Today's News

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Property damage on Lincoln Road in Leland; suspect knocked down victim’s privacy fence.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny of a gun and property damage on Funston Road in Winnabow; suspect kicked in victim’s front door, entered residence and stole a rifle and a scope.

    •Larceny on Woodthrush Lane in Shallotte; suspect removed victim’s necklace from the bedroom.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police Department made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from the OIBPD’s incident/investigation reports.

    •Jackie Lee Miles, 32, of Atkinson, charged with breaking and entering to a residence, breaking and entering to a vehicle and larceny of a motor vehicle.

    •Robert Kenneth Lee, 52, of Shallotte, charged with driving while intoxicated.

    •Cindy L. Luper, 52, of Pittsboro, charged with driving while intoxicated and left of center.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and arrested the following suspects. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    •Ritchie Leon Carson, 44, of 555 Gilbert Road, Bolivia; charged with larceny. Carson was charged with stealing $181 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart.

    •William Henry Bryant, 58, of 4147 Ruby Way, Shallotte; charged with open container, resisting an officer and failure to register with N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

  • Information exchange program to link sheriff's office with other departments

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is gearing up to link to more than 400 law enforcement agencies throughout the state and the country through the Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LInX.

    Last Tuesday, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram joined other police chiefs and sheriffs from North Carolina in signing a memorandum of understanding with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the agency that runs the LInX program.

  • Noxious smell at Microtel sends four people to hospital

    SHALLOTTE—Four people were sent to the hospital Sunday after a noxious smell was reported in one of the rooms at the Microtel off U.S. 17.

    Three housekeepers and one guest were treated and released from Brunswick Community Hospital, according to Lt. Scott Branning, of the Shallotte Police Department.

    Branning said hotel management called 911 Sunday afternoon after three housekeepers were overwhelmed with noxious fumes coming from a third-floor room.

  • 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, are:

    •Malcom Lamont Jackson, 35, of 212 W. Smith St., Chadbourn; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of up to ounces of marijuana, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and two counts of simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from arrest reports.

    •William Eugene Abernathy II, 26, of 2325 Shoreline Drive, Supply; charged with breaking and entering and larceny from buildings.

    •Mary Cathern Steinbach, 48, of 347A Brunswick Ave. W., Holden Beach; charged with simple assault.

  • Board can't agree on lunch prices for next year

    It’s no surprise the cost of milk and bread are escalating, but the Brunswick County Board of Education can’t agree on how to handle the inflation.

    Earlier this month, the board tabled a request to raise school lunch prices after Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said the department was operating with a deficit of $107,919.49 as of Jan. 1. Ward suggested the increase to try and balance the budget and retain a three-month operating balance. The increase would also help offset grocery costs, which will rise to 8 percent next school year, Ward said.

  • New school name still undecided

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is still playing the name game.

    Board members discussed naming the district’s new middle school David R. Sandifer Middle School after the late county commissioner at last month’s committee meetings. While all seemed in favor of the name, opinions changed at the board’s monthly meeting May 6.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he had received numerous calls from Cedar Grove community members and thought the board ought to get more community input before naming the school.

  • Community colleges to no longer admit illegal immigrants

    Based on advice from the Office of the Attorney General, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) will no longer admit undocumented or illegal immigrants into curriculum degree programs.

    The NCCCS sought the help of the attorney general only a few months after a memorandum was issued in December 2007 mandating the 58 community colleges in the state to admit all undocumented individuals at an out-of-state tuition rate.