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  • Agents arrest four men on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested four men on drug charges in separate incidents, according to a news release.

    · Festes James Lance, 42, of School House Road in Ash, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Oak Island police charge seven in break-ins

    Oak Island police charged five people, including two registered sex offenders, April 26 in a series of vehicle and residential break-ins that began in November 2015, according to a town news release issued Thursday, April 28

    · Joseph Ryan Crone, 34, of Akron, Ohio, is charged with first-degree burglary and incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail.

  • Teens charged in NBHS break-in

    Leland police charged three teens and are looking for a fourth person in a break-in at North Brunswick High School.

    School staff reported the break-in April 9 after they found a door at the school unsecured, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release Thursday, April 28. Among the items stolen were an X-Box 360 with games, a portable speaker and Oakley sunglasses.

  • Expert: Vidal stunned at least once before fatally shot

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer
     

    BOLIVIA— One witness took the stand Thursday morning, the eighth day of the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

  • Sheriff's office finds safe man reported missing

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has found safe a 32-year-old man who suffers from a cognitive impairment and was reported missing.

    William Tyler Wood was last seen Wednesday afternoon leaving a Pinecrest Drive residence in Southport, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    Woods was found safe, the sheriff's office said Thursday evening.

  • Detectives arrest man, seek another robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Longwood man and is looking for another in an April 26 robbery.

    Detectives said Shaquille Vereen and Senneca Lamar Flowers stole a 22-year-old Hispanic man’s iPhone 5S and wallet in Longwood about 10 p.m. before hitting him in the head with a black handgun, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Man charged in Leland burglary, assault case

    A 49-year-old man who was wanted in the robbery and assault of a Leland woman was arrested Monday, May 2.

    Sebastian John Catanzaro, of Horn Road in Wilmington, is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home on the 8000 block of Chestnut Drive about 2 a.m. April 27 and destroying property before attacking her with a metal object and threatening her life, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued that day.

  • Judge adjourns court early Wednesday in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown dismissed court early Wednesday, April 27 in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    The judge, not a jury, will determine 46-year-old Bryon Vassey’s guilt or innocence in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Keith Vidal.

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss charge against Vassey

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown denied a motion Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the voluntary manslaughter charge against a former Southport police sergeant who shot and killed a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, was the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Drive residence of 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Man charged in Bolivia woods fire

    A Virginia man has been charged with accidentally starting a brush fire that was allowed to spread, leading to last week’s 1,578-acre woods fire in Bolivia.

    Phillip Jenkins has been charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor charge of setting fire to grassland, brushland or woodland. He faces a fine of no less than $10 and up to $50 plus court costs, said Mike Malcolm, North Carolina Forest Service District 8 ranger and law enforcement officer.