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Today's News

  • Leland police add community crime map program

    LELAND — The Leland Police Department has a new mapping tool for incidents and arrests that provides an online map for residents.

    Town board meeting, Council members unanimously approved Oct. 19 authorizing an agreement for the LexisNexis Accurint Virtual Crime Center with a $9,000 contract for one year.

    Police Chief Mike James said there are two parts to the program: a public access side that provides information for Leland residents, including crime rates, and the map of its own locations.

  • Operation Clean Slate to help veterans, spouses resolve misdemeanor cases

    Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus and New Hanover counties are participating in Operation Clean Slate on Friday, Nov. 17, to help veterans with misdemeanor cases.

    According to a news release, veterans and their spouses who are have traffic citations and pending non-violent misdemeanors are invited to address their cases during the event, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the New Hanover County Courthouse, 316 Princess St., Suite 543 in Wilmington.

  • Man hospitalized after single-vehicle DWI crash

    A man remained at an area hospital Monday afternoon after crashing his vehicle while impaired, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

    No one else was injured in the single-vehicle crash.

    Dennis James Lynch, 49, of Carolina Beach was driving his Nissan Quest south on N.C. 87, 1.7 miles south of Northwest, rounded a curve and ran off the right side of the road at 6:50 a.m. Saturday, Trooper John King said. The vehicle went airborne before hitting a large tree, landing upright and pinning Lynch inside.

  • Leland police ask for public’s assistance in IDing power tools thief

    Leland police are asking for the public’s assistance identifying a person they say stole various power tools from multiple vehicles.
    According to a news release, on Nov. 6 shortly after 1:20 a.m. a person is accused of entering multiple vehicles owned by Vance Johnson Plumbing and stealing power tools worth an estimated $6,200.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Jennings Reid at 332-5018.

  • WBHS honors veterans in Nov. 9 ceremony

    SHALLOTTE—Remembrance, not only for past and present veterans but for their families as well, is what United States Navy Captain Doug Elznic hoped attendees of Nov. 9’s West Brunswick High School Veterans Day Remembrance ceremony would take to heart. And not just remembrance, he said, but proper care for all veterans, no matter their situation.

  • Investigators seek information on abduction, slaying of Leland man

    Investigators are looking for more information about the Nov. 5 abduction and slaying of a Leland man.

    Melquan Hicks-Bey, 22, of Night Harbor Drive SE was taken from a home in the 1500 block of South 12th Street about 4:15 a.m. His body was found about 10 a.m. in a wooded area in Castle Hayne.

    Hicks-Bey died of multiple gunshot wounds about his body, Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

  • Leland TDA OKs partnership with town

    LELAND — The Leland Tourism Development Authority agreed to a $25,000 administrative services contract with Leland town staff at its Nov. 8 meeting.

    Town Manager David Hollis and staff have participated in the TDA meetings since the board reorganized in the spring to discuss the town providing administrative services instead of the TDA hiring an executive director.

    Leland’s town council re-chartered the TDA in May, increasing the membership to include nine seats on the board and voting to have a town commissioner Michael Callahan serve as chairman.

  • Couple charged in rash of Bolivia break-ins

    Investigators charged a Robeson County couple in a rash of break-ins in Bolivia.

    Cody Shenny Locklear, 24, of Shannon Drive in Shannon and his wife, Kameron Jessica Locklear, 24, of Annease Drive in Fairmont, were both arrested Nov. 9.

  • Nov. 7 unofficial Brunswick County municipal election results

    Bald Head Island mayor (one precinct)

    Andy Sayre (incumbent)         91

    Mary Kathryn Adcock (write-in) 74

    Write-in (miscellaneous)           5

    Bald Head Island Village Council (one seat; one precinct)

    James P. Bonica          74

    Betsi Stephen  98

    Write-in (miscellaneous)           0

  • Former Caswell Beach mayor pleads guilty to embezzlement

    BOLIVIA—Harry Simmons, the former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after he pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Special Superior Court Judge Andrew Heath asked Simmons if he understood the plea agreement as explained by his lawyer, Mike Ramos of Shallotte, and if he agreed to plead guilty to the two class C felonies.

    “You are pleading guilty?” Heath said.