Today's News

  • Forensic psychiatrist returns to stand in Vassey trial

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A forensic psychiatrist returned to the stand Friday morning, April 29, in the trial of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Defense lawyers called Moira Artigues to provide her expert opinion on 18-year-old Keith Vidal’s mental health before and during the day he was shot and killed by Bryon Vassey on 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Agents arrest four men on drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested four men on drug charges in separate incidents, according to a news release.

    · Festes James Lance, 42, of School House Road in Ash, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute heroin, trafficking heroin, maintaining a vehicle used for keeping and selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Teens charged in NBHS break-in

    Leland police charged three teens and are looking for a fourth person in a break-in at North Brunswick High School.

    School staff reported the break-in April 9 after they found a door at the school unsecured, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release Thursday, April 28. Among the items stolen were an X-Box 360 with games, a portable speaker and Oakley sunglasses.

  • 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?