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Today's News

  • Month-long investigation yields four drug arrests

    Brunswick County drug agents arrested four suspects accused of selling cocaine in the Winnabow area.

    Between April 9 and April 23, drug agents purchased cocaine from Sylvester Durand Ballard, 26, of 17 Bell Swamp Connection, in Winnabow.

    Drug agents stopped Ballard on April 23. He had 6.5 grams of crack cocaine on him. After searching his residence, drug agents seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, digital scales, eight marijuana seedlings growing in the residence and $1,355.

  • 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 N.C. 211 in Southport; suspect dented victim’s car.

    •Property damage on Butler Circle in Ash; suspect keyed victim’s car.

    •Larceny of medicine on Robinson Park Trail in Supply; suspect took medicine from victim’s mailbox.

  • Oak Island man charged with running cocaine operation from local business

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit completed a five-month investigation with the arrest of an Oak Island man for trafficking cocaine.

  • Suspected gang member arrested in Leland

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a man suspected in being in the Hispanic-based street gang “18th Street.”

    Jose Ascencion Ibarra, 23, of 9591 Holly Hills Drive, Leland, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, one count of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, one count of manufacture cocaine and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 17, Michael Brian Picarella, 36, of 624 Alexander Court, Riegelwood, was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked, open container, expired inspection and a red light violation.

  • Shallotte police report

    Shallotte police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Police arrested Anthony Turner, 27, of Deerfield Place, Winnabow, on charges of attempted breaking and entering, larceny from buildings, safe cracking and injury to real property. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $15,000 secured bond.

  • Man gets life for killing his cousin

    A 19-year old Supply man has been found guilty of the 2006 murder of his cousin. He now faces life in prison.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Gregory Demontrey Simmons to life in prison after a jury found Simmons guilty of first-degree murder.

    In May 2006, Simmons was charged with the first-degree murder of his cousin, 23-year-old Alfred Louis Scott, also of Supply.

    According to assistant district attorney Brooke Leland, Scott was shot four times with a .357 Smith and Wesson revolver. Scott was pronounced dead in his backyard.

  • Schools honor top teachers

    As Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was reading a background and biography of the teacher chosen as the 2008 Teacher of the Year, tears began to form in Michelle Bennett’s eyes.

    “I knew from the first couple of lines that she said; I just couldn’t believe she was talking about me,” Bennett said.

    But McGee was. She was introducing the Shallotte Middle School teacher as the 2008 Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, the “best of the best,” McGee said.

  • Shallotte Middle School students have remembrance for Priddy

    With tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces, Shallotte Middle School students gathered Tuesday to remember and celebrate the life of Andrew Julian Priddy.

    Andrew, who was 13 and about to enter the eighth grade at SMS, died unexpectedly June 19, 2007.

    Andrew was a regular kid who loved spending time with his friends, making people laugh and enjoying life, his mother Amy said.

  • Holden Beach Commissioners appoint committee members

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners reshaped the town’s roster of non-mandated committees at their board meeting last week.

    But not all board members were pleased with the committees’ overhaul. The committee nominations were approved 4 votes to 1 vote, with commissioner Gary Staley casting the lone dissenting vote against the changes.

    Staley has argued at previous board meetings the board should discuss the committee appointments at a workshop rather than as a single agenda item.