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Today's News

  • Jury selection continues in trial of man accused of killing 3-year-old

    BOLIVIA — Twelve jurors have officially been seated in the murder trial of a 29-year-old man accused of killing his then-girlfriend’s 3-year-old son in Shallotte more than three years ago.

    Two alternate jurors must be selected before opening statements can begin in Brunswick County Superior Court in the trial of Montey Andrea Murray, who faces first-degree murder and felony child abuse charges in the March 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister.

  • Investigators arrest three men on drug trafficking charges

    Investigators have arrested three men who are accused of trafficking and distributing large quantities of cocaine from Detroit to southeastern North Carolina, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty, charge against son dismissed

    The mother of a Southport man accused of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, while the same charge against his brother was voluntarily dismissed.

    Katherine Carter and her son, Curtis Wayne Hewett, are accused of helping 23-year-old William Hewett in his alleged escape from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Jan. 29. They and others were charged with animal cruelty after several animals were found in poor health at the family’s compound on Trails End during the ensuing manhunt, Sheriff John Ingram said.

  • County will hold public hearing for special sewer project in Carolina Shores North

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution for a preliminary assessment for a Special Assessment District (SAD) to install a sewer collection system to serve the Carolina Shores North subdivision.

    A SAD is created for an area where property owners have requested a public improvement and agreed to pay for that improvement through charges levied against owners within the district.

  • Investigators seek owners of abandoned horses

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services is seeking assistance from the public in locating the person or people responsible for abandoning two horses last month in the Ash area.

    A tan female pony was found on Camp Branch Road about12:30 a.m. March 20. A large brown male horse was found several hours later on Egypt Road.

    Both animals were checked by a local large-animal veterinarian, according to a news release issued Wednesday, March 25, by sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax.

  • Future developments under review in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Proposed plans for a senior apartment community and resort-wear store are in the development stages at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    Preliminary plans and a subdivision plat for Sunset Commons, a senior apartment community across from Seaside Methodist Church off N.C. 904, as well as a site plan for Perseus Resort Wear at The Village of Sunset Beach were reviewed by the town technical review committee (TRC) at a March 19 meeting.

  • Rolling car injures two Leland officers

    Two Leland police officers suffered minor injuries during a traffic stop.

    Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Leland Officer Inman Rahman attempted a traffic stop at U.S. 74/76 west near the Mount Misery Road exit.

    The driver, Benjamin Patrick Jr., failed to yield to blue lights and siren for a short distance. Once he stopped, he had to be pulled from his vehicle.

    Patrick failed to put his vehicle into park and it began to roll backward, striking Rahman and Officer Jeff Salyer with the open door.

  • Belville says Leland bill for ABC permit unlawful

    BELVILLE — Belville officials say Leland’s legislative request for an ABC permit is unconstitutional.

    At a March 5 workshop, the Leland town board approved a resolution asking the North Carolina General Assembly to amend ABC Commission rules to provide Leland with a permit for an ABC store.

  • Park and ride slow to catch on in Leland, but here to stay

    LELAND — Two out of three park and ride lots are in place in Leland, which transportation officials want more people to know.

    The park and ride program was created by the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization (WMPO) to attempt to cut down on traffic congestion along U.S. 17/74/76.

  • Sign angst brewing at Carolina Shores coffee shop

    CAROLINA SHORES — A local coffee shop owner believes he has grounds to complain the town of Carolina Shores is singling him out for sign violations.

    Eric Tryggeseth, longtime owner of Grand Strand Coffee Bar, has an issue with the town for making him remove signs promoting his business from the U.S. 17 right-of-way.

    “I’ve been fighting the town about signs about eight years,” said Tryggeseth, toiling Monday at his 10-year-old coffee shop in the Carolina Commons Shopping Center at U.S. 17 and Country Club Road in Carolina Shores.