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Three of 32 dcfemliitiLs iiufictecl
Jiuic 11 on 300 counts of cocaine-
trafficking have pleaded guilty.
Assistant District Attorney Tom
my Hicks sjiid Tuesday that Jack
Truesdale, 32, of Ft. Myers. Fla., and
CInrenci? Virgil Hoberts, 50, of
Holden Beach, entered guilty pleas
Monday in Brunswick County
Fruesdale's wife, Donna
Three Indicted By Jury Plead Guilty To Trafficking Cocaine
Truesdale, entered a guilty plea
Tue.sday. DeUiiLs were not available.
She had been indicted on 31 counts of
trafficking and conspiracy to traffic.
Her husband, charged with 33
counts, pleaded guilty to 22: IG counts
of conspiracy to traffic and six counts
of trafficking by pos.session. Hicks
said the minimum sentence would be
“500 and some years.”
.•\lsn Monday. Roberts pleaded
guilty to all cfuirges against him: six
counts each of trafficking and con
spiracy to traffic.
While Rolxirts and the True.sdales
are the only defendants to plead guil
ty so far, Hicks said he expects more
"They are driving me crazy," he
said at mid-day Tuestkiy. He and two
of the SBI officers involved in the
trafficking investigation met
throughout the day Monday and
Tuesday with attorneys for the defen
“We’re negotiating pleas in .some
other cases, but we haven't entered
them. Judge (Heno' W. i Hight has to
leave Thursday, so we're running out
of court time."
Additional pleas could be taken
during the next session of superior
criminal court, which begins Aug. 31
and will be followed by a special
Hicks .Sciid he expects all defen
dants to be sentenced at the same
time, after all cases have been com
pleted either by trial or plea negotia
rtie Brunswick County in-
vesUgative grand jury was the first
of its kind in the state. It was created
after tlie (leneral Assembly p.i.ssed .i
law permitting such a jury to be
formed to invesUg;ite tm ongoing
criminal activity or specific criminal
occurrence. It lias the (lower to com
After four montlis of .vork the juiy
was discharged of its investigative
powers, but htis continued to sit .is ,i
regular grand jury
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Twenty-fifth Year, Number 40
THE anuNswirx aEAcoo
Shallotte, North Carolina, Thursday, August 13, 1987
25c Per Copy
30 Pages Plus Inserts
flK PHOfOBY SUSAN USHIR
THIS SIGN AT the Dixon Chapel Oyster Roast in Varnamtoini last October hinted that changes were in the
WON'T HURT FESTIVAL
Oyster Season To Open Oct. 15
BY Sl.'SAN eSHKR
.'\t the request of area fi.shermen. oy.ster season will
open bx-ally on oel 15 two weeks l.-.ter liiaii in past
Local oysters, however, will still be serx’cd at the
N.C. Oyster Festival Oct. 10 and 11 at Seaside.
The new statewide opening date also isn't expected
to adversely affect the annual Dixon Chapel Oyster
Roa.st, scheduled Oct. 2-t at the church in Varnamtown.
The oy.ster festival has obtained a special dispensa
tion from the N.t'. Division of Marine Fisheries to ob
tain local oysters before opening day, according to
Anne Marie Schettini, director of the South Bninswick
Islands Chamber of C’oinmerce. which sponsors the pro
“If anybody wants to eat oy.sters, they’ll have to
come to our festival.” she added in a lighter vein.
In an agreement reached with Division Director
Bill Hogarth and two local oyster houses, Milliken’s at
Shallotte Point and Carson Varniun’s at Varnamtown,
pickers will be “tagged" so that they can hareest early
without getting ticketed by enforcement officers.
This yegr the festival will also have a guaranteed
supply. “I.ast year we ran through them .so fast it was
unbelievable,” .said Schettini. "This year we have a
commitment for 250 bushels of oy.sters.”
The change in schedule should help the Dixon
Chapel Oyster Roast, said spoke.sman Marlene Var-
num. "It will give us ample time to get some oy.sters."
In past years, community members have
sometimes been pushed for time in which to harvest
To accommodate the new opening date, the church
has changed the date for its roast from the second
Saturday in October to the fourth Saturday in October.
The church is located in the Varnamtown fishing
community and many of its membei's were among the
fishermen who urged the state to change the opening
date. When the season opened la.st year, ihev said Uie
water temperature was too warm, affecting both the
quality and quantity of oy.sters.
It was requests and petitions such as theirs, said Ed
Mc-Coy, deputy director of the N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries, that led to the change in regulations. “This is
what they wanted," he said.
In pa.st years, the season has opened around Oct. 1
in North Carolina waters to the south of the Surf City
Bridge, and on Oct. 15 to its north. This year all waters
will open at the same time.
The earlier date for the southern coast, said McCoy,
had first been set in response to a competitive market
situation in South Carolina.
Previously the opening date was set by proclama
tion; the Oct. 15 date is under new regulations that went
into effect Sept. 1.
The state reserves the right, however, to set by pro
clamation a closing date as late as March 31 and to
delay the opening of specified areas, such as manage
ment areas where shellfish have been relaved or stock
"Where we’ve spent a lot of time and money to pro
vide a product, we’ll hold the opening until a later date
when they’re of better quality,” he said. “The manage
ment areas are handled differently from public bot-
While the new regulations don’t become official un
til Sept. 1, Dbcon Chapel church members were op
timistic a year ago that the state could be swayed to
cliange the 1987 season opening.
They po.sted a sign at the oy.ster roa.st: “Watch for a
new date change for our oyster rofist next year.”
State Fines Developer $20,200
For Erosion Control Violations
RY SUSAN USHER
A Brunswick (,'ounty developer has
been fined $20,200 by the N.C. Depart
ment of Natural Resources and Com
munity Development for violations of
the state’s erosion control law.
Jinuny Gore of Shallotte has been
cited by the N.C. Division of l.;md
Resources for violations at his
23-acre Sherrow River Development
south of Shallotte on Gray Bridge
Road off N.C. LtO.
He was fined the maximum (lenal-
ty of $100 per day for the '202 days
from March 17,1987, through July G.
Gore has 30 days in which to pay
the fine or request an administrative
Steve Conrad, division direitor,
said Ciuie iittii a a./tamed ;; state
approved erosion control (ilan for the
project in April 19HG. but uas not
He was first sent a notice of viola
tion by the de|>artmei'.t's Wilmington
office in Deceml>er 198G following a
The inspection .showed that in
grading for a boat ramp to a creek on
the property Gore had not provided
any erosion control measures, said
Conrad. ALso, no ground cover was
provided on graded, expased slopes
and along ditches to prevent
swlimentation from washing onto ad
jacent properly and into a nearby
creek. The property drains into the
Conrad said some progre.ss was
made on the property in January,
then it stopped.
On Feb. '25, Gore was sent a second
notice of violation. "There was .still
basically the same problem," said
('Tinrad. "He was still not in com-
Fiiies are based on a weighted
[)oint .system that Uikes into account
such factors as the nature of the
violation, the acreage disturbed, the
extent of off-site damage and
.si'dimentation. While the |>uints may
3 Towns Just Couldn't
Get Enough Of Them
While candidates for public office
are plentiful in some Briuiswick
County towns, there aren't enough of
them in others.
The filing deadline lias been ex
tended a week in Sunset Beach,
Calabash and Nava.s.sa. According to
the Brunswick County Board of Elec
tions, residents of those towns hjive
until noon Friday, Aug. 14, to file for
office with the Brunswick CounW
Board of Elections.
The fee is $5.
“This is the first time this has ever
happened at Sunset Beach." said
Town Administrator Linda Fluegel.
By noon Friday only two can
didates had filed for the three posts
available, but by the end of the day
Monday, there was a full slate.
Councilwoman Mary Katherine
Griffith filed for re-election and M
Mason Barber Jr. filed for mayor.
They were jouied Monday by Edward
M. (Eddie) Gore Jr., whose lather.
Ed Gore, is mayor pro-tem.
Incumbents Mayor Jim Gordon
and Councilman Donald Safrit have
A county election official had sug
gested to Fluegel that the low turnout
of candidates might indicate
residents like the way the town’s be
If not that, added Fluegel, "the on
ly thing I could think of is that they’re
just not interested."
It’s also the first year Brunswick
County Board of Elections Super
visor Lynda Britt can remember
three boards coming up short of can
In Navassa, Mayor Bobby Brown
and Commissioners Eulis A. Willis
and rhomas V. Merrick filed for re-
election. No one has filed for a third
Mayor Doug Simmons was the only
candidate to file for office in
Calabash, where efforts by the board
to obtain funding for a water system
ran into stiff opposition this year.
.All five seats on the town council
are available. They are currently
held by Robert Weber, Sonia Stevens,
Suzy Moore, Linda Roberts and Pati
Lewellyn, none of whom plan to seek
re-election. All terms are for two
If at least one candidate hasn’t fil
ed for every available seat in the
tbree towns by nc«.m Kritlay, said
Brunswick County Board of Elec
tions Supervisor Lynda Britt, “filing
will be clased and we will conduct the
Residents would still have an op
portunity to run as write-in can
Several towns had no problem at
.At Holden Beach, while incumbent
Jolm Tandy was the only po'wOn
file for mayor, nine residents will vie
for three seats on the town board of
commissioner. One is an incumbent,
flraham King. Commissioners Lym
Holden and Hal Stanley did not seek
Other candidates are Guilford
Bass, Robert W. Buck, Donald I-'
Carey Jr., Kemiit Coble, Ro.se Cole,
Martin Feldt. Georgia l.angley and
Members will each ser\’e a two-
Gay Atkins and William William
son will continue on the board, com
pleting four-year teims.
Three candidates have filed for the
three seats open on the Sliallotte
Board of Aldermen. They are
Aldermen David L. Gause and Wilton
D. Harrelson, and Jody i Jay G.) Sim
mons. Incumbent Bobby Ray Russ
did not file for re-election. Contiiuiing
on the board are Mayor Jrri-y .loncs
and Aldermen Paul Wayne Reeves
and Sarah Tripp.
Oci-iUi ls\r Ucm ii
Betty Williamson, ret'.•m'.., ,t|>-
pointed to the office, is the only can
didate for mayor of Ocean i.'-ic
Five people are running for throe
commissioners’ seats, including in
cumbents Virginia Qibson and Deb
bie S. Fox. Other candidates are
DeCarol Williamson, who was ap
pointed to the board earlier this
month, John Brockington and Ed
The mayor serves a two-year term
and commissioners serve four-year
(See 3 TOWNS, Page 2-A)
Calabash Is Without Council Candidates
BY AURJORIE MEGIVERN
Calabash may provide a knotty
problem never before presented to
the state board of elections, should
their town coiuicil ballot remain
empty through Friday.
As of press time, no one had filed
for any of the five seats open in a
town where all council members run
for election in the same year. Doug
Simmons, incumbent mayor, has fil
ed for re-election and is unopposed.
add up to more than $100 a day, that’s
the maximum fine allowed.
A release from the department in
dicated additional enforcement ac
tion may be forthcoming. Gore has
not Iwen a.s.sessed penalities for the
days elapsed since July 6.
Some previous erosion violations in
the county have been handled with
con.sent agreements, .said Conrad.
"We’ve had a rash of the.se in
Brunswick County in the past year,”
he continued. "There’s so much
development activity in the coastal
The North Carolina Sedimentation
Pollution Control Act requires
developers to have a state approved
erasion control plan on construction
jiitcjs ono :*^’**? or in s*?o p^’lor ?o
iiegiiiiiiiig construction. It also re
quires erosion control measures suf
ficient to retain sediment generated
by construction within the boun
daries of the project and out of
Jim Wallace, attorney for the state
board of elections, said Tuesday,
’Tve never heard of this situation
happening. If there are no write-in
votes, and no one files. I’m not sure
what we’d do, but we’d find some
way of appointing members, or hav
ing the governor help out. or ask the
present board to continue serving un
til the next election”
The town had already -asked for
and received a five-day extension for
filing that expires P'riday.
At Monday’s town council meeting.
Council Member Pati Lewellyn ask
ed Town Attorney Mike Ramos,
"What happens if no one files?" and
he replied, "You all have to stay in
office, if there are no write-ins."
Wallace e.xplained that even one
candidate or one write-in would con
stitute, with the mayor, a governing
body that could fill the other vacan
cies by appointment.
Most of the incumbent council
members said the job was too
demanding for them to continue, con
sidering the constraints of their jobs.
Lewellyn, a realtor, said, "If you
do it the way it should be done, it’s so
time-consuming, and I have to work
for a living.”
She added that the attitude of
townspeople was also a factor in her
decision to step down. "We’ve gotten
so much criticism, I don’t know why
no one has filed to replace us,” she
That was the feeling of Robert
Lewellyn, is completing his first
term of public office. “It’s been in
teresting,” he said, "but you don’t
get any backing from the town.”
The council's recent decision to
build a water system, beginniiig with
one road whose properly owners
would be assessed amounts up to
$400, was hotly protested by some
Council Member Suzi .Moore, who
owns a grocery store and
photography studio, also completing
her first full term, said. "If I was
written in. I’d serx-e, but I don t need
any volunteer work.”
linda Roberts is -anoth.er inci::::
bent who had not serx ed in public of
fice before her two-year teni; in
"I think I’ve done son'" thing.;
while in office,” she said, “but 1
didn't want to take a seat from so
meone who could do better. .Also, you
run into so much criticism from [leo-
ple who want things, but don’t want
to pay for them.”
The only incumbent council
iiieiii’uei wiiii pieviuus .--ei mcc i.s
Sonia Stevens, who was on the coun
cil for one previous term, after whicfi
she served a tenii as ni.iyor
Stevens could not lx* reached for
Two Killed In Fiery Wreck Near Supply
Two Shallotte residents were killed
in a ficiT automobile wi'ock Saturday
afternoon on N.C. 211 north of Supply.
A third victim was still listed in
serious condition Tue.sday at the N.C.
Memorial Hospital Burn Center in
Southern National Bank citv ex
ecutive James Leo Johnson Jr , 38. »f
Village Point Estates, and Kimberly
Neal Pierce, 15, also of Shallotte,
were killed in the two-car collision
'20.4 miles north of Shallotte.
Sherri Jane Hawes Outlaw, of
Civietowii, a passenger in the car
dnx'cn by Ms. Pierce, 'was taken to
the Brunswick Hospital in Supply and
later transported to Chapel Hill. Ms.
Pierce was student driving for Ms.
Outlaw, an instructor with
Brunswick Driving School.
.According to State Trooper R.L.
.’mui ray’s report, Johp;ion’s 1386 Dat-
suii was traveling at a "very high
rate of speed when it ran off the road
on the right just before meeting” a
1986 Chevrolet operated by Ms.
Pierce, who was driving north on
JohiLson s car camt* liack ontu tlie
roadway, skidded sidew.iys and
crossed over into the left lane. I'lie
front of Ms. Pierce's car struck the
Johnson vehicle in the right door, the
Roth cars traveled off the nxidway
and (iown an eiiiiiankmem wriere
they caught fire and burned. rrooiuT
.lohnson was thrown from Ins vehi
cle. .Murray’s re|X)it iiulicated there
(See 'l’WO KILLED. I’age '2- A i