Today's News

  • Former sheriff faces federal firearms charge

    Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett had an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10, to face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.
    According to an affidavit in a criminal complaint, multiple firearms were found at Hewett’s Supply residence Wednesday, July 9. The number and type of firearms seized from the residence weren’t given.

  • Detectives seek missing Supply man

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are asking for the community's assistance in locating a missing Supply man.

    David Wayne Presley, 33, was last seen at his residence on Helmsman Drive about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, according to a news release.

    Presley is a white man about 5-foot-8 with blond hair and blue eyes. He may be driving a burgundy 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Extended Cab pickup with extensive front-end damage.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Michael Wright at 253-2777 or 911.

  • Longwood man wanted on assault charges

    Deputies are asking for the public’s help locating a Longwood man wanted on several charges, including assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.

    Thirty-one-year-old Justin Divon Griffin, of Marlon Road, is wanted on charges of assault on a female, domestic criminal trespassing, misdemeanor child abuse, assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present, misdemeanor larceny and interfering with emergency communication. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in January, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Authorities search for missing Navassa teen

    The N.C. Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for a missing 15-year-old boy from Navassa late Tuesday afternoon, July 9.

    Antonio Demetrius Hansley is black, 5-foot-7 and weighing 130 pounds. His top front teeth are missing, his hair is short and black and he has brown eyes.

    Authorities believe Hansley is suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, the alert said. He was last seen wearing a red and gray short sleeved T-shirt with dark shorts at 103 Village Road in Leland. He could be traveling to Wilmington and in danger.

  • OIB businessman creates CAMA approved product for beach house erosion repair

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A local business owner created a way to stabilize sand erosion under beachfront homes while meeting the environmental standards set by the state.

    Daniel Simmons, owner of Ocean Isle Beach Ready Mix, was called to stabilize the foundation of a house at 444 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach, along the strip of beach where a new layer of sand was laid down in the spring to hold off beach erosion.

    The ocean waves had already taken a toll on the house before the beach renourishment could provide some protection.

  • Deputies make biggest heroin seizure in county history

     BOLIVIA — A high-speed chase ended with the largest heroin seizure in Brunswick County history and the arrest of a Supply man.

    On Thursday, July 10, deputies arrested 32-year-old Kevin Jermaine Hankins and charged him with trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, fleeing to elude arrest, reckless driving to endanger and speeding after the chase began near Leland around 3 a.m.

  • Navassa homecoming sees a youth movement

    NAVASSA — Navassa hosted its 33rd annual homecoming last weekend with only a rain delay rescheduling one event.

    The town had a good turnout of old and new community members, but Mayor Eulis Willis pointed out the town’s future homecoming events is secure because of the large number of children lining the parade route and family fun activities.

    “Communities grow and change and ours is predominantly children,” Willis said.

  • Judge declines to reduce bail for man accused of sex crimes with child

    By Sam Hickman

    Staff Writer


    BOLIVIA — A judge denied a motion to reduce the bond of a man accused of sex crimes more than 20 years ago in Brunswick County.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis heard the motion from the lawyer of Joseph Robert Hall, who was arrested in April and indicted July 3 for multiple sex crimes involving a child that took place in the early 1990s.

  • 'Tammy' fetches a crowd during first-week Shallotte premiere

    As the new movie “Tammy” debuted last week on the big screen, locals turned out to see the Melissa McCarthy comedy, portions of which were filmed in Shallotte and elsewhere in Brunswick County.

    Among movie-goers was local Chef Sal Rubio, who provided use of his Shallotte restaurant, The Grille, to be converted for filming last year into “Topperjack’s,” the fictitious fast-food place that gets held up by McCarthy’s starring character after she is fired.

  • School superintendent’s evaluation continued again

     BOLIVIA — Twelve hours and two weeks later, the Brunswick County Board of Education still hasn’t completed Superintendent Edward Pruden’s evaluation.

    What began June 24 with a seven-hour meeting to assess Pruden’s performance has continued into the second week of July as board members convened for another five hours Tuesday, July 8, at the Brunswick County Schools Administrative Office building in Bolivia.