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  • Sheriff’s office finds Supply teen reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 17-year-old from Supply who was reported missing.

    Cody Mooney was last seeing walking from his home on Gamewell Court about 10 p.m. Monday, April 25, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Mooney was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday afternoon, April 28.

  • Supply businessman accused of animal cruelty

    The operator of a Supply-based lawn care service is accused of starving dogs and pigs, as well as failing to dispose of dead pigs properly.

    Clayton Lee Robinson, 56, of Supply Street SE, is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and a single count of failing to dispose of dead domesticated animals, warrants show. The charges are misdemeanors.

    A warrant shows Robinson, who runs Honey-Do’s Lawn Service, “unlawfully and willfully did intentionally deprive of necessary sustenance” dogs and pigs on his property.

  • Supply man faces various drug charges

    A Supply man accused of selling heroin and cocaine in Brunswick County was arrested after a two-month investigation prompted by community tips and complaints.

  • Leland police charge four boys in schools' vandalism

    Leland police charged three boys and are looking for a fourth who they said vandalized North Brunswick High and Leland Middle schools about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 25.

    Several buildings and sidewalks as well as 11 school buses at the high school were spray painted with “obscenities and other writings,” Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Tuesday, April 26. The vandals also spray painted a sign at the middle school.

    Humphries said detectives estimated the boys caused $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

  • Oak Island Fire Department to begin testing fire hydrants

    Oak Island Fire Department will begin testing fire hydrants Wednesday, April 27. They will begin in two separate areas at the same time.

    First area: Hydrant testing will begin at SW Yacht and West Oak Island drives. Staff will test hydrants up and down all north- and southwest streets working their way east towards Middleton. Once at Middleton, they will continue working their way east up and down all north- and southeast streets until they reach 58th Street.

  • Oak Island man becomes county’s first 2016 lottery winner

    A split-second decision to buy a lottery ticket turned into a lucky one for Dylan Hudson of Oak Island after he won $250,000 playing the new $250,000 Fortune scratch-off game to become the county’s first lottery winner in 2016.

    Hudson bought the $5 ticket at the Market Express on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    “I just went to get a tank of gas and decided to get a ticket,” Hudson, a construction worker, said in a news release. He is the first person to claim a top prize in the game.

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

    Former Southport police Sgt. Bryon Vassey, the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Driver residence that afternoon, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the teen’s death.

  • First responders testify in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — “I’m here to kick ass and take names.”

    Two first responders testified Friday former Southport police sergeant Bryon Vassey said those words upon arriving at the Boiling Spring Lakes home of schizophrenic 18-year-old Keith Vidal, whom he shot to death more than two years ago.

  • Leland police arrest man accused of sex crime against child

    A Wilmington man accused of sexually assaulting a girl turned himself in to Leland police Wednesday, April 20.

    Stephan Keaton, 52, is charged with second-degree sex offense, according to a police department news release.

    A warrant shows the crime happened April 1 and was reported to police the next day.

    Keaton was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail and released the same day.