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Today's News

  • Detectives seek man in Longwood robbery

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help in locating a 22-year-old man wanted in a Longwood robbery Tuesday, April 26.

    Detectives said Shaquille Vereen of Longwood stole 22-year-old Hispanic man’s phone and wallet about 10 p.m. before hitting him in the head with a handgun, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Vereen faces robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury charges, Flax said. He is a 5-foot-6 black man weighing about 160 pounds.

  • Oak Island water tap deal could cost county

    BOLIVIA — Merging Oak Island’s water and wastewater systems into Brunswick County utilities could cost more than county officials anticipated.

    County Manager Ann Hardy told county commissioners at their April 18 meeting three issues needed to be resolved related to the acquisition of Oak Island’s water and sewer systems.

    Oak Island’s town council voted Nov. 10, 2015, to request Brunswick County officials explore the feasibility of acquiring its water and wastewater system.

  • Man charged in Bolivia woods fire

    A Virginia man has been charged with accidentally starting a brush fire that was allowed to spread, leading to last week’s 1,578-acre woods fire in Bolivia.

    Phillip Jenkins has been charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor charge of setting fire to grassland, brushland or woodland. He faces a fine of no less than $10 and up to $50 plus court costs, said Mike Malcolm, North Carolina Forest Service District 8 ranger and law enforcement officer.

  • County health assessment targets areas for improvement

    Results of the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Brunswick County show residents are concerned about chronic disease, obesity and drug and alcohol use and abuse.

    David Stanley, the county’s health and human services director, presented the assessment to the county board of commissioners during its April 18 meeting.

    The assessment, a review of health priorities for county residents, is based partly on a community survey and partly on local, state and federal health statistics, Stanley said.

  • Leland police charge four boys in schools' vandalism

    Leland police charged three boys and are looking for a fourth who they said vandalized North Brunswick High and Leland Middle schools about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 25.

    Several buildings and sidewalks as well as 11 school buses at the high school were spray painted with “obscenities and other writings,” Lt. Jeremy Humphries said in a news release issued Tuesday, April 26. The vandals also spray painted a sign at the middle school.

    Humphries said detectives estimated the boys caused $15,000 to $20,000 in damage.

  • Oak Island man becomes county’s first 2016 lottery winner

    A split-second decision to buy a lottery ticket turned into a lucky one for Dylan Hudson of Oak Island after he won $250,000 playing the new $250,000 Fortune scratch-off game to become the county’s first lottery winner in 2016.

    Hudson bought the $5 ticket at the Market Express on Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    “I just went to get a tank of gas and decided to get a ticket,” Hudson, a construction worker, said in a news release. He is the first person to claim a top prize in the game.

  • Supply businessman accused of animal cruelty

    The operator of a Supply-based lawn care service is accused of starving dogs and pigs, as well as failing to dispose of dead pigs properly.

    Clayton Lee Robinson, 56, of Supply Street SE, is charged with two counts of cruelty to animals and a single count of failing to dispose of dead domesticated animals, warrants show. The charges are misdemeanors.

    A warrant shows Robinson, who runs Honey-Do’s Lawn Service, “unlawfully and willfully did intentionally deprive of necessary sustenance” dogs and pigs on his property.

  • Leland agrees to allow gated communities again

    LELAND — Leland had a packed town hall March 29 for a contentious planning board meeting that ended in a split vote on allowing gated communities back in the town.

    On April 21, the Leland town board had almost as many concerned citizens attend its meeting, but the decision was one-sided.

    Leland officials voted unanimously, 5-0, to once again allow developers to build gated communities.

  • 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.

  • Supply man faces various drug charges

    A Supply man accused of selling heroin and cocaine in Brunswick County was arrested after a two-month investigation prompted by community tips and complaints.