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Today's News

  • Brunswick man sentenced to more than 19 years for child pornography charges

    RALEIGH—A Brunswick County man and former Calabash firefighter has recently been sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison for transmitting child pornography over the Internet.

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Collier Douglas Sessoms, 32, of 1074 Captain Court, Calabash, to 235 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for transporting child pornography and obscene materials over the Internet.

    Sessoms pleaded guilty to federal charges in December 2006, according to a U.S. Attorney’s office press release.

  • County crime roundup

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

    •Larceny of utilities on Eagles Nest Drive in Leland; suspect tampered with power meter box.

    •Larceny on Myrtlehead Road; suspect took items from victim’s vehicle.

    •Communicating threats on River Road in Leland; suspect left a threatening message on victim’s phone.

  • Calabash man faces 26 charges including burglary, larceny

    A Calabash man has been arrested and now faces 26 breaking and entering, larceny and burglary charges.

    Donald Edward Varner, 53, of 87 Calabash Drive, is in custody at Brunswick County Detention Center on $450,000 bond, facing the following charges: five counts of first-degree burglary, seven counts of breaking and entering, two counts of attempted breaking and entering, nine counts of felony larceny, two counts of auto larceny and one count of attempted larceny.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 74-76, Alethea Black, 45, of 1506 South 15th St., Wilmington, was charged with possession of stolen property.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 17, Derek Michael Cozzolino, 18, of 800 Commons Drive, Jacksonville, was arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

  • Two arrested for stealing copper in Holden Beach

    Holden Beach Police officers have arrested two men for larceny of copper.

    •Olin Chad Ivey, 23, of 1620 Olin Drive SW in Supply, was charged with larceny of copper, conspiracy to commit larceny, possession of stolen goods and damage to personal property on March 13. In February, Ivey was charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, obtaining property by false pretences, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and possession/concealing stolen property.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Sunset Beach police investigated a breaking and entering reported March 14 on Waterway Drive.

    Sometime between November and March 14, someone kicked in a rear door and drank a bottle of liquor, the only item reported taken at the vacation home.

    Police also arrested Calvin Roy Mendenhall III, 19, of Weaverville, for DWI and reckless driving. His vehicle crashed into a pole on Lakeshore Drive.

  • West Brunswick High School announces honor roll students

    West Brunswick High School in Shallotte has announced its honor rolls for the second nine-weeks of the 2007-2008 school year. They are as follows:

    A Honor Roll

    Ninth grade: Alex Humbert

    Tenth grade: Julianne Donoghue, Kiatra Frink, Chandler Inions, Lekurt Jenrette, Helene Paul, Brenden Powell, MacKenzie Ring and Rebecca Sidelinger

    Eleventh grade: Benjamin Chambers, Robert Grissett, Aamber Hopson, Stacy Jackson, Patrick Kamfolt V, Anh Luong, Deven Ruane, Lindsey Service, Raquel Trejos and Kendra Webb

  • BCC announces continuing education courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu.

    Call 755-7380 to register.

  • Continuing education classes offered at BCC

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, public information officer.

    Many business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and over, can also take many classes free of charge.