Today's News

  • Charges filed in fatal bridge wreck

    WILMINGTON—The driver who police say caused a fatal wreck on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in November has been charged for his role in the wreck.

    William McMillian II, 55, of Leland, has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle, according to Wilmington Police Department spokesperson Lucy Crockett.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 19, Myia Lashae Shepard, 29, of Wilmington, died after the car she was traveling in was struck by a flatbed truck driving in the opposite direction.

  • Most interesting: Peggy Allen

    In her previous life, Peggy Allen was a pediatrician. Now, at 90 years old, she’s happily enjoying retirement with her husband of 58 years, Bob, and the newest addition to their Shallotte Point home —8-month-old Shadow.

    With cascading views of Sasspan Creek, the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean from their porches and nearly every room in the home, it’s easy to see why the Allens left behind the hustle and bustle of Glen Cove, N.Y., for a slower pace of life in Brunswick County.

  • 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.

    •Communicating threats on Woodford Drive; suspect called victim and threatened him and his wife.

    •Larceny on New Pointe Boulevard; suspect stole $130 from victim’s purse.

    •Larceny on Old Forest Drive; suspect stole his son’s dog box from the bed of his truck while it was in his yard.

  • 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. 22-28 answered 31 calls, issued 24 uniformed citations and made 13 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up driver’s license checkpoints in the following areas: Old Shallotte Road, Jabbertown Road, Lincoln Road, Pireway Road, Cedar Hill Road, N.C. 130, N.C. 179, Graybridge Road, Mount Misery Road, N.C. 179 at the state line and N.C. 211.

  • ACE team report

    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.

  • Bolivia Elementary donates to local food bank

    BOLIVIA—The food bank at Love of Christ Church in Bolivia helps families in need and also provides for students on a daily basis.

    “They have helped provide snacks for the kids who don’t have snacks during the school day from the pantry,” Meg Dingwall, fifth-grade Bolivia teacher, said. “A couple of years ago, we decided to make sure the pantry was stocked.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Rudolph Bellamy, 50, of 802 Randolphville Road, Bolivia; charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Deer Trace Street in Supply; suspect broke into victim’s residence and stole a TV and an Xbox.

    •Larceny on Ocean Highway West in Carolina Shores; suspect stole several newspaper boxes.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Bristol Street in Sunset Harbor; suspect stole victim’s electric scooter.

  • Abandoned house burned; no injuries reported

    An abandoned house on Big Macedonia Road in Supply was burned down last week, but no one lived in the home, and no injuries were reported.

    According to a sheriff’s office incident report, a person started a fire at 384 Big Macedonia Road on Monday, Dec. 22. The suspect was still at the scene was responders arrived, Garner said. No charges will be filed, because Garner said the man who set the blaze was set to inherit the property where the house was, and he did not file an insurance claim.

  • Gospel sing set to remember church members

    Carson Varnam and Edsel Norris were longtime members of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown who loved gospel music, particularly bluegrass.

    Both men died this past year, but their inspiration lives on, congregation members say. So Varnam’s family decided to celebrate the men’s love of music and their contributions to the church by organizing a gospel sing on New Year’s Day.