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Today's News

  • Future of Calabash Fire Department debated at heated board meeting Tuesday night

    CALABASH—Board members came close to relinquishing the Calabash Fire department over to Brunswick County on Tuesday night, then voted to table a letter to that effect until local town leaders can meet with county officials.

    During often heated discussion, fire department board member Carl Naecker expressed frustration that neither mayor in Calabash or Carolina Shores has met with the board.

  • Drive-by suspects arrested

    Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Calabash man.

    Matthew Lee Baber, 25, of 7143 Channel I, Sunset Beach, and Norman Elliot Simmons, 23, of 6501 Kingtown Road, Ash, have been charged with the murder of James Allen Murdock.

    Police found Murdock in a car on Pineclair Drive near Calabash just before 10 p.m. May 8—dead from an apparent drive-by shooting.

    Although investigators believed it was a drive-by shooting, sheriff’s office Lt. Sam Davis said it was not a random shooting—Murdock was the apparent target.

  • 'Misplaced' signs may have travelers taking long way around

    CALABASH—Do you know the way to Calabash or Carolina Shores?

    If you’re an out-of-towner trying to find your way to either western Brunswick County town, maybe not.

    Officials in both towns have complained state highway department signs pointing out directions to the towns along U.S. 17 are improperly placed.

    The signs are at the intersection with N.C. 904, which is several miles from the actual roads leading to the towns farther south.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Lincoln Road in Leland; suspect knocked down victim’s privacy fence.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny of a gun and property damage on Funston Road in Winnabow; suspect kicked in victim’s front door, entered residence and stole a rifle and a scope.

    •Larceny on Woodthrush Lane in Shallotte; suspect removed victim’s necklace from the bedroom.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from the OIBPD’s incident/investigation reports.

    •Jackie Lee Miles, 32, of Atkinson, charged with breaking and entering to a residence, breaking and entering to a vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle.

    •Robert Kenneth Lee, 52, of Shallotte, charged with driving while intoxicated.

    •Cindy L. Luper, 52, of Pittsboro, charged with driving while intoxicated and left of center.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and arrested the following suspects. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    •Ritchie Leon Carson, 44, of 555 Gilbert Road, Bolivia; charged with larceny. Carson was charged with stealing $181 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.

    •William Henry Bryant, 58, of 4147 Ruby Way, Shallotte; charged with open container, resisting an officer and failure to register with N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • Information exchange program to link sheriff's office with other departments

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up to link to more than 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the state and the country through the Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LInX.

    Last Tuesday, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram joined other police chiefs and sheriffs from North Carolina in signing a memorandum of understanding with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the agency that runs the LInX program.

  • Noxious smell at Microtel sends four people to hospital

    SHALLOTTE—Four people were sent to the hospital Sunday after a noxious smell was reported in one of the rooms at the Microtel off U.S. 17.

    Three housekeepers and one guest were treated and released from Brunswick Community Hospital, according to Lt. Scott Branning, of the Shallotte Police Department.

    Branning said hotel management called 911 Sunday afternoon after three housekeepers were overwhelmed with noxious fumes coming from a third-floor room.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Malcom Lamont Jackson, 35, of 212 W. Smith St., Chadbourn; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of up to ounces of marijuana, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from arrest reports.

    •William Eugene Abernathy II, 26, of 2325 Shoreline Drive, Supply; charged with breaking and entering and larceny from buildings.

    •Mary Cathern Steinbach, 48, of 347A Brunswick Ave. W., Holden Beach; charged with simple assault.