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Today's News

  • Leland mayor, council candidates share views at forum

    LELAND ¬— Leland’s two mayoral candidates and four of the five people competing for two town council seats took part in a League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear forum where they addressed the town’s progress, among other issues.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman is running for re-election against Lee Kent, while incumbent council members Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston face Joy Faulk Cranidiotis, Sandra Ford and Shirley A. Lawler. Lawler did not participate in the forum Oct. 4 at Leland Town Hall.

  • H2GO candidates split on reverse osmosis plant

    LELAND — Six men running for three open seats on the Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board: Three who support a reverse osmosis (RO) plant and three who oppose it.

    In 2015, new seats on the five-member H2GO board were won by candidates who ran to oppose building the plant.

    Since then the majority of decisions about the RO plant funding and construction have been decided on a split, 3-2 vote.

  • Southport man accused of child sex crimes

    A Southport man is accused of committing sex crimes against two girls earlier this year.

    Melecio Rubio Villagran, 23, of Oakcrest Drive SE, was arrested Oct. 4 and charged with indecent liberties with a child and misdemeanor sexual battery.

    Warrants show the incidents took place in June. Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said the victims are 11 and 12.

    Villagran remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $40,000 bail.

  • Student finds worm in fruit cup served in school lunch

    A South Brunswick High School student found “an unexpected protein” in their lunch Wednesday, Oct. 4, according to a Brunswick County Schools news release.

    The student’s prepackaged and sealed strawberry cup contained a worm, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The district received strawberry cups as part of the commodity delivery from the United States Department of Agriculture/ North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Swencki said.

  • Coffee With a Cop connects community

    SHALLOTTE — A cup of coffee was all it took last Thursday to connect Shallotte police with the people they serve.

    Officers enjoyed coffee and breakfast with each other and with residents during Coffee with a Cop from 8 to 10 a.m. at McDonald’s on Main Street.

  • Sex offender accused of attending soccer game

    A registered sex offender is accused of attending a soccer game where minors were present last month.

    Joshua Scott Todd, 30, of Edna Way in Shallotte was arrested Oct. 5 and charged with a sex offender on a child premises violation, a felony.

    Warrants show Todd entered and remained at the recreational field at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Shallotte on Sept. 26.

    Todd was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Leland man charged with hit-and-run in two crashes

    A Leland man is accused of crashing into two vehicles then trying to run from police.

    Harold Edward Rehfeldt III, 54, of Old Forest Drive was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with two counts of hit-and-run, leaving the scene with property damage, reckless driving with wanton disregard, exceeding posted speed, fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag, no operator’s license, failure to carry a valid driver’s license, fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer and injury to real property.

  • Man accused of stealing firearms from vehicles in Leland

    A Wilmington man was wanted by Leland police for stealing firearms during two vehicle break-ins.

    Alexander Dequan Pellom, 23, of Mitchell Court was located at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Wilmington, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. The police department issued a news release a day earlier asking for the public’s help to find Pellom.

    Pellom faces two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a firearm, Humphries said.

  • Matthews woman accused of assaulting deputy

    A Matthews woman is accused of assaulting a man, then assaulting the deputy who came to arrest her.

    Jamie Leigh Lancaster, 34, of Stone Down Lane was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor simple assault.

    Warrants show Lancaster pushing and slapped a man Oct. 3. When a deputy arrived to arrest her, she pushed him, pulled away from him and kicked him in the groin area.

  • Legislature overrides governor’s GenX veto

    The GenX contaminant discovered in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, was part of one of the first issues the General Assembly addressed when it reconvened in special session last week.

    The House and Senate each voted Oct. 4 to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56, which proposed offering $435,000 in funding for GenX treatment and study.

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will receive $185,000 to monitor and study treatment for raw water from the river to remove GenX.