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  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 17

    Breaking and entering (auto), larceny of an iPhone 4S, iPad, ATM card and wallet from an auto, fraud on Laurinburg Street. Unknown suspects broke into vehicle and stole items.

    July 19

    Larceny of bed sheets and a laundry bag on East Second Street. Suspect removed listed property from residence.

  • Filings for municipal elections complete for all races

    The filing period for municipal elections has ended.

    Candidates were able to file for office from noon July 5 until noon last Friday, July 19.

    There were 15 mayoral seats and multiple board seats available in all of Brunswick County’s 19 incorporated towns. Seats were also available in the sanitary districts and on the Dosher Hospital Board of Trustees.

    Candidates have filed for all vacant seats. Some of the most contested seats include those for Oak Island mayor, Sunset Beach Town Council and on two sanitary districts.

  • Coast Guard assists sinking vessel

    A crew from Coast Guard Station Oak Island provided assistance to a sinking vessel Friday, July 19.

    U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Lane Munroe said the Sector North Carolina Command Center received a VHF radio mayday call from a vessel, the Designated Diver, about 10 a.m. Two people were on board the vessel when it began taking on water. The crew aboard the distressed boat also activated its Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB).

  • Youth volunteers repair homes for Brunswick County residents

    Marian Downer’s mobile home was in need of repair. The floors in the three bedrooms were giving way, raccoons were coming through holes in the screened porch, and some areas needed a fresh coat of paint.

    At 87, Marian can’t do the work herself. Her two daughters, Diane Downer and Deborah Downer, live with her, but both are disabled. Diane is recovering from a knee replacement surgery. Deborah was injured in a car accident and has recently had health problems.

  • Gas station birds ruffle rescuer's feathers

    Cages of colorful, cackling tropical birds line one wall of the small checkout area and store at Barrett’s Service Station on Holden Beach Road.

    For the three years they’ve been breeding and selling assorted birds at the Shallotte station, they’ve had no problems, station owner John Barrett said.

    “Do they look like they’re in danger to you?” Barrett asked as the birds sounded off from cages and perches on display inside the station.

  • Search for missing dog leads to rescue of four other pets

    It’s been more than a month since Jimmy, a 3-year-old black mouth cur dog, wandered away from a traveling carnival in Shallotte.

    Extensive searches by local animal lovers, coupled with an offer of a $1,000 reward, have yielded no recent sightings or clues about Jimmy’s whereabouts.

    But the bright spot is the three other lost, wandering dogs that were rescued, as well as a cat.

  • Eastern equine encephalitis found in Brunswick County horse

    A horse in Brunswick County has died of Eastern equine encephalitis, the first confirmed case of the illness in North Carolina for 2013.

    The horse, which died in early July, was in the Boiling Spring Lakes area, said David Stanley, director of the county department of health.

    “You have to remember the virus can be anywhere,” Stanley said last week. “Just because we have one horse doesn’t mean other areas are not threatened by the virus. You need to have proper precautions everywhere you go.”

  • One year later, sheriff's office brings change to animal shelter

    By Emily Flax

    Special to the Beacon

    A little more than a year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office took over running the county animal shelter, more than just the facility’s name has changed.

    Since July 1, 2012, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services (BCSOAPS) as it’s now known, has taken in 5,911 animals. That’s 738 more than the previous year.

  • Residents escape early-morning house fire near Calabash

       Four people were awakened by smoke alarms and escaped from a burning home near Calabash early Sunday morning.

    The Calabash Fire Department responded at 3:22 a.m. to a structure fire at 906 Strathaven Court in The Thistle Golf Estates off Old Georgetown Road, department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.

    The first units on the scene found flames shooting from the rear of a large two-story residence. Four occupants of the home, awakened by smoke alarms, had already escaped and were outside.

  • Missing 15-year-old found

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office says a missing juvenile has been found.

    The sheriff's office sent out an updated bulletin at 9:30 Friday night stating Alekzander Lee Boyd, 15, of Southport had been located and expressing appreciation for the public's help.

    He left home prior to his parents getting up Friday morning and left a note saying he was going to be with friends.