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Today's News

  • Ring, van recovered in Sunset Beach following thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating the theft of a 1½-carat diamond ring valued at $14,000 and gold wedding band reported stolen Sept. 8 from a residence on Discovery Lake Drive.

    The diamond ring has since been recovered and charges are pending, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    On Sept. 9, Sunset Beach police recovered a vehicle reported stolen from Westbrook Avenue.

    The vehicle, a white 1993 GMC van, was found next to a pond behind Ingram Planetarium. The vehicle had been purchased by a man at the Habitat store, Smith said.

  • Shallotte man charged with Sunset Beach break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—A Shallotte man was arrested Sept. 16 and charged with recent break-ins and thefts on the Sunset Beach island.

    Matt Earl Shreve, 34, was charged with felony breaking and entering, three counts felony auto breaking and entering and larceny. A warrant has been issued for a female who has not yet been arrested.

    Shreve is charged in connection with car break-ins reported Sept. 17 and 18 on First Street, 28th Street and Main Street as well as a house break-in on 33rd Street.

    Change and hanging plant baskets were reported stolen in the car break-ins.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Floyd Henry McDonald Jr., 23, of 811 Martin St., Wilmington; charged with obtaining property by false pretences and misdemeanor larceny. McDonald took money from a drug agent for a controlled buy and did not return with the marijuana.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    K-9 deputies answered 8 calls, wrote three uniform citations and made seven drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged. All information is taken directly from arrest reports and citations.

    •William Dean Hewett, 42, of 6514 Myrtle Grove Road Lot 39, Wilmington; charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Now is the right time to fish for speckled trout

    Local anglers have been dodging rain showers and getting in some decent fishing.

    Temperatures have remained steady enough that real fall fishing hasn’t kicked into gear yet, although the speckled trout don’t seem to know to wait and have been hitting well. Red drum and flounder are making up the bulk of the other inshore catches as folks wait for the spot to start running.

  • Cancer Rally at Ocean Ridge helps local community

    Breast cancer impacts many people in our society. I lost a dear friend to breast cancer many years ago.

    June Larson was a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism; I was a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse. We were both stay-at-home moms and became friends through our church, where we were both active in Sunday School and youth programs.

    When all of our children were in school full time, June and I began our long-delayed writing careers. We joined forces and sent out proposals on articles we wanted to write.

  • Citizens group ponders legal action for behind-the-scenes tactics in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A concerned-citizens group is considering legal steps if the town proceeds with an idea to send letters to residents telling them to vote no in an upcoming referendum.

    Tom Pressel, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said the group is waiting to see how the town board proceeds with an idea recently posed among board members via e-mail by town commissioner Gere Dale.

    Dale has been soliciting behind-the-scenes input from fellow board members about the town’s upcoming referendum about changing its form of government.

  • Longwood man arrested for burglary, assault on a female

    LONGWOOD—In the early morning hours of Monday, Sept. 14, a Longwood man allegedly kicked in the front door of a Shallotte home and assaulted the woman living there.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison, Mike Lavern Daniels kicked in the victim’s front door and punched her about 10 times.

    Daniels, 27, of 7253 Bellamy Road, Longwood, was charged with first-degree burglary and assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $50,000 secured bond.

  • Bye-bye, daytime. Hello, on-demand

    “The Guiding Light” began its life as a 15-minute radio serial in 1937 and was on the air in one form or another until its final episode, broadcast last Friday, Sept. 18.

    That’s 72 years of life for a daytime soap opera, and it’s an accomplishment that deserves some respect.