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Today's News

  • Marshals arrest Lenoir County man in Leland

     The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted in a Lenoir County shooting in Leland on Wednesday, June 3.

    Daesean Lindrae Johnson, 20, of Kinston, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury in the May 28 shooting, jail records show.

    No other details of his arrest were provided.

    Johnson is incarcerated at the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center in Kinston on $500,000 bail.

  • Man accused of sexually assaulting girl in Brunswick County

     A Castle Hayne man is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 19-year-old Kymond Juantorey Auther on Saturday, June 6, and charged him with first-degree sex offense with a child.

    Auther is accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 between July 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014, a warrant shows.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail. 

  • Leland woman charged with insurance fraud

     A Leland woman is accused of falsely claiming stolen property to an insurance company for reimbursement.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Rebecca McKinney Spencer was arrested June 1 on charges of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

    Spencer is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $4,000 from American Modern Home Insurance Co. by claiming jewelry and electronics had been stolen from her apartment in January.

  • Freeman graduates from basic

     Army Pvt. Terry R. Freeman, son of Wanda Freeman of Lumberton, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

     

  • Southport police chief announces retirement

     Southport is actively searching for its next police chief after Jerry Dove announced his retirement from the position last week.

    Dove is in his 49th year as a law enforcement officer. His retirement is effective Oct. 1.

    Southport Mayor Robert Howard said Dove was a loyal servant to the Southport community and, more importantly, “a dear friend.”

  • Odoms celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

     Mr. Julian and Mrs. Jerry Odom of Sunset Harbor were honored with a surprise celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary with friends from Brunswick Senior Resource's Senior Nutrition Site and the Sunset Harbor community. Pastor Wayne Tuttle led the couple in a special ceremony as they renewed their wedding vows. Julian Odom is a Navy veteran of World War II.

  • Anglers encouraged to respond to flounder proposals

    The weather pattern was stable last week, giving us great fishing conditions. The ocean was calm enough for small boats fish the Spanish mackerel on the beach. Small boats venturing out of the Cape Fear River region around Yaupon and Ocean Crest pier also caught king mackerel. A few cobia also have been caught close to the beach, but most of the action is between 15 to 20 miles out.

  • June is all about variety

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

  • Fun finds for Father’s Day gifts

    Father’s Day is June 21, so I have explored great gifts for dad and some fun things to do in our area.

    I went to PGA Superstore in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week and spoke with John Wagner, the general manager. A jovial, articulate man, we had a blast looking at the latest in clothing lines, then we moved on to gadgets and gizmos for the golfing dad.  

  • First Southport Songwriter Festival set for June 19-21

    The inaugural Southport Songwriter Festival (S2F) for songwriters and music lovers is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, at various venues throughout the city. The festival is being presented by Front Porch Productions, created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb.