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  • Cop’s trial in teen’s fatal shooting continued until April 18

    The trial of a former Southport police officer charged in the fatal shooting of a schizophrenic teen in his Boiling Spring Lakes home more than two years ago has been continued until April 18.

    Bryon Vassey was scheduled to be tried beginning Monday, Feb. 15, on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who died of a single gunshot wound to his chest Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Internet assessment under way in county

    Brunswick County formed a task team of community representatives to assess the availability and demand for Internet service throughout the county in view of the growing importance of Internet service for business and for residential use

    A key element of the assessment effort is a community survey being conducted through March 18, according to a county news release.

  • Law enforcement executive among 21 arrested on prostitution charge

    A former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy is one of 21 people charged last week with solicitation of prostitution in Brunswick County.

    Darrell Wayne Ayers, 55, of Crowell Avenue in Oak Island, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Wednesday, Feb. 3, a warrant shows. It is unclear where the alleged crime took place.

  • Leland woman, 5-year-old child recover from dog attack

    A Leland woman and her 5-year-old child are recovering from injuries they suffered in a dog attack Feb. 1.

    The dog, a Lab mix, is in 10-day quarantine at Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Services.

    A neighbor was helping the woman change a flat tire on her vehicle at her Provincial Drive residence when the attack happened at 8:50 a.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Friday, Feb. 5.

  • Grand jury indicts three Supply men

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three Supply men Feb. 1 in separate  cases.

    Jamar Levon Bellamy, 22, was among 35 people arrested July 31, 2015, during Operation Summer Heat, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Men accused of sex crimes involving child indicted on drug charges

    Two Southport men who were charged with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Jan. 21 have been indicted on drug charges.

    Willie Anderson Dock Jr., 70, and Travis LaShawn Siler, 27, both of Cherry Road, were initially arrested Dec. 30, 2015, as a result of tips and complaints from the community, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • NBHS teacher, fiancé accused of assaulting two boys

    A math teacher at North Brunswick High School has been placed on leave amid accusations she and her fiancé assaulted two boys younger than 12.

    Two Elizabeth City women took out warrants for the arrest of 24-year-old Victoria Leigh Jeffries of Leland, whom they say injured their sons sometime between Jan. 26 and 28.

    The two women also took out warrants for the arrest of 24-year-old Brian Louis Wilson of Leland, whom they also accuse of hurting their sons.

  • Work progressing on schools day treatment facility

    BOLIVIA — Work is moving along on a new day treatment facility that Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Les Tubb hopes will be ready to open in just a few more months.

    “The goal right now is to move in as soon as possible, and we hope that will be April — probably will be May,” said Tubb, speaking at the board meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2.

    The program at Bolivia Elementary School is going through building permitting and health department and fire inspection, Tubb said.

  • Leland police seek information in road rage investigation

    Leland police investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man they say was involved in a road rage altercation Thursday, Jan. 28.

    The man approached a customer at the Murphy USA gas station on New Point Boulevard in the Wal-Mart shopping center off U.S. 17 at 11:08 p.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    The man started an argument with the customer over a traffic incident where the other driver had not used his turn signal, then pushed him, Humphries said. When the victim fought back, the man assaulted him then left.

  • Sewer assessment set up for Palm Cove subdivision

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved extending sewer lines to the Palm Cove development on Sunset Beach and creating a special sewer assessment for the property owners to pay for it.

    Palm Cove includes nine parcels at the east end of Sunset Beach where Jinks Creek meets Tubbs Inlet.

    Commissioners, who adopted a preliminary assessment resolution for the Palm Cove subdivision at the Jan. 12 agenda meeting, set a public hearing for the Monday, Feb. 1, regular meeting.