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Today's News

  • Three Leland police officers suspended pending investigations

     Three Leland police officers are on unpaid administrative leave after the department launched an internals affairs investigation last week.

    Detectives Sgt. Richard Christopher, Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor have been suspended, town manager David Hollis said during a Monday, Aug. 18, telephone interview with the Beacon.

    Chief Mike James did not return phone calls seeking comment about the suspensions.

  • Open lines of communication key during emergencies

     BOLIVIA — Communication is critical. But there’s even more of a heavy emphasis on communication during trying times. Just ask Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 10

    Kyle James Warren, 35, 1429 Pelican Place, arrested on charges of violating probation, secreting lien property and three counts of driving while license revoked.

    Aug. 11

    Grover Harold Rogers III, 42, 1975 Mt. Pleasant Road N., Mt. Pleasant, arrested on a charge of misdemeanor larceny.

    Aug. 13

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for July 1-31.

    Total number of events: 311

    911 hang up/open line: 8

    No event type specified: 2

    Administrative call: 1

    Alarm activation: 16

    Animal complaint: 13

    Arrest: 3

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 14

    Attempt to locate: 27

    Business check: 49

    Citation: 2

    Disturbance/fight: 5

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    Domestic related (pick up belongings, etc.): 1

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 7

    Cornelius Tremaine Washington, 28, 5831 Nixon Lane, Castle Hayne, arrested on a charge of trespassing at Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    James Marshall Gooch, 33, 109 Westover Drive, arrested on an active warrant from New Hanover County on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Commercial fishing groups sue federal agencies over unbalanced sea turtle protection standards

    A recent court filing is claiming what’s good for the loggerhead is good for the leatherback.

    Commercial fisherman from Brunswick County and other coastal areas abide by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect sea turtles, but they are now challenging federal officials to hold fish and line fishermen to the same standard.

    The North Carolina Fisheries Association and Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh Aug. 5 requesting a court ruling that several federal agencies allow violations to the ESA.

  • Brunswick district court judge runs for state appeals court

    Brunswick County based District Court Judge Marion Warren has filed to run for the NC Court of Appeals.

    Warren serves the 13th Judicial District covering Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties.

    “Cases heard in Raleigh affect us all,” Warren said.

    “The last 14 years I’ve sat in a courtroom I’ve considered a solemn obligation. I want to take that experience and my North Carolina common sense and my training and background to Raleigh to render decisions they same way I’ve tried cases in front of individuals.”

  • Commissioner resolution opposes housing illegal minors in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s board of commissioners approved a resolution opposing the re-settling of immigrant minors within Brunswick County at the July county meeting.

    The resolution is intended to address the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the Unite States, causing a reported hardship on the communities receiving the minors.

    The resolution opposes housing any of these minors in Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes requested County Attorney Huey Marshall draft the document to create a county position on the issue.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Leland Police Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins and larcenies that occurred on Aug. 4 in the Magnolia Greens development.

    Six of the break-ins and larcenies happened in on Willow Pond Lane and four more occurred on Grandiflora Drive.