Today's News

  • Town decides to pursue a terminal groin



    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town commissioners agreed Tuesday it is in the town’s best interest to take necessary steps to position the town in alignment with state requirements to pursue a terminal groin.

    In June Senate Bill 110 became law, permitting up to four terminal groins along North Carolina’s coast.

    Prior to Senate Bill 110, there was a nearly 30-year ban on hardened structures along North Carolina’s beaches.

  • Shallotte Crime 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.

    •Strong-armed robbery in the parking lot of Thomas Drugs on Main Street; suspect took victim’s prescription medication as she walked out of the store with it. There was a verbal and physical altercation.

    •Gildardo V. Ruiz, 22, of 4722 Four Season Way, Ash, was arrested for resisting arrest; suspect was stopped for a DWI investigation and fled on foot.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime report

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

    •Driving while impaired, left of center and not burning headlights on Culpepper Drive on July 4.

    •Intoxicated and disruptive in the parking lot of Second Street Bar and Grill on July 4.

    •Vandalism and larceny on East First Street by subject busting picnic table and railing and removing a fire extinguisher.

  • Shallotte man arrested on drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested a Shallotte man last week on various drug-related charges.

    Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said on Friday, July 8, deputies initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle driven by Jermine Tyrese Frink on N.C. 130 near Newman Smith Road in Ash.

    When deputies searched the vehicle, Stanley said they found and seized 10 grams of marijuana as well as drug paraphernalia.

  • Supreme Court allows DA’s traffic court; will hear case

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued an order allowing District Attorney Jon David’s administrative traffic court to resume.

    David’s traffic court program has been on hold since April, when Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order, which halted traffic court.

    In the April administrative order, Jolly criticized David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.

  • Southport man arrested for multiple business break-ins

    Deputies with the Brunswick County North End task force recently arrested a Southport man for multiple break-ins at businesses throughout Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said between December 2010 and April 2011, eight area businesses reported being broken into on N.C. 87 and Long Beach Road.

    Stanley said detectives followed up on multiple leads, which led to the suspect, James Rudolph Craig.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Burglary and larceny of a firearm on Jackson Street in Supply; suspect stole a firearm from victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Blue Drive in Supply; suspect stole trailer hitch from victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Harbor Drive in Holden Beach; suspect stole victim’s cell phone.

  • Holden Beach mayor files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 5.

    The filing is for personal finances and does not affect Alan Holden Vacations or any of his other corporations.

    “I filed for Chapter 11,” Holden said in an interview Tuesday morning. “Chapter 7 and 13 [bankruptcy] means you’re broke, in simple terms.  Chapter 11 means you are strong in assets versus liabilities and that you are reorganizing.

  • Two arrested for Holden Beach break-ins

    VARNAMTOWN—Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and special operations unit worked together this week to take two local suspects into custody in Varnamtown.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said multiple incidents were reported between June and July about motor vehicle break-ins, copper thefts and golf cart battery thefts in the Holden Beach area.

    These incidents generated numerous community complaints and tips that led detectives to the two suspects, Benjamin Carlyle and Justin Varnum.

  • Candidates continue to file for office for November municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming municipal elections continues.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said some changes have taken place since the last municipal election in 2009.