Today's News

  • ‘Hands Across the Border’ checking station nets 10 DWI arrests

     CAROLINA SHORES — A traffic checkpoint at the North Carolina and South Carolina state line netted 10 driving while impaired arrests Friday night, Aug. 28, and Saturday morning, Aug. 29.

    Led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the “Hands Across the Border” checkpoint took place on U.S. 17 at the state line. One of the sheriff’s office’s Breath Alcohol Testing Mobile Units (or BATMobile) was at the site.

  • Belville park puts town in wedding business

    Taking over Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park has put Belville in the wedding business.

    The park off River Road along the Brunswick River has turned out to be a popular location for wedding ceremonies this summer.

    Town administrator Athina Williams said town officials and staff didn’t know the park was a wedding destination until a resident called town hall in February to ask if anyone knew a party of about 15 people were in the park for a ceremony.

    “People like to go out there and to say their vows,” Williams said.

  • Trio indicted in Caswell Beach break-in

     Three people accused of breaking into a home and stealing a television from a home on Caswell Beach in June were indicted Aug. 18.

    Matthew Dillon Vaczy, Ginny Ann Kelly and Lamont Lee Proctor were each indicted on charges of second-degree burglary, larceny after breaking and entering and injury to real property, Superior Court records show.

  • Three indicted in cases involving sex crimes

     Three people have been indicted by a Superior Court grand jury in separate cases involving sex crimes.

    Forty-four-year-old Ramon Gonzalez-Uribe of Supply was indicted Aug. 18 on charges of statutory rape sexual offender, sexual activity by solicitation, indecent liberties with a child and assault on a female, court records show.

    Gonzalez-Uribe is accused of “engaging in a sexual act with … a person of the age of 14 years at the time of the offense,” a warrant shows.

  • Southport names 18-year force veteran and native police chief

     Gary Smith knows Southport and its police department.

    He thinks those two factors will assist him as he recently took over as the city’s new police chief.

    Smith, an 18-year-veteran of the Southport Police Department, served as acting chief since July 16 and stepped into the chief’s position upon Jerry Dove’s retirement, which took effect Sept. 1. Dove originally announced a retirement date of Oct. 1, but moved it up one month to because he is a mayoral candidate for Southport in November’s general election. 

  • Two injured in Sunday morning shooting in Bolivia

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting that left two men injured.

    Terrance Laquinn Jones, 40, and Fredrick Williams Jr., 34, were shot about 12:50 a.m. Sunday during a card game at a residence at 2850 Brown Road in Bolivia, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Both victims were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington where they were treated for their injuries and released, Flax said.

  • U.S. Marshals arrest Calabash man wanted in South Carolina

     U.S. Marshals arrested a Calabash man wanted on a sex crime charge in South Carolina Monday, Aug. 31.

    A team of marshals arrested 32-year-old Leonardo Jimenez Romero, of Pineclair Drive SW, at a construction site inside the St. James community about 2 p.m. Monday, U.S. Marshal Bryan Konig said.

    Jimenez Romero was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he is awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

  • Calabash man, passenger die in single-vehicle crash

    A 59-year-old Calabash man and his passenger died in a single-vehicle crash Thursday, Aug. 27.

    Robert L. Gross, of Pineclair Drive, was driving a gold, four-door Ford Taurus at 10:20 p.m. on Thomasboro Road on his way home when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a concrete culvert in a drainage ditch, deputy coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Gross and his front-seat passenger, 44-year-old Timothy Jones of Stanley, N.C., the owner of the vehicle, were pronounced dead at the scene, Crocker said.

  • Do you take too long to make important decisions?

     “It’s your decision.” Few words can bring about such power and such fear.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully. Then I learned it’s often better to get into action than to ponder things too long.

    While it’s good to consider options, it’s also wise to make decisions more quickly and move on. Whether it’s right or wrong, at least I’m in motion. If not, inertia can set in. I like to opt for “ertia,” the informal opposite of inertia.


  • Do dogs get depressed?

     A reader recently asked if dogs can become depressed, develop mental illness, and if “doggie psychologists” were for real. For those of you looking for the short answers: 1) Yes, but maybe not exactly like you’re thinking; 2) Absolutely; and 3) Yes, with an enormous caveat. If you’d like a little more thorough explanation, read on pet lovers.