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Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Widow still fighting for benefits after being denied seven times

    ASH—Kim Durland has meticulous records detailing her husband’s military service, health problems, hospitalizations and death. She keeps them on hand in the home the couple shared for seven years.

    She has kept these files not out of grief but out of necessity. Her husband was a Vietnam veteran who had a service-connected disability, and she has not been able to receive survivor benefits since his death.

  • Woman pleads guilty to robbery that led to restaurant owner’s death

    BOLIVIA—Two men have been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2007 murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook, and last month, another co-conspirator pleaded guilty to her role in the robbery that led to Cook’s death.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Tyiah MacKenzie Pence, 22, of 67 Shamrock Drive, Sunset Beach, with domestic violence at CVS Pharmacy after the victim reported Pence assaulted him, hitting him about the body and face. Pence was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center with no bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • ACE checkpoint nets three DWI arrests

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team conducted a checkpoint on U.S. 74-76 on Friday, July 9.

    Deputies, along with officers from New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, Northwest Police Department, Navassa Police Department, Leland Police Department, Oak Island Police Department and the Chadbourn Police Department conducted the checkpoint from 11 p.m.-3 a.m., checking traffic east and west bound on U.S. 74-76, N.C. 87 and Northwest Road.

  • Illegal alien living in Leland sentenced on federal drug charges

    RALIEGH—An illegal alien living in Leland was sentenced to federal prison Thursday, July 8, for drug charges.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Luis Alberto Becerra, 27, an illegal alien living in Leland, to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

    Becerra was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2009, and in February, Becerra pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 50 grams of crack.

  • Find out ‘What Made the Clock Rock’ at the Amuzu Theatre

    Do you remember “Those Oldies but Goodies” that made you want to “Rock Around the Clock?”

    Well, “Sh-Boom!” Put on your “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Come Go With Me” to the historic Amuzu Theatre in downtown Southport. See for yourself “What Made the Clock Rock,” a musical revue of some of the greatest songs from 1950-1964.

    Twenty local vocalists, myself included, will perform five shows beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21-Sunday, July 25.

  • Inmate sues sheriff’s office, health department, county commissioners for TB exposure

    A Columbus County man who was an inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Center is suing the sheriff’s office, county health department and county commissioners for negligence for what he claims was not testing an inmate who had TB at the time he was booked at the detention center.

    According to the lawsuit filed June 29 in Brunswick County Superior Court, Floyd Baldwin, who was booked at the detention center in November 2008, claims Omar Morales was not given a TB test when he was booked at the jail as required by law.

  • Sheriff’s office settles lawsuit with former inmate

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has settled a lawsuit with Shane Michael Johnson, a former inmate who sued the sheriff’s office, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and a sheriff’s deputy for injuries he sustained while in custody.

    Shane Michael Johnson, who was arrested Oct. 4, 2008, for being drunk and disruptive, sued Ingram and former sheriff’s deputy John Thomas Albertson on July 10, 2009.

    The suit was settled for $20,000, and any claims against Ingram and Albertson were dismissed, according to the settlement document.

  • Getting ready to ride

    SUNSET BEACH—Most weekday mornings, Cindy Nelson rises to ride her bicycle four and a half miles to work. Then she rides it home at the end of the day, opting for a 20-mile “long loop” two nights a week.

    On weekends, Nelson takes even longer, 35-mile round trips to the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She isn’t just saving gas and burning calories.