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Today's News

  • Leland board takes field trip to consider water plant zoning

    Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO had to put their plans for a water plant on hold when Leland officials continued a vote to rezone the plat of land where they intend to build.

    At the May town meeting, the company requested the Leland board rezone property at 9901 Chappel Loop Road from R6 — or residential use for single-family housing — to allow for commercial use.

    H2GO is one of the wholesale customers of Brunswick utilities’ finished water, which it sells to 8,500 customers in the Leland/Belville/Navassa area.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Early College High School calendar tweaked for 2014-15 school year

     Brunswick County Schools made a minor adjustment to the 2014-15 Early College High School calendar it approved in March.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School calendar was adjusted to align with the spring break schedule at Brunswick Community College spring break schedule. The adjustment was approved at the Board of Education’s July 1 monthly meeting.

    The first required teacher workdays are Aug. 4-6. The first day of class for ECHS classes is Aug. 7.

    Report cards will be released Oct. 15, Jan. 28, 2015, and March 18, 2015.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Hanover sheriff: Deputies acted appropriately in Hewett’s death

    Deputies acted appropriately in an altercation before the July 12 death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in the New Hanover County Jail, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a Tuesday, July 21, news release.

    McMahon said an internal affairs investigation revealed  sheriff’s office personnel “acted appropriately and professionally at all times” during the events leading up to Hewett’s July 12 death.