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  • Former DA turns himself in, out on bond

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore and former assistant district attorney Elaine Kelley turned themselves in Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury Monday.

    Mike Ramos, one of Gore’s attorneys, issued a press release Tuesday afternoon stating Gore was out on bond and had no further comments at this time.

  • Police Chief's son arrested for DUI and heroin

    SUNSET BEACH—The son of Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause has been arrested and charged with driving while impaired and possession of heroin.

    Rodney Dean Gause Jr., 29, of 4357 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, was stopped by Sunset Beach police around 2 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20.

    “He is my son and I do love him,” Chief Gause said Tuesday. “I am disappointed. I just hope and pray he learns a lesson.”

  • Former District Attorney Rex Gore indicted

    Former District Attorney Rex Gore and former assistant district attorney Elaine Kelley have been indicted by a grand jury.

    Noelle Talley, public information officer for the North Carolina Department of Justice, confirmed Gore was indicted on one count and Kelley was indicted on two counts Monday. 

    Gore was indicted on one count of felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense. Kelley was indicted on one count of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of felonious conspiracy to obtain property by false pretense.

  • Oak Island teen killed after crashing car

    An Oak Island teenager has died after crashing his car late Saturday night on N.C. 133.

    Aaron Michael Burke Jr., 18, died early Sunday after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Burke died after his south-bound 1996 Chevrolet ran off the road around 10:20 p.m. Saturday.

    Sgt. C.K. Parks with the N.C. Highway Patrol said Burke’s car was going around a curve when it traveled left of center. The vehicle went off the left-hand side of the road, struck a ditch, then hit a tree.

  • Puppy-mill couple pleads guilty to animal cruelty

    A Brunswick County couple has pleaded guilty to 24 counts each of Class 1 cruelty to animals.

    Andrew and Amelia Millis, charged in an Aug. 3 puppy-mill bust on Maco Road in Leland, entered their pleas on Friday, Aug. 17, in a case prosecuted by assistant district attorney Gina Essey.

    The judgments were consolidated into two sentences per statutory guidelines that are to run consecutively, according to a press release issued Friday by district attorney Jon David’s office.

  • 2,000 bindles of heroin confiscated in Brunswick County


    Two thousand bindles of heroin with a street value of more than $40,000 headed for distribution in Brunswick County were intercepted in the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 16.

    After a lengthy investigation, investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Joseph Mosby, 43. Mosby resides in both New Jersey and Leland.

    On Thursday, Mosby was returning to Leland after a trip to New Jersey when he was apprehended by law enforcement. He was in possession of 2,000 bindles of heroin.

  • Ash man gets 10 years for 2009 manslaughter

    An Ash man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a man to death three years ago in Little River, S.C.

    Thomas Edward Shipplett, 61, of 2046 Ash Little River Road, turned himself in at the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Police Department on July 1, 2009, a day after Dale McDuffie Hammond, 56, of Cerro Gordo was shot numerous times at Hammond’s vacation home in Little River.

  • Wanted suspect

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating a wanted suspect.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 15 around 6:30 a.m., a female resident at Ash Street in the Forest Hills subdivision in Supply was confronted by possibly a Hispanic male. As the victim went outside to get her iPod from her vehicle, the male subject, dressed in all black from head to toe, ran up on the back porch, grabbed the female and told her not to fight, that he wouldn't hurt her.

  • Old McDonald's put out to pasture to make way for new one

    An old McDonald’s will soon become new.

    The McDonald’s at U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 was shut down at 11 p.m. July 30. It has been demolished to make way for an extensive rebuild.

    “I’m so excited about the new one,” said Judy Hill, supervisor for the 22-year-old eatery between Grissettown and Sunset Beach. “We’re going to have more room.”

    Plans call for the new McDonald’s to be more than double the size of the old one, Hill said, with an 80-seat capacity. The old McDonald’s had a 30-seat capacity.

  • Strong opposition leads to accusations of corruption in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— At Tuesday’s monthly meeting Ocean Isle Beach commissioners responded to accusations of corruption and making backroom deals.

    During a public hearing and again during public comment of the commissioners’ meeting, homeowners on Moore Street spoke out about a proposal to modify a zoning ordinance. The proposed change would allow construction on a 47.2-foot lot that was platted and/or modified prior to 2005. Before the unanimous vote to allow the change, requirements called for the lot to be 50 feet.