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Today's News

  • 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.

  • House adopts budget, moves on to Senate

    RALEIGH—After 11 hours of floor debate and 45 amendments, members of the state House of Representatives last week passed a historic state budget.

    The budget now goes to the Senate for approval.

    State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican, said the final House vote was 72 votes to 47 votes to approve the $19.2 billion operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Senators are expected to consider the budget in time to have it on N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk by June 1, one month before the July 1 start of the fiscal year.

  • Two women arrested in Shallotte prostitution sting

    Two women were recently arrested in a prostitution sting in Shallotte.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotic Unit arrested the two women May 7.

    Agents also seized cocaine, Xanax and a smoking pipe during the arrest.

    •Melissa Gail Woods, 34, 0f 1288 Sasspan Drive, Shallotte, was arrested and charged with solicit prostitution, solicit crimes against nature, misdemeanor conspiracy and non-support of a child.

  • Shallotte Police searching for check scammer, accomplice

    SHALLOTTE—Shallotte Police are searching for a suspect involved in a check scam.

    Shallotte Police Sgt. Eric King said a male suspect has been repeatedly using stolen checks and IDs at the Shallotte Walmart.

    “The case involves the suspect using victim’s checking account numbers that have been taken from the victim’s mailboxes in Brunswick County area and the suspect uses the victim’s ID number and makes a fake ID card, which he shows at Walmart when asked for ID,” King explained.

  • Schools to operate on staggered start next year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have decided the school system will operate on a staggered start schedule beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

    Board members voted 3-2 Tuesday night to adopt the schedule, which will save the school system a half-million dollars in transportation costs. Board members Bud Thorsen and Catherine Cooke opposed the measure.

  • Woman charged in fatal wreck that killed Ocean Isle Beach woman

    The driver of the vehicle that killed an Ocean Isle Beach woman has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. T.W. Pope said Brenda Chapman Tew, 67, was charged with several felonies Tuesday for her role in the April 15 wreck that killed 83-year-old Betty Grace Grabb.

    Tew was charged with felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury, driving while impaired and driving left of center, Pope said. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for missing Leland teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing Leland teenager.

    Gregory Allen Eason, 16, was last seen at 5 p.m. Monday, May 9, leaving his home at 7320 Pinecliff Drive in Leland, on foot.

    Eason was last seen wearing blue shorts and a white shirt and had a red backpack with him.

    He is 5-feet-10-inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

    He is possible headed to McDonough, Ga., to see his girlfriend, possible on a Greyhound bus.

  • West Brunswick JV softball team finishes as conference champion

     The West Brunswick High School junior varsity softball team beat West Bladen 11-1 in six innings Monday and finished the season 12-2 (11-1 in the conference).

    West clinched the conference title by winning 6-3 May 5 at East Bladen.

    Last year, West was the unbeaten conference champion last year. Over two seasons, the West JV is 28-2.

    “They can all play, and you can tell it when game time comes,” Trojan coach Donald Davis said.

  • Family grieves tragic loss

    SUPPLY—Sometimes laughing through the tears is the only way to deal with loss.

    One Supply family is trying to do just that.

    On Wednesday, May 4, around 10:45 a.m., Heidi Joann Robinson, 34,  fell to her death from a 14th floor balcony at the Sea Watch Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Heidi Robinson was staying in a room on the 17th floor with several other people. Details surrounding the accident are under investigation.

  • Taco Bell opening delayed until Tuesday

    The Taco Bell in Shallotte was scheduled to open Monday at 5 p.m. As customers arrived on Monday evening, they were greeted by the store's owner and district managers in the parking lot. Customers were told the store would not open until around noon on Tuesday.

    The delay was caused by a delay in the arrival of necessary equipment. Owners apologized for the inconvenience and said everyone seemed understanding.

    Traffic control arrangements are in place for Tuesday's opening.