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  • Longwood man sentenced to 35 years in state prison

     BOLIVIA — A Longwood man awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge was sentenced to more than 35 years in state prison in Brunswick County Superior Court Friday, Dec. 19.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, also known as Hakeem Muhammad, to between 35 and 48 years in the N.C. Department of Correction following Muhammad’s conviction Friday afternoon.

    A jury deliberated for about two hours before returning six guilty verdicts for various drug violations, including selling and delivering cocaine.

  • Friends run Calabash stained-glass shop after owner's passing

    CALABASH — Wielding a soldering iron and needle-nose pliers, Judy Rodriguez toiled over repairing a broken bowl of stained glass fruit.

    It’s a craft she learned years ago from the best — her late teacher and friend, Pati Lewellyn, longtime owner of Reflections Stained Glass studio and shop, who died last January after an illness.

    Nearly a year after Lewellyn’s passing, Rodriguez is one of three friends who have pitched in to keep the Calabash business going.

  • Former prosecutor charged with forging court document

     A former assistant district attorney representing Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties faces criminal charges.

    Randy Lemay Cartrette, 40, of Whiteville, was arrested Dec. 16 by agents with the State Bureau of Investigation agents, according to an email from SBI spokeswoman Teresa West.

    Cartrette faces charges of misdemeanor common law forgery and misdemeanor obstruction of justice. He is accused of forging a July 8 document to recall an order of arrest for one of his clients. He was incarcerated briefly but released after posting $10,000 bail.

  • Florida doctor faces sex crimes charges in Brunswick County

     A children’s doctor from Miami is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County after being arrested in Brunswick County last week.

    Sixty-two-year-old Robert Kemp Crockett turned himself into the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, after warrants for indecent liberties with a child, second-degree sexual offense and statutory rape were issued for his arrest.

    Crockett was incarcerated and released on the same day after posting $50,000 bail.

  • Community brings tidings of great joy to animal shelter

     SUPPLY — The animals at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services shelter are already having a Merry Christmas because of a charitable group of givers from all across Brunswick County.

    People from different parts of the county came together at the sheriff’s office animal shelter off N.C. 211 in Supply and donated toys for dogs and cats, pet food, cleaning supplies, treats and many other goodies for the shelter staff and the pets to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.

  • Traffic debacle sparks confusion, frustration

     CIVIETOWN — Civietown Fire Chief Mark Hewett has begged the state for years to place a stoplight at N.C. 130, Shell Point and Civietown roads.

    Construction is finally under way for the stoplight, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, he said.

    The closure of Gray Bridge Road for bridge replacement began Dec. 15 and is expected to last four months, the N.C. Department of Transportation said. In the meantime, motorists on Gray Bridge Road must travel down N.C. 130 and take the detour road, Shell Point Road.

  • Two men sought in wallet theft

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are looking for two men suspected of larceny and fraud.

    Someone accidentally left his wallet on a washing machine while doing laundry Dec. 5 at River Run Laundromat at 4956 Long Beach Road in Southport, according to a news release. He contacted the business the next day and was told no one had turned it in. When he called his bank, he found out many transactions totaling more than $500 were debited from his account.

  • Wilmington man arrested after chase near Maco

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested a Wilmington man on traffic violations and drug charges after he led them on a high-speed chase to the Columbus County line Friday afternoon, Dec. 19.

  • Investigators find no evidence man posed as Red Cross official

    Investigators have found no evidence indicating a Leland man accused of leading police on a chase Dec. 15 defrauded the American Red Cross, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, is charged with failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen goods, felony speeding to elude arrest and driving while license revoked-driving while impaired revocation, Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell said.

  • Investigators arrest two on larceny charges

    Two Little River, S.C., residents face larceny charges after detectives said they conspired to steal items from a Calabash gift store.

    Investigators arrested 21-year-old Kyle Hugh Kenon and 38-year-old Courtney Margaret Mittlestadt on Dec. 16.

    Kenon is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise, mostly jewelry, from Callahan’s of Calabash Nautical Gifts on Beach Drive, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.