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  • Leland woman charged with insurance fraud

     A Leland woman is accused of falsely claiming stolen property to an insurance company for reimbursement.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Rebecca McKinney Spencer was arrested June 1 on charges of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

    Spencer is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $4,000 from American Modern Home Insurance Co. by claiming jewelry and electronics had been stolen from her apartment in January.

  • Southport police chief announces retirement

     Southport is actively searching for its next police chief after Jerry Dove announced his retirement from the position last week.

    Dove is in his 49th year as a law enforcement officer. His retirement is effective Oct. 1.

    Southport Mayor Robert Howard said Dove was a loyal servant to the Southport community and, more importantly, “a dear friend.”

  • Community tips leads to arrest of 3 men on drug charges

    Community tips and complaints led to the arrest of three men, including a gang member, on drug charges Friday, June 5, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    Twenty-seven-year-olds Zane Alan Williams, a validated gang member, and Michael Jorrel Stanley, both of Ward Road in Longwood, are each charged with trafficking heroin, conspiring to traffic heroin and possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, the release said.

  • Deputies seize 19 dogs, charge Belville man with animal cruelty

    A 66-year-old man has been charged with animal cruelty after an alleged puppy mill bust at his Belville home.

    Deputies charged Clenton M. Howard with misdemeanor cruelty to animals after searching his home at 409 Glendale Drive at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4.

    During the search, deputies seized 19 miniature pinschers, also known as “min pins,” according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Thursday afternoon.

  • Detectives seek S.C. man on felony charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a South Carolina man wanted on three felony charges.

    Jason Lee Hanna, 31, of Ashepoo Creek Drive in Myrtle Beach, faces felony breaking and entering and two felony larceny charges in two separate incidents late last week, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Hanna has also been charged with injury to real property and misdemeanor breaking and entering, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Employees resign after child left on school bus

     Two Brunswick County Schools employees in the transportation department have resigned after a two-week investigation about an incident when a sleeping student was left on a school bus unattended.

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said bus driver Evelyn Miller and bus monitor Roswitha Delts resigned May 18 and May 22, respectively, after spending more than two weeks on paid administrative leave after a Virginia Williamson Elementary School first-grade girl was left on a school bus at Cedar Grove Middle School on May 13.

  • Navassa man pleads guilty to rape charge, receives prison sentence

     A Navassa man was sentenced to more than 25 years in state prison after pleading guilty to various sex crimes and a kidnapping charge in New Hanover County.

    Clarence Cornelius Jacobs Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree rape, burglary, assault by strangulation and first-degree kidnapping in New Hanover Superior Court on May 26.

    Superior Court Judge Benjamin Alford ordered Jacobs to serve 25 to 36 years in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

  • Man accused of escaping from county jail awaits trial

     A Southport man accused of escaping from county jail in January is awaiting trial in Brunswick County Superior Court while his girlfriend and aunt, who are charged with aiding him during the escape, are scheduled to face charges in district court this week.

  • Students, parents rally to make second prom a success

     SHALLOTTE — Nearly 30 students from West Brunswick High School missed their junior and senior prom in April as they competed in state and national events, including a business and marketing DECA international competition in Orlando, Fla.

    Many of the students — and their parents — lobbied West Brunswick High School and school district officials to move the prom date, but their attempt was unsuccessful.

  • County prepares for busy hurricane season

     SUPPLY — The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted the Atlantic hurricane season will be below normal, but that’s not preventing local, regional and state officials from preparing for a busy season.

    NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2015 Atlantic hurricane season “will likely be below normal, but that’s no reason to believe coastal areas will have it easy,” according to a news release issued May 27.