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Today's News

  • Memorial service for World War II Navy veteran set for July 13

    He was a familiar sight at local veterans’ events, proudly attired in his U.S. Navy uniform that still fit decades after his military service.

    Omaha Beach D-Day survivor Tom Koester was part of the Greatest Generation and the legion of World War II veterans whose numbers are dwindling daily by the hundreds, according to the National World War II Museum.

    This past June 16, Koester died at 89 surrounded by his family following an illness.

  • Lawyer: Not Vidal’s mother who threatened officer

     The lawyer for a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of a Boiling Spring Lakes teenager says the victim’s mother did not threaten the officer’s wife after all.

    James Payne, Bryon Vassey’s lawyer, filed a motion April 25 for production of records in Brunswick County Superior Court seeking courthouse video footage showing Mary Wilsey allegedly threatening Victoria Vassey after a standard superior court case management hearing April 8 in Bolivia.

  • Bolivia man charged in shooting

    A dispute between neighbors over a cell phone led to a shooting at Supply residence Sunday, July 6, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Alexander Lamont Grissett, 17, of Ocean Highway East in Bolivia, is charged with assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary, according to an arrest warrant.

  • Man accused of sex crimes involving child in Brunswick County

    A Carolina Beach man accused of sex crimes with a child is jailed in Brunswick County.

    William Allen Jackson, 56, is charged with indecent liberties with a child and statutory sex offense, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    He was arrested Thursday, July 3, on an arrest warrant from the Oak Island Police Department.

    The incidents took place with a child younger than 13 in April in Oak Island, warrants allege.

    Jackson is incarcerated on $300,000 bail.

  • Supply man indicted on murder charge

     A Supply man facing a murder charge was indicted Thursday, July 4, by a Brunswick County grand jury.

    William Calvin Steward, 36, was arrested April 11 and accused of shooting and killing a woman at a party at his home.

    He was indicted on charges of murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and discharging a weapon into a dwelling or moving vehicle.

  • Nonprofit seeks to mentor local youth, teens

     There’s a new group ready to help the youth of Brunswick County.

    Last year, Crystal Babson and Christian Tucker launched It’s My Very Own (IMVO) Brunswick County, a nonprofit designed to match community leaders with children ages 8 to 18 to help the students live up to their full potential.

    Babson had already established a Kid Brother/Kid Sister program while Tucker was trying to establish a nonprofit to aid foster children.

  • Man wanted on child sexual assault charges captured in Idaho

    A man wanted since May in a Leland sexual assault case involving a child was arrested at an Idaho cattle ranch.

    Fernando “Flaco” Vargas-Julio is charged by the Leland Police Department and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office with disseminating obscenity to a minor, three counts of indecent liberties with a child and two counts each of first-degree sex offense with a child and crimes against nature, according to a news release issued Tuesday, July 8, by the police department.

  • Hurricane Arthur brushes past Brunswick County

    Hurricane Arthur passed by Thursday, July 3, leaving all of Brunswick County with varying levels of rain throughout the day but no significant damage.

    The hurricane reached Category 1 status with 90 mph winds as it traveled northeast along the Brunswick County coast Thursday.

    But the eye of the storm remained about 45 miles offshore, which put the outer rain bands spinning through the county for much of the day.

  • Man accused of 63 sex crimes involving child

     A Wake County man accused of multiple sex crimes with a child has been incarcerated in Brunswick County.

    Frank Welsh Richmond III, 36, of Falls Lake, was arrested June 30 and charged with 21 counts of statutory rape of a person who is 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim. He also is charged with 21 counts of statutory sexual offense against a person 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, plus 21 charges of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Finished roundabout gets around to July 16 ribbon cutting in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — As work wraps up on the town’s new roundabout, the town will have a ribbon cutting to officially launch the stoplight-free intersection.

    The ceremony tentatively is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the newly constructed roundabout at the mainland entrance to the high-rise bridge, town administrator Susan Parker said.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation had to be finished with construction of the roundabout by the Fourth of July, which it succeeded in doing last week, Parker said.