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Today's News

  • Man accused of 63 sex crimes involving child

     A Wake County man accused of multiple sex crimes with a child has been incarcerated in Brunswick County.

    Frank Welsh Richmond III, 36, of Falls Lake, was arrested June 30 and charged with 21 counts of statutory rape of a person who is 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim. He also is charged with 21 counts of statutory sexual offense against a person 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, plus 21 charges of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Lawyer: Not Vidal’s mother who threatened officer

     The lawyer for a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of a Boiling Spring Lakes teenager says the victim’s mother did not threaten the officer’s wife after all.

    James Payne, Bryon Vassey’s lawyer, filed a motion April 25 for production of records in Brunswick County Superior Court seeking courthouse video footage showing Mary Wilsey allegedly threatening Victoria Vassey after a standard superior court case management hearing April 8 in Bolivia.

  • Hurricane Arthur gives way to happy holiday

    I’m relieved this year’s Fourth of July holiday and weekend was without tragedy after last year’s terrible rip current drownings, and especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, which mostly just soaked us here Brunswick County and put a damper on some pre-holiday plans.

  • Finding homes and care for cats

    According to the American Pet Care Products Association, people are expected to spend more than $58 billion on their pets this year alone. And regardless of whether they are millionaires or living on the street, most people these days treat their pets as members of the family.

    People were not as educated about spaying or neutering their pets as they are now. They did not understand that not only did it spare their four-legged friends from life-threatening illnesses and improve their quality of life, but it also reduced the number of strays who become homeless nuisances.

  • Voters were wrong about sales tax

    To the editor:

    It was sad to read in last week’s Beacon what can't be funded because of the voters’ rejection of the sales tax referendum. I think the main reason it failed was that the county did a poor job of selling it to the people. What people saw was a sales tax for sand, not the fact that our beaches bring millions of dollars of tourist money to the county.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 25, 26, 27 and 30 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Wednesday, June 25

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina adjudicated the following cases June 23 during a grand jury session:

    Isaac Anderson, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, resisting public officer.

    Kyle Whitney Anderson, two counts of trafficking in MDA/MDMA, possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver MDA/MDMA, maintaining vehicle/dwelling/place for controlled substance.

  • Who's responsible for what debated in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are debating who’s responsible for what when it comes to drainage easements and landscape maintenance.

    During discussion at the town board’s monthly workshop July 7, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said a Northwest Drive resident has asked the town to consider taking over maintenance of a drainage easement between Courts 6 and 7.

    But town commissioners were in agreement the town cannot be responsible for easements it doesn’t own.

  • Summer kids' movies now showing on the big screen in Shallotte

    Buckle into your movie seats.

    It’s kids’ movie time for another summer.

    Now that school is out, Coastal Cinema 10 at 5200 Bridgers Road in Shallotte has once again launched its seasonal Summer Kids’ Movie Series.

    Movie showings are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 21.

    Admission for all ages is $1 per person. Admission is subject to seating availability, and groups are welcome.

  • Band of the Week: Smokin' Hot ready to set Sunset Beach on fire July 16

    Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot is a sizzling seven-piece rhythm-and-blues band.