Local News

  • One of two house fires investigated as arson

    One of the two unrelated house fires to which firefighters responded in Brunswick County within three days is being investigated as arson.

    Firefighters were called to the first fire outside Southport just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 25, said Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner. Personnel from four fire departments extinguished the fire, which destroyed a vacant house behind Surf Cinemas and delayed traffic on Long Beach Road for several hours.

  • Warrant issued for inmate accused of bringing cell phone into jail

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a man accused of sneaking a cell phone into the Brunswick County Jail.

    Joseph Oneal High, 37, of Breezewood Drive in Wilmington, is wanted on a charge of inmate possession of tobacco, phone or electronics, the warrant from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office shows.

  • Officers arrest four people, confiscate heroin

    Officers arrested four people early Friday morning and confiscated 1,560 bags of heroin in Supply during a traffic stop prompted by an anonymous tip.

    Robert Joseph Decosimo, 49, and Vandarn Stewart, 53, both of Elmont, N.Y., and Supply residents Marcus Antonio Grissett, 53, of Clover Lane SW and Elizabeth Julia Kleedorfer, 51, of Seagull Way SW are each charged with conspiring to traffic heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Leland man reported missing has been found safe

    The Leland man deputies sought after he was reported missing has been found safe.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives asked for the public's help early Friday evening to find 23-year-old James Matthew Smith of Merrywood Drive.

    Smith, who was last seen about 10:30 p.m. at Tommy's Mini Mart in Leland, was found Friday night and returned home, sheriff's office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Longwood man accused of causing injury to his dog

    A Longwood man is accused of letting a nylon cord become embedded in his dog’s neck, causing injuries that led to the dog’s death.

    Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services Unit arrested 27-year-old James Miles Butler of Pine Needle Road on Friday, July 26 and charged him with cruelty to animals.

  • South Brunswick High teacher accused of animal cruelty

    A South Brunswick High School teacher is accused of starving hens and turkeys used for educational research at the school.

    Beke Musser Lindsay, 61, of Willettes Road in Southport is charged with three counts of cruelty to animals, according to a joint news release issued by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Brunswick County Schools.

    Lindsay was arrested Thursday, July 25 by animal protective services deputies and released on a $500 unsecured bond. She has been placed on administrative leave until further notice, according to the release.

  • Calabash issues scam alert

    A scam being perpetrated nationally has been identified in Calabash.

    Residents and property owners receive a letter in the mail stating their water lines are not insured but could be for as little as $5 per month ($60 per year), according to an alert issued this week by Calabash Town Hall.

    The letter instructs recipients to fill out an attached form and mail it along with a check or to include credit card information. Recipients are informed they can elect to pay the entire annual amount or make monthly payments.

  • Volunteers guide stranded turtle back to sea

    Carmel Zetts was patrolling Sunset Beach just before 6 a.m. July 16 when she received a distressing phone call.

    A volunteer with the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program told Zetts a female loggerhead sea turtle had made her way out of the water, onto the beach and over the back side of the sand dunes during the early morning hours, leaving the creature severely dehydrated and exhausted.

  • Leland board approves bonus for town manager’s performance

    Leland town council members awarded town manager David Hollis a one-time $20,000 bonus and upgraded his health-care plan after reviewing his performance Monday, July 15.

    Councilman Jon Tait said Hollis’ review was overdue, especially since the board was unanimous in its opinion of his work.

    “We are all pleased with his performance. He works harder than anyone I know,” Tait said.

    The board didn’t raise Hollis’ salary but provided benefits that Tait said were equivalent to a 7-percent increase.

  • Immigration reformers sit in at McIntyre’s Leland office

    An advocacy group for immigration reform held a sit-in in the Leland office of Congressman Mike McIntyre last week.

    The Latin American Coalition, based in Charlotte, spent the week caravanning around North Carolina on their way to Washington, D.C., and chose to stop at McIntyre’s office at 497 Olde Waterford Way, Suite 206, on July 18 to protest his vote to defund the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.