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Today's News

  • The taco saga

    The anticipation and talk around town about the opening of Taco Bell in Shallotte has caused me to chuckle the past few weeks. I am not saying I am not as enthusiastic about the new fast food option in Shallotte, I just have never heard such a buzz for a taco.

    The restaurant was originally scheduled to open on Monday morning but owners delayed per the request of the police chief.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Maceo Fullwood, 59, of 363 Helm St., Supply, was arrested for failure to appear on possession of cocaine in New Hanover County. Fullwood was stopped for identification while walking from closed businesses on Mulberry Street in Shallotte.

    •Benjamin DeVaughn Wilson, 32, of 15 Paisley Drive, Apt. 105, Shallotte, was arrested for assault on a female.

  • Commissioners reduce bulkhead repair time in order to urge action

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—If town officials deem bulkheads in Ocean Isle Beach in “imminent danger,” homeowners will now have 30 days instead of 90 to repair them.

    Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution at their monthly meeting Tuesday to the Section 42-43 of a town ordinance that outlines bulkhead repairs. The resolution changes the amount of time homeowners will have to fix bulkheads that are “in imminent danger of collapse, failure or which create a danger to adjoining properties or the canal system.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Assault on a female on Isle Plaza; subject hit female in the face.

    •Larceny and property damage on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect took air conditioning compressors without permission.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny from a motor vehicle and property damage to a motor vehicle on Oyster Bay; unknown suspect gained entry into motor vehicle and removed amp.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Mary Lee Hargrove, 72, of 2573 Oak Shore Drive, Supply, was arrested May 3 for trafficking Hydrocodone. Hargrove has been charged with three counts of trafficking opium or heroin, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of distributing controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where she was placed under a $100,000 secured bond.

  • 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:

     •Vandalism on Cherokee Avenue in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s heat pump.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Blackwell Road in Leland; suspect stole 100 aluminum wheels from victim’s business.

    •Vandalism on Copley Lane in Supply; suspect shot victim’s pet rabbit.

  • Gun-toting, malt liquor-swilling ‘gangstas’ probably don’t read newspapers

    Get out your pens. Fire up your computer. Log onto that email account.

    After reading this, many of you will feel the urge to write a letter to the editor. Please do.

    This column will offend some of you, even if it only offends your self-righteous

    political correctness many of us can’t seem to break free from.

    I’ve read (and even written stories) with a heavy heart about South Brunswick High School football star Marcus Hankins’ murder.

  • State, local law enforcement remember fallen officers in annual Peace Officers Memorial Day

    SHALLOTTE—Jan. 18, 2005, is a day Larry Prince won’t soon forget. It was the day his son, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer Mitch Prince, was killed in the line of duty.

    Just as Christopher William’s family won’t soon forget June 16, 2006, the day the Wilmington Police officer was killed, the family of Richard Matthews won’t soon forget Feb. 18, 2009, when another Wilmington police officer was killed.

  • 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.