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  • Carolina Shores couple relies on communication, sense of humor 65 years later

     CAROLINA SHORES — While Hank Mattutat was studying at New York University by way of the G.I. Bill following his Army service in World War II, he made the trek to Long Island one summer for a beach trip with a tight-knit group of friends.

    During the beach excursion, Hank was introduced to a pretty young lady named Marilyn.

    That’s when Hank turned to one of his close pals and told him, “I’m going to marry that girl.”

  • Jail escapee to serve more than two years in prison

     A judge sentenced a Southport man charged with escaping from Brunswick County Detention Facility to more than two years in state prison Wednesday, July 8, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 22-year-old William Hewett to serve 26 to 44 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty to escaping from a county jail, felony fleeing to elude arrest and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

  • South Brunswick Charter School to operate on traditional school calendar

     Students and staff at South Brunswick Charter School will operate on a traditional school calendar during the upcoming 2015-16 school year instead of the year-round schedule they adopted.

  • Sunset Harbor couple celebrates 70 years of wedded bliss

     Julian and Jerry Odom can finish each other’s sentences these days with relative ease.

    After 70 years of marriage, those things come naturally.

    On June 2, 1945, Julian and Jerry Odom “tied the knot” in Dillon, S.C., with no relatives or witnesses present.

    Seventy years later, the Odoms are full-time residents of Sunset Harbor after moving from Fayetteville in 2003. The couple has been visiting the Brunswick County area since 1983 and made it their permanent home two years ago.

  • 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.