Today's News

  • District court docket



    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, July 25

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Brunswick County awarded FEMA funds

    Brunswick County has been awarded $15,232 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/ Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

  • One person injured in Shallotte house fire

    One person was taken by ambulance to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington to be treated for injuries after an electrical fire at a Shallotte residence Wednesday, Aug. 3.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the 911 call for the fire in the 1600 block of Pacific Drive came in at 6:30 a.m.

    The victim, who was not identified, is expected to recover, Garner said.

    Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department, Shallotte Fire Department, Sunset Beach Fire Station and Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department responded to the call, he said.

  • Man to serve more than seven years for trafficking heroin

    A Supply man will serve at least seven years in prison for trafficking heroin two years ago.

    Superior Court Judge Cash Martin convicted 34-year-old Kevin Jermaine Hankins of trafficking 28 or more grams of heroin after a guilty plea Wednesday, Aug. 3, and sentenced him to a minimum of 90 months in prison, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Castle Hayne man faces drug charges after traffic stop

    A Castle Hayne man faced drug charges after a Leland police officer found marijuana wax and oxycodone pills in his car following a traffic stop Thursday, Aug. 4.

    The officer pulled over a red 1995 Toyota Avalon driven by 36-year-old Richard William Eschert, of Rock Hill Road, at 10:20 p.m. on U.S. 74/76 at the Mount Misery Road exit because Eschert was following the officer too closely, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

  • Man from Supply faces felony burglary charge

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Supply man accused of stealing a cell phone from a woman’s home Aug. 2.

    Joey Shaun Beresoff, 29, of Trace Street, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 6, and charged with felony first-degree burglary.

    Warrants show Beresoff broke into a Supply woman’s home between 4:50 and 5 a.m. and stole from her an Eclipse Straight Talk cell phone while she was there.

    Beresoff was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same day on $20,000 bail.

  • Southport man accused of assaulting hospital nurses

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Southport man accused of hitting two nurses and throwing a computer at a third nurse.

    Kevin Randall Burks, 29, of Edgewood Road, was arrested Saturday, Aug. 6, and charged with three felony counts of assault causing physical injury to emergency personnel and injury to personal property.

    Warrants show Burks hit a male nurse in the head, bruising his left ear, hit a female nurse twice in the face, leaving a bruise above her left eye, and threw a computer monitor at a third nurse, bruising her arm.

  • Police: Medical problem led to Sunset Beach bridge wreck

    A medical problem is to blame for a three-vehicle wreck that occurred July 26 on the Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge in Sunset Beach, sending four people to the hospital.

    The wreck occurred about 11:15 a.m. when a Chevrolet Impala headed from the island crossed the center line and sideswiped a Ford truck headed to the island, Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith said. The Impala then collided head-on with a BMW.

    The bridge was shut down in both directions for about an hour-and-a-half, according to town officials.

  • Leland police offer citizens academy

    The Leland Police Department is offering a citizens academy showing an inside look into police duties on Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 6 through Oct. 25. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 19.

    The application is on the town website, townofleland.com under Police Resources. Complete the form and mail or deliver to Lt. Jeremy Humphries, Leland Police Department, 102 Town Hall Drive, Leland, NC 28451.

  • County unemployment stays below 6 percent for June

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained below 6 percent for June, but increased to 5.8 percent after dropping to 5.5 percent in May.

    The unemployment rate was 6 percent in April.

    The year-to-year unemployment rate is down 1.5 percent. The unemployment rate in Brunswick County from June 2015 was 7.3 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.