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Today's News

  • Writer lovingly recalls years spent with canine thief

    When I was a freshman in high school, my younger brother brought home a small, black slobbery puppy.

    We didn’t have a dog growing up, so his pleas must have resonated with our parents, not wanting to hear 10 years later we were robbed of precious childhood memories of the quintessential family dog. So they caved and let her become part of the family.

    A little less than 14 years later, this past Saturday, surrounded by her favorite people and a few tennis balls, Sadie, our family dog, died.

  • Agressive Criminal Enforcement Team roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    The ACE team conducts driving while impaired, driver’s license and criminal information checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Three instances of forgery and uttering at Bank of America; suspect removed victims’ mail and used the information to forge three $1,500 checks. The case was turned over to federal investigators.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from residence on Village Road; suspect pried open a window of victim’s house and stole $950 in cash and thousands of dollars worth of jewelry.

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police last week investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident/investigation and arrest reports.

    •Burglary and larceny on Saltation Court on Dec. 21; suspect broke victim’s window with a lawn mower blade, entered the home and stole a plasma TV and a Nintendo game system.

    •Donald Allan Reece, 37, of 913 Jordan Road, Autryville; charged with driving while license revoked, a child safety seat violation and present revoked license.

  • Golf action

    On Dec. 15, the warm air returned and the Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association used the format of count two best balls on par 3s, three on the par 4s and all four on the par 5s.

  • Former police officer acquitted on assault charge

    BOLIVIA—Brannon Gray, a 24-year-old former Holden Beach police officer on trial last week for assault, looks forward to putting the past year behind him and moving forward with his life.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a Brunswick County jury acquitted Gray on an assault charge stemming from a November 2007 incident where prosecutors say he used excessive force while on duty. He was accused of assaulting David King.

    A Brunswick County grand jury last January indicted Gray on one charge of assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

  • Two arrested for armed robbery; more charges expected

    Sheriff’s deputies have arrested and charged two men with armed robbery, and more arrests are expected.

    Montreal Greene, 21, of 115 South 10th St., Wilmington, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy. Parish Kejuan McNeil, 18, of 606 Wooster St., Wilmington, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and felony conspiracy.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Sgt. Steve Mason said more arrests are expected for a Dec. 19 robbery on Walker Street in Leland.

  • Record crowd turns out for annual Christmas distribution

    SHALLOTTE—Vehicles jammed the street as a line of people waited to receive food and toys at Brunswick Family Assistance’s annual Christmas distribution Dec. 17.

    It looked like a record turnout, BFA board member Locke Newlin observed as about 25 BFA volunteers bustled about assisting people and handing out food and toys.

    Last year, the nonprofit aided about 400 families, including 900 children.

    BFA program manager Linda Turner ascertained the crowd was at an all-time high.

  • Holiday Events planned through Christmas Day

    Holiday events continue in coming days in Brunswick County and the surrounding area, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services. The schedule includes:

    •Nights of a Thousand Candles, 3-10 p.m. Dec. 18, 19, 20, Brookgreen Gardens, Murrells Inlet, S.C. Thousands of lights sparkle from live oak trees and illuminate garden paths as musicians perform, carolers sing and visitors experience the enchantment. Non-member tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for ages 6-12. (843) 235-6000 or 1-800-849-1931; www.brookgreen.org.

  • Lights of Christmas

    A sign welcomes light-gazers to drive in and take a closer look at the annual holiday lights display at the home of Billy and Reba Lefler on the Shallotte side of the bridge at Jennies Branch on N.C. 179. Fewer people are coming to see the display because the road has been shut down for bridge work. The Leflers said they still plan to keep the display up through mid January and will have even more lights next Christmas. ‘Christmas is a big thing in our family,’ Reba said. ‘We try to do this every year.’