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Today's News

  • McIntyre comes out against NCIT project planned for Southport

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced his opposition to the construction of the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) the N.C. Ports Authority has planned for 600 acres near Southport.

    On Tuesday, McIntyre issued a statement saying he had expressed concerns in the past about the project’s potential effects on Brunswick County’s quality of life and, so far, no answers have been forthcoming.

    “After years of public debate, I still have these concerns, and these questions remain unanswered,” he stated.

  • ADA suspended by state bar for withholding discovery

    The North Carolina State Bar Association has suspended a local assistant district attorney’s license to practice law in North Carolina.

    But as long as long as assistant district attorney Samantha Alsup follows Bar-ordered conditions, the suspension is stayed and she is free to practice law.

    District attorney Rex Gore said the Bar found Alsup withheld discoverable items, which he said was a mistake on Alsup’s part, not a malicious act.

  • Two arrested after traffic stop in Leland

    LELAND—Agents with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two suspects last week after a traffic stop in Leland.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, drug agents arrested Patrick Allen McInnis, 19, of 8705 Callaway Road, Aberdeen, and Robert Weaver Wood, 19, of 540 Burning Tree Road, Pinehurst, after a routine traffic stop around 10 p.m. June 24 on U.S. 74-76 in Leland.

  • Saluda pair charged with alcohol violations in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a 35-year-old Saluda woman for drunk driving June 26.

    Elizabeth Ruby was charged with driving while impaired and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center. Joseph Pace, 59, also of Saluda, was charged with possession of an open container in the passenger area.

    Eugene Williams, 33, of Calabash, was charged with a red light violation June 27.

  • Sheriff’s office applies for COPS grant for new drug agent

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners last week approved a grant application for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said the COPS grant is a federally funded, three-year grant they would use to fund an additional drug agent in the sheriff’s office’s overburdened drug enforcement unit.

  • Vet pens book about pet obesity

    CALABASH—Sure, people love their pets, says Calabash veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward.

    Some people love their pets almost to death, in fact, especially if they’re overfeeding them with the wrong things.

    He sees so many such beloved pets, Ward’s latest book, “Chow Hounds,” is all about pet obesity.

    “This is my first book for pet owners,” says Ward, who has written three previous veterinary textbooks.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Mount Misery Road in Leland; suspect stole victim’s registration tag.

    •Breaking and entering and trespassing on Koolabrew Drive in Calabash; suspect pulled back chain link fence and entered victim’s property.

    •Trespassing and property damage on Valley Drive in Calabash; suspect damaged gate and entered victim’s pool.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From June 21-27, K-9 deputies answered 14 calls, wrote 12 citations and made 10 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Carolina Shores and Shell Point Acres.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects, which are taken directly from citations and arrest reports:

  • Gaming privilege licenses boosted to $200 in Calabash

    CALABASH—Following debate among board members, Calabash commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to implement an increased $200 privilege license fee for sweepstakes machines. Te previous fee was $5.

    Following the specially called meeting, town commissioner Mary Knight reiterated her stance favoring a $1,000 fee, stating the board blew its chance.

    “You’re not paying attention to your community and your citizens,” she said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.