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Today's News

  • Agents arrest five on drug charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people last week after investigations based on tips from the community, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    On Thursday, Aug. 14, agents arrested Antonio Green of Leland and Joseph Wayne Everhart, both of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • County education board discusses superintendent search

     BOLIVIA — A month after Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden announced his plans to resign following the coming school year, the Brunswick County Board of Education is discussing how it plans hire his replacement.

    Allison Shafer, director of policy and legal council for the North Carolina School Board Association, spoke to the board at its monthly meeting Aug. 5 to discuss the search.

    It’s common for school boards in North Carolina to use her organization while seeking new superintendents.

  • Three Leland police officers suspended pending investigations

     Three Leland police officers are on unpaid administrative leave after the department launched an internals affairs investigation last week.

    Detectives Sgt. Richard Christopher, Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor have been suspended, town manager David Hollis said during a Monday, Aug. 18, telephone interview with the Beacon.

    Chief Mike James did not return phone calls seeking comment about the suspensions.

  • Open lines of communication key during emergencies

     BOLIVIA — Communication is critical. But there’s even more of a heavy emphasis on communication during trying times. Just ask Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

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  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 10

    Kyle James Warren, 35, 1429 Pelican Place, arrested on charges of violating probation, secreting lien property and three counts of driving while license revoked.

    Aug. 11

    Grover Harold Rogers III, 42, 1975 Mt. Pleasant Road N., Mt. Pleasant, arrested on a charge of misdemeanor larceny.

    Aug. 13

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for July 1-31.

    Total number of events: 311

    911 hang up/open line: 8

    No event type specified: 2

    Administrative call: 1

    Alarm activation: 16

    Animal complaint: 13

    Arrest: 3

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 14

    Attempt to locate: 27

    Business check: 49

    Citation: 2

    Disturbance/fight: 5

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    Domestic related (pick up belongings, etc.): 1

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 7

    Cornelius Tremaine Washington, 28, 5831 Nixon Lane, Castle Hayne, arrested on a charge of trespassing at Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    James Marshall Gooch, 33, 109 Westover Drive, arrested on an active warrant from New Hanover County on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Commercial fishing groups sue federal agencies over unbalanced sea turtle protection standards

    A recent court filing is claiming what’s good for the loggerhead is good for the leatherback.

    Commercial fisherman from Brunswick County and other coastal areas abide by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to protect sea turtles, but they are now challenging federal officials to hold fish and line fishermen to the same standard.

    The North Carolina Fisheries Association and Carteret County Fisherman’s Association filed suit in Raleigh Aug. 5 requesting a court ruling that several federal agencies allow violations to the ESA.