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  • Brunswick County inmate hospitalized, SBI clears jailers

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County inmate was hospitalized after falling in a detention center cell Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Shane Johnson was arrested for drunk and disruptive on the evening of Oct. 4, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    After a deputy brought Johnson to the magistrates’ area in the detention center, Johnson assaulted the deputy, Miller said.

  • Oak Island man charged with drug trafficking

    An Oak Island man has been arrested and charged with trafficking drugs.

    According to arrest reports, Timothy Ray Dobbs, 48, of 250 North East 64th St., Oak Island, has been charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier, of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, said Dobbs had been trafficking Loritab, an opiate derivative narcotic prescribed for pain.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 61 calls last week, issued eight uniformed citations, four drug charges and 12 total charges.

    Officers set up driver’s license checkpoints at the following locations: Dogwood Road, Shell Point Road, Boonesneck Road, Mount Misery Road, Cedar Hill Road and Green Swamp Road.

  • Mayor seeks support for terminal groins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Mayor Debbie Smith has repeatedly said a terminal groin may be the best solution to combat Ocean Isle Beach’s erosion issue. The only problem—the structure is not legal in North Carolina.

    Smith said a bill was introduced in the N.C. General Assembly last year that would change North Carolina law and allow terminal groins to be built, which would help maintain the beach and control the shifting sand.

  • Campaign signs in state rights-of-way violate law

    State law prohibits any advertising signs in public rights-of-way, but that doesn’t always stop eager politicians or their supporters from placing “vote for …” signs there during election season.

    According to state statutes, “It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect or place any advertising or other sign, except regulation traffic and warning signs approved by the Department of Transportation, on any highway or the right of way thereon or so as to overhang the right of way.”

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Kidnapping on Bridgers Road; suspect was forced at gunpoint into the trunk of his car.

    •Embezzlement by malfeasance at First Bank; suspect used organization’s funds for her personal use. She reportedly paid the money back when confronted.

    •Larceny of property on Shallotte Avenue; suspect took 37 items worth $14,965 from victim’s property.

  • Former sheriff to plea to state charges

     First published at 9:08 a.m. Friday, Oct. 10

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a federal obstruction of justice charge Monday, will enter a plea on his four pending state charges Oct. 13.

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Hewett on March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice. He is expected to enter a plea on all four charges.

  • Hewett to go to prison

    Includes video

    RALEIGH—Whatever he does, Ronald Hewett makes history.

    When the clock struck midnight on his 20th birthday, he was sworn in as a Holden Beach police officer.

    In 1994, at the age of 31, Hewett was sworn in as the youngest sheriff in North Carolina.

    Then in 2008, Hewett became the second Brunswick County sheriff to plead guilty or to be convicted of a federal charge.

  • Former sheriff to plea to state charges

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett, who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for a federal obstruction of justice charge Monday, will enter a plea on his four pending state charges Oct. 13.

    A Brunswick County grand jury indicted Hewett on March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice. He is expected to enter a plea on all four charges.

    Had be been convicted of the four state charges, Hewett faced up to 17 years in prison.

  • Supporters, opponents split over former county sheriff's legacy

    While some prominent county figures have rallied behind Ronald Hewett, some Hewett opponents were quick to share their discontent with the former sheriff Monday in Raleigh. 

    Prior to Hewett’s sentencing, several community members, friends and some county officials wrote letters to U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in support of Hewett, urging leniency in his sentencing. More supporters attended Hewett’s sentencing Monday, including county commissioner Phil Norris, Shallotte Alderman Alan Lewis and more than a dozen other supporters, family and friends.