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Today's News

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstacy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • Leland budget proposes 3.18-cent tax increase

    LELAND — Leland officials will host a public hearing at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, to receive feedback on the 2016-17 budget’s proposed 3.18-cent tax increase.

    Town Manager David Hollis presented board members a $10.6 million budget for 2016-17, up from $8.4 million in 2015-16.

    Hollis’ budget proposal includes an increase in the tax rate to .1833 cents per $100 valuation.

    Leland has kept the tax rate at .1515 cents per $100 of property value since 2012-13.

  • Sheriff’s office seeks Wilmington man in high-speed chase

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Wilmington man who led them on a chase with speeds up to 130 mph May 23.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said a special operations unit agent tried to stop Donald Ray-Edtuan Davis on U.S. 74 in Leland about 1:45 p.m. because the black two-door 2009 Infiniti G37 Davis was driving had expired tags and illegal tint to its windows.

  • Belville sets hearing on proposed tax increase

    BELVILLE — Belville residents will have the chance to sway the town board’s decision on whether to increase taxes for fiscal year 2016-17 during a public hearing at the June 27 town meeting.

    Town Administrator Athina Williams proposed an $816,000 town budget with no tax increase during the May 23 town meeting. Belville’s property tax rate is $0.0683 per $100 valuation.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man accused of pawning stolen items

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of trying to sell to a pawn shop items he’d stolen from several people.

  • OrthoWilmington breaks ground for new office along U.S. 17 in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — OrthoWilmington broke ground on a new medical office along U.S. 17 on Friday, May 20.

    The building will consolidate the OrthoWilmington offices from Supply and Sunset Beach in one location, Drs. Thomas Kelso and Michael Marushack said.

    Kelso and Marushack bought the property before merging their medical office, Orthopaedic Specialists, which included five physicians and three to four physicians assistants, with OrthoWilmiington in 2015.

  • TSB releases report on March helicopter crash

    The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on a March 23 helicopter crash at Cape Fear Regional Jetport near Southport in which a man suffered minor injuries.

    The flight instructor, Jessica Ward, who is also the owner of High Tides Helicopters on the property, said the student pilot was asked to do multiple "pickups and set downs" on a grass area at the airport.

  • Brunswick Coalition moves two billboards

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick Coalition decided on two new locations for its billboards geared toward prescription drug abuse prevention.

    The billboards are at 2618 Ocean Highway, a tenth of a mile south of Royal Oak Road in Shallotte, and 7270 U.S. 17 just south of N.C. 87 in Leland. The billboards will move to 5433 Main St. just south of Sellers Street in Shallotte, and at 101 N.C. 87 E. 600 feet east of U.S. 17 in Winnabow.

  • Joint investigation leads to three arrests in Leland

    An investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Police Department’s Drug Unit led to the arrest of three South Carolina men May 24 in Leland.

    Nathan Gipson, Buddy Ray Kinney and Victor Elijah Robinson were in the Wal-Mart parking lot when they tried to flee from agents and nearly hit some parked vehicles before they were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Agents seized 181 grams of methamphetamine from the men, she said.

  • Deputies seek man reported missing from Shallotte

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help to find a Virginia man last seen a week ago in Shallotte.

    Arpad "Arpi" Carl Nagy
, 53, was with family about 5 p.m. May 15 at a Kinlaw Drive residence before he disappeared, according to a news release issued Saturday afternoon, May 21.