UPDATE: Gas line shut down, NC 130 to open soon, evacuation order lifted

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com UPDATE:      Piedmont Natural Gas workers have shut down the gas line ruptured in Brunswick, and cancelled the evacuation order.      NC 130 remains closed, but was expected to re-open soon as NC DOT barricades are put in place around the damaged section of natural gas line.      Workers using a trencher reportedly struck…

Video gaming arrest follows unheeded warning, sheriff says

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      An unheeding warning involving illegal video gaming machines has resulted in the arrest of a Green Sea man at his Sidney area business, a Columbus County Sheriff’s Office news release said.      William Murray Brown, 60, of Fair Bluff Road, Green Sea, was arrested at his business in the 12000 block of…

Social media ad leads to teen’s narcotics arrest

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      Social media posts “advertising the sale of prescription medication” got the attention of Vice-Narcotics Unit detectives at the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and resulted in the arrest of a Whiteville student.      Hunter Todd Campbell, 17, was arrested after an investigator purchased both real and counterfeit drugs and detectives executed a search…

A year later, parents ask son’s accused killer to surrender

By JENN CAUSEY tribjenn@tabor-loris.com      Their son’s accused killer still on the run a year after Charles Edward Durant II was shot dead on a Loris street, Charles and Wiletria Durant on Friday issued a plea to surrender.      Their plea came during a press availability held in Conway, the Durants asking that the presumed shooter, Tyshawn…

State board sheriff’s decisions favor Greene, appeal considered

By DEUCE NIVEN tribdeuce@tabor-loris.com      In a pair of split votes the North Carolina State Board of Elections (SBOE) Monday found Jody Greene to be a resident of Columbus County and the duly elected sheriff, though that may not be the final word in the ongoing legal process that has followed last November’s general election.      Attorneys…

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