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Today's News

  • ’Tis the season to wish for things as you wish them to be

    If the Jolly Old Elf is out there, and his reading time happens to include a few moments with The Brunswick Beacon before he loads his sleigh this year, I hope he knows I’ve been a pretty good girl.

    I’ve made mistakes and been far from perfect, but I’m pretty sure my name would ultimately end up on the “nice” list, rather than the “naughty” one.

    So if Mr. Claus is wondering what a gal like me might be wanting for the holidays—it’s all about the roads.

  • Thanks for help with toy run

    To the editor: Well, 16 years of the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Christmas Toy Run has come and gone. I just want to thank everyone who has sponsored us year after year and all the volunteers who have helped us put this program together. Without their support this could not happen.

    I cannot list all the names—it would take too much space. But you and the Lord know who you are. May you all be blessed for your efforts to help others in need.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and issued the following charges last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny on Parkland Way; suspect stole an air conditioner unit.

    •Larceny on Village Road; suspect broke into victim’s utility trailer and stole a blower.

    •Larceny on Reed Road; suspect stole four Playstation 3 video games from the Movie Gallery and fled the scene.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Cottonwood Lane; suspects stole victim’s jewelry.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team from Dec. 15-21 answered 21 calls, issued 20 uniformed citations and 25 total charges.

  • Writer lovingly recalls years spent with canine thief

    When I was a freshman in high school, my younger brother brought home a small, black slobbery puppy.

    We didn’t have a dog growing up, so his pleas must have resonated with our parents, not wanting to hear 10 years later we were robbed of precious childhood memories of the quintessential family dog. So they caved and let her become part of the family.

    A little less than 14 years later, this past Saturday, surrounded by her favorite people and a few tennis balls, Sadie, our family dog, died.

  • Agressive Criminal Enforcement Team 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, driver’s license and criminal information 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.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

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

    •Three instances of forgery and uttering at Bank of America; suspect removed victims’ mail and used the information to forge three $1,500 checks. The case was turned over to federal investigators.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from residence on Village Road; suspect pried open a window of victim’s house and stole $950 in cash and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police last week investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident/investigation and arrest reports.

    •Burglary and larceny on Saltation Court on Dec. 21; suspect broke victim’s window with a lawn mower blade, entered the home and stole a plasma TV and a Nintendo game system.

    •Donald Allan Reece, 37, of 913 Jordan Road, Autryville; charged with driving while license revoked, a child safety seat violation and present revoked license.

  • Golf action

    On Dec. 15, the warm air returned and the Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association used the format of count two best balls on par 3s, three on the par 4s and all four on the par 5s.

  • Former police officer acquitted on assault charge

    BOLIVIA—Brannon Gray, a 24-year-old former Holden Beach police officer on trial last week for assault, looks forward to putting the past year behind him and moving forward with his life.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a Brunswick County jury acquitted Gray on an assault charge stemming from a November 2007 incident where prosecutors say he used excessive force while on duty. He was accused of assaulting David King.

    A Brunswick County grand jury last January indicted Gray on one charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.