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  • Carolina Shores focuses on budget, salaries

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are poised for a public hearing and first reading of the town’s proposed $1.8 million budget for fiscal 2016-17 at their upcoming monthly meeting at 2 p.m. this Thursday, May 5.

    “We really are in the last stretch of the budget,” Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said at the board’s monthly workshop Monday. New goals, he said, were set at the board’s budget retreat in January.

  • Judge sentences habitual felon to more than six years in prison

    A Bolivia man has been sentenced to serve at least six-and-a-half years in state prison after pleading guilty to habitual misdemeanor assault, habitual felon, and assault on a female in Brunswick County Superior Court, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

    Judge Tripp Watson of New Hanover County sentenced 36-year-old Travis Bryan Stanley on Tuesday, May 3, to serve at least 80 months and up to 109 months (just more than nine years) for the crimes.

  • County parks survey on tobacco use under way

    Brunswick County and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is conducting an online survey, surveymonkey.com/r/TobaccoUseinBCParks, to gauge the public’s opinion on the use of tobacco products in parks.

    All responses are anonymous. The survey results are intended to help park officials decide what, if any, regulations need to be put in place.

    The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, May 15.

  • Coffee with Sunset Beach police chief May 11

    Enjoy coffee with Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, in the conference room at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    This new program provides residents an opportunity to personally meet with their police chief in a friendly and casual setting. Residents are encouraged to attend to discuss matters of interest, learn more about their police department, offer tips and share information directly with Joyner.

  • NRC open house for Brunswick Nuclear Plant assessment May 10

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled an open house for Tuesday, May 10, to discuss the agency’s assessment of the Brunswick nuclear plant during 2015.

    The plant, operated by Duke Energy, is near Southport.

    The open house, which will include informational posters, is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Duke Media Center, 8520 River Road SE in Southport.

  • Shallotte man faces firearm, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Shallotte man accused of stealing a firearm and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

    Andrew Joshua Combs, 28, of Tavia Lane SW, was arrested Friday, April 29, and charged with larceny of a firearm, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants show.

  • Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Deputies charge man in county’s largest fentanyl seizure

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday, April 29, in the largest seizure of fentanyl in the county’s history.

    Troy Ahkeen Wilson, 37, of South Fifth Street in Wilmington, is charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, a warrant shows.

    Deputies arrested Wilson after he was pulled over for speeding on U.S. 74 near Interstate 140, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte man charged in weekend shooting

    A Shallotte man is accused of shooting into a building with five people inside Saturday, April 30. No one was injured.

    Kelvin Harris Hill, 51, of North Mulberry Road NW, was arrested Saturday and charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    A warrant shows Hill fired a 9mm into a recreational outbuilding on his property just after midnight. It is not clear what prompted the shooting.

    Hill was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Forensic psychiatrist returns to stand in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A forensic psychiatrist returned to the stand Friday morning, April 29, 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.

    Defense lawyers called Moira Artigues to provide her expert opinion on 18-year-old Keith Vidal’s mental health before and during the day he was shot and killed by Bryon Vassey on Jan. 5, 2014.