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  • Sunset Beach OKs funding merchants group

    SUNSET BEACH — Following lengthy debate, town council has approved a compromise giving $15,000 to the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association for the next four months along with a separate request for proposals (RFP) measure requiring tourism and marketing entities to apply for funding in the future.

    Council also approved a town grant funding policy for nonprofits requiring a 1:1 cash match.

  • Carolina Shores expected to oppose sales tax change

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners is poised to approve a resolution Thursday opposing another sales tax redistribution measure in North Carolina.

    At the board’s monthly workshop Monday, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall said while Senate Bill 369 proposing sales tax redistribution was withdrawn, the measure has re-emerged in the state budget.

  • Former Leland police officer makes first appearance on attempted murder charges

     A former Leland police lieutenant accused of leading officers on a high-speed chase last September made his first appearance in Brunswick County Superior Court this week on multiple felony charges, including attempted murder.

  • Leland man accused of posing as out-of-town lawyer faces contempt charges

     A Leland man who was disbarred earlier this year is accused of impersonating a lawyer in Columbus County traffic court.

    Fifty-seven-year-old Nicholas Andrew Stratas was arrested July 28 and charged with three counts of criminal contempt of court, clerk of court Jess Hill said.

    Stratas identified himself as James Smith, a New Hanover County lawyer, and said he was representing a defendant on a speeding violation during a traffic court session last week, Hill said.

  • Emergency response personnel conduct hazardous materials exercise

     SUNNY POINT — First responders rushed to the scene at the Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week to assess a simulated situation in which a tractor-trailer carrying explosives collided with a railcar that contained hazardous materials.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services officials organized the full-scale exercise that was held July 28 just a stone’s throw from the terminal entrance at Sunny Point.

  • Former school board member indicted on embezzlement charges

     A former Brunswick County Board of Education member was indicted last week on embezzlement charges more than two years after his arrest.

    A grand jury indicted Raymond Carl Gilbert on two counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.

  • Teen injured in boating accident near Ocean Isle

     A teenage girl was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center after suffering head injuries during a boating accident last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    The teen was injured July 28 while she was on the boat in the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Brunswick County emergency response personnel took the girl from the scene of the accident to a landing area adjacent to Odell Williamson Municipal Airport before she was airlifted to the hospital in Wilmington.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to felony charge six years after his arrest

     A former Leland church pastor accused of sexually assaulting a child six years ago pleaded guilty to one count of crimes against nature, a felony, in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Superior Court Judge Ebern T. Watson sentenced 51-year-old James Tyrus Johnson of Leland to serve five to six months in prison, which was suspended, and a year of unsupervised probation.

  • Two Shallotte men face felony sex charges

     Two Shallotte men have been charged with multiple felony sex charges in separate cases.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Thomas Nicholas Tribble of Salem Lane on Saturday, Aug. 1, and charged him with 22 counts of second-degree sexual offense.

    He is accused of “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously” engaging in a sex offense with a victim “who was at the time mentally disabled” between May 2014 and March 2015, warrants show.

  • New traffic signal at Leland/Belville intersection

    Motorists will see a new flashing signal at N.C. 133 and Blackwell Road in Leland/Belville beginning Tuesday, Aug. 4, as the North Carolina Department of Transportation prepares to fully activate the new traffic signal.
    As part of what is often referred to as the Leland Causeway Bridge Project, the new signal is expected to improve safety by controlling traffic at the N.C. 133 and Blackwell Road intersection. Currently, traffic on Blackwell Road has to stop, while traffic on N.C. 133 continues through the intersection.