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Today's News

  • Grissett murder trial postponed until Monday

    BOLIVIA — The trial of Richard Grissett, who charged with first-degree murder in the death of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward, has been postponed until next week because the judge fell ill, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Grissett, 52, is accused of beating Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home in November 2012.

    Judge Wayland Sermons became sick and notified the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office on Thursday morning, April 3.

  • Winnabow man dies in Funston Road crash

    A Winnabow man was killed Wednesday, April 2, when his car flipped on Funston Road off N.C. 87.

    Jesse Mason, 23, crossed the center line in his Ford Explorer, and when he tried to get back in his lane, he lost control of his vehicle, Sgt. P.M. Sanders of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.

    Sanders said Mason then crossed the center line again and ran off the left side of the road.

    “His vehicle then hit a tree and that’s when the car flipped,” Sanders said. “He actually crossed the center line twice.”

  • BCC coach focused on a team, a son, at same time

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College baseball coach is Robbie Allen would like to be two places at once during this baseball season, and with good reason.

    His Dolphins’ baseball team is competing for a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region 10 title. His son, Hunter, is a starting shortstop in his first season at East Carolina University.

    So far, Coach Allen is managing his time well.

  • Ex-Trojan Markel Jones thriving at Louisburg

     BOLIVIA — Former West Brunswick baseball player Markel Jones was in uniform for Louisburg College when it played a non-region game April 2 against Brunswick Community College, and he showed the same form that made him a top player for the Trojans.

    Louisburg beat BCC 6-5 in 10 innings. Batting cleanup, Jones finished 1-for-5 with a single, a stolen base and a run sored. Entering the game against BCC, Jones was batting .365 with 12 RBIs. He had stolen 13 bases in 16 attempts. He had hit nine doubles, two triples and three home runs.

  • Grissett murder trial jurors selected, opening statements begin Thursday

    BOLIVIA — A jury has been selected for the trial of Richard Hugh Grissett, who is accused to beating 86-year old Linnie Mae Ward to death with his hands during an alleged burglary at her Longwood home in November 2012.

    After a two-day suppression hearing, jury selection began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, and lasted until 5 p.m. The jury is comprised of seven men and five women, with two alternate jurors. The group was chosen from a pool of 75 candidates.

  • Ocean Isle Beach pushes for largest terminal groin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — If Ocean Isle Beach is approved for a terminal groin, town officials want to go big.

    Board members voted March 20 to endorse a 750-foot terminal groin recommendation to the Army Corps of Engineers.

    Town officials met with Ken Willson and Tom Jarrett of Coastal Planning and Engineering of North Carolina to review an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is required for approval of a terminal groin project.

  • 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.

    March 24

    Corey John Mulvaney, 18, 8 Queens Grant Circle, cited for taking items from Walmart valued at $14.88.

    March 25

    Justin Michael Charles Platts, 25, arrested on charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Iler touts Brunswick company for coal ash cleanup

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — State Rep. Frank Iler has pitched a Brunswick County business as a possible solution to Duke Energy’s environmental pollution problem.

    On Friday, March 21, state regulators asked a judge to withdraw a proposed settlement that would have allowed Duke Energy to resolve environmental violations by paying a $99,000 fine with no requirement that the $50 billion company clean up pollution caused by its coal ash spill onto the banks of the Dan River near Eden in early February.

  • Family of Town Creek Confederate Army veteran dedicates new grave marker

    TOWN CREEK —The ancestors of Civil War Sgt. Andrew Jackson Potter held a family reunion of sorts Sunday, March 30, meeting at his gravesite off Rock Creek Road in Town Creek to replace a missing headstone.

    Dale Coleman Spencer, the great-great-great-granddaughter of Potter led the effort to install a new grave marker for the relative she only recently learned about.

    Spencer said she discovered her family connection to Potter through genealogy records.

  • Southport city manager involved in golf-cart accident

     Southport’s city manager accidentally struck a pedestrian with his golf cart last week, Southport Police Chief Jerry Dove said.

    Kerry McDuffie was leaving Southport City Hall about 1:15 p.m. March 25 when he accidentally ran into a woman who was walking down the street, Dove said. The woman was treated and released from Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport that same day.

    No charges have been filed, Dove said.

     

    Sam Hickman is a staff writer for the Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or shickman@brunswickbeacon.com.