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Today's News

  • 18-year-old found guilty, sentenced for 2006 home invasion

    BOLIVIA—A jury found 18-year-old Darren Deanthony Marlow guilty Friday in connection with the December 2006 home invasion of an elderly Hickmans Crossroads woman.

    The former West Brunswick High School athlete was sentenced to 42 to 60 months in state prison by Superior Court Judge Tom Lock after a 12-member jury found Marlow guilty of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, and felony larceny.

  • Murder suspect faces gun theft charges

    Shallotte Police have charged Craig Juan Bryant, one of two suspects charged with the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, with breaking and entering and larceny.

    Shallotte detective Eric King said Shallotte Police charged Bryant on May 19, but they can’t establish a date of the breaking and entering.

    According to a police report, five guns and a box of ammunition were reported stolen from a home at 4397 Owendon Drive on May 6.

  • Drive-by murder weapon sought

    Two men have been charged with the drive-by shooting death of a 28-year-old Calabash man, but sheriff’s detectives are still searching for the murder weapon.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said detectives are still searching for an SKS-type assault weapon, or an AK-47, they say was used in the May 8 drive-by shooting.

    Davis said James Allen Murdock died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen, though 20-30 shots were fired from an AK-47.

    “We just need some help finding it,” Davis said of the murder weapon.

  • Dollar General to open new store

    Dollar General will open a new store at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at 1745 Southport Supply Drive SE, Bolivia. The grand-opening celebration will run through June 1.

    The new 9,014-square-foot store will employ six to 10 people.

    The new Dollar General layout is designed to make shopping easier and simpler for customers, according to a news release.

  • Dosher Hospital's patient satisfaction rating high

    Dosher Memorial Hospital has announced patients have rated Dosher Hospital above other hospitals in the region in quality of communications, responsiveness and the ability to control pain, according to information collected as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Quality Initiative (HQI).

    The CMS survey represents the nation’s only standardized approach to collecting and measuring the patient’s perspective of hospital care.

  • Honor, respect paid to heroes in Calabash

    CALABASH—Several hundred people turned out for two Memorial Day services Monday in Calabash to remember soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom.

    Staged by Nocha White American Legion Post 503, a sixth annual ceremony at the Calabash Fire Station kicked off with a flag-raising by a JROTC Color Guard from West Brunswick High School and featured among speakers U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and retired Army three-star general Joseph Kinzer.

    Another Memorial Day service unfolded at the same time at Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 on Carter Drive.

  • North Carolina receives its coastal report card

    The grades are in for North Carolina’s coast.

    The N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association recently released its “2008 Report Card for the N.C. Coast.”

    With an overall grade of C+, North Carolina received only one A on this year’s report card.

    Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, who serves as executive director for the association, said the annual report card usually garners good response.

    “We thought it was important to have an easy to transmit way to let people know how the coast is doing,” Simmons said.

  • Saturday's poker run to kick off Toy Run events

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts group has scheduled the first event in its campaign to raise money for the annual Christmas Toy Run.

    On Saturday, local motorcyclists will converge at 9 a.m. at Shallotte Park to sign up for the poker run, which involves riding around the community searching for cards to create a poker hand.

    For a $20 entry fee, each participant will receive lunch and a T-shirt (until they run out).

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police arrested Michael Andres Gonzales, 39, of Hillcrest Drive, Supply, and charged him with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny of money at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $10,000 secured bond.

    •Fraud at Lowe’s Foods; suspects “confused the cashier” into giving them an additional $300, the report states.

  • Suspect arrested in OIB break-ins

    The man suspected of causing a string of break-ins on Ocean Isle Beach has been arrested. He was jailed on a $121,000 bond on May 19.

    Detective Donna Simpson said Jackie Lee Miles Jr. III, 32, of Atkinson, broke into about a half a dozen homes, where he stole televisions, a stereo and speakers and DVD players.

    Simpson said officers realized the break-ins were all similar in entry, which brought focus to a single suspect.