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  • Detectives ask for public’s help locating larceny suspects

     Deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating five people they say committed multiple larcenies from businesses in the Holden Beach area.

    They are looking for a white woman, a white man and three black men, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    The white woman has long brown hair and was last seen wearing a pink shirt, black and white paints and Reef sandals.

    The white man was last seen wearing an orange shirt and gray stretch pants.

  • Bolivia man accused of taking nude picture of juvenile

     A Bolivia man faces a sex charge after allegedly sending a photograph of a nude girl to someone else who posted it online.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested 19-year-old James Rudolph Brown IV, of Earla Loop Road, who is charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, warrants show.

  • Man wanted in Myrtle Beach arrested in Brunswick on drug charges

     A Myrtle Beach man wanted on a probation violation in South Carolina was arrested last week in Brunswick County on multiple drug charges.

    Franklin Dwayne Hare, 42, of 4050 Shipyard Walk, was arrested Friday, July 25, and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Drug agents seized 20 bindles (dosage units) of heroin and seven grams of marijuana from Hare, warrants show.

  • Southport man pleads guilty to incest, sentenced to prison

     A Southport man was sentenced to serve more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to incest July 8.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced 55-year-old Rodney Lee Outlaw to between 13 and 16 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, Brunswick County Clerk of Courts records show. Outlaw received credit for 348 days of jail time served following his arrest.

  • Shallotte announces recipients of Main Street grants

     SHALLOTTE — With plans for a new park to open next year and ideas of riverfront development in the future, the landscape of Shallotte is rapidly changing.

    In the meantime, with the help of the town, some Shallotte businesses will upgrade their own landscaping.

  • Four accused of smuggling drugs into jail

     Four people face charges after investigators said they tried to smuggle drugs into the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Arrest warrants show Kristen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, Melissa Meyer of Leland, Larry Cheyenne Pigott of Shallotte and Nicole Marie Wilsey of Southport conspired to smuggle Suboxone, a schedule III controlled substance, into the jail.

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl faces more than 50 additional charges

    A Leland man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl faces more than 50 additional charges.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested Saturday, July 19, and charged with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

  • Inmate dies of apparent suicide in county jail

    An Ash man incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on a first-degree murder charge died Wednesday, July 23, from an apparent suicide, spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thomas Jason Holland, 28, of Babson Road NW, was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:14 a.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    “He is the victim of an apparent suicide,” the release read.

  • Fisherman’s find on Holden Beach linked to Civil War-era ship

    The Museum of Coastal Carolina has a new artifact to display for visitors thanks to a local man’s curiosity.

    Gary Mullen discovered two iron chain links that date back to the early 19th century.

    Mullen’s Indiana Jones moment didn’t come from treasure hunting or metal detecting; he was just walking along Holden Beach in February when something caught his eye.

  • Leland ends town hall construction contract with builder

    LELAND — Leland officials have decided if their new town hall will ever be finished, another contractor will do it.

    The Leland town board held a special meeting Thursday, July 17, where they voted unanimously to settle their dispute with contractor Paragon Building Corp. and mutually agree to end their association.

    Town staff have waited more than six months to move into the 44,000-square-foot, winged building which will house the town staff and council chamber on one side and the Leland Police Department on the other.