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    Officers with the Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from incident logs and arrest reports.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole bikes from victim’s home.

    •Larceny on Jordan Boulevard; suspect stole victim’s bike from the handicap access ramp.

    •Larceny on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole bikes from a rental company.


    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Matthew Deante Hewett, 24, of 1803 Turkey Trap Road, Supply; charged with felony possession of cocaine, possession of ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hewett was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center where he was placed on a $7,000 secured bond.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Derek Shawon Johnson, 28, of Johnson Way, Supply, with possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $5,000 secured bond.


    Sunset Beach police investigated a Sept. 3 report of an electronic device lost at a local grocery store.

    The computer-like, handheld device used to order food was reported missing at Food Lion, 1775 Clipper Way in the Village at Sunset Beach. It is valued at $6,000.

  • Leland man arrested for murder

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, Sept. 4, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, Sept. 5, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

    Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen early on the morning of July 30 leaving downtown Wilmington.

  • 'Black Widow' gets two years

    She goes by many names.

    Some people know her only as the “Black Widow.”

    But Sandra Camille Powers will soon be known for her federal inmate number rather than by one of her many aliases.

    Dubbed the “Black Widow,” by the media, Powers, 64, will spend the next two years in federal prison.

    But the woman who became notorious for, but never formally charged with, a trail of dead husbands, will serve time in prison for identity theft, not murder.

  • Initiatives help students get ready for graduation

    North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has proclaimed Sept. 7-13 as Graduation Awareness Week. School districts throughout North Carolina are encouraged to utilize resources available from the state.

    Numerous efforts are underway statewide to provide better academic opportunities and outcomes for all students to promote the lifelong benefits that are achieved by staying in school.

  • Local school enrollment numbers up

    Enrollment numbers are up for Brunswick County Schools.

    After the first four days of classes last month, attendance totaled 11,750 students, 88 more students than the same time last year.

    Brunswick County Academy’s enrollment after four days was the largest increase in attendance for an individual school. At 153 students, the number is 61 students higher than this time last year.

  • Widow's Mite Experience helps women and children across the globe

    When a pastor at Highest Praise Worship Center urged his congregation to take a “corporate fast” and figure out what God’s purpose for their lives, Janet Baker and a group of woman all came to the same purpose.

    “We had just been called to help women and their children. We just had a real heart for that,” Baker said.

  • Planning board OKs outside storage request with conditions

    SHALLOTTE—Despite objections from a neighboring property owner, the town planning board has recommended allowing outdoor storage at a Main Street business as long the business owner meets town code requirements.

    During its regular meeting Tuesday night, the planning board heard from Super Sod owner Al Braden, who had received violation notices from the town for not replacing dead trees that were serving as landscape buffers and for storing rock for sale on pallets in violation of town ordinances.