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Today's News

  • Commissioner wants to see SROs replaced with private security

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren wants the county to consider replacing school resource officers, or SROs, with private security guards.

    At Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting, Warren moved a standard SRO and D.A.R.E. officer agreement off the consent agenda to the administrative report to discuss the matter.

    Warren said the county spends $750,000 a year for 11 school resource officers and a D.A.R.E. officer, and he says replacing them with private security could save between $450,000 and $525,000 a year.

  • Local, state and federal agencies participate in a large-scale anti-terrorism exercise

    SOUTHPORT—With Hollywood-like special effects and injuries simulated through moulage, a scene of disaster and devastation unfolded at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week.

    The injuries were just makeup, the smoke was from a machine, and the truck full of chemicals that breached the U.S. Army munitions installation was just part of a training exercise.

    The loud screams were just National Guardsmen and civilians playing their roles in the simulated disaster.

  • On my Honor Flight: WWII vet London Gore makes trek to Washington, D.C.

    May 25 was a day full of surprises for 87-year-old London Gore of Shallotte.

    That’s the day the affable World War II U.S. Army veteran rose early in time to catch an Honor Flight out of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    He and a planeful of other veterans were among those treated to the latest day trip offered to them free of charge to see the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial honors 16 million service men and women who served in the United States armed forces and more than 400,000 who died during World War II.

  • On town disability: Sunset Beach chief building inspector’s case being negotiated

    SUNSET BEACH—A conflict-of-interest case regarding the town’s chief building inspector is being negotiated.

    The case involving Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis was tentatively scheduled to be heard this month by a judge with the state Office of Administrative Hearings in Raleigh.

    However, a department spokeswoman said last week the hearing has not been scheduled because of ongoing settlement negotiations.

    Vickey Bullock with the Office of Administrative Hearings said a status update on the case is sought for July 1.

  • You can put the race card away; they just need to see your photo ID

    Having recently celebrated my 30th birthday, I love it when someone asks to see my ID to prove I am, in fact, older than 21 years old.

    I love it when a store clerk asks to see my ID when I use my credit card. They don’t do it at all stores, but I’d like to think my transactions are somewhat safer at places where they check to see I am who I purport to be.

    I don’t particularly like the photo on my ID, which I spent a good portion of my aforementioned birthday in a local DMV to receive, but I don’t complain when someone asks to see it.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects during the last two weeks.

    •Larceny of electrical equipment was reported on Ocean Boulevard West on June 10.

    •Larceny of a street sign was reported by the Dunescape Property Owners Association on June 14.

    •Ralph Teal, 58, of Supply, was cited for operating a motor vehicle with an expired registration June 9.

    •Kelsey Yoder, 18, of Supply, was cited for operating a motor vehicle with no operator’s license June 11.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    After a three-month investigation, agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested a Supply man on multiple heroin and opium trafficking charges.

    Agents made several undercover controlled purchases during the three-month investigation.

    On June 16, agents arrested Eduardo Johnson, 32, of 2137 Seashore Road, Supply. Johnson was charged with eight counts of trafficking opium or heroin.

    He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500,000 secured bond.

    Other suspects arrested include:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Seashore Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s residence and stole a computer, Guitar Hero video game and a Playstation game console.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle on Forest Drive in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole $200 in cash.

  • ACE roundup: Two arrested for impaired driving charges

    Deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested two people for impaired driving last week.

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

    From June 13-19, ACE deputies issued 84 total arrests and citations, including two driving while impaired charges and 36 speed violations.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Compromise bill approved for limited terminal groins in North Carolina

    RALEIGH—The state House and Senate have reached a compromise, at least when it comes to erosion-control structures along North Carolina’s coast.

    Last Thursday, June 16, members of the North Carolina General Assembly approved—with 38 to 9 votes in the Senate and 67 to 49 votes in the House—to permit up to four terminal groins along North Carolina’s coast.