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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police crime reports.

    •Larceny and breaking and entering at the Ocean Isle Beach pier parking lot; a cell phone was taken from a vehicle.

    •Call for service on West Second Street and Dawson Street; a golf cart caught fire.

  • Employee lawsuit against board of education dismissed in federal court

    A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Brunswick County Board of Education by an employee who claims violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was dismissed Friday, July 2.

    Board attorney Kathleen Turner Kennedy said the lawsuit filed by Brunswick County Schools employee Lorene Williams was dismissed in federal court, after the board was granted a summary judgment.

  • Representative recognized as ‘coastal champion’ of Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Trying to be inconspicuous and spend a relaxing day at the beach with his family, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre ditched his usual suit and tie and opted for a T-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

    Yet despite his best efforts to blend in, beachgoers immediately spotted him and couldn’t wait to approach the congressman to personally thank him for his support in helping bring beach renourishment to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents and charged the following individuals from June 22 through July 12:

    •Danny Davis Foster, 36, of Fayetteville, was charged with driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious registration plate.

    •Jessie Daniel Stewart, 20, of Supply, was charged with displaying an expired registration plate and no insurance.

    •Amanda Geraldine Dunn, 23, of Shallotte, was charged with displaying an expired registration plate.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Widow still fighting for benefits after being denied seven times

    ASH—Kim Durland has meticulous records detailing her husband’s military service, health problems, hospitalizations and death. She keeps them on hand in the home the couple shared for seven years.

    She has kept these files not out of grief but out of necessity. Her husband was a Vietnam veteran who had a service-connected disability, and she has not been able to receive survivor benefits since his death.

  • Woman pleads guilty to robbery that led to restaurant owner’s death

    BOLIVIA—Two men have been convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2007 murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook, and last month, another co-conspirator pleaded guilty to her role in the robbery that led to Cook’s death.

  • Shallotte crime report

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

    •Police charged Tyiah MacKenzie Pence, 22, of 67 Shamrock Drive, Sunset Beach, with domestic violence at CVS Pharmacy after the victim reported Pence assaulted him, hitting him about the body and face. Pence was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center with no bond.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE 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 and driver’s license 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.

  • ACE checkpoint nets three DWI arrests

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team conducted a checkpoint on U.S. 74-76 on Friday, July 9.

    Deputies, along with officers from New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Police Department, Northwest Police Department, Navassa Police Department, Leland Police Department, Oak Island Police Department and the Chadbourn Police Department conducted the checkpoint from 11 p.m.-3 a.m., checking traffic east and west bound on U.S. 74-76, N.C. 87 and Northwest Road.

  • Illegal alien living in Leland sentenced on federal drug charges

    RALIEGH—An illegal alien living in Leland was sentenced to federal prison Thursday, July 8, for drug charges.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Luis Alberto Becerra, 27, an illegal alien living in Leland, to 120 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

    Becerra was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2009, and in February, Becerra pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine and more than 50 grams of crack.