Local News

  • Attorney says officer acted appropriately in teen’s death

     The lawyer representing Bryon Vassey, a Southport police officer who shot and killed Keith Vidal, a schizophrenic 18-year-old, said his client was protecting another officer who was “struggling for his life” during an incident inside Vidal’s Boiling Spring Lakes home Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5.

    James Payne, Vassey’s lawyer, said Officer John Thomas of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department was “fighting for his life” during a struggle with Vidal, who had a weapon.

  • Ash man arrested, accused of rape while on bond

     An Ash man who was out on bail on sexual assault charges is accused of raping and kidnapping the same woman Monday.

    Richard Teremaine Gore, 30, of 5246 Marlow Road, was out of jail on $50,000 bail when he broke the straps of his GPS tracking device, which was court ordered, and drove to Little River, S.C.

    Gore drove to the victim’s house and used a stolen Remington pistol to kidnap the woman, according to arrest warrants released Tuesday night by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Brunswick County Schools offer 2014-15 calendar survey

    The Brunswick County school district is seeking input on the 2014-15 traditional school calendar.

    Parents, community members and staff are asked to complete the brief online survey and select their preference between Draft A or Draft B. The drafts were created by the system's calendar committee, which is comprised of one parent and one staff representative from every school. Both drafts comply with all state calendar laws.

  • Lice policy for Brunswick schools set for review in January

    Brunswick County schools lice policy will be reviewed in 2014.

    The discussion was scheduled for the Brunswick County Board of Education Nov. 5 meeting.

    But the issue was tabled after a discussion of removing The Color Purple from the curriculum for advanced placement classes and the county’s curriculum and media collection overtook the meeting agenda.

    To do so, they had to push back a discussion until 2014 on their policy for dealing with lice in schools.

  • Anticipating Riverwalk approval, Belville sets aside PARTF grant money

    Belville commissioners adjusted their town budget up to more than $1 million to prepare for the cost of the riverwalk park.

    Belville has proposed building a Riverwalk park that would include a 12,000 square foot restaurant and retail site that would include a 120-foot fishing pier in the Brunswick River, eight shops, a boardwalk, walking trails and an observation tower.

  • Belville searching for replacement commissioner for Bost

    Belville will spend the next month searching for a replacement for Commissioner Charles Bost.

    Bost sent town officials a letter of resignation effective Jan. 1.

    At a special called meeting Jan. 2, the Belville town board accepted his resignation and began planning to find a replacement on the four-person board of commissioners.

    Mayor Mike Allen said he was caught by surprise by Bost’s resignation as well and while he had not talked to him as of the Jan. 2 meeting, he was looking forward to it.

  • Cape Fear golf course hosting two Carolinas PGA events in 2014

    Cape Fear National Golf Course in Leland will host its first Carolinas Professional Golf Association tournament in 2014 — and its second.

    Carolinas PGA selected the Leland golf course for two, two-day events: the Carolinas PGA Senior Championships, July 28-29, and the CPGA Pro Am, Sept. 28-29.

    Glenda Browning, Leland Tourism Development Authority TDA executive director, said both events will be sponsored by the TDA.

    The summer’s senior tournament will be sponsored by the TDA and Mercedez-Benz.

  • New year will see new projects move forward in Leland

    The face of Leland will change in 2014 beginning with the town and police department moving into the new town hall.

    “The town hall completion date in the contract is (Jan. 3). It’s not complete yet, but it is close,” town manager David Hollis said.

    While the town didn’t get to celebrate the new year in the new town hall, Hollis anticipates they will be able to move in by the end of February.

  • Supply couple charged in break-ins, $36K in property recovered

    BOLIVIA — A Supply couple is accused of stealing $36,000 in property from a residence during at least two break-ins in December, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office announced at a Thursday, Jan. 9, news conference.

    Detectives arrested Kelly Michael Rabon, 37, and Amanda Todd Coffey, 30, on Jan. 5.

    Rabon is charged with breaking and entering, possession of stolen goods, possession of burglary tools and larceny of a motor vehicle.  Coffey is charged with breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods.

  • Student arrested after officials find threatening note

    Students and staff at South Brunswick Middle and South Brunswick High schools were locked down Thursday, Jan. 9, after school administrators intercepted a written threat from a high school student who was arrested later that afternoon.

    Tevin Devon Lee, 18, was arrested off campus and charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.