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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s office offers reward in break-in, theft

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who broke into and stole items from Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. in Supply.

    Reports show someone broke into a storage building at 697 Ocean Highway W. sometime between 2 p.m. April 27 and Tuesday, May 2. Among the items taken were computer monitors, an air compressor, a weed trimmer, a pressure washer and assorted tools, together worth more than $1,000.

  • Oak Island utilities merger with county system stalls in legislature

    Brunswick County’s plan to acquire Oak Island’s water and sewer system hit a snag at the state level that will stop the merger from moving forward.

    Brunswick County and Oak Island released a joint statement Friday, May 6, announcing the plan stalled because a change in North Carolina legislation needed for the county to collect funds from water and sewer customers will not happen in the near future.

  • North Brunswick to join MEC in 2017

    By Juli Kidd

    NCHSAA

    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s annual spring board of directors meeting accepted and approved statewide alignment of conference teams. North Brunswick will join the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference in the 2017-18 season and will compete as a Class 3A team.

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  • Grand jury indicts Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting children

    Staff Report

     

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a 64-year-old Shallotte man accused of sexually assaulting two children.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested Waylon Ronald Simmons of Liberty Street Feb. 9 and charged him with second-degree sexual offense, four counts each of first-degree sexual offense against a child and statutory rape of a child at least six years younger than him, and eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, warrants show.

  • Judge acquits ex-cop of voluntary manslaughter

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge acquitted a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home Jan. 5, 2014.

    Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown announced the verdict about 10 a.m. Friday after a bench trial that took 14 days, beginning April 19. Brown, rather than a jury, determined Vassey’s innocence.

  • County track teams compete in conference championships

    LELAND — North Brunswick’s boys finished first and North’s girls finished second in the East Central Conference track and field championships.

    North’s boys scored 197 points in the six-team meet May 5 at North. Croatan was second (121.25).

    For North, Jayhlen Washington won the 110-meter hurdles race (14.0 seconds), the long jump (23 feet, 4.5 inches) and the triple jump (46-0). Larry Hobbs was third in the long jump (19-9).

    Cameron Barnhill won the 100-meter run (10.9) and the 200 (23.1).

  • Judge begins deliberating on Vassey trial verdict

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — A judge has begun deliberating on a verdict in the case of a former Southport police sergeant charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal in his home on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Grand jury indicts Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children

    A Brunswick County Superior Court grand jury indicted a Supply couple accused of sexually assaulting children.

    Michael Charles Jacobs, 34, of Seashore Road was arrested Dec. 15, 2015, on 40 counts of indecent liberties with a child and 10 counts each of first-degree sexual offense and second-degree sexual offense.

  • New reward offered in case of missing Holden Beach teen

    The FBI is offering a new $5,000 reward in the case of Rachel Natacha Owens of Holden Beach, who disappeared five years ago at age 15.

    Video footage showed Owens getting off her school bus at South Brunswick High School and into a small, dark-colored car May 5, 2011, on her own without force. She has had no contact with her family or friends since then.

    The FBI received information that Owens may have been seen in Columbus, Ohio as recently as 2014 and are expanding the investigation to Ohio.

  • Trojans beat New Hanover 3-1

    West Brunswick beat New Hanover 3-1 May 4 in a Mideastern 3A/4A Conference baseball game.

    Winning pitcher Johnathan Carlyle (8-0) gave up six hits in seven innings. He struck out three, walked one and hit one batter.

    West scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth in taking a 3-1 lead. With one out, Ashburn reached on an error. He stole second and scored on a two-out double by Tyler McDuffie. Carlyle singled home McDuffie.