Today's News

  • Trio charged in Bolivia, Winnabow break-ins

    Three men have been charged in several home break-ins in Winnabow and Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 23-year-old Christian Fernando Torres-Rivera, 26-year-old Jose Ricardo Lozano-Garcia and 21-year-old Fernando Arturo Hernandez last week and charged each with multiple felonies, jail records show.

  • Agents arrest Longwood store clerk on felony gun charge

    A store clerk faces a felony charge after being arrested last week at a convenience store in Longwood.

    Agents with North Carolina’s Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) unit arrested 41-year-old Jean W. Brutus of Jacksonville and charged him with felony possession of a stolen firearm at Inman’s Country Store at 2116 Longwood Road.

  • Winnabow man indicted on multiple assault charges

    A Brunswick County grand jury has indicted a Winnabow man, who is accused of discharging a weapon near school property, on multiple assault charges, including assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    David Michael Costin, 54, also was indicted June 15 on charges of assault on a female and two counts of assault in the presence of a minor, court records show.

  • Leland woman faces more than 50 identity theft charges

    A Leland woman faces more than 100 criminal charges, including 53 counts of identity theft.

    Leland police arrested 32-year-old Elizabeth Jane Cruz on Friday, July 10, according to a news release. Cruz also is charged with financial card fraud, 47 counts of misdemeanor access to a computer, three counts of misdemeanor larceny, three counts of check forgery and two counts of uttering a forged check, according to a police department news release issued Monday, July 13.

    Detectives began investigating the case in May, according to the release.

  • Sporadic fishing patterns


    By Capt. Jacob Frick

  • Backpacks Full of Blessings program: Let’s do it

    Last year Brick Landing had its first Wings Backpack Tournament and this year, another one will take place Aug. 1. It’s a simple tournament in a captain’s choice format with men’s and women’s categories.

    Last year the tournament was rained out and, unfortunately, this year I will be away at that time. However, when I read the notice, I was intrigued. It told me about the Wings Ministry Backpack Program, which provides food to needy children in our community.

  • Brunswick Dixie Junior Boys win opener in state tourney


    The Brunswick Dixie Junior Boys won its first-round game in the state baseball tournament, beating Duplin County 12-2 in five innings Saturday, July 11, at Smithville District Park.

    Brunswick finished with six hits. Bradley Adams two hits. Tanner Babson had a double. Brandon Aycock had a single and one RBI. Shawn Smith and Deilon Frink also had hits.

  • Brunswick County boasts seventh lottery winner in 2015

    Brunswick County’s lucky lottery streak continues with a Leland man winning $10,000 this week.

    Kevin Beauchamp won the money in the $2,500 a Week for Life! instant game, North Carolina Education Lottery officials said Friday.

  • School board OKs potential day treatment program site

     BOLIVIA — After more than an hour of discussion, Brunswick County Board of Education members voted to move a step closer in establishing a day treatment program in Brunswick County Schools.

    At the board’s regular meeting in early June, members listened as a handful of parents expressed their concerns about putting the program at Bolivia Elementary School.

  • Shallotte police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    June 30

    Trish Elizabeth Whitley was arrested on misdemeanor charges of larceny, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

    July 2

    Larceny of a $20 cell phone from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    July 3

    Omar Sharieff Blackmon, 35, was arrested on a felony probation violation warrant and a misdemeanor worthless check warrant.