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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.

  • 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 by an employee and obtaining property by false pretenses on Holden Beach Road in Supply; suspect stole money from victim’s business.

    •Larceny on Hideaway Road in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole victim’s trailer.

    •Larceny on Bricklanding Road in Shallotte; suspect stole victim’s car.

    •Vehicle fire on Greenfield Road in Supply.

  • Jay Votaw: A hero by any standard

    Everyone has a hero. Special people we admire, look up to and try to emulate.

    One of my personal heroes is Jay Votaw, a neighbor, a friend, a semiretired veterinarian and an avid golfer. OK, so why is he my hero?

    Jay is a paraplegic and plays golf in a specially constructed wheelchair with wide pneumatic wheels that can roll right onto a green. He usually plays from the senior men’s tees. Each Tuesday, he plays in the Brick Landing Men’s Association tournament, and on Saturday, he tees it up in the men’s shootout.

  • Ocean Isle Beach crime report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol incident/investigation reports.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Laurinburg Street. Unknown subject cut a lock off a trailer and stole three extension ladders, two stepladders, two skill saws and two framing guns.

  • Martin trial day two: Defendant admits to hitting victim in recorded interview

    BOLIVIA—“We have a big problem,” Dave Crocker told James Dean Martin as Martin walked into an interview room at the sheriff’s office in July 2007.

    Martin, 20, is being tried for first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Crocker, a special investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, took the stand Thursday as a witness for the prosecution.

  • Spring break renews energy

    Spending time away from the office for a week was a great way to recharge my batteries.

    I spent most of the time with my 6-year-old in Charlotte visiting my brother, sister-in-law and 11-month-old nephew. It was a delight, especially since he started walking while we were there.

    My daughter Taryn and I also made a visit to Discovery Place, where she saw a mad scientist blow things up, made all sorts of scientific discoveries and watched her first IMAX movie, “Fly Me to the Moon,” (not a great movie for adults, but she liked it.)

  • District Court Docket

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

    Wednesday, April 8

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerks Lisa Quick and Michelle Warth:

    Brittany H. Akers, improper equipment, costs.

    Timothy Armakovitch, fail to maintain lane control, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    Lance Matthew Baker, speeding 74 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs.

    Timothy Easton Barton, improper equipment, costs.

  • West wins Touchstone Energy baseball tourney; North third

    West Brunswick rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Southern Alamance 7-6 in a thrilling championship game of the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Invitational April 15 at West.

    Jay Gause, who pitched the final four and one-third innings, ended the game with a strikeout when the tying run was on third base.

    Three Trojans—Logan Tripp, Pat Kamfolt and Josh Powell—made the all-tournament team. (Hunter Allen, playing on the junior varsity, also was an all-tournament selection).

  • Martin trial day three: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

    BOLIVIA—After deliberating for about an hour and a half Friday afternoon, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin guilty of the 2007 robbery and murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook.

    The jury found Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. sentenced Martin to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Ocean Isle votes to install playground on island

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Children will now have a new place to play on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board of commissioners approved the installation of a playground on Third Street near the Museum of Coastal Carolina at its meeting Tuesday.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy approached the board of commissioners at its February meeting and proposed the idea for a playground to add to the family-friendly atmosphere of the island.