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  • Riegelwood man accused of raping woman in Leland

    A Riegelwood man is accused of breaking into a Leland residence and raping a woman sometime between 4:15 and 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 13.

    Twenty-two-year-old Jeffrey Michael Nelson, of General Howe Road, was arrested in Wilmington late Monday night after investigators received a tip on his whereabouts, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Nelson, who was charged with second-degree rape, kidnapping and first-degree burglary, is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

  • Three men charged in Southport armed robbery

    Three men are accused of robbing a man at gunpoint in Southport early Saturday morning, July 11.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 20-year-old Bradley Hunter Smith, 24-year-old Cody Hughes Clifton and 19-year-old Jacob Damen Huff last week and charged each with robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Sunday, July 12.

  • Agents arrest three in separate drug cases

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a trio of men in separate drug cases Thursday, July 9.

    Fifty-four-year-old Lester Clifton Benton, of Leland, was arrested and charged with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance and selling and delivering a schedule III controlled substance.

  • Trio charged in Bolivia, Winnabow break-ins

    Three men have been charged in several home break-ins in Winnabow and Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 23-year-old Christian Fernando Torres-Rivera, 26-year-old Jose Ricardo Lozano-Garcia and 21-year-old Fernando Arturo Hernandez last week and charged each with multiple felonies, jail records show.

  • Agents arrest Longwood store clerk on felony gun charge

    A store clerk faces a felony charge after being arrested last week at a convenience store in Longwood.

    Agents with North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) unit arrested 41-year-old Jean W. Brutus of Jacksonville and charged him with felony possession of a stolen firearm at Inman’s Country Store at 2116 Longwood Road.

  • Winnabow man indicted on multiple assault charges

    A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted a Winnabow man, who is accused of discharging a weapon near school property, on multiple assault charges, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    David Michael Costin, 54, also was indicted June 15 on charges of assault on a female and two counts of assault in the presence of a minor, court records show.

  • Leland woman faces more than 50 identity theft charges

    A Leland woman faces more than 100 criminal charges, including 53 counts of identity theft.

    Leland police arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Jane Cruz on Friday, July 10, according to a news release. Cruz also is charged with financial card fraud, 47 counts of misdemeanor access to a computer, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of check forgery and two counts of uttering a forged check, according to a police department news release issued Monday, July 13.

    Detectives began investigating the case in May, according to the release.

  • Brunswick County boasts seventh lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s lucky lottery streak continues with a Leland man winning $10,000 this week.

    Kevin Beauchamp won the money in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

  • School board OKs potential day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — After more than an hour of discussion, Brunswick County Board of Education members voted to move a step closer in establishing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    At the board’s regular meeting in early June, members listened as a handful of parents expressed their concerns about putting the program at Bolivia Elementary School.

  • County unemployment sees sharp increase in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate has bounced back up to 6.9 percent in May after dropping to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The numbers are still down from a year ago, when the May 2014 unemployment rate hit 7.3 percent, rising from a 6.9 percent unemployment rate in April 2014.