Today's News

  • Air Force staff sergeant, West graduate aims high

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino has been named the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer of the year for the 9th Air Force.

    But the West Brunswick graduate now stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro says he’s more proud of his troop than of his recent accolades.

    Blandino’s award was announced March 8 in Destin, Fla., which he described as a door-opening experience.

    The award, he said, is for “outstanding and distinguished combat-related service.”

  • Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet set for April 25

    Area women will spread their wings and fly at the second annual Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet on April 25.

    This is a community-sponsored event organized by the Ladies’ Ministry of First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    Cookie Medlin, director of the ladies’ ministry, is in charge of the committee organizing the event this year. Medlin said she is looking forward to it.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Robbery, rape and kidnapping reported at the Holiday Inn Express; victim later changed his story and said it happened in Little River, S.C., and that nothing was stolen, then refused to answer any more questions from the police. The case was closed.

    •Criminal damage to property (vandalism) at Blake Family Medicine; suspect graffitied building with gang symbols, causing $1,300 in damage.

  • Holden beach crime report

    Holden Beach police officers are investigating burglary, larceny and vandalism from a Starfish Street home.

    The victim reported on April 4 more than $28,000 worth of property was stolen. Stolen items include fishing rods and reels, boating equipment, jewelry, money, electronics and tools.

    A reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) involved in the break-ins.

  • Crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Industrial Boulevard in Leland; suspect cut tires on victim’s vehicle and stole a cell phone.

    •Property damage on Shell Point Road in Shallotte; suspect spray-painted victim’s fence and signs.

    •Vandalism on Lanvale Road in Leland; suspect threw eggs at a business.

  • Juvenile detained in suspicious fires

    A 14-year-old girl is custody in connection with three mobile home fires on North Bluebeard Trail in Supply.

    The suspect was taken to the New Hanover Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Friday, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison.

    According sheriff’s office incident reports, the first fire was reported just before 6 p.m. Friday, April 4. Later that evening, around 8:30 p.m., the second fire was reported. On Sunday, the third fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. at another Bluebeard Trail home.

  • Vandalism investigated in Sunset Beach

    Police on April 11 investigated a report of damage to personal property at 503 Magnolia Drive. Someone vandalized a vehicle by busting out a taillight.

    Luther Watts of 830 Magnolia Drive also was arrested and charged with driving after revocation and for having a fictitious tag and no insurance.


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

    •Pursuant to a traffic stop on U.S. 17, Amanda Gail Williams, 22, of 741 Heights Place, was charged with driving while license revoked, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. A second suspect, Curtis Matthew Williams, 20, also of 741 Heights Place, was charged with open container, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Drug report

    •James Michael Gruber, 37, of 800 Persimmon Road, Calabash; charged with felony possession of cocaine.

    •Mike Leverne Daniels Jr., 26, of 7253 Bellamy Road, Longwood; charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Michael Jude Raspa, 36, of 1881 Waterloo St. SW, Ocean Isle Beach; charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Amber Nicole Bragg, 22, of 214 Lancaster Road, Wilmington; charged with possession of ounce or less of marijuana.

  • Local students earn Teaching Fellows scholarships

    Nine area high school seniors are among the 2008 recipients of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows scholarships, according to a news release.

    Brunswick County high school seniors receiving the scholarships are: Brittney Renee Knotts, Michael Sebastian Ruitto and Emily Suzanne Watson of North Brunswick High School; Jenna Leander Baldiga and Jessica Kristine Cartrette of South Brunswick High School; and Laura Gennette Carter, Erin Chelsea Dingess, Brittany Michelle Greene and Heather Marie Nelson of West Brunswick High School.