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Today's News

  • Agents arrest 29 people on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 people, including a former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, on a charge of soliciting prostitution after conducting three separate operations in different areas of the county between Feb. 3 and March 2.

    According to information released to the Beacon this month, two female agents posed as prostitutes and posted an advertisement on Backpage, a classified advertising website. Those who responded to the ad were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Amber Alert canceled for Leland girl

    An Amber Alert has been canceled for an 11-year-old Leland girl who was thought to have been abducted Thursday.

    Elisha Jones, who was last seen at 11 a.m. May 19 at Leland Middle School, has been located safe with her grandmother in Baltimore, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

    Investigators found the grandmother failed to notify Jones’ father she was picking the girl up from school with permission from Jones’ mother, who resides in New Jersey, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

  • Sloup wins Carolinas Women's Amateur championship

    By Carolinas Golf Association

    PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Ashley Sloup came up short of victory in the 2015 CGA Carolinas Women's Amateur championship at Treyburn Country Club. Playing in the final grouping, the Southport native shot a 79 and finished tied for fifth.

    Sloup found redemption May 18 at The Reserve Club.

    Starting with a one-shot lead over 2014 runner-up Bailey Cocca, Sloup's final-round 73 was enough to claim her first Carolinas Golf Association championship with a three-shot victory.

  • Fairmont’s Cole Lovin throws one-hitter against North Brunswick in playoffs

    FAIRMONT — Cole Lovin threw a one-hitter as Fairmont beat North Brunswick 3-0 in the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A state baseball playoffs May 18.

    Sophomore Seth Thorndyke hit a two-run home run as the Golden Tornadoes (23-6) reached the fourth round for the second straight year.

    North starting sophomore pitcher Landen Wright gave up three hits and three runs, one unearned, in 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out five.

  • Trojans reach fourth round in baseball playoffs

    West Brunswick won its third-round baseball playoff game against Rockingham County 14-4 in six innings May 17.

    If West wins the game scheduled for Friday at West, it will play in the East Regional next week. Winner of the three-game series plays for the state title June 3-4 (site to be determined).

    Against Rockingham, the Trojans had 10 hits and nine walks. Two batters were hit by pitches. West stole five bases.

  • Mo Spada: Golfing every day and lovin’ it

    Early this year, Mo Spada of Sea Trail was recognized by the Carolinas Golf Association as having played the most rounds of any woman golfer in North and South Carolina for 2015. She posted 275 rounds of golf.

    Figure it out, folks. That’s an average of 5.3 times a week, year-round. Think of rainy days and Nor’easters, ice storms and summer heat waves, Mo Spada is either out on the course or sitting in her house, just waiting to grab her clubs. I love it.

  • Rising water temperatures improving the fishing
  • Get gill nets out of coastal creeks
  • 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 incident and arrest reports.

    May 2

    Larceny of 14 plants from the entrance to Mallory Creek.

    Larceny of a boat trailer from a Manchester Lane residence.

    Larceny of a wallet the victim left on a counter and walked away from briefly at the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart.

    May 3

    Hit and run traffic crash on Fairview and Village roads resulting in property damage.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Police Department reports

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

    May 13

    Adam J. Trus, 38, of Ocean Highway, arrested on charges of driving while impaired and no operator’s license.

    May 14

    Wilbur Blake Callihan, 24, of N.C. 41, Bladenboro, arrested on possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

    Breaking and entering at a Coggeshall Drive residence.

    May 15