? i1?L'oMelNort'1 Carolina, Thursday, October 3, 1991
C'99l TMf SHUMIWCK KACON
50C Per Copy 38 Poges^ 3 Sections, 4 Inserts
PHOTO COUBIfcSY FBI
A SECURITY CAMERA in the NCNIt Motional Bank branch in Calabash shows two masked men robbing the bank last Thursday
Search Continues For Masked Men
Who Held Up Bank In Calabash
BY l)()li(; RUT I KK
An FBI agent siiui Tuesday he has a partial
identification of a gel-away car and believes a
third person was involved in last week's armed
rohhery of the N'C'NB National Bank branch in
Two black men wearing ski masks and carry
ing handguns entered the bank last Thursday
around 3:30 p.m. and robbed it, said Terry Peters,
chief ol the Wilmington FBI office.
"They just went in and told the tellers to get
down on the main floor...," he said Friday. "They
grabbed the money and left."
Peters said four bank employees were the only
people inside the bank when it was robbed.
Nobody was injured.
The sus|>ecis were in their 30s or 40s and were
between 5 feet 6 inches and 5 leet 1 1 indies tall.
Peters said buth men had stocky builds.
The FBI agent would not disclose the amount
of money that was stolen. He said the robbers
dropped a small amount of money on the ground
outside the bank when they lied.
Peters said last week that authorities didn't
know how the robbers got to and from the bank
or in which direction they lied.
On Tuesday, he said lawmen believe a gel
away car was used and that a third person was in
volved in the robbery.
Authorities believe the robbers led the scene
in a late model Chevrolet Camaro. They don't
know the color of the vehicle.
Brunswick County Chief Deputy John Marlow
said Sunset Beach Police Li. Sam Grantham was
Iirsi on ilk' see tie. iii. airi.vii ai tin* hank
than live ininiilcs after the robbery occurred.
Marlow said authorities set up lour roadblocks
on major roads leading Irom the hank immediate
ly alter the rohhery.
"We didn't know what type ot vehicle to liH>k
lor. hut we knew there were two black males," he
saul. "We stopped and searched everything."
The Brunswick County Sheriff's Department
airplane was used to search the area around the
Besides Grantham, Marknv said 10 sheriff's
deputies, four FBI agents, three N.C. Highway
Patrolmen, one N.C. Division of Marine
Fisheries ollicer and the Highway Patrol drug
dog, Marco, responded.
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Highway Patrol Puzzled By Supply Man's Death
A Supply man died following a
one-car accident Saturday about 13
miles west of Shallotte on N.C. 130.
But Suite Highway Patrol offi
cials are not sure if Onnie Edward
Davis, 76, died from injuries re
ceived in the accident or from other
Davis was alert when State
Trooper J.V. Dove arrived at the
scene of the 4:30 p.m. accident, said
Ruby Oakley, spokesperson for the
Highway Patrol office in
"The driver staled he could not
remember what happened or why he
ran off the road," said Ms. Oakley.
Davis was taken to The Bruns
wick Hospital in Supply by ambu
lance where he later died.
Ms. Oakley said the Highway
Patrol will record the death as a
traffic fatality until medical examin
ers can finish their investigation.
According to Dove's report,
Davis' 19X7 Chrysler was traveling
on a straight stretch of N.C. 130
when it ran off the right shoulder
and struck a tree.
No charges were filed in ihe acci
dent. Damage was listed at SI, 500
to the car.
So far this year, 10 persons have
died in traffic accidents on
Brunswick County's highways, said
Ms. Oakley. Last year, through the
end of September, 12 people had
died on county roads, she said
Officers arc investigating a hit
and-run accident involving a pedes
trian on N.C. 17l> about 2.6 miles
south of Shallotte.
Thomas A. Campbell. 19, of
Shallotte, told Suae Trooper B.L.
Wilkes thai he was struck on the left
side by a car that did not stop
around 9 p.m. Friday.
Campbell received minor injuries
to his arm and was taken to The
Brunswick Hospital in Supply by
ambulance where he was treated
and released, Wilkes reported.
The victim did not get a license
number of the car that struck him,
"It's unlikely we'll be able to find
them," said Ms. Oakley.
West Senior Faces
Prison Term For
Death By Vehicle
BY I KKkV I'OI'K
A West Brunswick High School
senior is hack ;it school this week,
hut wondering il he'll have to serve
time in prison lor the death of his
Iriend and former baseball team
William Kusscll Mines, 17, of
Long wood, is appealing his convic
tion and two-year sentence handed
down in Brunswick County District
Court after a judge found him guilty
of misdemeanor death by motor ve
hicle and driving left of center.
(lines was charged by the N.C.
Highway Patrol following the May
14 head-on collision near Shalloue
that claimed the life ol a classmate
and friend. George Wendell Daniels
II. 17. of Long wood.
Defense attorney James Payne, ol
Shalloue, said Monday that the case
is not likely to go to Superior Court
until December, after a grand jury
has had time to hear evidence. The
grand jury met Monday but did not
consider any bills of indictment
Mines will remain free on bond
and will also attend school while
awaiting the appeal. Payne said.
"We were all surprised at the sen
tence." said Payne. "In fact, we
were quite surprised by the verdict."
Daniels, a popular baseball catch
er and lineman on die high school
football team, was a passenger in
Mines' l')86 Ma/da truck diat
crossed the center line and struck
another pickup head-on on Old
Shalloue Road (S.R. 1316), Suite
Trooper B.D. Barnhardt reported.
The two students were on their way
to liv/ol rthei. Ok .1.111. .ten
Judge Jerry A. Jolly sentenced
Mines it> two vears n prison
According to Hamhardt. Mines
unintentionally caused Daniels
death by tailing to drive upon the
right hall ol the highway, resulting
in an accident Mm s was traveling
nortli on Old Shallottc Road when
he traveled completely across the
center line and struck a southbound
19Hf> Ford pickup driven by Philip
Allan Fulwood, 19. ol Route 7.
FuIwcxkI testified in district court
that Mines approached and swerved
into his lane of traffic. Payne said
he could not comment on accusa
tions that Mines and Fulwood had
frequently greeted one another on
the highway by Hashing their head -
liehts and swerving their vehicles
across the yellow line.
"That's if you believe what the
state's witness (Fulwood) had to
say." said Payne. "Me said Russell
(Mines) swerved in Iront of him
first. We contend that it didn't hap
pen that wa>. I can't really go into
any further discussion of the case."
Payne said Hines isn't guilty ol
the charges and is ready to try the
case belore a jury.
"Once a jury hears all of the
facts." said Payne, "they're going to
conclude that Russell's not guilty."
Mines. Fulwood and Ful wood's
wife. Janice. 20, were also injured
in the accident and treated at The
Brunswick Hospital in Supply.
West Brunswick football players
have dedicated this season to
Daniels. At Friday night's victory
over conference rival Whiteville.
j bye?. celebrate:' the 19-7 w . vfh
a chant of "B>g Li!"
Bee Chomps Get Just Reword
Expert spellers Marcus and Penny Williams finally have a plaque
lhai liiey t an hang with pride.
The Shalknte physician and his wife received a shiny award several
davs alter winning the Brunswick Countv Literaev Council S p>e 1 1 1 11 tz
Bee Sept. 12.
The only problem was the engraver misspelled one o! the words. It
has since been corrected and the plaque returned to the spelling champs.
Williams chuckled when he saw the error. The name of his business,
Brunswick Islands Medical Associates, was spelled incorrectly. The
plaque said "Brumswick" instead of "Brunswick."
"I thought it was really cute and ironic." he said.
Williams considers it an honest mistake. "Obviously, this individual
needs to study and compete in next year 's bee." he joked.
The doctor said the literacy council took the mistake in stride.
"They laughed and they thought it was funny," he said. "They ap
preciated the opportunity to correct it."
County GOP Slates Pre-Election Rally
The filing period lor ihe 1W2
elections doesn't open until January,
but the Brunswick County Repub
lican Party is getting ready.
The organization is sponsoring a
pre-election rally with covered dish
dinner and bonfire Saturday. Oct.
12, at 7 p.m. at the GOP headquar
ters on U.S. 17 north of Supply.
"This rally is open to all
Republican* and those persons in
terested in our cause," said James
Pa>ne. parly chairman.
The building will be open starting
at 5 p.m. for drop-off of covered
Following the dinner a bonfire
will kick-off the rally for the forth
coming election campaigns.
BY SUSAN USI1KR
Arts and trails, tasty foods, carnival rides,
live entertainment, the thrill of competition ? the
i 1991 N.C. Oyster Festival offers all this and
This year's festival begins Friday, Oct. 18,
around mid-day and winds down quickly fol
lowing the North Carolina Oyster Shucking
Championship that starts shortly after 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19.
All activities except f(xn races take place at
i the Sea Trail Plantation Grounds in Sunset
| Beach at the Seaside intersection of N.C. 904
I and N.C. 179. Admission is SI each day,
i payable at any of five entrance gates, with free
! parking available at the site or across the street.
"They're getting a lot of entertainment for
the money," said Annette Odom, president of the
South Brunswick Islands Chamber of
Commerce, which sponsors die event now in its
1 1 th year as an official state festival.
Between 150 and 200 volunteers are in
volved in staging this year's festival, said volun
teer coordinator Lisa Anglin. A tent canopy will
serve as headquarters for this year's team of vol
unteers, recognizable by their red N.C. Oyster
| Festival caps.
Festival Chairman Allan Damcron said
headlining the entertainment this year will be the
popular Band of O/, playing a mix of beach and
top 20 music in two sets cach Friday evening
and Saturday afternoon.
As part of the "traditional" opening ceremo
ny Friday, Miss Brunswick County 1991 Lisa
Dale Young and local officials will cut the rib
bon at 12 noon.
The opening program also includes sets by
the West Brunswick High School Band ol
Shallotie directed by Craig Morris.
The Brunswick County Shrine Club, known
locally for its fish fry fundraisers, has taken over
the seafood menu for the two-day event.
Spokesman Glenn Humbert said he ex pec is
Friday's line-up to include lighter fare such as
fish sandwiches and/or oyster cocktails, hxx!
service will go into high gear Saturday with a
full festival menu of steamed and roasted oys
ters, boiled shrimp cocktails and fried lish
plates, with appropriate side dishes.
In addition, vendors will offer a wide variety
of non-seafoods, from egg rolls to cotton candy.
T-shirts, sweatshirts, balloons and other fes
tival "logo" items will be sold throughout the
festival, and festival-goers will also gel to vole
Friday on their choice of designs lor next year s
festival. The winning artist, who will be an
nounced Saturday during the festival, will re
ceive SI(X). Logo contest entries are due at the
chamber office no later than Oct. 12.
Between 120 to 130 arts and crafts hxnhs
arc anticipated, with a juried competition offer
ing purchase awards. Expanded carnival rules
are planned lor all ages including a Ferris wheel,
merry-go-round, ch<x> choo train
In addition to two 45-minute sets by Hand ol
()/ at 7 p.m. and S: 1 5 p.m., Friday entertainment
will feature music by Lee Michaels, disk jockey
with WCCA. said Ann Laughinghouse. enter
Visiting Miss America preliminary pageant
winners will perform Saturday from II a.m. un
Entertainment on Saturday will include two
45-minute sets by Michael Walden and Roger
Scruggs of the Wilmington group Eclipse, at 12
noon and 4 p.m. and 45-minute sets by Band of
O/ at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Saturday's lull schedule starts early, with a
one mile "tun run," and 5K anil 10K fool races
at lioldcn Beach. Entry forms are available from
the festival sponsor, the South Brunswick
Islands Chamber of Commerce, at its office on
U.S. 17 business in Shallotte, and before the
race at the registration table.
Not flcv! ol loot? The festival also offers
com|K'titions lor last talkers and those handy
with an oyster knife.
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