Today's News

  • Remains found in Leland ID’d as missing Wilmington man

     Human remains found in a wooded Leland area in early November have been identified as those of a Wilmington man reported missing more than four years ago.

    According to a pathology report from East Carolina University, the remains found off Hooper Road “have been confirmed to be (those) of Al’Quon Flowers,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax wrote in a news release issued Wednesday, Nov. 25.

    No information about his possible cause of death was released.

  • Commissioner rips school board members, staff after bond referendum presentation

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners showed support for the school board’s request to include a $152 million bond referendum on next year’s election ballot, but not without harsh criticism from one commissioner. 

    Commissioner Marty Cooke repeatedly voiced his displeasure with Brunswick County Schools staff and its board of education during a joint meeting between the two boards inside the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday, Nov. 23.

  • Oak Island woman faces drug charges

     An Oak Island woman faces a felony drug charge after her Nov. 24 arrest.

    Oak Island police arrested 31-year-old Emily Morgan Amos and charged her with felony possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Amos was in possession of more than 100 bags of heroin when she was arrested, warrants show.

    She is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail, jail records show.

  • Black caucus gives free Thanksgiving dinners to families in need

     SOUTHPORT — Heavy rains didn’t prevent almost 100 people from showing up to receive free Thanksgiving dinners last week.

    Thanks to members of the Bolivia-Brunswick County Chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus, people from across the county traveled to Wal-Mart in Southport on Thursday, Nov. 19, to receive a free turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce as part of the organization’s holiday outreach mission.

  • Bolivia men accused of stealing 1,000+ Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation

    Two Bolivia men were arrested Saturday, Nov. 21, after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said they stole more than a thousand Venus flytraps from Orton Plantation.

    Scottie Gerome Stevenson, 44, and David Joel Lewis, 23, each are charged with taking a Venus flytrap, second-degree trespass and 149 counts of taking certain wild plants, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Saturday night.

  • Rouzer provides legislative update, answers questions at breakfast event

     CALABASH — When U.S. Rep. David Rouzer announced the Brunswick County seat of Bolivia would serve as his flagship office at a news conference in January, he said he only made one promise: constituent service will be a top priority.

    During a “Coffee with your Congressman” event at Dockside Seafood House Restaurant in Calabash on Friday, Nov. 20, Rouzer reassured his constituents the promise remains his top priority.

  • Man pleads guilty to sex crimes at church camp

     An Albemarle man received a 58-day active jail sentence after pleading guilty to four counts of indecent liberties with a child in Brunswick County Superior Court last week.

    Judge Jackie Hooks also sentenced 70-year-old Clyde Wesley Way to three years of probation after Way entered his guilty pleas Thursday, Nov. 19.

    Way will serve 29 days in jail, return home for 30 days and then serve the final 29 days of the sentence, Hooks said. Assistant District Attorneys Cathi Radford and Lee Bollinger prosecuted the case.

  • Memorial service pays tribute to victims of violent crimes

     LELAND — The Fifth and 13th Prosecutorial District district attorneys and their staff members hosted the 20th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to remember victims of violent crimes and remind their survivors they’re not alone in their grief.

    Jon David and his twin brother, Ben, district attorneys of the 13th and 5th Prosecutorial Districts, respectively, each spoke during the event Friday night, Nov. 20, at Leland Cultural Arts Center.

  • Police seeking public’s help locating break-in suspects

     Oak Island police are asking for the public’s help to find four men responsible for a rash of thefts from vehicles on Beach Drive over the last several weeks.

    The men have stolen electronic devices and fishing equipment, Lt. Tony Burke said.

  • Man accused of fraudulently obtaining builder’s permit in Sunset Beach

     A South Carolina building contractor faces a misdemeanor fraud charge in Brunswick County after investigators said he obtained a building permit from the town of Sunset Beach under a false pretense.

    Authorities arrested 63-year-old James Thomas Todd on Nov. 12 and charged him with attempting to obtain property by false pretense, according to a N.C. Department of Insurance news release issued Monday, Nov. 23.