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  • Man pleads guilty in fatal 2014 crash

    A man charged in the death of a motorcyclist in St. James more than a year ago has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, court records show.

    Kevin C. Zell, 29, suffered serious injuries in the head-on collision that killed 39-year-old Sonia Vowls of Wilmington on Feb. 16, 2014, N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper K.E. Herring said.

    Vowls and another motorcyclist were headed east on N.C. 211 when Zell, who was driving a 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, crossed the center line and hit Vowls, who was thrown from her 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

  • Man convicted of killing 3-year-old Shallotte boy

    BOLIVIA — It took a jury less than an hour to convict a Wilmington man of first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Minutes later, 29-year-old Montey Andrea Murray was ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Murray also was convicted Tuesday, April 14, of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in the 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister, as well as felony fleeing to elude arrest and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

  • Testimony continues in Murray murder trial

    BOLIVIA — Six witnesses testified in Brunswick County Superior Court on Thursday, April 9, in the trial for a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    It was the 11th day of the first-degree murder trial for Montey Andrea Murray, who also faces a felony child abuse charge in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

    Of Thursday’s six witnesses, five were emergency department personnel with Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center.

  • Detectives ID man wanted in December larceny

    Brunswick County sheriff's detectives have identified a Longwood man suspected of larceny at a Carolina Shores sandwich shop last winter.

    Curtis James Robinson, 52, whose last known address is on Daniel Butler Road, is wanted on charges of misdemeanor larceny and two counts of failure to appear in court, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued April 9.

  • SBHS students charged in school system network hack

    Two South Brunswick High School students are accused of hacking into Brunswick County Schools’ computer syatem and disrupting the district’s Internet connectivity.

  • Dispute between judge, District Attorney interrupts murder trial

    BOLIVIA — A dispute between Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis and District Attorney Jon David briefly interrupted witness testimony Wednesday, April 8, in the trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    It was the 10th day of the first-degree murder trial for Montey Andrea Murray of Wilmington, who also faces a felony child abuse charge in the death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Traffic stop results in largest Brunswick County heroin seizure

    A collaborative months-long investigation of a pair of Supply cousins led to a traffic stop April 7 resulting in the largest seizure of heroin in Brunswick County history.

    Deputies stopped a rented minivan at U.S. 17 and N.C. 87 near Winnabow about 9:30 p.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Evidence of drugs within the van prompted them to contact the Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Carolina Shores to ask state not to mess with its money

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised to approve a resolution asking the state “not to mess with our tax money.”

    Commissioners agreed at their monthly workshop this past Monday morning, April 6, to have a resolution about the pending state Sales Tax Fairness Act, on the consent agenda for their upcoming monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, April 9.

  • East end inaction could cost more than $35 million, OIB mayor says

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If nothing is done to fend off erosion at the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, economic losses could total more than $35 million over the next 30 years, Mayor Debbie Smith outlined at a public workshop about a proposed terminal groin for her island this past Saturday, April 4.

  • Sunset Beach mayor opposes town staff recommendation

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts has opposed a town staff-supported request to remove multifamily residential uses from the island’s beach business (BB1) commercial zoning district.

    Watts, who owns property in the district, said he spoke “as a citizen” at the board’s April 2 meeting about island resident Jan Harris’ requested zoning change, which the board tabled until its April 16 meeting.