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Today's News

  • Leland man accused of sexually assaulting girl faces more than 50 additional charges

    A Leland man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl faces more than 50 additional charges.

    Denzel Jamal Hill, 22, of Dogwood Road, was arrested Saturday, July 19, and charged with indecent liberties with a child, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and two counts of statutory rape, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants show the crimes took place July 16.

  • Inmate dies of apparent suicide in county jail

    An Ash man incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on a first-degree murder charge died Wednesday, July 23, from an apparent suicide, spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thomas Jason Holland, 28, of Babson Road NW, was found unresponsive in his cell at 1:14 a.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    “He is the victim of an apparent suicide,” the release read.

  • Four accused of smuggling drugs into jail

     Four people face charges after investigators said they tried to smuggle drugs into the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Arrest warrants show Kristen Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach, Melissa Meyer of Leland, Larry Cheyenne Pigott of Shallotte and Nicole Marie Wilsey of Southport conspired to smuggle Suboxone, a schedule III controlled substance, into the jail.

  • New charter school opens in Brunswick County

     SOUTHPORT — While many youngsters across Brunswick County are enjoying their last month of summer fun, 86 students filed into the brand new South Brunswick Charter School for the first day of school.

    South Brunswick Charter, which is operated by Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), opened its doors last July 22 and became the second charter school in the county.

    RBA also operates Charter Day School in Leland.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a  bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • Shallotte announces recipients of Main Street grants

     SHALLOTTE — With plans for a new park to open next year and ideas of riverfront development in the future, the landscape of Shallotte is rapidly changing.

    In the meantime, with the help of the town, some Shallotte businesses will upgrade their own landscaping.

  • Man wanted in Myrtle Beach arrested in Brunswick on drug charges

     A Myrtle Beach man wanted on a probation violation in South Carolina was arrested last week in Brunswick County on multiple drug charges.

    Franklin Dwayne Hare, 42, of 4050 Shipyard Walk, was arrested Friday, July 25, and charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin, sell or deliver heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver marijuana, sell or deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Drug agents seized 20 bindles (dosage units) of heroin and seven grams of marijuana from Hare, warrants show.

  • Lightning strike causes fire in Brick Landing

     Local fire departments responded to a pair of lightning strikes that caused minor damage Thursday night, July 24.

    The first lightning strike took place at 1914 Mariner’s Wacche condominiums near Brick Landing Plantation in the Shallotte Point area.

    Lightning struck the roof of one condo unit about 11:30 p.m. and went into the attic of one condo, Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Potts said.

    There was minor damage to the condo, which is expected to be repaired, Potts said.

  • Bolivia man accused of taking nude picture of juvenile

     A Bolivia man faces a sex charge after allegedly sending a photograph of a nude girl to someone else who posted it online.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit arrested 19-year-old James Rudolph Brown IV, of Earla Loop Road, who is charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, warrants show.

  • Southport man pleads guilty to incest, sentenced to prison

     A Southport man was sentenced to serve more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to incest July 8.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced 55-year-old Rodney Lee Outlaw to between 13 and 16 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, Brunswick County Clerk of Courts records show. Outlaw received credit for 348 days of jail time served following his arrest.