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Today's News

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 23

    Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 North and Village Road resulting in property damage.

    Single-vehicle crash on U.S. 74/76 East near Riegelwood Credit Union resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 17 South and Olde Waterford Way resulting in property damage.

    Kendra Taylea Hewett was arrested on outstanding warrants.

    Feb. 24

  • Belville sets rules for livestock, exotic animals

    Belville officials changed town ordinances at the Feb. 23 town board meeting after an animal hoarding case was discovered last year.

    Mary Eva Faith Stoltz was arrested July 15, 2014, and charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after more than 100 animals were rescued from her home near Belville.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services recovered 125 ducks, pigeons, chickens and other birds, 10 dogs and at least one cat.

  • Shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road readies for construction

    Preparation for a shopping center at N.C. 211 and Midway Road is under way with plans to open a new grocery store in 2016.

    Developer Wakefield Associates of Raleigh has begun clearing and readying the lot for Alex Lee Inc., parent company of Lowes Foods.

    The 39-acre site, which is near St. James Plantation, will be called 211 Midway Commons.

    The shopping center, which is part of Oak Island’s commercial district, will offer 90,000 square feet of leasable space with a new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods anchoring the development.

  • Towns draw mixed lines on pending ETJ legislation

    Pending state legislation that proposes doing away with municipal extraterritorial jurisdictions in North Carolina could be good or bad, depending on which town you’re talking to.

    House Bill 51, filed by Rep. Larry Pittman, R-Concord, on Feb. 4, would eliminate all existing and future municipal extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) areas statewide effective Jan. 1, 2016, with former ETJ areas becoming subject to county ordinances and regulations.

  • Minister says county rules not helping homeless

    A local homeless advocate is taking Brunswick County to task for what she deems government interference with churches providing shelter for homeless people.

    Local pastor Donna Phelps, who leads Building Hope Ministries and Brunswick County Streetreach, has taken issue with what she says are unreasonable rules implemented by the county that ultimately prevent local churches from providing temporary shelter for the homeless.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 25

    Aaron Albert Munching, 54, arrested on a felony breaking and entering charge and a misdemeanor charge of larceny from a motor vehicle.

    Larceny of gas by someone driving off without paying after pumping $20 worth of gas at Go Gas on Main Street.

  • Sex offender arrested at LMS

    A Brunswick County sheriff’s deputy arrested a convicted sex offender at Leland Middle School on Thursday morning, Feb. 26.

    A warrant shows 46-year-old Michael Pernell Wagner of Main Street, Navassa, is charged with felony sex offender on child premises. He was dropping off the child of a friend, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Fox that bit Leland woman tests positive for rabies

    A fox that bit a Leland woman on the leg March 3 tested positive for rabies after being sent to a state lab.

    “Lt. Thomas Tolley, shelter director of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services, has confirmed a fox that was sent to the state lab for rabies testing yesterday, did indeed test positive for the rabies virus,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a March 4 news release.

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  • Oak Island woman accused of trying to rob Shallotte pharmacy

     An Oak Island woman is accused of trying to rob Walgreens in Shallotte on Sunday, March 1.

    Police said 37-year-old Jennifer Dawn Smith passed a note demanding pain medication to a pharmacist at the business off Main Street, Police Chief Rodney Gause said. She threatened in the note to blow up the store if the pharmacist didn’t give her painkillers.

    The pharmacist immediately contacted Shallotte police and detectives soon arrived, arrested Smith without incident and charged her with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.