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Today's News

  • Former sheriff pleads guilty to embezzlement charges

    BOLIVIA—For a man of so many words, Ronald Hewett had few Monday morning, when he pleaded guilty to three state charges of embezzlement by a public official.

    Hewett entered a no-contest plea to a fourth state charge—obstruction of justice.

    As part of a plea agreement, Hewett’s charges were consolidated. He was sentenced to 15 to 18 months, which were suspended in lieu of 36 months of supervised probation.

  • Clemmons, White take home trophies in Brunswick County Idol, Teen Idol

    Working two jobs, going to school and leading his church choir didn't leave Michael Clemmons of Bolivia much time for rehearsing his number for Saturday night's Brunswick County Idol competition.

    Apparently, his one day of rehearsal paid off, however, because he wowed the judges and audience with his rendition of "I Am Changing" from "Dreamgirls." He took home $500, a trophy and the title of Brunswick County Idol 2008 at the event finals at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Navassa plant to shut doors; governor announces 'rapid response'

    Gov. Mike Easley has announced a rapid response team from the N.C. Department of Commerce is being deployed to Brunswick Corporation’s U.S. Marine boat-building plant in Navassa.

    The announcement came soon after U.S. Marine announced it would shut down the plant, which employs about 270 workers, along with three others in other parts of the country.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Property damage on Island View Place in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect damaged victim’s yard and landscaping.

    •Credit card fraud on Court 5 in Calabash; suspect used victim’s credit cards to buy a gift card.

    •Harassment on George II Highway in Winnabow; suspect made harassing phone calls to the victim.

  • Three men arrested for copper larceny

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested three men in connection with the theft of more than 3,000 pounds of copper wire.

    Detective Tony Caison said the three men stole copper wire, valued at around $7,000, between mid-July and late-August from Rayco, an ATMC fiber-optic subcontractor.

    The three suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Michael Coley, 21, of 2811 Nagshead Road, Supply; charged with three counts of felony larceny.

  • Brunswick County inmate hospitalized, SBI clears jailers

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County inmate was hospitalized after falling in a detention center cell Saturday, Oct. 4.

    Shane Johnson was arrested for drunk and disruptive on the evening of Oct. 4, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    After a deputy brought Johnson to the magistrates’ area in the detention center, Johnson assaulted the deputy, Miller said.

  • Oak Island man charged with drug trafficking

    An Oak Island man has been arrested and charged with trafficking drugs.

    According to arrest reports, Timothy Ray Dobbs, 48, of 250 North East 64th St., Oak Island, has been charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier, of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, said Dobbs had been trafficking Loritab, an opiate derivative narcotic prescribed for pain.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 61 calls last week, issued eight uniformed citations, four drug charges and 12 total charges.

    Officers set up driver’s license checkpoints at the following locations: Dogwood Road, Shell Point Road, Boonesneck Road, Mount Misery Road, Cedar Hill Road and Green Swamp Road.

  • Mayor seeks support for terminal groins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Mayor Debbie Smith has repeatedly said a terminal groin may be the best solution to combat Ocean Isle Beach’s erosion issue. The only problem—the structure is not legal in North Carolina.

    Smith said a bill was introduced in the N.C. General Assembly last year that would change North Carolina law and allow terminal groins to be built, which would help maintain the beach and control the shifting sand.

  • Campaign signs in state rights-of-way violate law

    State law prohibits any advertising signs in public rights-of-way, but that doesn’t always stop eager politicians or their supporters from placing “vote for …” signs there during election season.

    According to state statutes, “It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to erect or place any advertising or other sign, except regulation traffic and warning signs approved by the Department of Transportation, on any highway or the right of way thereon or so as to overhang the right of way.”