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Today's News

  • Leadership group distributes 100 free turkeys in Southport

     SOUTHPORT — Thanks to a local leadership group, 100 families in and around the Southport area will enjoy a free turkey dinner for the holidays.

    The Brunswick County Black Leadership Caucus held a turkey giveaway Friday, Dec. 19, at the Southport Wal-Mart on North Howe Street.

  • Beacon plant columnist solves mystery of rare South Carolina plant

    John Nelson, The Brunswick Beacon plant columnist, quizzes readers on mystery plants each week.

    He also likes a good mystery and was recently recognized as one of two botanists to discover a new species of plant.

    The long process of confirming a rare type of hedge nettle, called Stachys caroliniana, came to fruition when Nelson, curator of A.C. Moore Herbarium at the University of South Carolina, and Doug Rayner, a professor at Wofford College, published a paper on the plant in a botany journal.

  • Longwood man sentenced to 35 years in state prison

     BOLIVIA — A Longwood man awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge was sentenced to more than 35 years in state prison in Brunswick County Superior Court Friday, Dec. 19.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, also known as Hakeem Muhammad, to between 35 and 48 years in the N.C. Department of Correction following Muhammad’s conviction Friday afternoon.

    A jury deliberated for about two hours before returning six guilty verdicts for various drug violations, including selling and delivering cocaine.

  • Wilmington man arrested after chase near Maco

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit arrested a Wilmington man on traffic violations and drug charges after he led them on a high-speed chase to the Columbus County line Friday afternoon, Dec. 19.

  • Florida doctor faces sex crimes charges in Brunswick County

     A children’s doctor from Miami is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County after being arrested in Brunswick County last week.

    Sixty-two-year-old Robert Kemp Crockett turned himself into the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, after warrants for indecent liberties with a child, second-degree sexual offense and statutory rape were issued for his arrest.

    Crockett was incarcerated and released on the same day after posting $50,000 bail.

  • Former prosecutor charged with forging court document

     A former assistant district attorney representing Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties faces criminal charges.

    Randy Lemay Cartrette, 40, of Whiteville, was arrested Dec. 16 by agents with the State Bureau of Investigation agents, according to an email from SBI spokeswoman Teresa West.

    Cartrette faces charges of misdemeanor common law forgery and misdemeanor obstruction of justice. He is accused of forging a July 8 document to recall an order of arrest for one of his clients. He was incarcerated briefly but released after posting $10,000 bail.

  • Winnabow man accused of firing pistol, choking woman at school bus stop

     A Winnabow man is accused of assaulting a woman and firing a gun at a school bus stop near Town Creek Elementary School.

    Fifty-four-year-old David Michael Costin was arrested Dec. 15 after he choked the woman and fired a .380 Lorcin pistol near the bus stop, which is considered educational property, warrants show.

    He faces charges of discharging a firearm on educational property, assault by strangulation and assault on a female.

    Costin also is accused of striking a man above his left eye with the pistol.

  • Police seek man who robbed Dollar General

    Shallotte police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of robbing Dollar General on Dec. 16.

    At 9:30 p.m., the man entered the store and “forcefully took money” from an employee, according to a news release from town spokeswoman Rachel Johnson.

    The robber, who is described as a 5-foot-8, 180-pound white man, lingered around the store briefly before taking an undisclosed amount of money. He is believed to have left in a silver Buick.

    No one was hurt during the robbery.

  • Investigators arrest two on larceny charges

    Two Little River, S.C., residents face larceny charges after detectives said they conspired to steal items from a Calabash gift store.

    Investigators arrested 21-year-old Kyle Hugh Kenon and 38-year-old Courtney Margaret Mittlestadt on Dec. 16.

    Kenon is accused of stealing more than $1,000 in merchandise, mostly jewelry, from Callahan’s of Calabash Nautical Gifts on Beach Drive, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Two men sought in wallet theft

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are looking for two men suspected of larceny and fraud.

    Someone accidentally left his wallet on a washing machine while doing laundry Dec. 5 at River Run Laundromat at 4956 Long Beach Road in Southport, according to a news release. He contacted the business the next day and was told no one had turned it in. When he called his bank, he found out many transactions totaling more than $500 were debited from his account.