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Clerk Of Court Bellamy Indicted On Felonious Cocaine Possession
HY SUSAN USUKH
Brunswick County Clerk of Superior
(KennethG.) Bellamy turned
himself in at the Brunswick
County Jail Monday nij»ht
after liis indictment earlier in
the day on a charge of
felonious possession of co
“Anything over one gram
is felonious/* said SBI Agent
I* red McKinney, who was in
volved with the investigation.
He said a charge of posses
sion does not have to go into
the detail of a charge of traf
ficking, which must specify a
range. Revealing further in
formation relating to details of the charge or investiga
tion. he continued, “would not be proper to .say at this
Bellamy. .18, of Holden Beach, has l>ecn a consistent
top vote-getter in countywide elections. First elected in
IH78, he is currently scr\'ing his third four-vear term of
office. He was not in office Monday or Tuesday and
refused to comment to reporters Monday night.
He was released Monday night on $5,000 unsecured
bond, which means on his signature alone. The bond
had been set earlier in the day by Superior Court Judge
Henry H. Might Jr. of Henderson, who is hearing court
in Brunswick County this week for the first time.
At the jail, Bellamy remained in the holding cell out
of contact with the media.
He has retained as legal counsel Roy Trest of
Shallotte and Joseph B. Cheshire V of Raleigh. Trest
met reporters in the hall leading to the jail with a brief
typewritten sUitemcnt that indicated a fornuil state-
mciit was to be made Wednesday morning in Bolivia.
District Attorney Michael Easley said Bellamy was
not indicted as a result of a special grand jury in
vestigation of cocaine trafficking, the first of iUs kind in
the state. Rather, as soon as he received information
regarding the clerk. Easley .said he referred the matter
to the special prosecution division of the Attorney
General's office. That referral led to investigation bv
As clerk of court, Bellamy is responsible for pro
bate of wills, administration of estates, and has
jurisdiction to hear and decide special proceedings such
as adoptions and foreclosures in addition to perfonning
record-keeping and administrative functions for
district and superior courts of the county.
According to Judge Giles R. Clark of
Elizabethtown, resident superior court judge for the
j.ith District, .several things could r»ccur regarding
Bellamy s position. He could continue In office pending
outcome of the charge against him. he could be
suspended, resign or a petition could Ik* presented to
( lark by county citizens seeking Bellamy's removal.
"I have iippropriate concern for the situation,"
(lark .said I'ue.sday morning, ■but I need a whole lot
more information. Right now I have no action directly
Clark said he was notified of the indictment late
Monday and did not have any hackgroumi on the basis
for the charge.
I do know. ( lark added, ‘that for the past ten
years he has been a mighty good clerk of court."
If Bellamy s pasition were to become vacant, it
would l)e ('lark's duty to name a succes.sor. In the event
of Bellamy's death or resignation. Clark also has the
right to name an acting iderk for up to ;i0 days while a
decision on a successor is made.
Twenty-fifth Year. Number 37
1*ar THf BRUNSWICK BIACON
Shallotte. North Carolina, Thursday, July 23, 1987
Was 'Scary'For Charlotte Tri
HY SUSAN USHER
SiLsan Donnelly and her family
were scared last Thursday after
Tlie Charlotte woman, her husband
Bill and rlaiighter Erin were in the
family car en route to Sheffield’s
Grocery when rain l>egan to fall in
sheets, high winds began to rock
their car and soft drink crates and
other debris flew by their windows.
Simultaneously the town’s fire siren
"We didn’t know if it was the
town's way of warning of dangerous
weather or not,’’ said Mrs. Donnelly.
The Donnellys pulled up beside the
grocery, which shielded them from
winds that were docked by National
Weather Service monitors at hur
ricane strength, up to 85 mph.
“Cars were going across the
bridge-but slowly." she said. "The
sky was like black, very dark blue,
but there was no funnel cloud.
"It was .scary.’’ .she said.
The Ocean Isle Beach area took the
brunt of the severe thunderstorm
system that swept across the area
with torrential rainfall, lightning and
Ughlning had struck the island’s
fire siren, shorting out a breaker and
causing it to sound continuously.
"It's fixed now," Fire Chief Terry
Barbee said Tuesday.
I.ightning also struck the radio
antennae used by the police and fire
departments, putting them tem
porarily out of scr\’ice. As of Mon
day, Police Chief Bill Ozment said
the departments are operating with
radios loiined to them by Henr>’
Carter of Shallotte.
At the Ocean Isle Beach Airport,
located at the intersection of
179/904 and Ocean Isle Beach (Four
Mile) Road, two airplanes were
thrown against each other, with a
third damaged as the two piled up,
said Ocean Isle Beach Policeman
Jimmy Todd. He was patrolling the
area after the storm passed in mid
afternoon. The most severely damag
ed included one used for aerial tours
of the beach area and one owTied
jointly by DeCarol Williamson and
The drive-in window station at
United Carolina Bank’s branch office
sustained damage and trees were
uprooted or broken in at least one
yard along the causeway and another
adjoining the airport.
Offshore, Coast Guard helicopters
and rescue boats searched the waters
for a boat that observers said had
capsized. They found several rafts,
such as those used by swimmers.
that apparently had been blown off
shore during the storm, but
evidence of a boating accident.
Chief Ozment said Monday that
small boat had been stranded
shore during the storm, but made it
in safely after the cloud passed.
Most of the damage occurred near
the causeway intersection on the
•'Something came through in a
path," said Ocean Isle Beach Pier
Operator Curtis Williamson, who
lives behind the bank. "You could see
where it came through.” The storm
also brought large hail, he added,
that beat against the windows of his
The Brunswick County
Agricultural Extension Service
reported no significant crop damage
as a result of the storm.
Indicted Driver To Face Trial As Adul
A 15-year-old boy who drove a
uck through a !.4i!and apartme.nt
building in March, killing one per.son
and injuring two others, was indicted
on three misdemeanor driving viola
tions by a Bnmswick County Grand
Christopher Brj'an Ennis was in
dicted for unauthorized use of a con
veyance, reckless driving and
operating a motor vehicle without a
license. The jury did not return in
dictments relating to the death.
"He will be tried as an adult,” said
District Attorney Michael Easley.
A trial date has tentatively been set
for Aug. 10 in Brunswick County
Superior Court. That date is con
tingent on the hearing of several mo
tions before the trial.
On March 24. William Guy Bon-
diirant II. 21, of Wilmington, was kill
ed when a truck Ennis was driving
crashed into a Shasta Park Apart
ments duplex on Mt. Misery Road in
The driver was not injured in the
incident. He was placed in the Lower
Cape Fear Juvenile Detention Center
in Wilmington while awaiting a hear
ing in juvenile court.
Other indictments returned Mon
day that did not stem from the work
of special investigative grand jury in
cluded the follnwinv'
Students Told: 'Pay Debts Or Miss Class'
BY hUIUORIE MEGIVERN
Some West Brunswick High School students
may not .sUirt school as early as they expected
Parents of about 200 of the rising 10th-12th
graders have just received letters from Prin
cipal David Corley telling them money their
youngsters owe the school must be paid by the
first day of school or they will not be admitted to
If payment lias not Ixien made when school
resumes Aug. 31. t’orlcy is prepared to send
delinquent students to a separate room where
they will be supervised by an administrator, an
available teacher, or the in-school susi>ension
According to Corley, deiils ranging from 50
cents to over $100 are owed as lilirary fines,
course fees, or for fund-raising projects, in wliicli
products were taken and never returned or paid
Corley calls the letters, which were mai.'ed Ju
ly 18. a "legitimate request to pay this obliga
tion," and to let parents know of the debts before
they are overwhelming.
"I think it's taking a positive .step toward
teaching them to take responsibility for their ac
tions, he said. "It's the kind of values not usual
ly Uiught at school.”
He explained students had Ix'en advised at the
end of the last school year of money they owed.
“Students already know about this. It’s only
parents who don’t,” he said.
In the past no concerted effort was made to col
lect student debts until the debtor was alwut to
graduate. Then payment was required before a
student could receive a diploma.
"But sometimes kids drop out of school and we
lo.se the money," Corley said.
Corley is encouraging parents to come to the
school any weekday between 6 a.in. and 4 p.m. to
discuss the debt or make payment on it.
He said that if a mistake has Ix-'en iiuide, and
the student has already paid what he owed,
he/she can bring proof of payment to his office.
Preparing the letters required three weeks of
intensive work by his office staff. Corley said. He
wanted parents to have them in plenty of time to
make piiyment before the first day of school.
Corley said, "Teachers are so frustrated with
this problem, and they need their administrator
to give them support.”
Brunswick County board of education
members knew nothing of the policy, though Cor
ley said he has discussed the general problem
with Superintendent Gene Yarbrough.
Board C’hairman James Forstner said the idea
of preventing sludenLs from receiving an educa
tion was a "troubling thought." but he withheld
judgment till he knew more about it.
Hoiird Member Dorothy Worth said, ■Surely
some other punishment could be applied, such as
lasing their librarj- privileges.”
At the State lX*parlment of Public Instruction,
attorney Harry Wilson .said, "Every school is
allowed to set iUs own policy on collecting fines."
He .said Corley's policy is not necessarily a viola
tion of public school law.
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Six !n(dicted On Charaes
Of Cocaine Trafficking
Additional true bills of indictment
on cocaine trafficking charges were
returned against six men Monday,
the work of a special investigative
That .same grand jurv- returned
true bills against 32 .subjects last
month following approximately four
months of investigation. An in
vestigative grand jun' can compel
te.stimony. a power not given to law
Additional charges were levied
Monday against two of the defen
dants, Lloyd Strickland and Johnny
Dale Wood, both of Winnabow.
“They had the cases last month,’
said District Attorney Michael
Easley, "but they delayed returning
the indictments Ijccause they wanted
some corroborative evidence.”
The grartd jury’s special in
vestigative powers were dissolved in
June. However, in returning the bills
of indictment this month and last, it
has acted in the capacity of a regular
grand jury, he said.
Those indicted Monday and the
trafficking charges against them arc
•Ricky Dale Bellamy, Shallotte.
possession of more than 28 grams co
•William Ir\'in Peal. 24, Whiteville.
conspiracy to possess more than 4(K)
grams, possession ot more than 4uu
'I.loyd Neill .Strickland. 36. Win
nabow. conspiracy to possess more
than 400 grams cocaine, possession of
more than 400 grams.
•Joseph Sullivan. 26. Shallotte. con-
.spiracy to possess more than 28
grams cocaine, possession of more
than 28 grams c(.H.*aine.
•Johimy I >ale Wood, 19. Wiimabov\,
conspiracy to possess more than 401>
•Richard Woods. 37. Calabash, con
spiracy to possess more than 400
Cable TV Contract
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick County Commissioners
voted unanimously Monday night to
award a 15-year, nonexclusive cable
television service franchise to
Custom Private Cable Inc., whicli
has opened an office in the Boone’s
Non-exclusive means the company
can ser\’e any area of the county and
isn't required to ser\’e specific areas.
The only member absent was Com
missioner Jim Poole, who is to
undergo leg surgery later this month.
Some equipment is already in
place, spokesman Ralph Pittman
told commissioners. He said the Col
orado Springs, Colo., based company
would begin offering sendee initially
in areas in the Holden Beach/Boone’s
Neck area currently unsened by
either Vision Cable or AtlaiUic
Telephone Membership Corp.’s cable
It would expand from there, he
said, “to where we can serve people
and also serve our stockholders and
make a profit—anywhere there’s a
The terms of the franchi.se differ
from any granted previously by com
missioners, but are similar to that
awarded Vision Cable of Wilmington.
■We’re eating from the .same table,
if not the .same spoon." siiid Rex
Gore, attorney for Custom Private
Cable. He said the firm was .sati.sficd
with the concessions requested in
rewriting the propased franchise into
a form that County Attorney David
Clegg .said ho could recommeiul for
adoption. "I suspect." he added, •m
retrospect if you rewrote the other
two you wnulii make .some changes."
The company can apply to renew
its fram hise. but mii.st go through a
s(K-cific procedure. If the franchise
agreeinenl ends, the company’s
underground cable would revert to
Custom isn’t the only company in
terested in the local cable TV
market. Before the vote, Dennis
Turner of Calabash asked commis
sioners to set a policy that would app
ly to all applicants. He said his com
pany. organizing as CTVS. will pre
sent a proposal soon.
"As the county grows, there will be
more companies compeung to serve
developing areas. He added, "the
franchise here has been lax in getting
serx'ice to them."
Commissioners also heard from
.Mar>‘ Strickland, chairman of the
county domiciliary/nursing home ad
visory committee, which monitors
patients’/rcsidents’ bill of rights. Its
work includes visits to local
Mrs. Strickland requested reap
pointment of two current members,
herself and Jean R. Caldwell, both of
Southport, and appointment of a
seventh member, preferably from
the field of mental health. Also, she
requested commissioners set aside
up to $90 per member to offset travel
and other related expenses incurred
l)v the committee, as is the practice
in Bladen and Pender counties. The
matter will be Uiken up at the board’s
10 a.m. meeting on Aug. 3. when the
committee is to have nominations for
a seventh member.
In a continuation of their July 8
meeting. commissiontTS met for
three hours on July 16 to discuss their
board appointment .system, with no
action taken. However, at its Aug. 3
meeting, the board intends to discuss
a motion made la.st Thursday by
Commissioner Chris Chappell.
Chappell proposed that the board
altempt to wpialize, by electoral
district, only Its public sector ap-
[lointmcnls to various boards without
consideration of appointments made
l)V other parties.
Further, he proposed that the
boanl vole in open .se.ssion on all ap-
IKiintmenls following a motion from
the floor. Before the vote, he sug
gested. commissioners wouUl be ad
vised of the district residence of any
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