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Today's News

  • Realtor's murder trial under way

    Jury selection in the murder trial of Craig Juan Bryant, 50, who is accused of murdering Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, began on Monday, Aug. 20, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Bryant has pleaded not guilty to charges for first-degree murder, conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Bradshaw’s autopsy revealed he died from a single gunshot wound to his head from a high velocity firearm on April 26, 2008.

  • Flea market plea made before county commissioners

    Signs of tough economic times still confront county commissioners.

    At Monday’s meeting, commissioners heard a plea during public comment from a county resident struggling to make ends meet.

    “In 2008 we got hit pretty hard,” Madge Matteo told commissioners. “We began selling at the Leland Flea Market, and a part of our income became flea marketing.”

  • 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.

    •Harassing telephone calls at Walmart; suspect repeatedly called the victim at the store.

    •Samantha J Zidd, 16, of 2656 Weymouth Road, Hinckley, Ohio, was charged with shoplifting at Belk.

    •Blane Shelby Turiczek, 16, of 1478 Snowberry Lane, Medina, Ohio, was charged with shoplifting at Belk.

  • 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.”

  • West loses home soccer opener to Jacksonville

     Playing in the rain against one of the best Class 3A soccer teams in the state, West Brunswick lost 8-1 Monday night.

    West scored the first goal of the game with about 18 minutes left in the first half. West was awarded a free kick near the box. Senior forward Scottie Melvin kicked a low shot that a Jacksonville player blocked. The ball deflected to the left side of the wall of defenders and Melvin hustled to corral the ball. He dribbled a few steps toward the right side of the goal and then kicked the ball into the upper left corner of the net.

  • 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.

  • West Brunswick loses football opener 38-14 to Hoggard

     The West Brunswick High School football team lost 38-14 to Hoggard in a season-opening football game Friday at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    West was not penalized in the game but did fumble four times, turning the ball over on three of them.

    Hoggard scored on its last four possessions of the first half and on its first two possessions of the second half.

    West coach Jimmy Fletcher said he was proud his team played hard to the end of the game—the Trojans scored on their final possession—but he noted some disappointments.