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Today's News

  • Statewide unemployment 9.9 percent in February

    Statewide unemployment in North Carolina dipped slightly in February, down .3 percent to 9.9 percent.

    According to unemployment figures released by N.C. Commerce Department officials last week, North Carolina gained 8,300 jobs during the month, and the state’s unemployment rate dipped slightly from 10.2 percent in January to 9.9 percent in February.

    “North Carolina continues to gain jobs,” N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said.

  • Supply man charged with evading police

    A Supply man faces multiple charges, including evading arrest, after sheriff’s deputies say he ran through a checkpoint, leading deputies on a pursuit.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said Malik Nahaim McNeil, 21, of 1777 Turkey Trap Road, Supply, was arrested after he ran through a driver’s license checkpoint set up by sheriff’s office ACE deputies at the intersection of McMilly Road and Old Shallotte Road in Shallotte on March 31.

  • Drug agents arrest 39 in Operation March Madness

    BOLIVIA—The following suspects were charged in connection with a countywide drug roundup dubbed Operation March Madness by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    The sheriff’s office typically conducts two large-scale countywide drug roundups each year, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh.

    In all, 39 suspects were charged.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents between March 26 and April 1:

    •Vandalism on Dosher Cutoff in Southport; suspect broke right arm off a statue of Jesus Christ at Sacred Heart Church.

    •Criminal damage to property on Polybranch Road SW in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s mailbox and post.

    •Vandalism at intersection of Airport Road and Southpointe Drive in Southport; suspect caused $400 in damage to landscaping.

    •Fraud on Barclay Road in Southport.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From March 26-April 1, special operations set up checkpoints on Lanvale Road, Hickman Road, N.C. 211, Union School Road, McMilly Road, Shell Point Road, Old Ocean Highway, Stanley Road, U.S. 74, Grey Bridge Road, Old Shallotte Road.

  • Leland man charged with trafficking heroin

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit have charged a Leland man with multiple narcotics charges, including two counts of trafficking cocaine.

    Michael Wayne Fasnacht, 31, of 377 Lansan Lane, Lot 8, Leland, was charged with two counts of trafficking opium or heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon.

  • EEOC officials dismiss commissioner’s discrimination complaint

    BOLIVIA—Officials with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have dismissed Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren’s discrimination complaint he filed against the county.

    Warren filed a discrimination complaint under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act on March 22.

    The problem? Elected officials cannot claim discrimination under Title VII of the Act.

    EEOC officials outlined the exemption in the March 28 dismissal of Warren’s complaint.

  • Deputies search for suspect who led authorities on multi-county chase

    A Wilmington man led sheriff’s deputies on a two-county chase before his vehicle crashed into a physician’s office in neighboring Columbus County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said authorities are searching for 32-year-old Calvin Lee Maynor of Wilmington.

    Routh said around 7:40 p.m. Monday, April 2, Cpl. Brian Medlin was running radar on U.S. 74-76 near the Columbus County line, when a vehicle was picked up on the radar for speeding.

  • McCumbee fourth in sports car race; hopes to race at Rockingham

     Chad McCumbee and Jason Saini finished fourth in their class in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

    McCumbee and Saini started 19th out of 40 cars in the ST (Street Tuner) class in the Mazda MX-5 for C.J. Wilson Racing. They finished all 68 laps at an average speed of 61.873 mph. SPEED will televise the race at noon April 8.

     “This whole process has really been a challenge for me, and because of that is has been a lot of fun,” McCumbee said Monday.

  • County planning board denies landfill expansion permit

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted five votes to two last Thursday to deny the county’s request to expand its construction and demolition landfill near Bolivia.

    After months of hearings, which included testimony for and against the proposed landfill expansion, board members denied the county’s request for a special exception permit to expand the current construction and demolition landfill.