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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.

  • Sunset Beach meetings scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a budget workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, May 2, in the town hall council chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N. to review and discuss the proposed 2016-2017 budget.

    Council has scheduled a second budget workshop for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in town hall council chambers, if needed.

    Council will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, with a closed session to consult with the town attorney and to discuss a personnel matter.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Oak Island police charge seven in break-ins

    Oak Island police charged five people, including two registered sex offenders, April 26 in a series of vehicle and residential break-ins that began in November 2015, according to a town news release issued Thursday, April 28

    · Joseph Ryan Crone, 34, of Akron, Ohio, is charged with first-degree burglary and incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $20,000 bail.

  • Sunset Beach board votes against requiring proof of land ownership

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board has advised the town not to require proof of property ownership before it issues permits for new construction.

    The board’s 3-1 majority decision at its April 21 meeting is an advisory one that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

    The measure not to require ownership proof was approved by board members Len Steiner, Noelle Kehrberg and Greg Jensen, with Bob Tone casting a dissenting vote after Town Attorney Grady Richardson advised requiring proof could make the town liable.