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  • Leland police investigate theft ring

     Leland police have launched an investigation into an alleged theft ring from permitted construction sites in Leland.

    The department’s investigations division has obtained warrants on a five-person larceny ring that includes more than 50 felony charges of larceny from a construction site, Lt. Joe Pierce wrote in a news release.

    Among the charges are 51 felony counts of larceny from construction sites and 13 second-degree trespassing counts, and more charges are expected.

  • Navassa man charged with attempted rape

     A Navassa man is accused of attempted rape after authorities say he hid inside the apartment of a woman who was walking her dog before attacking her.

    Clarence Jacobs Jr., 29, of 709 Park Ave., is charged with breaking and entering, two counts of resisting and delaying officers, larceny, attempted second-degree rape and kidnapping, Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman Linda Rawley said.

    Jacobs was arrested after police were called to the victim's home on Racine Drive about 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, Rawley said.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex-related crimes

     A former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy was convicted of sex-related crimes June 3.

    Timothy Caulder, 36, of Shallotte, was found guilty on two counts of soliciting crimes against nature and two counts of soliciting for prostitution.

    District Court Judge Jerry Jolly found Caulder not guilty on a count of willful failure to discharge duties.

    Caulder was given a 45-day suspended jail sentence and ordered to serve 18 months of probation.

  • Additional seats available for high schools graduation

     Space issues have limited the number of tickets the school district can allot to graduating seniors in the past, but this year 200 additional seats have been made available for Saturday, June 14, commencement ceremonies.

  • No date set for trial of man accused of killing Shallotte toddler

     A trial date has not been set for a Wilmington man accused of killing a 3-year-old Shallotte boy in February 2012.

    Montey Andrea Murray was indicted in August on first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

    The grand jury’s indictment came more than a year after McAllister died of injuries he suffered while in Murray’s care.

  • Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club celebrates 40 years

     SHALLOTTE — The Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club helped launch Rourk Library, so it was fitting when the organization held its 40th anniversary celebration there.

    On Saturday, June 7, past and current members of the woman’s club gathered at the library on Main Street in Shallotte to remember 40 years of existence.

    Katie Mae Garner, vice president of the club, said it was a perfect hosting place for the celebration.

    “We were intricate in founding the library, so it works,” she said.

  • Board rescinds May vote, returns schools to staggered schedule

    BOLIVIA — Less than a month after voting to return to a traditional calendar, the Brunswick County Board of Education rescinded the vote at a Tuesday, June 10, budget workshop and elected to keep the staggered bell schedule, with a slight change.

    Charlie Miller, who initially voted to return to a traditional school schedule at a May 14 meeting, made a motion to rescind the vote at Tuesday’s meeting.

    “I do not see how we can go to a traditional schedule, maintain our rating and not affect many employees’ livelihoods,” he said.

  • Detectives seek Supply larceny suspect

    Detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify a man suspected of larceny.

    The man is believed to have stolen various items from the Minute Man Food Mart at 106 Southport-Supply Road in Supply about 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jason Fennell at 880-4895 or the sheriff’s office at 253-2777.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman has been hospitalized and another woman charged with assault with a deadly weapon in connection with an altercation reported late Sunday night.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit charged Elizabeth Michelle Grig, 24, of Erin Place in Ocean Isle Beach early Monday morning with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury as well as kidnapping.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received the call around 11:52 Sunday night.

  • Jet Ski accident sends five to hospital

    Five people were taken to nearby medical facilities after several Jet Skis collided Thursday afternoon with the jetties at Little River, S.C., Inlet.

    Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin said two people suffered intermediate injuries, three people suffered minor injuries and another person was treated at the site.

    The incident involved six people on Jet Skis at the jetties near the west end of Sunset Beach, Anglin said.