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Today's News

  • County offers free hepatitis C testing

    BOLIVIA — As the number of hepatitis C-positive Brunswick County residents increases, Brunswick County Health Services knows more action needs to be taken.

  • Oak Island warns of police impostor

    The Oak Island Police Department is warning Brunswick County residents and visitors about a man who is claiming to be an off-duty police officer.

    Police Chief Greg Jordan said his office has received many complaints from people about a man who threatened them with violence during road rage incidents, telling people he’s an off-duty Oak Island police officer.

    Jordan said the man is about 5-foot-9 with red/brown hair, mustache and beard and drives a Subaru Tribeca SUV. He said none of his officers match this description.

  • ‘Mazematician’ creates sandy sensations for Sunset Beachgoers

    SUNSET BEACH — It’s morning, before the crowds arrive.

    Aaron Gutknecht surveys Sunset Beach’s pristine sands, unscathed by ocean water at low tide.

    He finally picks a spot, roughly the size of half of a football field, puts his homemade shovels to the sand and begins his work for the day as the Mazematician.

    Gutknecht, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been coming with his family to Sunset Beach for as long as he can remember, but it wasn’t until eight years ago he began to bring his unique talent of creating sand mazes to the area.

  • Shallotte Middle teacher resigns amid drug investigation

    A Shallotte Middle School teacher charged with trafficking heroin or opium resigned.

    Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said the Brunswick County Board of Education approved the resignation of 49-year-old Kelly Higgins Hansen during the executive session of their July 12 regular meeting.

    Hansen’s resignation took effect Wednesday, July 13, the day she was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $100,000 bail.

  • Two injured in unrelated Shallotte shootings

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two unrelated shootings that happened within a two-day period in Shallotte.

    The most recent shooting was a case of domestic violence Monday, July 18, at a home on Sanders Forest Drive SW.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said deputies responded to a call at the residence at 7 p.m. and found 37-year-old Steven Ray Olive shot his father, 62-year-old Jerry Lynn Olive, in the leg with a semi-automatic handgun after an argument.

  • 72-year-old arrested on sex offense charge

    A 72-year-old Bolivia man is charged with a second-degree forcible sexual offense.

    Donald Richard Queen of Hanover Street was arrested July 12 and booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility where he is being held on $100,000 bail.

    A warrants shows the crime happened one month earlier, June 12.

     No other information was available.    

  • Candidate fined for delinquent campaign finance report

    Warren Richard Cox, who is running for a district court judge seat in November’s general election, was assessed a late filing penalty of $500 for a delinquent campaign finance report by the State Board of Elections.

    Cox is seeking the District 13 North Carolina District Court seat held by Judge Pauline Hankins.

    The State Board of Elections notified Cox on June 6 the campaign finance report for the first quarter of 2016 had not been filed by the March 7 due date.

  • Longwood man arrested in home break-in, assault

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Longwood man who was wanted in a break-in and assault after a chase Saturday, July 16.

    Patrick Lee Taylor, 34, of Pine Needle Lane broke into a home in the 2100 block of Pine Needle Lane at 9 p.m. July 11 and pointed a gun at a man before punching him in the face, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Leland man faces felony child abuse charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of beating his girlfriend’s 3-year-old daughter.

    Michael Willis Pounds, 28, of Angels Gift Trail NE, was arrested Monday, July 11, and charged with felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury.

    Warrants show Pounds struck the girl’s face and buttocks multiple times, causing bruising and swelling, while he was babysitting her in Johnston County sometime between April 12 and April 15.

  • Deputies seek Winnabow convenience store robber

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for the man who robbed a Winnabow convenience store the morning of Saturday, July 16. No one was injured.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said a man came into Han Dee Hugo’s at 6170 Ocean Highway at 5:30 a.m. and showed the clerk a gun before taking cash. He left the store headed north on U.S. 17 in a newer model red Honda passenger car.

    The robber is described as white with a ponytail and was last seen wearing an orange toboggan and camouflage jacket.