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  • Oak Island teen killed after crashing car

    An Oak Island teenager has died after crashing his car late Saturday night on N.C. 133.

    Aaron Michael Burke Jr., 18, died early Sunday after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Burke died after his south-bound 1996 Chevrolet ran off the road around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

    Sgt. C.K. Parks with the N.C. Highway Patrol said Burke’s car was going around a curve when it traveled left of center. The vehicle went off the left-hand side of the road, struck a ditch, then hit a tree.

  • Puppy-mill couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty

    A Brunswick County couple has pleaded guilty to 24 counts each of Class 1 cruelty to animals.

    Andrew and Amelia Millis, charged in an Aug. 3 puppy-mill bust on Maco Road in Leland, entered their pleas on Friday, Aug. 17, in a case prosecuted by assistant district attorney Gina Essey.

    The judgments were consolidated into two sentences per statutory guidelines that are to run consecutively, according to a press release issued Friday by district attorney Jon David’s office.

  • 2,000 bindles of heroin confiscated in Brunswick County

     

    Two thousand bindles of heroin with a street value of more than $40,000 headed for distribution in Brunswick County were intercepted in the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 16.

    After a lengthy investigation, investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Joseph Mosby, 43. Mosby resides in both New Jersey and Leland.

    On Thursday, Mosby was returning to Leland after a trip to New Jersey when he was apprehended by law enforcement. He was in possession of 2,000 bindles of heroin.

  • Ash man gets 10 years for 2009 manslaughter

    An Ash man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a man to death three years ago in Little River, S.C.

    Thomas Edward Shipplett, 61, of 2046 Ash Little River Road, turned himself in at the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Police Department on July 1, 2009, a day after Dale McDuffie Hammond, 56, of Cerro Gordo was shot numerous times at Hammond’s vacation home in Little River.

  • Wanted suspect

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating a wanted suspect.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 15 around 6:30 a.m., a female resident at Ash Street in the Forest Hills subdivision in Supply was confronted by possibly a Hispanic male. As the victim went outside to get her iPod from her vehicle, the male subject, dressed in all black from head to toe, ran up on the back porch, grabbed the female and told her not to fight, that he wouldn't hurt her.

  • Old McDonald's put out to pasture to make way for new one

    An old McDonald’s will soon become new.

    The McDonald’s at U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 was shut down at 11 p.m. July 30. It has been demolished to make way for an extensive rebuild.

    “I’m so excited about the new one,” said Judy Hill, supervisor for the 22-year-old eatery between Grissettown and Sunset Beach. “We’re going to have more room.”

    Plans call for the new McDonald’s to be more than double the size of the old one, Hill said, with an 80-seat capacity. The old McDonald’s had a 30-seat capacity.

  • Strong opposition leads to accusations of corruption in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— At Tuesday’s monthly meeting Ocean Isle Beach commissioners responded to accusations of corruption and making backroom deals.

    During a public hearing and again during public comment of the commissioners’ meeting, homeowners on Moore Street spoke out about a proposal to modify a zoning ordinance. The proposed change would allow construction on a 47.2-foot lot that was platted and/or modified prior to 2005. Before the unanimous vote to allow the change, requirements called for the lot to be 50 feet.

  • Teen drowns; community mourns his loss

    LONGWOOD—On Sunday afternoon, a swimming adventure turned deadly for one Brunswick County teen.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Ash resident Raqun “Kwanie” Green, 15, was swimming with friends on Sunday, Aug. 12, when he drowned.

    An emergency call was dispatched a couple of minutes after 5 p.m. for a possible drowning in the Longwood area.

  • Youth rally in OIB this Saturday

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—This weekend, on Saturday, Aug. 18, the Ocean Isle Beach Park will host the Sonburst Youth Rally.

    Sonburst Youth Ministries is sponsoring the day dedicated to area youth.

    There will be live music with praise and worship led by River of Leland, Morgan Dorsey, Peace Memorial (Spread the Bread) and Consumed.

    A guest speaker will be Nate Turner who will share his personal testimony. Activities include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, volleyball and more.

  • Local writer’s hopes to see autobiography come alive on the screen

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It is not an ordinary autobiography, and now the extraordinary story of one man’s fight for survival may become a feature film.

    In June, Polish director/screenwriter Pawel Kuczynski spent a week at the Ocean Isle Beach home of author Stanley Opalka.

    Opalka’s 2003 autobiography “Escape from Russia” is the basis of a film with the working title “The Boy Who Won WWII.”