Today's News

  • Local man involved in Coast Guard's capture of vessel

    Juneau, Alaska—A Brunswick County man in the U.S. Coast Guard has played a role in the capture of vessel suspected of illegal driftnet fishing.

    Jon Smith, a 2007 graduate of West Brunswick High School, was on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Munro” when it was involved in seizing a Chinese fishing vessel suspected of illegal large-scale, high-seas driftnet fishing 460 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Local bicyclists get ready to roll in Cycle North Carolina cross-state ride

    At least four local bicyclists are getting in gear for Cycle North Carolina, a cross-state ride that begins Sunday in Black Mountain and concludes the following Saturday on Oak Island.

    The participants include Steve and Stephanie Bruce, Harvey Camp and Peter Lewis of Island Hoppers Bicycle Repair on U.S. 17 at N.C. 904.

    Cycle North Carolina (online at www.ncsports.org) is touted as a “mountains to the coast” ride of about 425 miles that includes nightly stops at host towns along the way.

  • Coastal Resources Commission to hear wind energy presentations Thursday at Sea Trail

    The nuts and bolts of offshore wind energy will be the topic of an informational session and panel discussion Thursday during the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission meeting at Sea Trail Golf and Convention Center.


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

    •Property damage on Kestrel Drive in Shallotte; suspect ran over victim’s mailbox with a golf cart.

    •Larceny on Jabbertown Road in Southport; suspect stole a digital camera from victim’s residence.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Riveredge Drive in Calabash; suspect broke victim’s sliding glass door and entered the home.

  • Drug agents bust heroin trafficking ring

    LELAND—A major heroin trafficking ring in Leland has been shut down after law enforcement officers arrested four men they say were involved.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Leland police officers and New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office drug enforcement agents ended a lengthy, multi-agency investigation with a search warrant at a Leland residence last Tuesday.

    Three suspects were arrested at the Leland home; Wilmington police arrested the fourth suspect three days later in Wilmington.

  • K-9 enforcement roundup

    Officers with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 35 calls last week, issued two uniformed citations and eight total charges. Officers conducted two driver’s license checkpoints, and made one drug arrest.


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

    •Steven Allen Steen II, 18, of Pinecrest Drive, Fayetteville, charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and larceny of merchandise in the Kangaroo parking lot.


    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 and citations, are:

    •Bennie Lee James III, 30, of 7743 Jermonts Way, Leland; charged with possession of ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Anthony Devon Jamison, 17, of 12 Stoney Road, Castle Hayne; charged with possession of ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Four charged in December break-ins

    Four suspects have been charged with breaking and entering to a Southport home in December 2007.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective Matt Jarvis, the following suspects were charged Sept. 15 for their alleged roles in the Dec. 13, 2007 break-ins:

    •Darnell Jermaine Hill, 29, of 8157 River Road, Southport; charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, larceny and assault by pointing a gun.

  • Price gouging subpoenas continue

    The N.C. Attorney General’s Office has issued 11 more subpoenas against gas stations in North Carolina accused of violating the state’s price gouging laws.

    No subpoenas have yet been issued for Brunswick County.

    The office has received more than 4,400 reports of price gouging incidents throughout the state since Sept. 12, a department spokesperson said Tuesday.