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Today's News

  • Central Reach Project may finish mid-March

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is still awaiting absolute confirmation it can use the dredges in place to add the 100 cubic yard sand loss from Hurricane Matthew into the current Central Reach Project effort.

    Town Manager David Hewett said the Federal Emergency Management Agency has given the town a verbal OK for the addition, but said the request is in the Office of Legislative Affairs for further review

  • Autopsy: Leland man killed in officer-involved shooting was drunk

    An autopsy report shows the man who was killed after he fired at a Leland police officer during a traffic stop last December had a blood alcohol content of .26 at the time.

    A person is considered legally impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08.

    Brent Quinn, 43, died as a result of injuries he suffered in gunfire with Leland police officer Jacob Schwenk on Dec. 9, 2016 on Bridgeport Way.

    Quinn and Schwenk, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times.

  • Shallotte man charged in sexual assault, stabbing

    A Shallotte man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman Saturday, then trying to stab her to death the next day.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 29-year-old Lavonshea Marquise Fletcher on Sunday and charged him with second-degree forcible rape, first-degree burglary, attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and three counts of breaking and entering to terrorize or injure.

  • Novant Health restricts access to avoid spread of flu

    Out of concern for the health and well-being of its patients, Novant Health is asking the community to keep visitors 12 and younger out of all of its hospital facilities because of the widespread outbreak of the flu virus throughout the community. This restriction is effective Friday, Feb. 24, at 7 a.m. until further notice.

    The restrictions apply to all hospitals throughout the Novant Health system, including Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • WPD: Leland contractor stole $130K in property

    Wilmington police say a Leland contractor stole $130,000 in property while on the job.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old Wayne Timothy Efird, of Fairview Road, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 on Figure Eight Island. Police charged him with nine counts of obtaining property by false pretense, felony larceny, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny by an employee.

  • Fire fee formula raises uncertainty in Calabash

    CALABASH — Chalk up Calabash as another town concerned about possible fire fee changes in Brunswick County.

    At their monthly meeting Feb. 14, town commissioners discussed the county’s current survey and “peer review analysis” of the county fire protection system, which has sparked concern about whether the county will change the way county fire departments, particularly the Calabash Fire Department, are financed.

  • Shallotte man charged in Supply home invasion

    A Shallotte man is accused of committing a home invasion in which a man was injured in Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 33-year-old Khandon Onsha Frink, of Todd Road, at the scene Friday, Feb. 24, and charged him with first-degree burglary, assault with a weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, assault by strangulation, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm within an enclosure to incite fear and possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • Teen Court set for Feb. 28

    The next session of Brunswick County Teen Court will be Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Brunswick County Teen Court is a partnership program between Communities In Schools and the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office, made possible through financial support provided by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council and Brunswick County Schools.

  • Leland to study burying power lines

    LELAND — Burying power lines along Village Road could be the next move Leland officials make to ensure downtown development succeeds.

    The town board authorized an agreement with Duke Energy for an engineering study, design documents and estimated cost to move Village Road overhead power lines underground at its Thursday, Feb. 16, meeting.

    Officials also agreed to fund the study with a budget amendment appropriating $90,000 from the General Fund.

  • Red Cross open house March 2 in Leland

    The Cape Fear Area Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers and is inviting the community to attend a Red Cross volunteer open house Thursday, March 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Brunswick Forest Community Commons, 1007 Evangeline Drive in Leland.