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  • Threat prompts temporary school lockdown Tuesday

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the source of an unsubstantiated threat that led to the temporary lockdown of Brunswick Community College and sheltering at Brunswick County Academy, South Brunswick High and South Brunswick Middle schools Tuesday morning, March 28.

    The sheriff’s office received a tip about the threat about 10:30 a.m., Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said. Neither she nor sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax disclosed the nature of the threat.

  • NCDOT establishes practices for drone use in disaster response

    Whether conducting a search and rescue operation for a lost hiker or assisting public agencies during a major flood event, drones can play an essential role during emergency response. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using drones in these situations.

    The final report was released after NCDOT’s Division of Aviation held a workshop with emergency management personnel from around the state in January.

  • Red Cross issues call for type O negative, AB blood donors

    The American Red Cross is issuing a call for type O negative and AB blood donors to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations.

    Those who give can help patients locally or across the country as the Red Cross has the ability to move blood products where and when they are needed most.

  • Supply man accused of pointing pistol at neighbor

    A Supply man accused of pointing a pistol at his neighbor remains jailed on $1 million bail.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 35-year-old Matthew Ryan Beach, of Deer Drive, on March 17 and charged him with assault by pointing a gun, a misdemeanor, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

    Warrants show Beach pointed a Lorcin .25-caliber semiautomatic pistol at a woman living on Maple Hill Drive in Supply on March 17 “without legal justification.”

  • Southport man charged in December shooting

    A Southport man is accused of shooting into a residence occupied by an infant and two adults last December. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 18-year-old Deandre Trevon Williams, of Bluewater Street, on March 22 and charged him with felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    Warrants show Williams fired a .25-caliber ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) into a home in the 3500 block of Reichway SE in Southport on Dec. 11.

    Williams remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

  • Man charged in series of Southport break-ins

    A 34-year-old man is accused of committing a series of break-ins in Southport.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested James Miller Eason II, of Treeline Drive in Southport, on March 21 and charged him with breaking or entering, attempting to break or enter a building, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of first-degree burglary and five counts of breaking or entering a motor vehicle. He also is charged with misdemeanor injury to real property and three counts of misdemeanor larceny.

  • Two arrested after robbery, high-speed chase across state line

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Charlotte couple accused of robbing two Horry County, S.C., businesses Friday morning, March 24, after a high-speed chase.

    No one was injured.

  • Sunset Beach road closure scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach public works department staff will close a portion of Magnolia Drive between Park and Seaside roads at 9 a.m. Monday, March 27, for stormwater pipe repairs.

    The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. The repair is expected to take three days.

    Afterward, staff will replace stormwater pipe at Kirkwood Place and Magnolia Drive. The road will remain closed while the pipe underneath is replaced. This repair is expected to take two days. 

  • Sunset Beach couple charged with selling drugs

    A Sunset Beach couple is accused of selling drugs from their home.

    Robert Austin Kelly, 45, and Niki Lee Stiltner, 43, of 807 Dogwood Drive were arrested Wednesday, March 22, and are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

  • Pedestrian hit crossing U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    A car struck a Shallotte man while he was walking across U.S. 17 on Tuesday night, March 21.

    Daniel Lamont King, 25, is in critical condition as of 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper David Inman said.

    No other injuries were reported.