Local News

  • Leland man accused of assaulting skateboarding teen

    A 65-year-old Leland man is accused of assaulting a skateboarding teen during an incident initially investigated as a possible attempted kidnapping.

    Deputies arrested Gerald Anthony Novarro, of Jackey’s Creek Lane, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, on a charge of simple assault, according to a news release from Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax. He is accused of grabbing a 15-year-old boy who was skateboarding in his neighborhood “by the arm and sweatshirt” at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 3.

  • Changes aiding pet stats in Brunswick County

    It’s a multi-faceted community effort that’s making a difference in pet numbers and lives in Brunswick County, a local animal advocate says.

    Changes at the local shelter, a new low-cost spay-neuter facility and program, volunteers and rescue groups along with grant money to aid homeless cats are all having impact in increasing the number of pet adoptions and reducing the euthanasia rate, said Janie Withers.

  • Prayer drive-thru a blessing for S.C. church

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Never mind temperatures had dipped below freezing and it wasn’t the warmest day to be standing outside.

    Right on schedule, a team of volunteers at Little River United Methodist Church turned out to wave at passersby and be on standby for the church’s biweekly prayer drive-thru.

    “We do (this) every other Wednesday,” said church member Larry Johnston, holding a “prayer drive-thru” sign and waving at passing traffic alongside fellow volunteer Joan Campbell in front of the church on U.S. 17.

  • Carolina Shores wraps paving project

    CAROLINA SHORES — A town street has been rededicated following a months-long $475,000 reconstruction and paving project.

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony was scheduled Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 3, for Clubview Lane in the Village at Calabash, town administrator Jon Mendenhall announced at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop Monday, Feb. 2.

    The town board also recognized longtime town engineer Amie Drucker, who is leaving to move to Colorado. Drucker has served as town engineer for 16 years.

  • Escaped inmate captured after five-day manhunt

     SOUTHPORT — Deputies captured a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility last week after searching the area near his home Tuesday, Feb. 3.

    They found 22-year-old William Earl Hewett hiding in a camper shell in a wooded area on Trails End, a stone’s throw from his Southport home, about 6:45 a.m. searching several addresses and parcels off Trails End Road near Long Beach Road.

  • Jailer fired four days after inmate escapes

     BOLIVIA — Sheriff John Ingram fired a corporal with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office less than two days after an inmate escaped from the county’s jail.

    Ashley Nicole Harrell, a jailer at the Brunswick County Detention Facility since February 2014, was fired Monday morning, Feb. 2, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. Harrell was placed on paid administrative leave less than 24 hours after William Earl Hewett of Southport escaped from the county jail Thursday, Jan. 29.

  • Leland woman faces drug trafficking charges

    A Leland woman faces several drug charges after her arrest Wednesday, Jan. 28.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested 61-year-old Dorothy Ann Jefferson and charged her with eight drug-related crimes, including trafficking opium or heroin, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • UPDATE: Deputies locate Southport man reported missing

    Deputies have found a Southport man who was reported missing.

    Phillip Mark Helms was found safe Friday, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff's Office news release.

    Helms was last seen at his home about 5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28.

  • 73-year-old Shallotte woman charged in apparent animal hoarding

    Animal control officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services assisted the Shallotte Police Department Wednesday afternoon with the rescue of 27 animals from an apparent hoarding situation.

    Twelve dogs and 15 cats were surrendered without incident to BCSAPS at a home on Pine Street in Shallotte.

    The animals were found in inhumane conditions, many of them in feces-filled cages. Most were covered with matted fur and in need of grooming. Several of the animals were sick and in need of veterinary care.

  • OIB museum contributor Hayden O'Neil dies

    Locally renowned Ocean Isle Beach businessman and museum board member Hayden O’Neil died Monday, Jan. 26, following a brief illness.

    O’Neil, 86, was noted for his contributions to the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach, where he was chairman emeritus of the board, and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach. He was also the longtime owner of Brunswick Business Center in Ocean Isle Beach.