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Today's News

  • Man sentenced for Leland credit union robbery

    A Riegelwood man who admitted robbing a credit union in Leland in December will spend more than 10 years in prison,the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

    Senior U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced 26-year-old Borenzo Cortez Patrick to 121 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, on Tuesday in Greenville.

    Patrick faced at least 32 years in prison after pleading guilty May 12 to armed bank robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. No one was injured during the robbery.

  • District Court docket for July 24, 25, 26 and 28

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 24, 25, 26 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, July 24

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Shirley B. Smircic and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Leland Library to host special storytime

    Leland Library will host a special storytime in memory of Scarlett the 16-month-old granddaughter of a local resident, at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 14.

    This storytime is for children 4 and younger and will be centered around the book “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton.

    Register at the library and call 371-9442 for more information.

  • You decide: Should everyone have a basic income?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, recently caused a stir by throwing his support behind the idea of a guaranteed basic income. Just speaking to my neighbors, colleagues at work and friends at the gym, I’ve noticed he certainly has set off some passionate conversation about the merits or demerits of the idea.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last Thursday, Aug. 3, was the day the North Carolina House and Senate were called into special session twice. We were expecting to vote on overrides to four bills vetoed by the governor, but we found the override votes were delayed because of members not attending and we handled several other bills in one long day.

  • Stand against seismic testing, offshore drilling

    This past weekend, the North Carolina Coastal Federation recognized Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis with a Pelican Award for his work on Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site cleanup “that benefits the entire coast and state of North Carolina.” The plant, which operated from the 1930s to the 1970s, shut down in 1980. Creosote and sludge left on the site entered the marshes adjacent to the Brunswick River and Sturgeon Creek, which flow into the Cape Fear River.

  • Man charged in BHI golf cart crash that injured passenger

    A Virginia man is accused of driving while impaired in a golf cart crash on Bald Head Island that resulted in his passenger’s hospitalization.

    Tyler Wainwright Sewell, 51, of Charlottesville is charged with driving while impaired and felonious serious injury by vehicle, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    Sewell was driving a golf cart in the vicinity of Maritime Way between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, when he made an abrupt left turn to avoid hitting a tree and ejected his passenger, Bald Head Island Village Manager Chris McCall said.

  • County water advisory rescinded

    As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption for most county water users in Shallotte, Calabash, Sunset Beach and adjoining areas that experienced low water pressure Aug. 8, Brunswick County Public Utilities Director John Nichols said.

    Ten customers from 7128 Old Georgetown Road SW to 7170 Old Georgetown Road SW remain under a system pressure advisory, Nichols said. All customers still affected have been notified directly with door hangers.

  • Shallotte man faces cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail after his arrest on cocaine charges.

    Julian Christopher Johnson, 48, of Shell Point Road is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Deputies arrest two on drug charges