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Today's News

  • Use of force expert testifies in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA— A use of force expert testified Monday he thinks a former Southport police sergeant acted appropriately when he fatally shot a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Lawyers for 46-year-old Bryon Vassey called Dave Cloutier, who serves as an expert in use-of-force science and self-defense tactics, as their third witness. Vassey is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Deputies charge man in county’s largest fentanyl seizure

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday, April 29, in the largest seizure of fentanyl in the county’s history.

    Troy Ahkeen Wilson, 37, of South Fifth Street in Wilmington, is charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, a warrant shows.

    Deputies arrested Wilson after he was pulled over for speeding on U.S. 74 near Interstate 140, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte man faces firearm, drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested Shallotte man accused of stealing a firearm and drug trafficking, among other crimes.

    Andrew Joshua Combs, 28, of Tavia Lane SW, was arrested Friday, April 29, and charged with larceny of a firearm, trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, as well as misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, warrants show.

  • Strawberry fields yield seasonal fruit

    ASH — People driving out to Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery at this time of the year are in for a seasonal treat.

    The annual strawberry harvest launched early this year at the scenic farm where Billy and Katherine Ingram and their team have once again been toiling and nurturing the delectable red fruit.

    “They’re just the sweetest berries in the county,” said a buyer who drove out to the farm on Kingtown Road on Earth Day last Friday, April 22, to buy a few flats and carry them back to Supply in his truck.

  • Detectives arrest man, seek another robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Longwood man and is looking for another in an April 26 robbery.

    Detectives said Shaquille Vereen and Senneca Lamar Flowers stole a 22-year-old Hispanic man’s iPhone 5S and wallet in Longwood about 10 p.m. before hitting him in the head with a black handgun, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Shallotte man charged in weekend shooting

    A Shallotte man is accused of shooting into a building with five people inside Saturday, April 30. No one was injured.

    Kelvin Harris Hill, 51, of North Mulberry Road NW, was arrested Saturday and charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

    A warrant shows Hill fired a 9mm into a recreational outbuilding on his property just after midnight. It is not clear what prompted the shooting.

    Hill was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Kindred Spirit notebooks live on in UNCW library archives

    Their messages convey an assortment of moods, memories and sentiments.

    For the past 35 years, legions of writers have been migrating to Bird Island to add their thoughts to notebooks that reside inside the Kindred Spirit mailbox.

    But what happens to those journals once they’re filled, the scrawled messages inside them a potpourri of observations worthy of preservation?

  • Sheriff’s office seeks man in Leland robbery, assault

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for helping in finding a 49-year-old man wanted in the robbery and assault of a Leland woman Wednesday, April 27.

    Detectives think John Sebastian Catanzaro, of Horn Road in Wilmington, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on the 8000 block of Chestnut Drive about 2 a.m., sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. He destroyed property before attacking the victim with a metal object and threatening her life.

  • County parks survey on tobacco use under way

    Brunswick County and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is conducting an online survey, surveymonkey.com/r/TobaccoUseinBCParks, to gauge the public’s opinion on the use of tobacco products in parks.

    All responses are anonymous. The survey results are intended to help park officials decide what, if any, regulations need to be put in place.

    The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, May 15.

    For more information, email Melinda Johnson, marketing and events coordinator, at melinda.johnson@brunswickcountync.gov or call her at 253-2670.

  • Elections board to hear primary protest May 4

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Board of Elections agreed to hold a full hearing on Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The hearing was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the Board of Elections office.