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Today's News

  • Legislators override boat trailer bill veto; reaction pro and con

    The N.C. General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill that would loosen restrictions on oversize boat trailers—a bill for which local and state tourism officials have been lobbying over the past year.

    The legislation, House Bill 2167, is titled, “An act to increase the width of boats that may be transported on highway routes during the day and night without a permit and to provide for an annual permit as opposed to a single trip permit for oversize boats.”

  • 9/11 memorial events next Thursday in Brunswick County

    Next Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will again host a 9/11 Memorial.

    This service will honor the memory of the 343 New York Fire Department members who were killed in the line of duty on that date seven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    At 10 a.m., a motorcade will leave the Food Lion parking lot at Carolina Commons Shopping Center on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

  • County unemployment rate continues to rise; many take advantage of benefits

    Bill Immen of Holden Beach just filed for unemployment for the first time in his life, but he’s still optimistic about the future. He says he’s entering a new phase in his life and career and is making sure he’s available for the next opportunity.

    Immen moved to Brunswick County from New Jersey 23 years ago as a machinist with General Electric. In 1998, he left his job for health reasons and soon started his own paint contracting company.

  • BAT Mobile brings blood alcohol testing to Brunswick streets

    Surrounded by pictures of alcohol-related fatalities he responded to as a police officer in Havelock, Ken Rhodes performed routine maintenance on the instruments in the BAT Mobile.

    Outside the BAT Mobile, or Blood Alcohol Testing mobile unit, officers set up their checkpoint at the state line as part of the “Hands Across the Border.”

    Last Friday night, officers from various agencies in Brunswick and New Hanover counties converged on the state line to combat drunk driving.

  • No charges in double shooting, investigation ongoing

    No charges have been filed in a double-shooting, but assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said the investigation is ongoing.

    “There are two or three areas we need to do some follow-up in, which may take some time,” Bollinger said about the investigation.

    Bollinger met with the victims’ families last Friday morning.

    The victims, Donovan Charles Morrison, 22, of 5088 Little Prong Road, Ash, and Calvin Mosley, 27, of Plantation Drive, Little River, S.C., were shot around 2 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

  • Two arrested at South Brunswick High for weapons, drugs

    Two men were arrested Friday afternoon at South Brunswick High School for having weapons, drugs and alcohol on school property.

    The suspects, Michael Dean Stout, 19, of 10267 N.C. 86, Providence, and Christopher Kory Jeffries, 20, of 1712 McCrary Road, Burlington, are not students at the school, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Gene Caison said.

    Stout was charged with possession of a malt beverage on school property, possession of a weapon on school property and no driver’s license.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

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

    •Police charged David Mart, 51, of Gate 3, Ocean Isle Beach, with driving while impaired and possession of drug paraphernalia after a checkpoint stop.

    •Larceny of an air conditioning unit at Bedland; suspect removed an $800 air conditioning unit without permission.

    •Vandalism/property damage on Wild Raven Street; suspect slashed the victim’s tires, causing $200 in damage.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

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

    •Larceny of boat on Isle Plaza; victim reported a 12-foot flat bottom boat missing.

    •Larceny of motor vehicle on Via Old Sound; a golf cart was found submerged in water but was recovered.

  • K-9 officer thwarts breaking and entering, suspects linked to other area thefts

    Two suspects were arrested after a K-9 enforcement team officer spotted a suspicious vehicle backed up to the gate of a business on N.C. 211 near Southport.

    K-9 Enforcement Team Sgt. Tommy Tolley stopped the two men early last Thursday morning. They were charged with having burglary tools and possession of marijuana and were later linked to other areas thefts.

  • DRUG REPORT

    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, are:

    •Thomas Anthony Lamontanaro, 63, of 9786 Wayne St., Leland; charged with simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.