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  • Three Sunset Beach restaurant employees cited for underage alcohol sales

    Employees at three Sunset Beach restaurants have been charged for selling alcohol to an underage informant.

    The charges follow alcohol sale compliance checks that were conducted Monday, June 18, at 19 locations in Sunset Beach where alcohol is available for purchase.

    The checks were conducted by the Sunset Beach Police Department with assistance from the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency using an underage informant.

  • Delco teen cleared of charges in attempted murder case

    A teen accused of trying to kill two people and damaging a third person’s car has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge Scott L. Ussery voluntarily dismissed two counts of attempted murder and count of injury to personal property against Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, on June 4.

    Court records show the charges were dismissed because the case was not prepared for probable cause and Ussery denied the state’s motion to continue. Troy M. Cronk was the prosecutor.

  • Wilmington man sought on assault, theft charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a Wilmington man wanted on assault inflicting serious injury, financial card theft and larceny of a motor vehicle charges.

    Michael Tyrone Loyde, 50, of North Ninth Street faces the charges in a June 12 incident at home on Highwood Court in Leland.

    Tyrone is described as a 5-foot-9 black man and may be driving a gray 2008 Nissan Altima.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Ryan Newman 880-4866.

  • Deputies seek teen on rape, other charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a teen facing rape and other charges.

    Hunter Joseph Lent, 18, is wanted on a charge of second-degree forcible rape, two counts of second-degree forcible sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties. 

    Lent is described as white, 5-foot 7 and weighing 170 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Shannon Mylod at 508-7626 or 911.

  • Two men face felony charges in separate financial crime cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men June 12 on felony charges in separate financial crime cases.

    Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Unit, Financial Crimes Division, arrested 65-year-old Bruce Alan Rains of Garnercrest Road in Wilmington on seven counts each of obtaining property under false pretense and forgery of an instrument.

  • Belville Elementary gains five modular classrooms

    BOLIVIA — Five unused modular classrooms from two schools will move to Belville Elementary School.

    Sue Rutledge, chief operations officer for Brunswick County Schools, said Belville Elementary needs them to address student population growth because House Bill 13 requires class sizes of no more than 20 students for kindergarten through third grade by the 2018-19 school year.

    Three classrooms will come from South Brunswick Middle School and the remainder will come from North Brunswick High School.

  • Carolina Shores woman wants motorists to slow down

    CAROLINA SHORES — Alicia Babcock has just two words for motorists going over the speed limit in her neighborhood: Slow down.

    The Village at Calabash resident says there have always been motorists exceeding the neighborhood speed limit of 35 mph, but in the past year it’s gotten even worse.

    Last summer, two neighborhood pond ducks were killed by a speeding car, Babcock said.

  • Business owners convey concerns in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town business owners outlined concerns about a lack of support and other issues at a town council business community outreach forum last week.

    Local businesswoman Dean Nelson, president of the newly named Sunset Beach Business Guild formed to replace the former Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association, said when a private LLC took over the local farmers market last year, it “decimated the Merchants Association. We had no income flow. People no longer wanted to be part of the Merchants Association.”

  • Calabash adopts $1.2M budget for fiscal 2018-19

    CALABASH — Town commissioners last week approved a balanced $1,217,924 budget calling for a sustained ad valorem tax rate of .0875 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance outlined details at the monthly board meeting June 12.

  • Sunset Beach approves asking Iler for beach fund option for stormwater

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate, Sunset Beach Town Council approved 3-2 last week a resolution asking state Rep. Frank Iler to pursue a legislative change that will enable the town to use a portion of beach nourishment funds for stormwater expenses.

    The measure was approved at the special called 30-minute meeting June 12 by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato.