Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Public Safety Day May 7

    Local law enforcement will be on hand to meet with the public during Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the site of the old Piggly Wiggly store at 925 Seaside Road.

    Highlights include fire trucks and hoses, a fire safety house, hands-on CPR, fire extinguisher training, child care seat checks, smoke alarm installations, fire safety materials and more.

    The public is invited to come out and meet local firefighters, participate in interactive displays and ask questions of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and fire department staff.

  • 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.

  • Board sends county commissioner primary protest to state

    BOLIVIA — The state elections board will consider Alan Lewis’ protest of the March 15 primary election results in the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners District 4 Republican primary.

    The three-member Brunswick County Board of Elections voted unanimously to send the protest to the state level after a more than two-hour hearing that began at 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at the board’s office.

  • 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.

  • County parks survey on tobacco use under way

    Brunswick County and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is conducting an online survey, surveymonkey.com/r/TobaccoUseinBCParks, to gauge the public’s opinion on the use of tobacco products in parks.

    All responses are anonymous. The survey results are intended to help park officials decide what, if any, regulations need to be put in place.

    The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday, May 15.

  • 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.

  • New ECU School of Dental Medicine opens in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA — Thanks to East Carolina University and the efforts of many, Brunswick County now has its own dental school.

    A host of state, local and ECU officials turned out for the opening of the new ECU School of Dental Medicine Community Service Learning Center last Friday, April 29, at its new address at 100 Brunswick Medical Center Pkwy. across from Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia.