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  • Burglary suspect arrested

    SUPPLY—When a resident of a vacation home on Talman Street in the Ocean View area of Supply came to Brunswick County this week, an unexpected visitor was in the home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Tony Caison said Nelson Alexander Caraballo was living in the Talman Street home for an unknown amount of time, which was last secured by the homeowner in September.

    Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.

    “A vacationer came into the residence and walked in and [Caraballo] was in there,” Caison said.

  • Senate votes to begin debate on healthcare bill

    It took a party-line vote for Senate Democrats to win the right to debate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on the Senate floor.

    Reid, a Nevada Democrat, introduced the Senate version of the bill Wednesday, Nov. 18.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Sheriff's office 'Bad Boys' trump drug treatment court participants on the hard court

    In what Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis called the “first annual” match up between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office “Bad Boys” and participants and volunteers with the Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court, the “Bad Boys” narrowly defeated their opponents 33-31.

    The “Bad Boys” joined drug treatment court participants and volunteers, including a probation officer, on the hard court last week at Brunswick Community College.

  • Armed robbery reported at Supply grocery store

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who reportedly robbed a grocery store last Wednesday evening in the Civietown area of Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said the armed robbery was reported around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Smith’s Grocery and Hardware on Holden Beach Road in Civietown.

    Davis said the victim reported being robbed by two black male suspects, both of whom were armed and wearing orange ski masks.

  • Stimulus money reported to phantom congressional districts

    More than $5.7 million in federal stimulus money went to North Carolina’s 37th, 86th, 24th, 14th and 91st congressional districts, according to the government-run Web site that tracks American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

    The problem?

    North Carolina only has 13 congressional districts.

    According to www.recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks how and where American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money is being spent, $5,722,231 was designated to the nonexistent districts, plus district 00.

  • Escaped inmate captured in Maryland

    Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar, the inmate who was mistakenly released from the Brunswick County Detention Center in September, has been captured in Baltimore.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Francisco, with the department’s professional standards division, said Baltimore Police captured Rodriguez-Aguilar, 27, around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, during a routine traffic stop.

    Rodriguez-Aguilar is in a Baltimore jail on a $40,000 secured bond and a detainer, “meaning he shouldn’t be able to get out,” Francisco said.

  • Forecaster: Recession recovery will be slow

    HICKMANS CROSSROADS—The recent economic downturn been the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, “one for the history books,” UNC Wilmington Senior Economist Woody Hall told a group gathered last week for his economic forecast presentation.

    Hall was the presenter last Thursday night at Crow Creek clubhouse, where local Wells Fargo Advisors had invited members of the community to hear his predictions on national, state and local economies.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for statutory rape suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Hispanic male suspected of raping an underage female victim.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said deputies are searching for Noel Velasquez, 17. Velasquez is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping.

    According to Davis, Velasquez was charged with statutory rape of a victim more than four years, but less than six years younger than he is.

  • Attempted carjacking, stabbing reported at Food Lion near Holden Beach

    A 69-year-old Supply man was stabbed multiple times during an attempted carjacking in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Sabbath Home Road on Saturday evening.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said the man was stabbed multiple times after leaving the Food Lion with his groceries around 6:40 p.m. Saturday.

    The man was loading his groceries into a Dodge Caravan minivan when the suspect attempted to steal his car, stabbing the victim multiple times before fleeing on foot toward Ocean View Avenue, Davis said.

  • Plans 'full bore ahead' for Calabash Town Center

    CALABASH—A developer of Calabash Town Center said plans are proceeding “full bore ahead” after a master site plan was approved 3-2 last week by Calabash commissioners.

    Developer Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners hopes to have work on the future multi-family and commercial project under way by next February, which is about a year later than he had originally projected.