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  • Man gets life, no parole for drive-by shooting murder

    BOLIVIA—Life in prison. No possibility for parole.

    On Monday evening those were the words 28-year-old Matthew Lee Baber heard as he was sentenced for the first-degree murder of James Murdock.

    After deliberating for less than an hour, jurors convicted Baber, of Sunset Beach, of the first-degree murder of Murdock, 28, from a May 8, 2008, drive-by shooting.

    Jurors also found Baber guilty of felony firing into an occupied vehicle.

    Superior Court Judge Christopher Bragg sentenced Baber to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Baber guilty of first-degree murder in drive-by shooting death of Calabash man

    BOLIVIA—After deliberating for less than one hour, jurors convicted Matthew Lee Baber of the first-degree murder of James Murdock in a 2008 drive-by shooting.

    Jurors also found Baber guilty of felony firing into an occupied vehicle.

    Jurors found Baber guilty of first-degree murder on the felony murder rule, meaning they found him guilty of murder while in the commission of felony.

    The verdict came after four days of testimony in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Forensic neuro-psychologist testifies for defense in first-degree murder trial

    BOLIVIA—Dr. Antonio Puente, a forensic neuro-psychologist took the stand Monday morning as the first and only witness for the defense of Matthew Baber, who is on trial for first-degree murder.

    In the fourth day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial in Brunswick County Superior Court, Puente testified Baber had “diminished capacity” the night prosecutors said he shot and killed 28-year-old James Murdock with an AK-47 assault rifle on May 8, 2008.

  • VIDEO South Brunswick senior Jon Wiley rallies, wins state wrestling title at 152 pounds

     

    GREENSBORO—South Brunswick senior Jon Wiley rallied from a 6-3 deficit in the third period and beat Robinson junior Kenan Robertson by fall to win on Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state wrestling championship at 152 pounds.

    Wiley finishes the season 51-2, but for most of the match the lead was by Robertson, who had just two losses this year.

  • North Brunswick loses 69-67 in sectional final

     WILSON—Beddingfield’s strong rebounding was too much for North Brunswick to overcome in a 69-67 loss Feb. 24 in a North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A sectional basketball final.

    Junior Adam Jacobs and senior Legrande Roseborough each scored 16 points for the Scorpions and senior Jeremy Young scored 13, who finish the season 16-9. The Bruins, led by 6-foot-6 senior center Dea’aron Ward and 6-7 junior center Travis Barnes, are 18-6.

  • Pathologist testifies in third day of drive-by shooting murder trial

    BOLIVIA— It likely took James Murdock less than five minutes to bleed to death on May 8, 2008, when he was shot and killed while sitting in the front seat of a friend’s minivan.

    On Friday, the third day of testimony in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew Baber, accused of killing Murdock by shooting him with an AK-47, pathologist William Kelly testified as to the cause of Murdock’s death.

  • Severe storms possible this afternoon

    Severe storms are expected across the area this afternoon.

    According to The Weather Channel, a cold front will move through the region Friday. As it mixes with warm, humid air here, storms will likely result. The main threat will be damaging wind. There is a chance for isolated tornadoes.

    A tornado watch has been issued for Brunswick County. It will be in effect until 8 p.m. Friday.

    Check back later for follow ups as they are available.

  • North Brunswick softball pitcher Barrett signs with Kishwaukee

     

    LELAND—North Brunswick High School senior Meghan Barrett signed a letter of intent Feb. 23 to attend Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., and play softball.

    Barrett said it was through ncsasports.org, a recruiting website, that Kishwaukee showed interest.

    “They found me on there and started talking to me,” Barrett said. “They said they really liked my speed in my pitching and my running. They said they liked how I hit and how I field. They said they thought I would make a really great addition to their team.”

  • Witness testimony continues in second day of drive-by murder trial

    BOLIVIA—Twenty-seven-year-old Elliot Simmons took the stand Thursday in the state’s case against Matthew Lee Baber, charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of a Calabash man.

    Simmons, along with Baber, was initially charged with felony murder for his role in the May 8, 2008, death of James Murdock, 28, who was gunned down while sitting in the front seat of a friend’s van.

  • Nuclear reactor manually shut down at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

    SOUTHPORT—Reactor 1 at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant was manually shut-down Thursday afternoon.

    According to Ryan Mosier, corporate communications for Progress Energy, the plant experienced an electrical fault on a “component not associated with the nuclear operations” at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday.