Today's News

  • Vidal’s mother testifies in Vassey trial

    BOLIVIA — When Mary Wilsey heard her son, Keith Vidal, call her “John,” she knew she needed to call police.

    It was her husband, Mark Wilsey Sr., who made the call, asking that an officer come to their Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5, 2014, and help them with Vidal, 18, who suffered from schizophrenia.

    Former Southport police Sgt. Bryon Vassey, the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Driver residence that afternoon, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the teen’s death.

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  • BCC loses three straight walk-off games

    MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Patrick Henry Community College had three straight walk-off victories against Brunswick Community College in a Region 10 weekend baseball series.

    Patrick Henry beat BCC 12-11 in the first game of a baseball doubleheader Saturday.

    BCC had scored six runs in the top of the ninth in taking an 11-8 lead.

    Patrick Henry scored four runs on four straight bases-loaded walks with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in beating BCC. The last two runs scored on balls called on 3-2 pitches.

  • West loses to South in boys’ lacrosse

    SBHS 10, WBHS 2

    South beat West 10-2 in the boys’ lacrosse game Friday at South Brunswick.

    For West, winless this season, St. Andrews University signee Austin Mokma scored two goals in the fourth quarter, the second in the final minute when South was down two players because of penalties.

    For South, Garrett Evans scored three times, Liam Bodnar twice and Caleb Walker twice. Vince Fuller, Justin Keith and Shawn Grisso also scored.

    Jeremiah Baldwin was the winning goalkeeper.

  • Poulin lacrosse photos
  • West Brunswick beats South Brunswick in girls’ lacrosse

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 7-3 in a Mideastern Conference 3A/4A Conference girls’ lacrosse game Friday.

    The Trojans outscored South 4-0 in the second half in completing the season sweep of the Cougars.

    For West (2-8 in the MEC), senior Sarah Poulin scored three goals and freshman Gwenna Gentle scored two goals. Sophomore Ana Poulin and freshman Kara Cheers each scored for the first time this season.

    For South (0-10 in the MEC), Kristen Ruffato scored twice. Ashton Van Ness also scored.

  • Trojans win 18th straight; now 19-1

    Staff Report

    West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 12-5 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game Friday at South.

    The victory was the Trojans’ 18th straight this season, improving their record to 19-1. West is 8-0 in the conference. Four conference games are left, including two against Topsail.

    West has scored at least 10 runs in its last five victories.

    Against the Cougars, the Trojans scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second in taking a 7-1 lead.

  • First responders testify in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — “I’m here to kick ass and take names.”

    Two first responders testified Friday former Southport police sergeant Bryon Vassey said those words upon arriving at the Boiling Spring Lakes home of schizophrenic 18-year-old Keith Vidal, whom he shot to death more than two years ago.

  • Leland police arrest man accused of sex crime against child

    A Wilmington man accused of sexually assaulting a girl turned himself in to Leland police Wednesday, April 20.

    Stephan Keaton, 52, is charged with second-degree sex offense, according to a police department news release.

    A warrant shows the crime happened April 1 and was reported to police the next day.

    Keaton was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail and released the same day.

  • Trojans beat Trask in softball

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick beat Trask 5-4 in eight innings in a non-conference softball game April 21 at West.

    West scored the winning run when pinch runner Christian Strickland scored from third after a passed ball. Randaisa Daniels was at bat.

    Strickland was running for Izzy Smeltzer, who had singled. Strickland advanced to third on a hit by Cierra Watts.

    West scored three runs in the first on a home run by McKenzie Benton.