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  • Oak Island Fire Department to begin testing fire hydrants

    Oak Island Fire Department will begin testing fire hydrants Wednesday, April 27. They will begin in two separate areas at the same time.

    First area: Hydrant testing will begin at SW Yacht and West Oak Island drives. Staff will test hydrants up and down all north- and southwest streets working their way east towards Middleton. Once at Middleton, they will continue working their way east up and down all north- and southeast streets until they reach 58th Street.

  • Oak Island man becomes county’s first 2016 lottery winner

    A split-second decision to buy a lottery ticket turned into a lucky one for Dylan Hudson of Oak Island after he won $250,000 playing the new $250,000 Fortune scratch-off game to become the county’s first lottery winner in 2016.

    Hudson bought the $5 ticket at the Market Express on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    “I just went to get a tank of gas and decided to get a ticket,” Hudson, a construction worker, said in a news release. He is the first person to claim a top prize in the game.

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

    Former Southport police Sgt. Bryon Vassey, the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Driver residence that afternoon, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the teen’s death.

  • First responders testify in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — “I’m here to kick ass and take names.”

    Two first responders testified Friday former Southport police sergeant Bryon Vassey said those words upon arriving at the Boiling Spring Lakes home of schizophrenic 18-year-old Keith Vidal, whom he shot to death more than two years ago.

  • Leland police arrest man accused of sex crime against child

    A Wilmington man accused of sexually assaulting a girl turned himself in to Leland police Wednesday, April 20.

    Stephan Keaton, 52, is charged with second-degree sex offense, according to a police department news release.

    A warrant shows the crime happened April 1 and was reported to police the next day.

    Keaton was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail and released the same day.

  • Elections board to hear primary protest May 4

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Board of Elections agreed to hold a full hearing on Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the Board of Elections office.

  • Officers testify in ex-cop’s manslaughter trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — It took a moment for Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Lewis-Chavis to compose herself before she described watching 18-year-old Keith Vidal die.

    “I watched Mr. Vidal’s eyes go from black, just like somebody suffering from a mental illness (has), to a normal color and I watched death come into his eyes,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “You could see the innocence in a person, a scared look. I watched his eyes go to death and he fell to the ground.”

  • Officers testify in ex-cop’s manslaughter trial

    BOLIVIA — It took a moment for Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Samantha Lewis-Chavis to compose herself before she described watching 18-year-old Keith Vidal die.

    “I watched Mr. Vidal’s eyes go from black, just like somebody suffering from a mental illness (has), to a normal color and I watched death come into his eyes,” she said, tears streaming down her face. “You could see the innocence in a person, a scared look. I watched his eyes go to death and he fell to the ground.”

  • Leland officers need help identifying woman in break-in

    Leland police are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman involved in a vehicle break-in.
    Officers received a report of a motor vehicle break-in Jan. 15 at 2013 Olde Regent Way where many items were taken, according to a news release. The next day, the victim learned three unauthorized checks totaling about $2,800 had been cashed from his account.
    Anyone with information about the white woman with dark hair and glasses pictured in a surveillance image provided by Leland police is asked to call Detective Felicia Garnes at 332-5005.