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Today's News

  • Brunswick man sentenced federally

    A Navassa man has pleaded guilty in federal court to possession with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine.

    Damian Laverne Jennings, 32, of 220 Broadway St., was sentenced May 14 to 120 months and five years supervised release minimum.

    Brunswick County Drug Enforcement Unit agents first arrested Jennings on multiple counts of distributing cocaine in early 2007.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office worked in conjunction with local prosecutor Chris Thomas, who is cross-sworn as a Special U.S. Attorney.

  • Crime rates mixed across state; Brunswick County sees drop

    N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has released the 2007 statewide crime rates.

    While crime across North Carolina rose by .1 percent in 2007, the violent crime rate dropped by .7 percent, Cooper said.

    “While no level of crime is acceptable, law enforcement’s work to keep the rate of violent crime down is much needed,” Cooper added. “But as any cop on the beat will tell you, when the economy goes down, crime goes up, and we’re troubled to see even a small increase in North Carolina’s overall crime rate.”

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Stolen diamond ring and setting at Upscale Boutique; suspect stole a ring with a half-carat diamond solitaire, valued at $1,000. Victim said ring was stolen within a half-hour of being placed in a display case.

    •Police arrested Jose Caceres, 25, of Wilson Avenue, Calabash, on charges of driving while impaired and no operator’s license. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center and given no bond.

  • HOLDEN BEACH POLICE REPORT

    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. Information is taken directly from police activity reports.

    •Burglary, non-forced entry on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect took folding canvas chairs, a blow-up air mattress with pump, 10 cans of Sprite, a 32-quart cooler and 10 fishing rods.

    •Larceny on pier campground; suspect took an aluminum fishing rod and four other fishing rods.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach police officers made the following arrest last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Wesley Gray Trotter, 21, of Charlotte, for resist, obstruct and delay. According to the police report, the suspect ran when he was told to stop.

  • Lawsuit against school board dismissed

    BOLIVIA—A lawsuit filed against the Brunswick County Board of Education by the parents who gave consent for their teenage daughter to marry her cross-country coach was dismissed Monday in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Judge Thomas Locke dismissed the lawsuit filed by Dennis and Betty Hager, which claimed the board failed to determine a relationship between their then 16-year-old daughter Windy and Brenton Wuchae, then 40, a former South Brunswick High School science teacher and cross-country coach.

  • First year of Peer Court adjourns

    SHALLOTTE—Peer Court is now adjourned—but only for the summer.

    Shallotte Middle School just finished its first year hosting a Peer Court program, an after-school court hearing where student offenders are prosecuted and defended by their peers.

    Ardith Shaw, Peer Court coordinator, said the program provides students an alternative to Juvenile Court in the hopes of reducing the out of school suspension rate. Shaw said more than 800 days were lost last year due to such suspensions.

  • North Brunswick student selected for national drum and bugle corps

    His summer will be spent traveling more than 9,000 miles through 16 states, playing in 44 performances at 39 venues for 275,000 spectators.

    Aaron Benton, an 11th-grader at North Brunswick High School, has been selected to perform with the Spirit Drum and Bugle Corps this summer.

    Benton auditioned for the corps earlier this year when auditions were at his school. His mother originally told him he couldn’t audition due to the financial reasons—corps tuition is $2,300. But Mark Riel, Benton’s band director, told him to audition despite the cost.

  • Southport Elementary teacher takes dive for students

    Most teachers get apples or nice coffee mugs during Teacher Appreciation Week, but on Sunday, one Southport Elementary teacher got the thrill of a lifetime.

    Skydive Coastal Carolinas donated a gift certificate for a tandem skydive for Teachers Appreciation Week. All interested teachers at the school were invited to enter their names into a drawing for the certificate.

    “Three brave souls put their names in,” said Kimberly Newman, a second-grade teacher. Newman won the drawing.

  • Supply Elementary School awarded Toolbox for Education grant

    Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a $2,000 Toolbox for Education grant to Supply Elementary for its School Clothes Closet.

    Supply Elementary is one of 1,000 schools or parent organizations to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for parent-initiated school improvement projects benefiting public education K-12 across the U.S. during the 2007-2008 school year.