Today's News

  • NCDOT continues study of drone use in collision reconstruction

    The N.C. Department of Transportation is continuing to research ways to use emerging drone technology to make highway travel safer.

    Last year, NCDOT’s Division of Aviation and the N.C. State Highway Patrol studied the use of drones for highway collision scene reconstructions, and found that they can save money and reduce the time a roadway must be closed during a reconstruction.

  • Rain prompts government services closures, floods roads Friday

    The rain that continues to fall on Brunswick County closed government offices, altered other service schedules and prompted the state Department of Transportation to issue flooded road warnings Friday.

    “Travel during and after an extended period of heavy rainfall can be treacherous,” Robert Vause, NCDOT’s maintenance engineer in the Wilmington area, said in an afternoon news release. “A flooded road might appear safe on the surface, but you can’t tell what’s going on below, until it’s too late.

  • Leland police arrest man accused of sex crimes against teens

    Leland police captured a Leland man accused of committing sex crimes against three teens.

    Joel Rouse, 42, of Mermaid Watch Court is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail.

    Rouse was wanted on three counts each of second-degree forcible sexual offense, first-degree statutory sexual offense and indecent liberties in incidents involving a 13-year-old, a 14-year-old and a 15-yeard old, according to a news release.

    Details about where Rouse was captured were not available.

  • SBA accepts 2019 National Small Business Week award nominations

    The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for its 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year.

    Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities and to the nation’s economy.

    SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week on May 5-11, 2019 include

  • August is Back to School Safety Month

    August is Back to School Safety Month, and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, who also serves as the chairman for SafeKids NC, reminds students, parents, and motorists to use extra caution as students walk, drive, or ride the bus to school.

  • Belville looks to fill two vacancies on board

    Belville is accepting applications from town residents who are interested in an appointment to the Belville Board of Commissioners to fill two vacancies. One appointee will serve the remainder of a four-year term that began in December 2015 and one appointee will serve the remainder of a four-year term that began in December 2017.

  • Leland National Night Out block party Aug. 7

    Join Leland Police Department, Leland Fire/Rescue and Town of Leland staff for their National Night Out block party.

    Enjoy music, food for sale from Poor Piggy’s BBQ food truck, safety demonstrations, games and more from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Leland Municipal Park, 113 Town Hall Drive.

  • District Court docket for July 25 and 27

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on July 25 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Wednesday, July 25

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

    Carole Anne Addison, PG improper equipment.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports, July 31

    Released at 2:38 p.m. Aug. 1, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Bolivia man accused of sexually assaulting child held on $1.6M bail

    A Bolivia man accused of sexually assaulting a child over the course of eight years remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1.6 million bail. 

    John Christian Marston, 44, of Corbett Street was arrested July 26 and charged with first-degree sex offense against a child, first-degree rape of a child, two counts each of second-degree forcible rape, second-degree sexual offense and incest, four counts each of indecent liberties with a child and incest with a child, and six counts of statutory rape.