Today's News

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 16

    Property damage by opening a car door and hitting a parked car at Zaxby’s.

    Aug. 21

    Theft by switching price tags on $95.74 in clothing at Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    Theft by pushing shopping cart with $500 in merchandise out of the Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    Aug. 22

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made these following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 17

    Obtaining property by false pretenses and communicating threats by tricking the victim into spending $700 and threatening him at a South Palm Drive, Winnabow, residence.

    Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle by taking $150 from the victim’s belongings at a Garden Club Way residence.

  • Leland board OKs parking rule change, introduces K9

    LELAND — An abbreviated Leland Town Council held an abbreviated meeting Aug. 23, as council members Pat Batleman and Michael Callahan were absent.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman and councilmen Mike Campbell and Bob Corriston voted to excuse the absences, leaving the three-member board to vote on Thursday night’s issues.

  • Rouzer meets with officials on infrastructure needs

    BOLIVIA — Congressman David Rouzer told county officials last week sustaining recent nationwide economic growth would be the key to addressing local issues.

    Rouzer met with state Rep. Frank Iler, several Brunswick County mayors and county commissioner Marty Cooke during a visit to the county Aug. 23.

    He cited the Commerce Department’s second quarter report released in July that the Gross Domestic Product increased by 4.1 percent.

  • HB commissioners OK beach, waterfront grant application

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is seeking a state beach and waterfront grant.

    Commissioners at their regular Aug. 21 meeting unanimously voted to approve submission of the final grant application based on the town parks and recreation advisory board’s recent prioritization of town-owned property for possible development of public beach accesses.

  • Sunset Beach man accused of raping child

    A Sunset Beach man is accused of raping a child.

    Melvin Martin Sheppard, 54, of Live Oak Drive was arrested Aug. 22 and charged with statutory sex offense with a child younger than 15 and two counts of first-degree rape of a child.

    Warrants show Sheppard committed the crimes between March 26, 2015 — when the child was 9 and he was 52 — and the date of his arrest.

    North Carolina Department of Public Safety records show Sheppard was convicted in October 1984 of common-law robbery in Cleveland County.

  • Judge sentences Supply man in 2017 crash that killed cyclist

    A Supply man will spend at least four years in prison after pleading guilty to felony death by motor vehicle, Brunswick County Assistant District Jacob Ward said.

    Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced 43-year-old Ricky Colin Pruett to serve between 51 and 74 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction with credit for time served.

    Pruett was arrested after a July 19, 2017, crash that killed a bicyclist, 17-year-old David Fetner of Wilmington. Pruett was initially charged with felony death by motor vehicle and misdemeanor driving while impaired.

  • Third person arrested in Wilmington shooting

    A third person has been arrested in a Wilmington kidnapping and shooting in which a Southport woman is charged.

    Daniel Reaves, 19, of Wilmington was arrested last week at a Denny’s restaurant in Kenton, Ky. Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force from the Wilmington Police Department, with assistance from marshals in Kentucky, arrested Reaves, who is awaiting extradition to North Carolina, Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

  • BCC trustees approve agreement with sheriff’s office

    The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees approved a memorandum of understanding Aug. 16 between the college and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to have four deputies assigned to campus for security purposes.

    BCC Police Chief Lindsay Walton is retiring Sept. 1. BCC spokeswoman London Schmidt said the four deputies will begin their duties that day.

  • Two local programs heading in the right direction

     On the surface, the start of the high school football season for two of our local programs doesn’t look like much.

    West Brunswick is now 1-1 with a home win over Socastee (S.C.) and a 14-7 heartbreaking loss at the hands of Whiteville.

    North Brunswick stumbled out of the gate and dropped a 41-7 game against Whiteville in Week 1 before suffering a 39-20 setback against Socastee this past Friday night.

    I’ve got to tell you, though, West and North have impressed me through two weeks of the season.