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  • Calabash man arrested on child porn charges

    A Calabash man is accused of possessing child pornography.

    Benjamin Batten Lindsey, 19, of Bennett Trail was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with two counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between March 1 and Aug. 24.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, investigators searched Lindsey’s home and seized multiple computers and cell phones.

  • Highway Patrol: Man facing murder charge in crash had alcohol in his system

    A Shallotte man indicted on a murder charge in a traffic collision that killed a local race car driver at Hickmans Crossroads last month had alcohol in his system.

    Twenty-five-year-old Cody Austin Kohler, 25, of Pigott Road SW is accused of killing 36-year-old Terry Ivan Evans Jr. of Supply.

    Evans succumbed Aug. 2 to injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle crash at Hickman and Calabash roads.

  • Woman accused of trafficking drugs with juveniles faces new charges

    A Leland woman accused of conspiring with three juveniles to traffic painkillers and steal lawn mowers in April faces more drug charges.

    Jessica Figueroa, 32, of Dogwood Road NE was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Figueroa had an unspecified amount of heroin and a wax baggie in her possession upon her arrest.

    She was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Aug. 23 on $10,000 bail.

  • Three arrested in cocaine conspiracy case

    Three people are accused of conspiring with each other to deliver cocaine.

    Amy Christine Gaines, 41, and Jerry Gray, 62, both of Daffodil Road in Shallotte, and Jeffrey Charles Jenkins of Johnson Trail in Bolivia were arrested Aug. 23.

    Gaines is charged with conspiring to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, while Gray is charged with conspiring to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Accidental house fire kills Oak Island man, teenage son

    OAK ISLAND — A 56-year-old man and his 16-year-old son died in a fire that destroyed their Oak Island home Thursday night.

    The cause of the fire that killed Edward Michael Mylod and his son, Casey Mylod, at 109 SE 2nd St., was ruled accidental, according to a joint news release from Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo and Police Chief Greg Jordan.

    North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Patty McQuillan said the fire originated in or around the bed where Edward Mylod had been sleeping.

  • BEMC surges ahead with electric vehicle charging stations

    Driving a hybrid Ford Fusion, Monte Herring steered the way to two types of electric vehicle charging stations among the five available free of charge in Brunswick County.

    Coasting into Calabash on the cusp of National Drive Electric Week (Sept. 9-16), the manager of distributive generation/renewable energy for Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. pulled BEMC’s hybrid company car up to a “DC fast charger” tucked behind Callahan’s and The Boundary House Restaurant.

  • Belville Town Hall move prompts office closures schedule

    Belville officials plan to host a grand opening of the new town hall at 63 River Road at noon Sept. 16.

    Belville rents three offices in the Waterford Business Center also known by The Village Shoppes sign on the building, which is a block west of the Waterford Medical Center. Town commissioners broke ground on the town hall building Feb. 13 and town staff will begin relocating to the new building this week.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams announced the current town offices will close Thursday, Aug. 31 and Friday, Sept. 1, for the move.

  • Coast Guard searches for missing men off Oak Island

    The Coast Guard is searching for two Oak Island men reported missing Sunday night.

    Steve Chaney and David Hambrick left the South Harbor Boat Ramp in Oak Island on a black 22-foot Trophy Pro fishing boat at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27, said Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup of Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs.

    Canup said the wife of one of the men called for help about 9 p.m. Sunday when they had not returned home.

  • International Coastal Clean-up Sept. 16

    The town of Holden Beach will participate in the International Coastal Clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 16. Participants will be assigned a beach access or waterway park area to clean.

    If interested, call Christy at Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488 to get your beach access assignment. Supplies can be picked up Sept. 14-15.

  • Brunswick County DSS recruiting foster/adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services, at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.