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Today's News

  • Oak Island man pleads guilty to murder; sentenced to 12-16 years

    An Oak Island man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Robert James Frazier, formerly of 139 NE 38th St., Oak Island, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to the February 2007 murder of 33-year-old Katherine Gail Harlow.

    Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear sentenced Frazier to 151-191 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections, with credit for time served, assistant district attorney Chris Gentry said.

  • Driving while impaired victims remembered, officers honored

    WILMINGTON—Terry Randolph will never have another family dinner again. Her 10 grandchildren will never know the love of their grandfather Benny since he was struck and killed by a drunk driver two years ago.

    “I don’t even like to say he died. He didn’t die—he was killed brutally,” Randolph, the keynote speaker at last week’s candlelight vigil remembering victims of drunk driving, told a packed crowd as her children and grandchildren looked on somberly from the front row.

  • Former police officer in court for assault this week

    BOLIVIA—Opening arguments in the trial of a former police officer charged with assault began just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, with the trial expected to continue Wednesday.

    Former Holden Beach police officer Brannon Gray, 25, of 944 Little Macedonia Road, Supply, was charged with and indicted for assault inflicting serious bodily injury for a November 2007 incident.

  • Tough times in Brunswick County

    To the editor: I recently went to a restaurant in Shallotte with a very good friend for breakfast and fellowship. The meal didn’t give me heart failure, but the check did. I will not darken their door again.

    I had my propane gas tank filled two weeks ago. The bill seemed high to me, so I called a couple of competitors. The first was 20 cents a gallon (or pound) cheaper and the second was 30 cents cheaper.

    I will be ending a long time relationship with my gas company very soon.

  • Ingram Planetarium’s stars shine bright

    I was pleased to learn the town of Sunset Beach released a $15,000 capital grant to Ingram Planetarium. As a trustee of the foundation that oversees the planetarium, I am grateful for the town’s support of this important tourist attraction and educational facility.

    I am concerned, however, about some of the comments made at the Sunset Beach town meeting and the manner in which they were reported in the local press.

  • Where’s the bailout for seniors?

    To the editor: How come all the sudden our government has all this money to bail out all these big companies, but they can’t bail out those in poverty and senior citizens?

    We have to suffer so all the CEOs and presidents and vice presidents and board members can be cozy and comfortable in their big homes not knowing what and how the little people are really doing and what we have to deal with to survive.

  • Break-ins, party investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated a house break-in and possible party reported Dec. 13 on the Sunset Beach Island.

    The incident was reported at 426 39th Street.

    “Apparently, teens used the house to have a large party,” Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith said.

    The incident is still under investigation.

    “Right now, we’re sorting out who was there,” Smith said, adding there may be possible breaking and entering and property damage charges.

  • BFA thanks contributors

    To the editor: In October, Brunswick Family Assistance re-evaluated the devastating effect our economy has had on our less fortunate neighbors.

    It was determined we needed to initiate a blitz campaign while temporarily reducing expenses and services to support these individuals during these extreme times while maintaining our financial stability.

    Thanks to you, the Brunswick County community, we have raised more than $70,000, significant amounts of food and increased volunteer support. This will allow us to continue to provide essential services into the New Year.

  • ACE team 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, driver’s license and criminal information 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.

  • 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 Flicker Road in Shallotte; suspects spray-painted “Crip” on victim’s garage door.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on Cedar Grove Road in Supply; suspect stole victim’s vehicle.

    •Armed robbery and assault on Walker Street in Leland; two black males came in with small pistols and stole money.