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John Lee Stevenson
John Lee Stevenson

A Wilmington man has been charged in connection with burning a 5-year-old boy’s hand.

John Lee Stevenson Jr., 27, of South 15th Street in Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday on charge of felony child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

Stevenson is charged with burning the child’s left hand on a stove, according to an arrest warrant. The warrant lists the offense occurred between April 11 and 15.

Lindsay said it was several days after the incident before the boy was medically treated for severe burns. He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The boy has since been released from the hospital, but is still receiving medical care for the burns to his hand, Lindsay said.

Stevenson was booked at the New Hanover County jail under a $50,000 secured bond.

Brunswick County

Michael Ray McKeithan
Michael Ray McKeithan

A Brunswick County man has been charged with shooting and injuring a 69-year-old man with a shot gun.

Michael Ray McKeithan, 46, of Stout Road in Ash, was arrested Thursday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, according to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Emily Flax.

McKeithan is charged in connection with a fight that occurred at a home in the 2500 block of Stout Road in Ash at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Flax said. During the fight, the suspect reportedly fired a 12-gauge shot gun at the victim.

The victim – who is reportedly a family member – was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center to be treated for an injury to his head. The man is stable condition, Flax said.

McKeithan was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $150,000 secured bond.


Andrew James Willetts

Detectives with the Leland Police Department have arrested a teen in connection with a stabbing in the town on Tuesday.

Andrew James Willetts, 19, of Blue Banks Road in Leland, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to Leland Police Department Lt. Jeremy Humphries. He was charged in connection with stabbing a man on Willetts Lane in Leland at about 7:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim in the case has been released from the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, Humphries said.

According to an arrest warrant, Willetts is charged with using a 3-inch blade folding knife.

Willetts was also charged with a probation violation. According to the N.C. Department of Corrections, he has been convicted of two misdemeanors, including unauthorized use of a vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Willetts was booked at the Brunswick County jail under a $40,000 secured bond.

Man charged with trafficking pills

Daniel Harris Glisson

A Wilmington man was arrested in Leland this week on charge of trafficking opium.

Daniel Harris Glisson Jr., 50, of Shaw Court in Wilmington, was charged with trafficking in opium or heroin and maintaining a vehicle, dwelling or place for a controlled substance, according to Humphries.

Glisson is charged with allegedly selling 80 morphine tablets in the Food Lion parking lot at 103 Village Road in Leland, Humphries said. Detectives arrested Glisson in the grocery store parking lot.

He has since been released from the Brunswick County jail under a $100,000 secured bond, according to jail records.