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  • Oak Island utilities merger with county system stalls in legislature

    Brunswick County’s plan to acquire Oak Island’s water and sewer system hit a snag at the state level that will stop the merger from moving forward.

    Brunswick County and Oak Island released a joint statement Friday, May 6, announcing the plan stalled because a change in North Carolina legislation needed for the county to collect funds from water and sewer customers will not happen in the near future.

  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting children

    Staff Report

     

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a 64-year-old Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Waylon Ronald Simmons of Liberty Street Feb. 9 and charged him with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Judge acquits ex-cop of voluntary manslaughter

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge acquitted a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown announced the verdict about 10 a.m. Friday after a bench trial that took 14 days, beginning April 19. Brown, rather than a jury, determined Vassey’s innocence.

  • Judge begins deliberating on Vassey trial verdict

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge has begun deliberating on a verdict in the case of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Grand jury indicts Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children.

    Michael Charles Jacobs, 34, of Seashore Road was arrested Dec. 15, 2015, on 40 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts each of first-degree sexual offense and second-degree sexual offense.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • Closing arguments scheduled Thursday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

     

    BOLIVIA — Closing arguments are expected to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 5, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014. He was the last of three officers to arrive on scene that day.

  • New ECU School of Dental Medicine opens in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — Thanks to East Carolina University and the efforts of many, Brunswick County now has its own dental school.

    A host of state, local and ECU officials turned out for the opening of the new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center last Friday, April 29, at its new address at 100 Brunswick Medical Center Pkwy. across from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Board sends county commissioner primary protest to state

    BOLIVIA — The state elections board will consider Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The three-member Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to send the protest to the state level after a more than two-hour hearing that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the board’s office.

  • Avalon lots see new life from utilities bond agreement

    BOLIVIA — A development that was stalled by the economic recession will receive infrastructure needed to start building houses after the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners found a contractor for the work.

    Avalon of the Carolinas off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond before the housing bubble burst in 2007.

    But once the economy stalled, Avalon of the Carolinas developers filed for bankruptcy and gave up a $5.3 million surety bond to Brunswick County to cover the infrastructure.