Today's News

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Dec. 13:

    Jamar Lee Bell, a.k.a. Jamar Belle, 30, of 9821 Bellway Road, Leland; misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor resisting public officer, felony possession of firearm by felon.

    Colin Chase Bennett, 20, of 2806 Sea Aire Drive SW, Supply; felony robbery with dangerous weapon.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 8, 9 and 13 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Tracie Arlen Bartlow, assault by strangulation, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Fired DSS director sues women who made sexual harassment claims against him

    The saga continues.

    Jamie Orrock, the former Department of Social Services director who was fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, has now sued the women who accused him of harassment.

    On Monday, Dec. 20, Orrock filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court against Celia Lienau, Rebecca Ring and Sharon Billingsly for claims of libel, slander, defamation and civil conspiracy.

    The three defendants had all previously claimed Orrock had sexually harassed them in the past. Orrock claims their statements led to his termination as DSS director.

  • Tax increase would be required for countywide curbside recycling

    BOLIVIA—For countywide curbside recycling to be a feasible option in Brunswick County, commissioners would have to raise the tax rate to fund the collection.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone delivered the news to commissioners at a workshop Monday afternoon.

    Stone said a recent legal opinion from the North Carolina School of Government determined the county could not levy a recycling fee.

  • Opposition mounts in landfill expansion project

    BOLIVIA— There’s a general consensus of “not in my backyard” among residents who live in the neighborhood near the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project near Bolivia.

    So much so that commissioners once again put off voting on the project, instead opting to host a community meeting for neighboring residents potentially affected by the landfill.

    Commissioners first tabled the project in November, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • Farmer's market volunteers needed

    As the Shallotte Farmers Market enters its sixth year in 2011, a volunteer market manager is sought.

    The position is available through the Downtown Shallotte committee.

    For the past three years, Linda and Jack Herrick led the way as managers. The couple, involved from the start, has watched the farmers market grow annually.

  • 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:

    •Strong-arm robbery on Longwood Road in Longwood; suspect slammed victim’s head in the door and stole money.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Whiteville Road in Ash; suspect broke into victim’s vehicle and stole items.

    •Harassing phone calls on Cattle Run Lane in Carolina Shores; suspect called victim and made threats.

  • 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 Dec. 13-19, K-9 deputies answered 16 calls, wrote seven citations and made eight drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Seashore Hills, Turkey Trap Road and Longwood Road.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

  • U.S. population jumps to 308 million

    Officials with the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday released the results of the 2010 Census, and the U.S. population now tops 308 million people.

    According to Census officials, the official resident population of the United States as of April 1 was 308,745,538 people, a 9.7 percent increase compared to the 2000 Census.

    North Carolina’s population increased 18.5 percent, up 1.48 million people from 8 million to 9.5 million residents.

  • Do you have what it takes?

    Are you looking for a lifestyle change in 2011?

    The Shallotte Fire Department is seeking new volunteer recruits, but not everyone has what it takes.

    “This is for people who want a lifestyle change. We are talking about life and death. This isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle,” said Shallotte Fire Chief Paul Dunwell IV.  “We are always putting ourselves at risk to save someone else. We are not the type of people who put ourselves first.”