Today's News

  • Father and son charged with second-degree murder

    A father and his 16-year-old son have both been charged with second-degree murder in the baseball bat beating that killed a Brunswick County man earlier this month.

    On Thursday, Jan. 17, Nikolas Wayne Smith, 21, of 6543 Farm Meadows Drive, Leland, and Ryan Austin Harrelson, 16, of Winnabow, were arrested by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Both were charged with second-degree murder in the New Year’s Day baseball beating that killed 26-year-old Hartford Talmage Seller III on Farm Meadows Drive in Leland.

  • OIB man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An Ocean Isle Beach man has been charged with six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    Enrico Frank Milazzo, 46, 1784 Angier Street, Ocean Isle Beach, turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Jan. 18, just before noon.

    Three warrants were issued for Milazzo’s arrest on Jan. 17.

    Each of the warrants contains two counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • Sheriff’s Corner: Cold weather and pets

    Due to fluctuation in the weather we need to ensure our pets are cared for properly, especially in the cold. Here are some tips for caring for them:

    1.  Keep your cats from the outside as much as possible. 

    2. Cats that live outdoors in the winter sometimes crawl up under the hood of vehicles. This can mean certain death or serious injury when the engine starts. If you live in a neighborhood where cats are left outside, be sure to bang on the hood of your vehicle prior to starting.

  • 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.

    Jan. 10

    Breaking and entering on Main Street; suspect attempted to knock the door of its hinges at a business.


    Jan. 12

    Larceny of jewelry from a gym bag on Main Street; victim’s jewelry was removed from the gym bag.


    Jan. 14

  • Sheriff's Office Crime Report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    Jan. 11

    Traffic on N.C. 130 in Shallotte.

    Domestic assault on a female on Maple Tree Drive, Leland.


    Jan. 12

    Lost property on U.S. 74/76 and Maco Road, Leland; victim is missing two rings valued at $3,945.


    Jan. 14

    Simple assault on Dogwood Road, Leland.

    Assault on a female on Dogwood Road, Leland.

  • Special Operations Report

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Jan. 14 through Jan. 20, special operations deputies set up checkpoints on Cherrytree Road, Maco Road, McLamb Road and Mount Misery Road. They also patrolled the Ash area and assisted the Drug Enforcement Unit.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Education briefs

    BCC honor rolls, lists
    Brunswick Community College has named the following students to its fall 2012 honor rolls:
    Dean’s list

  • Come learn about sand dollars at museum

    Even the most seasoned beachcomber can be excited and pleased to find a whole, intact sand dollar on the beach.
    A common sand dollar is another name for a particular type of “flattened” sea urchin. The common sand dollar is found in the Northern Hemisphere in temperate and tropical waters.
    On a good day at Ocean Isle Beach or Sunset Beach, you might find many sand dollars ranging in size from 1-4 inches in diameter.

  • Rotisserie chickens and their love affair with sodium

    In last week’s column, I talked about my investigation into rotisserie chicken. I’ve always wondered if they were a “good deal.” We all know you can’t beat them for their convenience, but there is also a saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” They are not just simply a roasted chicken.
    While many companies label rotisserie chickens by saying they have no added steroids or no hormones, they all seem to have some added seasoning or flavoring.

  • Protect your plants throughout the cooler winter months

    By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Master Gardener
    In this area of North Carolina, protecting your plants from cold is easy enough to do, since our winters are mild; however, certain plants need protection from the cold to survive the winter months.
    Protecting your plants in winter does not mean you have to keep them warm. It simply means providing protection from damaging winds, snow, ice, alternate freezing and thawing of the soil and heat from the sun on cold days.