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  • Bolivia man arrested on attempted robbery charge

    A Bolivia man is accused of trying to rob the Dollar General in Bolivia over the weekend.

    Joshua Aaron Lynch, 23, of Clemmons Road was arrested Jan. 21 and charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, a felony.

    Warrants and a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office incident report show Lynch attempted to steal money from the store on Southport-Supply Road at 9:27 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, by holding his hand in his pocket as if he he had a weapon and threatening a female employee.

  • Sex offender accused of being at Charter Day School

    A registered sex offender is accused of being on school property.

    Corey Jason Lightbody, 31, of Foxgrape Drive in Riegelwood, was arrested Jan. 17 and charged with being a sex offender on a child premises.

    Warrants show Lightbody was at Charter Day School in Leland the day of his arrest.

    Lightbody was convicted Dec. 21, 2009, in Ocean County, N.J., of second-degree sexual assault and attempted endangering of the welfare of a child April 21, 2008, North Carolina Department of Correction records show.

  • Leland police seek Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who they say stole items from Wal-Mart in Leland earlier this month.

    According to a department Facebook post, the man committed the crimes Jan. 13 and was seen leaving the store in a red or maroon Volkswagen Passat.

    The post does not specify what was stolen.

    The man is described as having a medium build with black hair and dark facial hair.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jonathan Berry at 332-5003.

  • Man facing drug charges held on more than $4M bail

    A Supply man accused of resisting an officer who arrested him on drug charges is being held on more than $4 million bail.

    Julian Ivory Johnson, 25, of Hillock Drive is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and trafficking heroin, along with misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana paraphernalia and resisting a public officer.

  • Supply man cleared of exploitation charge in fraud case

    A Supply man accused of defrauding a woman out of more than $7,000 in money and property has been cleared of the charge against him.

    Jermaine Thomas, 31, of Meadowlark Lane was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with exploitation of a disabled or elder adult. Warrants alleged he defrauded a woman out of funds and property worth a total of $7,293.68 between Feb. 4, 2016, and June 9, 2016.

    The charge against Thomas was dismissed Jan. 9 after Brunswick County District Court Judge Pauline Hankins denied the state’s motion to continue the case, court records show.

  • Man wanted in Oklahoma arrested in Brunswick County

    A man wanted on firearm charges in Oklahoma was arrested on an assault charge in Brunswick County.

    David Martin Herring II, 25, of Yale, Okla., was arrested Jan. 13 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

    Warrants show Herring cut a man above his left eye with a knife Jan. 12. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victim was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment.

  • Holden Beach property owners to treat beach vitex

    HOLDEN BEACH — The town’s beach vitex problem will be tackled by property owners, planning and inspections director Tim Evans told commissioners at their first meeting of 2018 on Jan. 16.

    Commissioner John Fletcher had brought up the issue of beach vitex as an invasive plant species on the east coast in previous meetings.

  • One man arrested, another sought in Bolivia burglary, assault case

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit detectives arrested one man and are searching for another in a Jan. 14 burglary and assault in Bolivia.

    According to a Jan. 19 sheriff’s office Facebook post, 24-year-old Juan Luis Gonzales-Esparza and Edgar “Cuca” Garcia-Olmos, 36, both of Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia, broke into a home in the 1900 block of Old Ocean Highway and assaulted a man with what warrants described as a yellow-handled butcher knife at 1:47 a.m.

  • Man facing drug charges held on $1 million bail

    A Little River, S.C., man facing drug charges is being held on $1 million bail in the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Gregra Lee Bellamy, 55, of Woodridge Drive was arrested Jan. 19 and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and possession of cocaine, along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Bellamy had an unspecified amount of cocaine, five wax bindles of heroin and a baggie containing heroin and a smoking glass pipe Jan. 18.

  • Tax volunteer Ethel Gore honored for 25 years of service

    SUPPLY— Tax preparation in Brunswick County has been less daunting for those who’ve come to Ethel Gore of Shallotte for help. The former Brunswick County Schools teacher has been volunteering with AARP as a volunteer tax counselor since 1993.

    To honor her for 25 years of hard work, skills and kindness, local AARP staff and fellow volunteers surprised Gore with a celebration during a training session Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. with husband, Tim, and daughter, Rosalind, in attendance.