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  • Dead bear found on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach

    A black bear was found dead in one of the travel lanes of N.C. 904 early Wednesday, apparently after being struck by a car.

    The bear, estimated to weigh around 200 pounds, was found near the Ascension Drive entrance to the Sunset Ridge community.

    Sunset Beach Assistant Police Chief Joe Smith said vehicular parts were also found at the scene, leading to speculation the bear was struck by a car whose driver fled the scene.

    Sunset Ridge resident Bob Johns said the incident apparently happened sometime after midnight in the early hours of May 23.

  • Longtime OWA manager Mike Sapp dies

    The community is mourning Mike Sapp, longtime manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College, who died Tuesday in Durham.

    Sapp, 64, died from medical complications after undergoing surgery at Duke Medical Center, according to information posted on his Facebook page by his daughter, Amy Leighton.

  • Man pleads guilty to shooting at coworker after argument

    A man accused of shooting at his coworker at a construction site last year pleaded guilty to the crime. No one was injured.

    Dadrian Earl Todd, 27, was arrested July 17 and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, according to a Leland Police Department news release. 

    Court records show Todd pleaded guilty to the charge May 7 .

    Assistant District Attorney Troy Cronk said Judge C. Ashley Gore sentenced Todd to a 60-day suspended sentence.

    Gore also placed Todd on 12 months of supervised probation.

  • Shallotte police seek man for fraudulent purchases

    Shallotte police are looking for a man who made fraudulent buys at Lowes Home Improvement earlier this year, as well as other locations in North Carolina and South Carolina.

    The purchases were made Feb. 26, but police were only recently notified about it, Detective Sgt. John Holman said

    The man is described as white with a medium build and a brown mustache.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Shallotte police at 754-6008 or private message Shallotte police through their Facebook page and ask to speak with Holman.

  • South Carolina man accused of stealing golf carts

    A Galivants Ferry, S.C., man is accused of stealing six golf carts from Brunswick County.

    Joseph Molok, 39, of Rosa Mae Lane was arrested May 16 and charged with six counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, two counts of breaking or entering, larceny after breaking and entering and two misdemeanor counts of injury to personal property.

  • Two men sentenced in 2017 Supply home invasion

    Two of the three men charged in a 2017 Supply home invasion will spend at least five years in prison.

    Jonathan Joel Velez, 23, of Chadwick Landing in Shallotte and Miguel Angel Rivera Cortes, 46, of Seawind Court in Supply pleaded in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, while Joshua Albarran, 23, of Mackerel Street in Supply pleaded March 7, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release issued Tuesday.

  • OIB man accused of fracturing another man’s jaw

    An Ocean Isle Beach man is accused of fracturing another man’s jaw earlier this month.

    Matthew Ryan Eubanks, 18, of Heron Point Road SW was arrested May 11 and charged with assault inflicting serious bodily injury, a felony.

    Warrants show Eubanks fractured the victim’s jaw in three places during a fight May 8.

    Eubanks was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released May 11 on $5,000 bail.

  • Teachers ‘Rally for Respect’ in Raleigh

    RALEIGH — An estimated 26,000 teachers from across North Carolina, including Brunswick County, traveled to the state capital May 16 for the “March for Students and Rally for Respect” organized by the nonpartisan North Carolina Association of Educators.

    Two charter buses with teachers from all over the county left from Shallotte and Leland on Wednesday morning in time for the planned 10 a.m. March for Students. Teachers then made their way into the legislative building at 10:45 a.m. before the General Assembly convened at noon.

  • Men arrested on drug charges after near-fatal overdose

    Two South Carolina men remain jailed each on $1 million bail on drug charges related to a near-fatal overdose in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit agents responded to a near-fatal overdose May 15 that led to the arrest of Dashon Cortez Grate and Marqivies Sedale Crawford after a traffic stop May 16. 

    No details about the condition of near-overdose victim are available because of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

  • BCC president Adams receives positive evaluation

    BOLIVIA— After a closed session following their regular meeting May 17, Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees announced they’d given a positive evaluation of college president Dr. Susanne Adams.

    “In general, the evaluation of the president, the average score was between exceeding expectations and meeting expectations,” chairman Alan Holden said. “The score was extremely positive, exemplifying the satisfaction of … the president.”