Local News

  • Officials speak on water quality issues

    Plans for dealing with GenX and other drinking water contaminants remain on the minds of local and state officials.

    John Nichols, Brunswick County’s director of public utilities, recently presented county commissioners with a review of potential short-term and long-term treatment methods for water contaminants by Pete D’Adamo of engineering firm HDR.

  • See you later, alligator

    Thank you to Ocean Isle Beach resident Bobby Pidgeon for sharing these amazing images he captured of an alligator protecting her hatchlings Monday morning, Aug. 28, in his backyard pond.

  • Leland man accused of shooting into home

    A Leland man is accused of shooting into a Castle Hayne home with three people inside. No one was injured.

    James Leayon Tallman, 29, of Pinecliff Drive NE was arrested Aug. 21 and charged with discharging a weapon into occupied property.

    A warrant shows Tallman used a 9mm to shoot into a home in the 2200 block of Chair Road on Aug. 20. New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said the shooting was reported at 6:15 p.m. that day.

    Tallman also faces larceny, resisting a public officer and traffic violations in Brunswick County.

  • Coast Guard suspends search for missing men

    The Coast Guard suspended its search Saturday night, Sept. 2, for two men reported missing after they launched their boat from Oak Island on Aug. 27.

    Steve Chaney and David Hambrick left the South Harbor Boat Ramp on a black 22-foot Trophy Pro fishing boat at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 27, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Canup of Coast Guard 5th District Public Affairs said. The wife of one of the men called for help about 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, when they had not returned home.

  • Three men arrested, fourth sought in separate drug cases

    Investigators arrested three men and are seeking a fourth in two separate drug cases prompted by community complaints

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit agents arrested Melvin Washington McCray, 62, of Tree Acres Circle in Calabash and Jamal Abdul Beasley, 20, of Scilabro Lane in Longs, S.C., on Aug. 25 after two searches following a two-month investigation.

    McCray is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm by a felon.

  • Calabash man arrested on child porn charges

    A Calabash man is accused of possessing child pornography.

    Benjamin Batten Lindsey, 19, of Bennett Trail was arrested Aug. 24 and charged with two counts each of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Warrants show the crimes took place between March 1 and Aug. 24.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post, investigators searched Lindsey’s home and seized multiple computers and cell phones.

  • Highway Patrol: Man facing murder charge in crash had alcohol in his system

    A Shallotte man indicted on a murder charge in a traffic collision that killed a local race car driver at Hickmans Crossroads last month had alcohol in his system.

    Twenty-five-year-old Cody Austin Kohler, 25, of Pigott Road SW is accused of killing 36-year-old Terry Ivan Evans Jr. of Supply.

    Evans succumbed Aug. 2 to injuries he suffered in the two-vehicle crash at Hickman and Calabash roads.

  • Woman accused of trafficking drugs with juveniles faces new charges

    A Leland woman accused of conspiring with three juveniles to traffic painkillers and steal lawn mowers in April faces more drug charges.

    Jessica Figueroa, 32, of Dogwood Road NE was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Figueroa had an unspecified amount of heroin and a wax baggie in her possession upon her arrest.

    She was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Aug. 23 on $10,000 bail.

  • Three arrested in cocaine conspiracy case

    Three people are accused of conspiring with each other to deliver cocaine.

    Amy Christine Gaines, 41, and Jerry Gray, 62, both of Daffodil Road in Shallotte, and Jeffrey Charles Jenkins of Johnson Trail in Bolivia were arrested Aug. 23.

    Gaines is charged with conspiring to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, while Gray is charged with conspiring to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Accidental house fire kills Oak Island man, teenage son

    OAK ISLAND — A 56-year-old man and his 16-year-old son died in a fire that destroyed their Oak Island home Thursday night.

    The cause of the fire that killed Edward Michael Mylod and his son, Casey Mylod, at 109 SE 2nd St., was ruled accidental, according to a joint news release from Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo and Police Chief Greg Jordan.

    North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Patty McQuillan said the fire originated in or around the bed where Edward Mylod had been sleeping.