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71-year-old man arrested for murdering wife in Holden Beach
HOLDEN BEACH — A Holden Beach man is in custody after being charged with first-degree murder of his wife. Judy Brock was first reported missing Friday. Wednesday, law enforcement officers located Brock’s body in a wooded area in Sampson County, according to a Holden Beach Police Department release.
Missing: Brunswick County man last seen one week ago
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help finding a man who has been missing for one week. Roland Evan King, Jr., 25, was last seen driving a pearl colored 2003 Kia Optima at around 9 p.m. on March 14.
North Carolina man charged with poaching Venus flytraps
BOLIVIA, N.C. - A North Carolina man who was caught with more than 200 Venus flytraps now faces more than 70 felony poaching charges. Archie Lee Williams Jr., 41, was arrested Saturday and charged with 73 felony counts of taking a Venus flytrap, local media outlets reported. His bond was set at $750
Police searching for missing North Carolina woman who hasn’t been seen since Monday morning
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police are looking for a missing woman who was last seen leaving her home Monday morning, WBTV reports. Vatsla Watkins, 39, reportedly left her home early Monday morning in a silver 2004 Mercedes-Benz C230 with North Carolina license plate of 8215CP.
A Brunswick County sewer plant is pushing its permitted capacity. What does that mean?
BRUNSWICK COUNTY — When a wastewater facility operates at full capacity, whether it’s for a limited or continuous time period, it puts the environment at risk. Brunswick County’s Northeast Wastewater Treatment Plant is doing just that.
Owner keeps motel running after losing main building to massive fire
OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — One business owner is trying to stay afloat after a massive fire burned part of his motel to the ground. Walter Lorgan lost his main building at the Ocean Crest Motel two weeks ago.
Officials believe husband requested silver alert for wife to cover his tracks
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The front rows of a courtroom in Brunswick County were filled with Phillip Brock’s family and friends Thursday as he made his first court appearance in connection to the death of his wife, Judy Brown Brock.
Group to Screen Offshore Drilling Films
OAK ISLAND – A Brunswick County group opposed to offshore drilling and seismic testing for oil and natural gas is set to screen six short films on the topic. The group, Crabby About Off Shore Drilling, announced that it will screen “Shore Stories,” six short documentary films that highlight the gras
Bulldog from North Carolina named Cadbury's newest 'bunny'
WILMINGTON, N.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - Cadbury announced the winner of their first ever 'Bunny Tryouts' this week and the winner is a bulldog from Wilmington, North Carolina!. Cadbury wanted to give one lucky pet the chance to star in their iconic annual commercial.
Money box with cash stolen from Brunswick Co. library after break-in
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - An investigation is underway after someone broke into the The Southwest Brunswick Branch Library and stole a money box containing $120 in cash. An incident report was filed with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office on Friday at 8:40 a.m.
North Carolina thrift store worker to buy dream home with $4 million prize
RALEIGH, N.C. — A McDowell County man said he plans to buy his dream home after he won a $4 million lottery prize, according to the North Carolina Education Lottery. “This feels like a dream come true,” Larry Fitzgerald said. “I want to buy a house that has plenty of land so I have room to restore m
Why isn’t it illegal when developers destroy Venus Flytraps, and other reader questions
SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Archie Williams could spend the rest of his life in prison for poaching 216 Venus Flytrap plants out of Green Swamp Game Land in Bolivia. If each of his 216 counts of felony taking of the vulnerable species is prosecuted, under the state’s Class H felony sentencing guidelines, W
Missing Holden Beach woman found dead in Sampson County; husband charged
Holden Beach, N.C. — Judy Brown Brock, a Holden Beach woman who was reported missing Friday, was found dead in a wooded area in Sampson County on Wednesday. According to a news release from the Holden Beach Police Department, Philip Harry Brock, 71, Judy’s husband, has been arrested and charged with
North Carolina high school student hit, killed while crossing the street
CLAYTON, N.C. — An 18-year-old Clayton High School student died after being hit by a car on Lombard Street, WTVD reports. Clayton Police Department said Gustavo Alexis Armenta Valadez, who lived just feet away from where the crash happened, was hit while he crossed the street around 7 a.m. Thursday.
Sneak peak: How North Carolina’s new sheriffs get a crash course in social media and the First Amendment
NEW HANOVER COUNTY — We all know (at least) one person who routinely goes too far on social media. Well, it’s not different for law enforcement, which is why North Carolina’s newly elected sheriff’s are getting a crash course on how to keep their employees from being “fired by Facebook.”
Wilmington neighbors lose battle to stop ‘inappropriate’ construction
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — On Monday, we reported that neighbors of New Hanover Regional Medical Center were fighting against the construction of a water supply system. That fight ended Thursday at a hearing before the Board of Adjustment.
Possible rezoning in Carolina Shores has residents ready to fight back
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A town hall meeting was held Wednesday in Carolina Shores to discuss rezoning of an area originally meant for commercial property. The proposal suggests splitting the original property to encompass a housing development. The layout would have commercial property facing
Wilmington police search for dine and dash suspect
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for the man they say ate at a Wilmington restaurant and left without pay. Wilmington Police Department says he was eating at J. Michael’s Philly Deli on Oleander Drive when he skipped out on his $105 tab.
Former Brunswick deputy takes plea deal on drug and uniform theft charges, gets supervised probation
BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy John Christian Blasingame pled guilty last month to numerous charges, including possession and distribution of drugs, as well as the theft of a badge and identification card from the Sheriff’s Office.
Mother reacts to potential Belville Elementary redistricting
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Students in one Brunswick County neighborhood may be going to a new school next year if a proposed redistricting plan is approved. Now one parent is reacting to the proposal.