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Today's News

  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

     A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common-law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common-law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.

  • Sunset Beach council grills firm on park materials, delay

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council had questions for representatives of the firm hired to design Sunset Beach Town Park at the monthly town board meeting Monday night.

    Jeff Thompson with Withers & Ravenel, the engineering and landscape architecture firm hired to design the park, blamed a contractor’s placement of materials in an outside area for triggering a land-disturbance notice from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources and subsequent work halt on the park work site last month.

  • Leland man indicted on sex crimes with children charges

     A Leland man arrested in July in Idaho has been indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury on several sex crimes, including indecent liberties with a child.

    Fernando “Flaco” Vargas-Julio was indicted by a grand jury in early August on charges of indecent liberties with a child, crimes against nature and first-degree sex offense with a child.

  • Shallotte man dies in traffic accident

     A 19-year-old Shallotte man died in a traffic accident Wednesday, Sept. 3, after his vehicle struck a tree near N.C. 130.

    Austin Rowell was traveling east on Empire Road in Supply about 3.5 miles outside of Shallotte when he ran off the road in his 2001 Ford pickup, N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. E.C. Harris said.

  • Name change suggested for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — What’s in a name?

    Maybe a lot, if you live or do business in the town of Carolina Shores.

    At a town board of commissioners’ meeting Sept. 4, former Mayor Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter suggested it might be time for the town and its residents to consider a name change.

    “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores,” Altreuter read during public comment time, citing the name posted on the board dais listing the six communities that compose the town.

  • Supply man accused of sex crimes located

    A Supply man accused of multiple sex crimes has been located and arrested in Lexington, according to a press release issued early Friday morning by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office.

    Timothy Wayne Willard, 34, of Corbin Lane, was wanted on three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of second-degree sexual offense and crimes against nature.

    The incidents involving victims younger than 16 took place between July 1 and Sept. 1, warrants show.

  • Oak Island man wins $10,000 in N.C. Education Lottery

    An Oak Island man is among people who have won money in the North Carolina Education Lottery this month.

    Todd Leonard was the winner of $10,000 in the Millionaire 7’s.

    Since Aug. 28, players in N.C. Education Lottery games ottery players won more than $16.8 million playing instant games and more than $6.5 million playing draw games. Sixteen prizes awarded were worth between $10,000 and $50,000, said Chris Bushnell, spokesman for the N.C. Education Lottery.

  • Reward offered in Sunset Beach home theft

    A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of parties responsible for the theft of items from a Sunset Beach residence.

    According to the Sunset Beach Police Department, in the early morning hours of Aug. 14, one or more unknown subjects entered an unoccupied residence at 819 Shoreline Drive West.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

    A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.

  • Leland hosts 14th Founder’s Day event Sept. 13

    Leland’s 14th Founder’s Day event on Saturday, Sept. 13 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the town.

    The event will run from 3-9 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest Commercial Area, 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd.

    “Come out and make a day of it,” Niel Brooks, Director of Parks, Recreation and Environmental Programs, said.

    “We hope people will be happy with it. There is a lot more variety than we’ve ever had before. I think it will be a really nice event.”