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Brunswick County kindergarten teacher 1 of 2 arrested on drug charges

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Kellen MooreKellen.Moore@StarNewsOnline.com

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested an elementary school teacher and a man on drug-related charges Monday as part of an ongoing investigation.

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Native American students may have to change schools

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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The Waccamaw-Siouan tribe community straddles the Bladen / Columbus county line. Those on the Bladen side have been allowed to go to Columbus County schools with no problem, but new school policies are changing that.

A letter home to parents spells out the changes. Students who live in Bladen County will no longer be able to attend Columbus County schools.

Most of the kids in question live in the Native American Waccamaw-Siouan community.

“This county line not only splits our community, but divides families,” said Michael Jacobs.

Michael Jacobs is the Tribal Council’s chairman. He says for decades, the Waccamaw-Siouan students in the area have been allowed to cross into Columbus County to go to school.

Now, the Columbus County school board has two new policies, requiring out of county students to pay a $700 one-time fee to attend school, as well as provide their own transportation.

The changes are a result of school budget cuts. Columbus County Superintendent Dan Strickland says the fee will apply to students entering the county for the first time.

Current students can get a waiver from the Bladen County district, and stay in their current Columbus County school.

“We want to grandfather those that are already here and educate those kids just like they have been for a number of years, but new students coming in we have got to make some tough decisions to offset the funds that we are not receiving,” said Superintendent Strickland.

Columbus County’s transportation budget is being cut by $167,000, and the schools don’t get funding from the state for those out of district students.

Waccamaw-Siouan kids aren’t the only ones affected. Columbus County administrators have discovered students from Brunswick, Robeson and Horry counties also attending class in county schools.

Though the county doesn’t get state funding for out of county students, Jacobs says it would be in the best interest for Columbus County to keep Waccamaw-Siouan students in their schools because of extra Native American funding from the federal government.

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videoThe Waccamaw-Siouan tribe community straddles the Bladen / Columbus county line. Those on the Bladen side have been allowed to go to Columbus County schools with no problem, but new school policies are changing that.

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Drug dealer off streets after Brunswick County teacher arrested

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department has taken a major drug dealer off the streets. Detectives say he dealt prescription drugs to a Brunswick County kindergarten teacher.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies say they found the teacher in possession of Fentanyl, an extremely powerful opiate.

Candice Smith is a kindergarten teacher at Virginia Williamson Elementary in Brunswick County.

She was arrested Monday night after detectives say she bought and used Fentanyl from alleged drug dealer, Bryan Knight.

“He was taking the medications he was prescribed legally by a doctor, and ultimately diverting them for profit,” said a Brunswick County Vice detective.

According to vice narcotic officers, the effect of one patch of Fentanyl is equal to ten bags of heroin. “Because inherently these drugs are getting in the hands of people, they’re dying, over-dosing, and getting in the hands of kids. These drugs aren’t meant to be taken recreationally.”

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department says an incident currently under investigation led them to find out Smith was using highly potent opiates.

In an interview with detectives, we’re told she revealed information about how she got the drugs. That leads to the arrest of Bryan Knight who is now charged with 14 counts of possession with intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance.

Detectives say the fact Smith is a kindergarten teacher will not affect the investigation. “It reinforces my point that whoever you are, if you break these laws you will be arrested.”

Smith has been suspended from her position with Brunswick County schools while the investigation continues.

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videoThe Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department has taken a major drug dealer off the streets. Detectives say he dealt prescription drugs to a Brunswick County kindergarten teacher.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies say they found the teacher in possession of Fentanyl, an extremely powerful opiate.

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Witness videotaped Maisenhelder with three female victims

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Three underage girls enrolled in an after-school karate program were covertly videotaped sitting on their instructor’s lap while he fondled them, according to search warrants.

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Pender couple may get malnourished horses back

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

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A Pender County couple charged with cruelty to animals may get their horses back.

Billy Joe Suttles and his wife Laura Louise Westbrock were found guilty on animal cruelty charges in Pender County Tuesday.

Malnourished horses were seized from the couple’s farm in Hampstead last month.

The judge sentenced the couple to three years probation, and ruled that the couple can get the horses back if a veterinarian deems them fit to take care of the animals.

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Billy Joe Suttles and his wife Laura Louise Westbrock were found guilty on animal cruelty charges in Pender County Tuesday, but they may get their horses back.

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