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Today's News

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •After being stopped for speeding 100 mph in a 55 mph zone, Christopher Shane Barr, 35, 7997 Ocean Highway, Leland, was charged with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and careless and reckless driving.

    •Larceny on Grey Moss Court; suspect took three personal checks from victim’s mailbox and attempted to cash the checks in Wilmington.

  • Wanted scam artist targets local businesses

    A woman claiming to represent an advertising company has bilked several local businesses, selling billboard space she did not have access to and leaving with money from business owners, according to local business owners and police reports.

    Justin Fulford of Fulford Heating and Air on the Holden Beach causeway said recently the woman, who identified herself as Kristal Hill, “was very professional and had us convinced that others in the area had also done billboards with her.”

  • S.C. kidnapping suspect nabbed in Brunswick

    A North Myrtle Beach, S.C., man is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center awaiting extradition to South Carolina.

    Marco Maurice Vaught, 25, of 1264 Oyster Lane, is in custody on a $200,000 bond after being arrested Saturday evening in Brunswick County.

    Loris, S.C., Police Chief Joseph Vaught said an Amber Alert was issued early Saturday morning for Evette Vaught and her 2-year-old daughter Namia, who authorities believed were taken by Marco Vaught.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Fairway 9 Court, Supply; suspect cut victim’s screen, entered house and left out backdoor.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Village Point Road, Shallotte; suspect kicked open victim’s backdoor and stole three 12-packs of beer.

  • Drug agents arrest two suspects in drug-trafficking organization

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit recently arrested two men they allege are involved in a Hispanic-based drug trafficking organization.

    Twenty-one year old suspects Damien Cruz and Saul Dominquez Jaramillo were arrested after drug agents and Leland Police officers executed a search warrant last Friday at two Leland-area residences following months-long investigation.

  • Kinderdance gets kids in motion while teaching developmental skills

    A 2004 study conducted by an exercise-science professor from University of South Carolina found preschool children ages 3-5 did not get enough physical activity.

    The study examined the activity of 281 children at preschools in churches, private programs and Head Start. The children received an average of 7.7 minutes an hour of moderate to vigorous activity.

  • Seven of 17 schools make AYP goals

    More than half of the 17 Brunswick County Schools did not meet the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals for 2007-2008, but Superintendent Katie McGee won’t describe them as failing schools.

    Brunswick County Academy, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, South Brunswick Middle, Supply Elementary, Union Elementary, Waccamaw Elementary and West Brunswick High—58.8 percent of Brunswick County schools—did not meet AYPs.

  • Teachers are satisfied with Brunswick County schools

    Gov. Mike Easley has released the 2008 Teacher Working Conditions Initiative Survey, a survey that measures teacher satisfaction with curriculum, instruction and school operations.

    The survey, which has been given to North Carolina teachers since 2002, was completed by 923 teachers in Brunswick County and more than 100,000 teachers statewide.

    Ninety-eight percent of teachers in Brunswick County responded to the survey, 11 percent higher than the state average.

  • Holden Beach commissioners adopt pavilion usage policy

    Holden Beach commissioners adopted a pavilion use policy at their meeting Tuesday night that does not require reservations or deposits—although they are going to see how the policy works to determine if either is needed.

    The new Holden Beach pavilion, or giant gazebo, as some people call it—is on the island under the Holden Beach bridge.

    The town will be allowed to reserve the facility for such things as its popular, free concerts on Sunday nights. Town officials have priority in using the pavilion.

  • First sea turtle hatchlings emerge in Ocean Isle Beach

    Some 118 sea turtle hatchlings have emerged from the first nest at Ocean Isle Beach.

    “We had our first nest hatchee118 babies boiled out like they were ready for that ocean. They were big and very dry,” Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator for the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol said.

    The hatchlings emerged Monday, during the 55th day of the season.

    Hillenburg added, “We have never had a first nest hatch that soon.”