Today's News

  • Grant allows commission to protect parking at public boating site

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased property adjacent to its Sunset Harbor Boating Access Area to improve parking in the area.

    The purchase—the first from the N.C. Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) Fund—will also enable the commission to focus its resources on much needed renovations to the existing boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway. The WAMI funds will also provide funding to develop a small public fishing pier, said Gordon Myers, deputy director.

  • Stout pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter

    An early-morning altercation on Westbrook Avenue in Seaside just shy of one year ago left one man dead.

    Just before 3 a.m. Aug. 25, 2007, police responded to a home at 7232 Westbrook Ave., where they found 20-year-old Dean Alan Malott, of 1707 Bay St., dead after he was stabbed once in the chest.

    Nineteen-year-old Raymond Stout was charged with Malott’s murder.

    On Monday, Stout pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Roberto G. Willarroel, 37, of Wrightsville Avenue, Wilmington, with no operator’s license at the Southeastern Welcome Center as the result of a checkpoint. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center under a $500 secured bond.

    •Police charged Jefferson Exantus, 35, of Shallotte Avenue, with assault on a female. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on no bond.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and issued the following citations. All information is taken directly from police logs and citations.

    •Larceny and burglary on Lions Paw Street; suspect stole three pairs of earrings, two bracelets and purse from victim.

    •Larceny on Tarpon Street; suspect stole a bottle of liquor, Rockband, a Wii and a TV.

    •Larceny and burglary on Ocean Boulevard West; suspect stole a portable handheld radio from the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, which was later recovered.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from incident reports.

    •Larceny on Bay Tree Court in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole medicine and money from victim’s home.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on White Oak Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect broke victim’s back window and stole several guns.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon on Liberty Street in Ash; suspect assaulted victim with a baseball bat.

  • Leland crime report

    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 Lanvale Road, Barry Hern, 46, of 9196 Highland Hills Drive, Leland was charged with possession of marijuana. Norma Jean Holden, 47, of 9196 Highland Hills Drive, Leland was also charged with possession of marijuana.

  • Man steals tractor, causes accident; charged with DWI

    A Holden Beach man allegedly stole a farm tractor from a Shell Point Road home before taking off on it and causing an accident.

    Jason Cale Fulford, of 194 Ocean Boulevard, is accused of stealing a man’s 1973 farm tractor from his home around 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper Matt Strangman said Fulford was traveling south on Shell Point Road when he collided head-on with an on-coming vehicle. The other driver saw Fulford swerving as he drove and attempted to move out of Fulford’s way, but was unable to do so.

  • Two arrested after three-month investigation

    After a three-month investigation, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two suspects after executing a search warrant at the suspects’ Bolivia home.

    Kendrick Lavar Bellamy, 30, and 31-year-old Robyn Kascina Davis, both of 50 Dan Reaves Road, Bolivia, were arrested and each placed on a $500,000 secured bond at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    According to Sgt. Steve Lanier, the investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected.

  • S.C. man convicted of wire fraud in Calabash

    RALEIGH—A South Carolina man has been convicted in federal court for defrauding hundreds of customers in a furniture store scam.

    Henry Rayford Privette Jr., 49, of Johns Island, S.C., was convicted on Aug. 13 for 10 counts of wire fraud by a federal grand jury.

    Privette was first indicted by a federal grand jury on Nov. 28, 2007.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Privette operated Carolina Furniture, an Internet-based furniture store in Calabash, from 2000 to late 2003.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.