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Today's News

  • Judge begins deliberating on Vassey trial verdict

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge has begun deliberating on a verdict in the case 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.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • Public Safety Day May 7

    Local law enforcement will be on hand to meet with the public during Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the site of the old Piggly Wiggly store at 925 Seaside Road.

    Highlights include fire trucks and hoses, a fire safety house, hands-on CPR, fire extinguisher training, child care seat checks, smoke alarm installations, fire safety materials and more.

    The public is invited to come out and meet local firefighters, participate in interactive displays and ask questions of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and fire department staff.

  • Board sends county commissioner primary protest to state

    BOLIVIA — The state elections board will consider Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The three-member Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to send the protest to the state level after a more than two-hour hearing that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the board’s office.

  • Grand jury indicts Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children.

    Michael Charles Jacobs, 34, of Seashore Road was arrested Dec. 15, 2015, on 40 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts each of first-degree sexual offense and second-degree sexual offense.

  • New ECU School of Dental Medicine opens in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — Thanks to East Carolina University and the efforts of many, Brunswick County now has its own dental school.

    A host of state, local and ECU officials turned out for the opening of the new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center last Friday, April 29, at its new address at 100 Brunswick Medical Center Pkwy. across from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.

  • Judge sentences habitual felon to more than six years in prison

    A Bolivia man has been sentenced to serve at least six-and-a-half years in state prison after pleading guilty to habitual misdemeanor assault, habitual felon, and assault on a female in Brunswick County Superior Court, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

    Judge Tripp Watson of New Hanover County sentenced 36-year-old Travis Bryan Stanley on Tuesday, May 3, to serve at least 80 months and up to 109 months (just more than nine years) for the crimes.

  • Residents push for ownership proof in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Several residents continue to push for a proof of property ownership requirement even as the town attorney reiterated liability reasons for not doing so.

    At a lengthy town council meeting Monday night, Town Attorney Grady Richardson outlined his personal experience handling ownership disputes he said are best handled in Brunswick County court.

    Town council also voted 3-2 to accept the town planning board’s April 21 recommendation not to require proof of property ownership in order to obtain a town building permit.

  • Avalon lots see new life from utilities bond agreement

    BOLIVIA — A development that was stalled by the economic recession will receive infrastructure needed to start building houses after the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners found a contractor for the work.

    Avalon of the Carolinas off N.C. 211 near Clemmons Road SE was planned as a subdivision ringing a 2.5-acre pond before the housing bubble burst in 2007.

    But once the economy stalled, Avalon of the Carolinas developers filed for bankruptcy and gave up a $5.3 million surety bond to Brunswick County to cover the infrastructure.

  • Deputies charge man in county’s largest fentanyl seizure

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators arrested a man Friday, April 29, in the largest seizure of fentanyl in the county’s history.

    Troy Ahkeen Wilson, 37, of South Fifth Street in Wilmington, is charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession, a warrant shows.

    Deputies arrested Wilson after he was pulled over for speeding on U.S. 74 near Interstate 140, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.