Local News

  • Navassa plant closing costs 600 jobs

    One of Brunswick County’s largest industrial employers announced June 19 it will close its local plant.

    DAK Americas runs a plant in Navassa that employs about 600 workers—350 full-time employees and 250 contract workers—but said they intend to shut down by September.

    “We acknowledge that this business decision is very difficult for our employees and thank them for their dedication and commitment to our industry for more than 40 years,” Jorge Young, DAK Americas’ president, said in announcing the plant closing.

  • Richardson receives bond, remains incarcerated

    Randy Lee Richardson, the Shallotte teen charged with the murder of his 4-month-old child June 5, received a $500,000 bond Monday.

    Despite the bond, Richardson remains in the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    Richardson, 19, of 1515 Pelican Place in Shallotte, was arrested for the murder of Colton Tillman Richardson.

    The baby’s birth certificate obtained by the Beacon through the Brunswick County Register of Deeds office lists Randy Lee Richardson as the baby’s father and Brandy Nicole Elkins as his mother.

  • Lehr’s death a loss of commissioner and friend

    Shock was the term most frequently used by Holden Beach officials at the news town commissioner Ray Lehr died unexpectedly June 20.

    “I don’t know what to say; it’s shocking,” commissioner Sheila Young said, adding she last saw Lehr at the town’s last budget meeting June 17.

    “I was not aware he was ill,” Young said.

    Mayor Pro Tem Don Glander, who knew Lehr for close to 10 years and served with him for six years on the town board, said Lehr was in good health.

  • Holden Beach officials vote 3-2 to appoint Kyser to town board

    Ken Kyser, a former Holden Beach commissioner, was appointed to the town board Thursday morning.

    Holden Beach officials held a special meeting at 10 a.m. June 27 to discuss how to fill the empty seat left after Commissioner Ray Lehr’s death one week earlier.

    Kyser served on the town board for two terms, from 2007-11, but resigned one month prior to the November 2011 general election due to health problems.

  • Woman sought for questioning in recent thefts

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives with the assistance of South Carolina authorities have identified the woman in the attached photos as Bonnie Mendola, 30, of Hillside Drive, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Warrants have been drawn for the following charges: Obtaining property false pretense, larceny for an incident that occurred on June 23 at Turtle Crossing Cupcake Shop in Calabash and larceny for an incident that occurred on June 4 at Bill’s Seafood in Sunset Beach.

  • Larceny suspect nabbed

    Golf larceny suspect Charles Howard Peele has been located in Little River, S.C., the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday afternoon.

    Peele was booked into the Horry County, S.C., Detention Center at 4:48 p.m. Wednesday and is facing charges in that jurisdiction. He will eventually be transported to Brunswick County where he will face additional charges.

    The BCSO, along with the Sunset Beach Police Department, sought Peele, who is believed to be responsible for the theft of nearly $20,000 worth of golf equipment.

  • BCSO, Leland PD conduct Operation Restore Order in Navassa

    On Friday night, the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, along with the Leland Police Department, executed Operation Restore Order in the Town of Navassa.

    This operation was conducted in response to the recent growth of violent crime and drug activity in the Navassa area.

  • BCSO detectives searching for suspect in attempted armed robbery

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who attempted to rob the Minute Man Food Mart at 106 Southport-Supply Road in Supply on Sunday night. 

    At approximately 10:44 p.m., a man wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie entered the food mart armed with a knife. The suspect is approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.

    The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction of travel. 

  • BCSO arrests man for federal probation violation

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force has arrested a man wanted for federal probation violation. 

    Kevin Lyndell Davis, 30, of McMilly Road, Shallotte, was taken into custody on June 20 for three counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/distribute cocaine, two counts of sell/deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, in addition to the federal probation violation charge. 

    Officers seized 14.2 grams of cocaine from Davis at the time of his arrest.

  • Second DWI checkpoint suspect released from hospital, arrested

    Antoine Levar Graham, the second suspect in the June 14 vehicle checkpoint incident in Leland, has been released from New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He has been arrested and is now in the Brunswick County Detention Center. He is being held on a $1,021,000 bond.