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Today's News

  • Student finds worm in fruit cup served in school lunch

    A South Brunswick High School student found “an unexpected protein” in their lunch Wednesday, Oct. 4, according to a Brunswick County Schools news release.

    The student’s prepackaged and sealed strawberry cup contained a worm, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The district received strawberry cups as part of the commodity delivery from the United States Department of Agriculture/ North Carolina Department of Agriculture, Swencki said.

  • Coffee With a Cop connects community

    SHALLOTTE — A cup of coffee was all it took last Thursday to connect Shallotte police with the people they serve.

    Officers enjoyed coffee and breakfast with each other and with residents during Coffee with a Cop from 8 to 10 a.m. at McDonald’s on Main Street.

  • Sex offender accused of attending soccer game

    A registered sex offender is accused of attending a soccer game where minors were present last month.

    Joshua Scott Todd, 30, of Edna Way in Shallotte was arrested Oct. 5 and charged with a sex offender on a child premises violation, a felony.

    Warrants show Todd entered and remained at the recreational field at First Baptist Church on Main Street in Shallotte on Sept. 26.

    Todd was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Leland man charged with hit-and-run in two crashes

    A Leland man is accused of crashing into two vehicles then trying to run from police.

    Harold Edward Rehfeldt III, 54, of Old Forest Drive was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with two counts of hit-and-run, leaving the scene with property damage, reckless driving with wanton disregard, exceeding posted speed, fictitious or altered title or registration card or tag, no operator’s license, failure to carry a valid driver’s license, fleeing or eluding arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor charges of resisting a public officer and injury to real property.

  • Man accused of stealing firearms from vehicles in Leland

    A Wilmington man was wanted by Leland police for stealing firearms during two vehicle break-ins.

    Alexander Dequan Pellom, 23, of Mitchell Court was located at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Wilmington, Leland police Lt. Jeremy Humphries said. The police department issued a news release a day earlier asking for the public’s help to find Pellom.

    Pellom faces two counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts of larceny of a firearm, Humphries said.

  • Matthews woman accused of assaulting deputy

    A Matthews woman is accused of assaulting a man, then assaulting the deputy who came to arrest her.

    Jamie Leigh Lancaster, 34, of Stone Down Lane was arrested Oct. 3 and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting serious injury, misdemeanor resisting a public officer and misdemeanor simple assault.

    Warrants show Lancaster pushing and slapped a man Oct. 3. When a deputy arrived to arrest her, she pushed him, pulled away from him and kicked him in the groin area.

  • Legislature overrides governor’s GenX veto

    The GenX contaminant discovered in the Cape Fear River, from which Brunswick County draws its drinking water, was part of one of the first issues the General Assembly addressed when it reconvened in special session last week.

    The House and Senate each voted Oct. 4 to override Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of House Bill 56, which proposed offering $435,000 in funding for GenX treatment and study.

    The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority will receive $185,000 to monitor and study treatment for raw water from the river to remove GenX.

  • School district celebrates employees of the year

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — The Brunswick County Board of Education took its meeting on the road Oct. 3 to celebrate the district’s employees of the year.

  • ATF investigates police equipment theft from officer’s Winnabow residence

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the theft of Wilmington Police Department equipment, including a gun, ammunition, a Taser and bullet-resistant vest, from an officer’s vehicle in Winnabow last month.

  • Coastal Drug Store makes move down Main Street

    SHALLOTTE — Coastal Drug Store was a fixture on Shallotte’s Main Street for 51 years of its 81 years in business.

    While it remains on Main Street, the store has moved about a mile west to the Shallotte Plaza Shopping Center.

    Day one in the new location began Monday when Coastal Drug owner Theresa Mintz reopened the store at 4924 Main St., Unit 12 on the opposite end of the shopping center from Duffer’s Bar and Grill.