Today's News

  • UPDATE: Motorcycle rider dies; deputy charged

    A Virginia man has died after his motorcycle collided Monday with a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy cruiser.

    The motorcycle rider, Thomas Varney of Virginia, died after being airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Adam Lockner, 59, has been placed on paid administrative leave after being charged by the North Carolina Highway Patrol with death by motor vehicle and failure to yield the right-of-way.

  • Reward offered in arrest of “armed and dangerous” suspect


    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is offering a reward up to $500 for the arrest of Brandon Lamar Stevenson.

    Stevenson, 23, is a suspect in a non-fatal shooting. The shooting took place about 5:55 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 2526 Burnice Lane, Bolivia.

    Warrants have been issued for his arrest. The Sheriff’s Office advises that Stevenson should be considered armed and dangerous.

    The victim Zachary Jamal Hankins, 25, suffered a minor abrasion and didn’t require medical attention.

  • Craig Bryant found guilty of first-degree murder

    A Brunswick County jury has found Craig Bryant guilty of the first-degree murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw. He was also found guilty of robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit murder.

    Bryant was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the charge of first-degree murder. The charge of conspiracy to commit murder carries 180 to 225 months and the charge of robbery with a dangerous weapon carries 72 to 96 months.

  • West beats South 28-3

     BOILING SPRINGS LAKES—West Brunswick’s Khalil Gause didn’t notch his first carry until late in the second quarter Friday night in Boiling Springs Lakes. At the end of the game, South Brunswick players may have wished Gause had never touched the ball.

    The senior fullback finished the contest with 129 yards on 23 carries while scoring two rushing touchdowns as West (1-4, 1-0) rolled to a 28-3 victory over the Cougars (1-4, 0-1) in the Waccamaw 2A/3A Conference opener for both schools.

  • High school golf, second tourney

     In the second conference golf tourney of the season, South Brunswick junior Ashley Sloup shot a 3-over-par 39 Sept. 10 on the Members Club Cate Nine at St. James Plantation in leading the Cougars to the team victory.

    Sophomore Janzen Jones and freshman Jordan Saunders each shot 52s for the Cougars, who finished at 143.

    North Brunswick was second at 158. Jennifer Basker shot a 51 and was third overall. Emily Lamm a 52 and Julia Ganey a 55.

  • Sheriff’s Office volunteer report

    During August, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office V.O.I.C.E Citizens Patrol conducted 41 patrols county-wide with 35 volunteers, totaling 347 volunteer hours and logging a total of 3,874 miles.

    This represents a program historical high for number of patrols and volunteers, and miles traveled.

  • Shallotte Fire Department report

    During the month of August, the Shallotte Fire Department responded to 136 total incidents with an average response time of 4.96 minutes.

  • Shallotte Police report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny of a cellular phone and larceny of currency at the Comfort Inn; items were taken from the victim’s room.

    •Identity theft at Walgreen’s; victim’s license number is being used fraudulently.

    •Larceny of trailer harness and vandalism at Ocean City Chevrolet; suspect removed a harness from a trailer causing damage.

  • Ocean Isle Beach works to flush out a wastewater management plan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Two public meetings in Ocean Isle Beach have revolved around whose going to be responsible for keeping toilets flushing on the island in the future.

    Mayor Debbie Smith explained to a packed commissioner’s chambers on Monday evening there is a need to do something about the town’s wastewater management plant. The state requires towns to begin plans for expansion when they are at 80 percent of disposal capacity. By 90 percent, construction is supposed to be under way. The disposal capacity is estimated by the state based on peak usage.

  • Ocean Isle residents could qualify for reduced-rate curbside recycling

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Commissioner D.B. Grantham wanted to make sure citizens of Ocean Isle Beach had the opportunity to recycle from the convenience of their own home.

    At the board’s regular September meeting on Tuesday morning, curbside recycling was discussed again. In August the board voted against making curbside recycling mandatory.