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Today's News

  • Ash man involved in ICE case dies of self-inflicted gunshot

    An Ash man who shot himself during a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations search of his home died Friday, March 17.

    Bradley Barrett Lewis, 28, was taken to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after he suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head March 7.

  • Leland man dies in Jeep crash near Winnabow

    A Leland man died after the Jeep he and two passengers were riding in overturned in a single-vehicle crash near Winnabow on Monday night, March 20, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper C.M. Blackwell said.

    Travis Norton, 26, was driving at a high rate of speed while driving south on Funston Road, Blackwell said.

    Norton, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the Jeep after he lost control of it and it flipped, caught on fire and landed in the road.

  • Navassa Superfund site project still testing for creosote impact

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency is still poking holes in the Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site in Navassa.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), and the Multistate Environmental Response Trust (Multistate Trust), three groups heading up the cleanup process, updated Navassa residents on their progress at a March 14 meeting.

  • Civil lawsuit in teen’s shooting settled for $1M

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    The mother of an 18-year-old schizophrenic boy shot and killed in his home by a Southport police officer in early 2014 has settled her wrongful death suit against the officer for $1 million.

    Bryon Vassey shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown acquitted Vassey, now 47, of voluntary manslaughter May 6 after a 14-day bench trial that began April 19.

  • Brunswick County charges dropped against man accused in Whiteville stabbings

    By Lindsay Kriz
    Staff Writer

    All Brunswick County charges against a man accused of stabbing two women, one fatally, in Whiteville last year have been dismissed.

    Investigators said 51-year-old James Edward McKamey of Whiteville stabbed 35-year-old Reshonta Love in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29 and 65-year-old Greer in the 900 block of Smyrna Drive minutes later.

    McKamey faces the death penalty if convicted.

  • Man pleads guilty to trafficking meth in Brunswick County

    A British citizen will spend at least four years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Gregory Bell sentenced 48-year-old Tristan James Campbell Mardall on Monday, March 20, to serve 50 to 72 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Fire chief to appear in court on assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Herzig is scheduled to appear in New Hanover County District Court on March 31 to face misdemeanor assault and battery and communicating threats charges filed against him by a Wilmington man last month.

    Herzig is accused of assaulting and striking Douglas Owen, a therapist at Bridge Builders Counseling in Wilmington, by pushing him, striking him in the face and back of the head and choking him from behind, a warrant reads.

  • Symposium shows how businesses sustain themselves, employees

    LELAND — Brunswick Community College’s sixth annual sustainability symposium Friday, March 17, covered sustainability in business.

    For several of the speakers who discussed the subject, being sustainable meant more than just making the business profitable.

    The buzzword at the symposium was maintaining the “triple bottom line” by treating employees well and using environmentally friendly processes while also staying profitable.

  • Board supports NBHS athletes, Harrington Village detention pond

    LELAND — High school students don’t often make an appearance at Leland town board meetings, so when they do it usually means they have done something good.

    In the case of the North Brunswick High School boys’ track team, its members have done no wrong.

    NBHS track coach Gary Bishop brought almost the entire team to the town meeting March 16 to recognize their undefeated streak.

  • Man charged in shooting of 15-year-old girl in Bolivia

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a 19-year-old Bolivia man Friday, March 17, in the shooting of a 15-year-old girl the previous day.

    Tosont Djimon Brown, of Miami Loop SE, was arrested at his home about 7 p.m. and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said

    Dispatchers received a call just before 7 a.m. Thursday about the shooting in the 2500 block of Burnice Lane NE in Bolivia, Flax said.