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  • Former WWE wrestler visits local elementary school

     Motivational speaker Chris Hollyfield, a former WWE wrestler, definitely knows what bullying is.

    Standing at 4-foot-4, Hollyfield, who is known by wrestling fans as “Lil’ Boogeyman,” is often perceived at first glance as an undersized man in an oversized world. He visited Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 21, and spoke to students at two assemblies to show the emotional and physical effects of bullying.

  • Leland police seek men in attempted armed robbery

    Leland police are looking for two men involved in an attempted armed robbery outside of a local business Monday, Oct. 21 about 9 p.m.

    Bharat Jethawa, the owner of Shirley’s Diner on 112 Village Road, was leaving work when two black men wearing dark-colored clothing and bandanas approached him, according to a news release.

    One of the men pulled out a pistol and demanded money from Jethawa, according to the release. Jethawa told the men he didn’t have any money and they ran away.

    Jethawa was not injured.

  • Leland woman charged with statutory rape

    A 29-year-old Leland woman is charged with statutory rape and sex offense of a victim older than 6, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

    Hannah Marie Whitlock of South Navassa Road was arrested Monday, Oct. 21, after an anonymous tip to the Department of Social Services led to an investigation by the police department.

  • Four men face drug charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested four men on various drug charges in recent separate cases, according to a news release issued Friday, Oct. 18.

    Brandon Lovell Webster, 23, of Strawberry Way in Shallotte, was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 16, on charges of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $10,000 bail.

  • Eight arrested, three sought in county break-ins

    Eight people were arrested and three more are wanted in a string of recent break-ins, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release issued Friday. Oct. 18.

    Detectives recovered $20,000 in stolen property, according to the release.

    Heather Nicole Barnes, 22, of Rutland Road in Boliviawas arrested Oct. 15 and charged with misdemeanor larceny after being accused of stealing a television from the Grey Gull Motel in Supply on Sept. 29.

  • Missing teen found

     Deputies have found a missing teen from Winnabow safely.

    Kayla Leigh-Anne Turner, 17, of 5674 NE Deerfield Place, was found early afternoon, Oct. 16.

  • Oak Island man sentenced as habitual felon

     An Oak Island man will serve nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty Oct. 9 to selling cocaine, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

    Senior Resident Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Sean Patrick Clark as a habitual felon and ordered him to serve 58 to 82 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction. She also ordered him to pay restitution and court costs for associated with the investigation into his activities.

  • Calabash says leave sales tax distribution the way it is

    CALABASH — Chalk up Calabash as the latest Brunswick County town that wants to keep tax revenue distributions just the way they are.

    At the town board of commissioners meeting Oct. 8, members agreed Calabash stands to lose if the county were to change from per capita to an ad valorem formula.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance said it’s the town’s largest source of revenue. If the county goes to ad valorem, “we could lose two-thirds of revenue,” he said. “It’s a very serious matter.”

  • Oak Island man pleads guilty to possession of heroin

     An Oak Island man has been sentenced as a habitual felon after pleading guilty to possession of heroin Oct. 11 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Judge Ebern T. Watson III sentenced Robert Midgley to 20 to 36 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction under the Habitual Felon Act, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

    The Brunswick County 911 Center received a call June 10 that a vehicle had hit the center railing in a construction zone near Leland before leaving the scene.

  • Supply man faces several drug charges

     A Supply man faces several drug charges after being arrested Saturday, Oct. 12, by members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Task Force.

    Jonathan Joel Velez, 19, of Bacons Bluff Street, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell, or deliver heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance, and possession of marijuana, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.