and khaki shorts, according to a sheriff’s office news release

    He left the restaurant, which was not identified, in a champagne-colored Toyota Solara.

  • Shallotte Middle student diagnosed with whooping cough

    A Shallotte Middle School student has been diagnosed with whooping cough, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said in a news release Tuesday afternoon, May 10.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whooping cough, or pertussis, has cold-like symptoms, and can last anywhere from five days to three weeks. Symptoms in the later stages of whooping cough, after one to two weeks, include a violent cough followed by a “high-pitched ‘whoop,’” potential vomiting and exhaustion after coughing.

  • Supply woman charged in December 2015 stabbing

    A Supply woman is accused of stabbing a Bolivia man last December.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 29-year-old Ashley Michelle Spencer on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon May 4.

    The alleged victim swore out a warrant showing Spencer stabbed him in the side with a butcher knife. Emergency treatment using stitches and staples was required to close his wound.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting child

    A 21-year-old Leland man is accused of sexually assaulting a child last month.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Timothy Sket on May 3 and charged him with committing a crime against nature, statutory rape and two counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

    The crimes, which happened April 13 and 14, involved a child younger than 16 and more than six years younger than Sket, according to warrants.

  • Leland man charged in weekend beating


    A Leland man is accused of beating another man with brass knuckles.

    Quinton Sanders, 19, of Bluffield Court, was arrested Saturday, May 7, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    The victim’s identity and condition were not available.

     Sanders was booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $30,000 bail the day of his arrest.    

  • Shallotte man involved in pursuit faces multiple drug charges

    A Shallotte man who refused to pull over for law enforcement officers until he crossed into South Carolina on Feb. 14 remains in custody on drug-related charges.

    William Carmichael Jr., 22, of Chadwick Landing Road, faces multiple outstanding charges in South Carolina, but was returned to Brunswick County and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on April 29 after a governor’s warrant was issued for him, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man charged in fatal chase that began in Brunswick County

    A Liberty man is charged in a chase that began in Brunswick County and killed a motorcyclist in Wilmington early Tuesday morning, May 10.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Safety said 26-year-old Eduardo Patrick was driving a 2013 Toyota at 79 mph in a 55-mph zone east on U.S. 74.

    A state trooper turned on his cruiser’s lights and sirens and tried to stop the vehicle at 7:04 a.m., but it continued into Wilmington, according to a NCDPS news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

  • Two arrested on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people May 5 who are accused of using social media to solicit prostitution.

    Hazel Christine Murray, 26, of High Point, and Michael Wayne Boyles, 31, of Thomasville each face a felony charge of promoting prostitution in advance. Boyles also is charged with human trafficking an adult victim.

    A warrant shows the two used social media to solicit another person for prostitution and Boyles held a person for trafficking sometime between May 3 and 4.

  • Sunset Beach woman accused of hiding man from deputies

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman Sunday, May 8, accused of helping a Calabash man avoid deputies by hiding him in the trunk of her car.

    Alexandra Grammen, 26, of Medcalf Drive SW, is charged with harboring or aiding certain persons and resisting a public officer.

    Warrants show of Grammen was hiding 29-year-old Ryan Patrick Ridge, of Bullrush Court, who was wanted on a felony probation violation stemming from heroin-related charges he faced last June, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • OIB public hearing, budget presentation set for June

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials agreed the town should upgrade requirements for natural canal bulkheads.

    “This proposal limits (the ordinance) to two types of bulkhead: vinyl or Redi-Rock,” Mayor Debbie Smith said during the town board of commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, May 10.

    Wooden bulkheads were once the norm, but new engineering design standards considered for the town ordinance call for either vinyl or Redi-Rock bulkheads.