Local News

  • Intersection construction nears completion in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Work on two new turn-lane intersections on U.S. 17 is nearing completion, a worker at the site said this week.

    The intersections at Persimmon Road and farther north up the highway at Shingletree Road were closed to traffic during the latter half of 2016 to make way for construction of the new turn lanes.

    The project was warranted as a result of past safety history at the two U.S. 17 intersections, said Brian Rick, communications officer for NCDOT’s Divisions 2 and 3 communications office in Jacksonville.

  • Sunset Beach police investigate kidnapping

    Sunset Beach police are investigating a kidnapping reported Thursday, Feb. 23, on Clubhouse Road in Sea Trail.

    An officer found a woman bound with duct tape and lying on the floor on a couple of blankets inside her apartment during a check after the department had not heard from her that morning, Interim Police Chief Joe Smith said.

  • Orange alligator colorizes Carolina Shores community

    CAROLINA SHORES — It’s the second pumpkin-hued alligator spotted in the Carolinas since early February.

    On Feb. 8, Calabash Lakes resident Rich Norcia left his house to ride his bicycle around the Carolina Shores neighborhood. Five minutes later, he was back urgently “beating on the door,” said Norcia’s wife, Agnes.

    “I was worried something happened,” she said.

  • Sunset Beach man devises new way to pick up old trash

    SUNSET BEACH — Tom Vincenz is being lauded as Sunset Beach’s newest inventor.

    But the retired resident is downplaying that notion after coming up with a better way to reach trash discarded at the beach.

    In January, fellow island resident Gordon Bokelman paid homage to Vincenz’s innovative “trash-picker-upper,” consisting of a metal paint roller frame attached to an extended paint pole.

  • Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District director Caison receives national award
  • Autopsy: Leland man killed in officer-involved shooting was drunk

    An autopsy report shows the man who was killed after he fired at a Leland police officer during a traffic stop last December had a blood alcohol content of .26 at the time.

    A person is considered legally impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08.

    Brent Quinn, 43, died as a result of injuries he suffered in gunfire with Leland police officer Jacob Schwenk on Dec. 9, 2016 on Bridgeport Way.

    Quinn and Schwenk, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times.

  • Winnabow fire destroys home, damages two others

    A weekend fire destroyed a home and damaged two others in Winnabow. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County E911 dispatchers received a call about a structure fire in the 100 block of Caicos Court at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, records show.

    Leland Volunteer Fire/Rescue Department Chief John Grimes said several callers reported the owner of the house at 11 Caicos Court was out of town and a dog was inside. His department requested an additional engine company from New Hanover County, with units arriving within eight minutes.

  • Matthew 25 Center to house families visiting inmates

    In 2008, a group of like-minded people came together to embody the message of Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

    This verse was the inspiration for the Matthew 25 Center at Tabor City Inc., said Milton Coleman, a Shallotte board member. The center will provide temporary housing for families visiting loved ones in any detention center in Brunswick, Columbus, Robeson, Bladen counties and Horry County in South Carolina. 

  • WPD: Leland contractor stole $130K in property

    Wilmington police say a Leland contractor stole $130,000 in property while on the job.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old Wayne Timothy Efird, of Fairview Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on Figure Eight Island. Police charged him with nine counts of obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny by an employee.

  • Shallotte man charged in sexual assault, stabbing

    A Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman Saturday, then trying to stab her to death the next day.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 29-year-old Lavonshea Marquise Fletcher on Sunday and charged him with second-degree forcible rape, first-degree burglary, attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and three counts of breaking and entering to terrorize or injure.