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Today's News

  • Investigators find no evidence man posed as Red Cross official

    Investigators have found no evidence indicating a Leland man accused of leading police on a chase Dec. 15 defrauded the American Red Cross, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Tommy Ray Bolton, 39, is charged with failure to maintain lane control, reckless driving, resisting arrest, possession of stolen goods, felony speeding to elude arrest and driving while license revoked-driving while impaired revocation, Navassa Police Chief Preston Howell said.

  • 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.

  • Bobcat unwelcome visitor in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Roxanne Shircliff has a new rule whenever she ventures into her backyard.

    “Tread very carefully, and I have a stick,” says the Holden Beach resident, who has grown increasingly alarmed by a Lynx rufus — more commonly known as a bobcat — making uninvited visits to her Brunswick Avenue abode.

    After losing two cats, apparently to the unwelcome predator, Shircliff is keeping a closer eye out for the hungry bobcat that frequently ventures into her yard early in the morning and at dusk.

  • 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.

  • Commissioners vote to proceed with $3.5M land purchase

    BOLIVIA — The new Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 Monday night to proceed with the $3.5 million purchase of three parcels near Holden Beach to establish a nature park.

    The parcels total nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The properties, being sold by Sweetwater Investments LLC, are undeveloped.

  • Shallotte man to serve at least 12 years for infant son’s death

     BOLIVIA — A Shallotte man who was convicted in September of killing his infant son is expected to serve at least 12 years in state prison.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced 20-year-old Randy Lee Richardson to an active sentence of 144 to 187 months in the N.C. Department of Correction on Monday, Dec. 15, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • 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.

  • Calabash sets public hearing for proposed Kingfish Bay rezoning

    CALABASH — A public hearing has been approved for proposed rezoning of a vacant, unfinished development.

    At its Dec. 9 meeting, the Calabash Board of Commissioners voted to have the public hearing at its next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 13, 2015, to consider rezoning property at Kingfish Bay from residential R-8 to lower density R-6.

  • Ocean Isle officials endorse a change to oceanfront setback rules

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach commissioners approved a request to send to North Carolina’s Coastal Resources Commission to consider amending oceanfront setback rules for the town.

    The setback rules require a static line — the first line of stable, natural vegetation that exists before a renourishment project is used to mark where the setback begins, regardless of the location of the actual first line of vegetation after the nourishment project.