Today's News

  • Voters to receive primary ballots based on party, house districts

    With one-stop voting underway in Brunswick County and the Primary Election May 4, Brunswick County Board of Elections Director Greg Bellamy, reminds people they will receive one of four partisan a ballots and one nonpartisan ballot for judicial races when they vote.

    Registered Democrats will receive ballot D-1 or D-2. D-1 ballots are for registered Democrats who vote in the District 17 State House race, and D-2 ballots are for those who vote in the District 20 State House race.

  • Convicted murdered to receive new trial

    Thomas Duncan, who was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, will receive another day in court.

    Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger, who secured the guilty verdict against Duncan as prosecutor, said Duncan would receive a new trial as a result of a ruling that his former court-appointed defense attorney offered “ineffective assistance” in Duncan’s 2006 trial. It was during that trial that Duncan was convicted of killing his daughter-in-law Jonetta Duncan in 2005.

  • Second suspect in Realtor’s murder released on bond

    Lora Moultrie, one of two suspects charged with the April 2008 murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has been released on bond.

    District Attorney Rex Gore said Moultrie was released on a $200,000 bond Tuesday morning.

    Moultrie, along with Craig Bryant, were arrested and charged with Bradshaw’s murder on May 8, 2008. Bryant was released on house arrest on a $310,000 bond in November 2009.

    No trial date for either suspect has been set, Gore said, but he added a date might be set as early as next week during a case management session.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

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

    From April 19-25, K-9 deputies answered 15 calls, wrote 10 citations and made eight drug arrests. K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Sea Trail, St. James, Sunset Harbor and Ocean Ridge.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Tamorris Lakenya Webster, 17, of 1640 Vera Road, Longs, S.C.; charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents during the past three weeks, which are taken directly form police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage at the East End public parking access was reported April 20.

  • Sheriff, highway patrol sergeant vie for GOP nomination

    John Ingram is the current sheriff of Brunswick County. Tim Daniels is a sergeant with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. They both have experience in law enforcement, and they both want to be sheriff.

    Now a Republican, Ingram was first elected sheriff by the Brunswick County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee in May 2008, when former sheriff Ronald Hewett resigned amid and federal investigation.

    After being elected by the committee, county commissioners appointed Ingram as Brunswick County Sheriff.

  • Two Democrats vie for sheriff’s nomination

    To move gangs and drugs out of Brunswick County—that is why Louie Lewis said he is running for sheriff.

    “The reason I’m running is the drugs in Brunswick County and the gangs moving in. I want to see if more can be done to help slow that stuff down or get rid of it,” Louie Lewis said.

    “If I can get to the source [of drugs in the county], I believe I can slow this stuff down a little bit.”

  • Defective-kidney removal spurs questions for Calabash patient

    CALABASH—Bob Warzel wants answers.

    He’s also starting to believe he won’t get them.

    A year after undergoing removal of a transplanted kidney believed to be cancerous, Warzel and his wife, Pat, said no one in the medical realm is owning up to responsibility for the defective organ.

  • Inside the letter: Carolina Shores mayor reprimanded for gender comments

    CAROLINA SHORES— Assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut says the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission grievance she filed last October about sex discrimination and retaliation by Mayor Stephen Selby has to do in part with comments Selby made on several occasions about her abilities to do her job as the “weaker sex.”

    Chestnut now believes she is being retaliated against for filing the grievance.

  • Defense attorney challenges DA seeking his sixth term

    District Attorney Rex Gore said he loves the job he has been going to for the past 20 years and wants the voters to give him four more.

    Gore is seeking the Democratic nomination to run for district attorney for the 13th prosecutorial district for a sixth term.

    He is being challenged in the Democratic Primary by Butch Pope, a Whiteville attorney.

    “My motivation is as a defense lawyer for 26 years, I have been studying the prosecution. After playing defense for 26 years, you learn a lot about offense,” Pope said.