Today's News

  • Dancer makes it into television program's final four

    CAROLINA SHORES—It all started with one dance audition in Charleston, S.C.

    From thousands of hopefuls to the top 20, Dolores Galiano’s granddaughter, Courtney Galiano, danced her way into the final four and will perform one last time on FOX’s reality show “So You Think You Can Dance” Wednesday night.

    Dolores and her husband Vincent took Courtney to the audition and have supported her every step of the way, calling in votes, sending encouraging text messages and even making the trip to Los Angeles for a live taping.

  • Boating education and safety aim of upcoming course

    Education is the best way to fend off boating mishaps, says a spokesman for the Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    With several recent boating incidents that have occurred in the area and required the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, an upcoming course may be coming in the nick of time.

    The Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron has scheduled a boating course for four consecutive Monday nights, starting Sept. 8 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Gov. Easley signs Jessica Lunsford Act in North Carolina

    GASTON COUNTY—With Mark Lunsford, father of slain 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford, by his side, N.C. Gov. Mike Easley singed the Jessica Lunsford Act into law on July 28.

    The Jessica Lunsford Act, named after the 9-year-old Florida girl who was raped and murdered by a sex offender in February 2005, strengthens punishments for certain sex offenses, including life imprisonment without parole.

  • Crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering to an auto, larceny of a firearm and property damage on Mount Zion Church Road in Ash.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Pine Bur Circle in Sunset Beach; suspect broke into victim’s shed and stole a tool set and a box with nails and screws.

    •Counterfeit money on Sabbath Home Road in Supply; suspect attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a local business.

  • Sunset Beach crime report

    Police investigated a rash of car break-ins reported July 29. About 90 percent of the items were recovered following the arrest of two teens who were charged the same day, police said. See a related story on page 16A.

    •Money, a global positioning system and a telephone were reported stolen from a vehicle on Canal Street.

    •An IBM computer notebook and air card reported stolen from a vehicle on 28th Street were later recovered.

    •A GPS and digital camera in a black case reported stolen from a vehicle on 32nd Street were later recovered.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team Round-up

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division. The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.


    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny at Ocean Point; victim reported $200 bicycle missing.

    •Larceny on Jan Street; victim reported a 24-inch, 18-speed mountain bicycle and three fishing rods and reels missing, totaling $580.

    •Larceny on Concord Street; Victim reported a woodgrain skimboard and a black boogie board missing.

    •Larceny at Waves on Causeway Drive; the cash register was $100 short.

  • Former deputy clerk pleads guilty

    Former Brunswick County deputy clerk of court Sherry Lynn Carmichael pleaded guilty to two counts of embezzlement July 28.

    According to district attorney Rex Gore, Carmichael pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Gary Locklear. Locklear sentenced Carmichael to a probationary sentence, which included $3,400 in restitution, Gore said.

    Carmichael was arrested and charged with two counts of embezzling state property May 8, 2007. She was employed as a deputy clerk of court from Aug. 20, 2000 until she was terminated April 16, 2007.

  • Two charged with Sunset Beach car break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have arrested two teenagers and recovered numerous items in connection with a rash of recent car break-ins, most of them on the Sunset Beach island.

    Justin Darriel Carver, 17, of 1105 North Shore Drive W., Sunset Beach, and Dakota Alexis Reyna, 18, of 98 Field Planters Circle, Calabash, were each charged July 29 with seven counts of breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, seven counts of larceny from a motor vehicle, and one charge of larceny of a firearm.

    Each is on a $73,000 bond at Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Leland Crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny on Reed Road; suspect stole $50 worth of meat from Food Lion.

    •Timothy Barton Smith, 44, of 301 Savanna Branch Road, Leland; charged with driving while impaired.

    •Larceny of mail on Stone Bridge Lane; suspect stole various pieces of mail from victim’s mailbox.