Today's News

  • New DSS chair says board will ‘move forward’ and ‘serve community’

    BOLIVIA—In their first meeting since former chairman Charles Warren was removed, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services got back to business Monday.

    Last week Brunswick County commissioners voted four votes to one to remove Warren from the DSS board for, among other things, removing fellow board member Pat Sykes and a Beacon reporter from a December 2011 DSS board meeting.

    Commissioners also voted four votes to one to appoint former DSS board member Elsie Peterson, whose term expired last year, as Warren’s replacement.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week:

    •Saul Hernandez Ruiz, 27, of 8963 Fish Road, Leland, was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver cocaine, manufacturing cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ruiz was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Far from over, GOP presidential battle important part of vetting process

    On the morning of the Michigan and Arizona Republican primaries I was making my rounds through the morning political shows, hoping to catch up on the political news of the day after being in the vacuum of a first-degree murder trial for the past week.

    While watching an a.m. show “brewed by Starbucks,” NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd and some of his liberal lemmings were salivating, and I mean salivating, at the idea of Mitt Romney losing his home state of Michigan on Tuesday.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

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

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Mary Street in Shallotte; suspect entered unsecured home and stole $800 worth of arts and antiques, a computer printer, a guitar and a refrigerator.

    •Larceny and vandalism on Old Shallotte Road in Shallotte; suspect unbolted victim’s boat motor, damaging external tilt trim switch.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    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 Feb. 20-26, ACE deputies patrolled Winnabow, Longwood, Calabash, Holden Beach, Supply, Southport and Leland. They set up checkpoints at Mount Misery Road, Grey Bridge Road, Long Beach Road, Longwood Road, Holden Beach Road, N.C. 904, Blue Banks Loop Road and Old Ocean Highway.

    ACE deputies conducted 103 traffic stops and issued 48 total charges and citations, including two driving while impaired (DWI) charges.

  • 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.