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Today's News

  • County approves funds for SBMS coal ash disposal, SBHS drainage improvements

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved the use of school capital reserve funds to resolve the coal ash issue at South Brunswick Middle School and make drainage improvements to South Brunswick High School.

    Brunswick County holds funds collected in excess of amounts budgeted for Brunswick County Schools in a capital reserve fund.

  • Leland police seek information in road rage investigation

    Leland police investigators are asking for assistance from the public in identifying a man they say was involved in a road rage altercation Thursday, Jan. 28.

    The man approached a customer at the Murphy USA gas station on New Point Boulevard in the Wal-Mart shopping center off U.S. 17 at 11:08 p.m., Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

    The man started an argument with the customer over a traffic incident where the other driver had not used his turn signal, then pushed him, Humphries said. When the victim fought back, the man assaulted him then left.

  • Grand jury indicts three in sex crimes against children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three people Jan. 19 accused of committing sex crimes against children, including a Leland man who is charged with 40 counts of first-degree sex offense against a child.

    Navassa police arrested 54-year-old Owen William Ludlow Jr., of Cedar Hill Road, on Sept. 1, 2015, and charged him with statutory rape of a 13-year-old child and indecent liberties with a child younger than 13 in incidents that happened between Aug. 1, 2013, and Aug. 1, 2014, warrants show.

  • Leland board approves changes to LCAC rates, programs

    LELAND — Leland intends to add more classes and more activities at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, with a new manager, in 2016.

    Former manager Jill Brown resigned at the end of 2015. Town Manager David Hollis said the staff has already begun receiving applications and will begin interviews this month.

    “We are trying to find the right person, so there is no deadline (for hiring),” he said. “If I had to guess, we will probably decide in the next month.”

  • Men accused of sex crimes involving child indicted on drug charges

    Two Southport men who were charged with sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of a minor, Jan. 21 have been indicted on drug charges.

    Willie Anderson Dock Jr., 70, and Travis LaShawn Siler, 27, both of Cherry Road, were initially arrested Dec. 30, 2015, as a result of tips and complaints from the community, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Art matters: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary’s Reiter nominated for national award

    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter doesn’t teach because she’s seeking recognition or awards.

    Yet that’s exactly what’s been happening to the art teacher within the last 12 months.

    Reiter, one of three finalists for Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, has now been nominated for a national award that recognizes teachers who make a positive impact on their students.

  • Law enforcement executive among 21 arrested on prostitution charge

    A former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy is one of 21 people charged last week with solicitation of prostitution in Brunswick County.

    Darrell Wayne Ayers, 55, of Crowell Avenue in Oak Island, was arrested on the misdemeanor charge Wednesday, Feb. 3, a warrant shows. It is unclear where the alleged crime took place.

  • OIB police arrest wanted Raleigh man

    Ocean Isle Beach police captured a Raleigh man who was wanted on kidnapping and three assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill charges in Wake County.

    Kristopher Alert Randall, 32, of Glenwood Avenue, was arrested on the charges Feb. 3, booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released on $200,000 bail, records show.

    According to warrants, Randall assaulted three teens — 17-year-old Christian Wolf, 18-year-old Farhan Dhaly and 16-year-old Joseph Curtis — intending to kill them using a .380-caliber handgun Jan. 25.

  • OIB woman accused of posing as cancer patient for money

    An Ocean Isle Beach woman is accused of posing as a cancer patient to secure nearly $4,000 in donations last year.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s detectives arrested 46-year-oldf Lisa Carol Yates, of Seagull Way, on Friday night, Jan. 29, on charges of solicitation to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false pretense Nov. 15, 2015, according to a news release.

  • Grand jury indicts three Supply men

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted three Supply men Feb. 1 in separate  cases.

    Jamar Levon Bellamy, 22, was among 35 people arrested July 31, 2015, during Operation Summer Heat, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade. He was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia.