Blake Hodge

UNC System President Asks Trump to Protect DACA Enrollees

UNC System President Margaret Spellings is cautioning President Donald Trump against certain deportation cases amidst raids carried out across the country. Spellings is asking Trump to avoid deporting individuals who are participating in the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA allows certain immigrants to defer deportation if they meet certain requirements. Many of these enrollees came to the United States when they were very young, but the future of DACA enrollees has been unclear under the new Trump administration. Fear among immigrant communities has also been growing in recent days as immigration raids have been carried out...

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UNC Warns Fans of Counterfeit Tickets

UNC is warning fans who are hoping to purchase tickets to the team’s two remaining home games to be aware of counterfeit tickets. Officials said in a release on Tuesday that several reports had been made regarding the “sale of counterfeit tickets which appear to be authentic.” The university is encouraging fans to use caution when purchasing tickets and to only make those purchases through a trusted source. Anyone who sees any suspicious activity on campus, including the possible sale of fake tickets, is asked to call UNC Police. UNC is facing Louisville on Wednesday and Duke on March...

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Orange County Woman Scratched by Rabid Skunk

An Orange County woman is undergoing treatment after a rabid skunk scratched her. Officials say the Schley area resident found her dog “interacting with a juvenile skunk” on her property on Monday. The skunk “ran up to her and appeared to scratch her on the leg” while the resident was trying to remove her dog from the situation. The woman was able to use a laundry basket to trap the skunk and called Animal Control. Testing revealed the skunk had rabies, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, which was the third positive case of the...

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AR-15, Ammunition and Body Armor Stolen from Chatham County Sheriff’s Office Vehicle

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office is asking for public assistance following a larceny from a law enforcement vehicle on Monday. Authorities said in a release that an AR-15 rifle and two 30-round magazines along with body armor belonging to the Sheriff’s Office were stolen from the vehicle while it was in Sanford. Sanford Police are leading the investigation, but the whereabouts of the stolen items was unknown as of late Monday night. “We are asking the public to call the Sanford Police Department with any information they can share regarding this case,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said in...

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Construction Worker Sentenced in December Death of Orange County Child

Nearly two months after a dump truck rolled down a hill in a Hillsborough subdivision and killed a five-year-old boy, a Harnett County man was sentenced on Monday. Multiple outlets are reporting 28-year-old Alejandro Suarez entered a no contest plea in Orange County Court to a misdemeanor charge of death by motor vehicle. Five-year-old Everett Copeland was playing outside the day after Christmas when he was struck and killed by a dump truck that rolled down a hill in the subdivision. Suarez left the truck unattended, according to warrants, while the truck was being loaded with dirt. Orange County...

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Trump Names UNC Alumnus as National Security Adviser

A UNC graduate has been chosen to fill the role of national security adviser under President Donald Trump. The Associated Press is reporting Trump chose Army Lt. Gen. HR McMcaster to fill the post left vacant after the resignation of Michael Flynn. McMaster holds a PhD in military history from UNC. Flynn’s short tenure as national security adviser was brought to an abrupt end after revelations he was in contact with the Russian ambassador as then-President Barack Obama was preparing to announce sanctions against some in the Russian administration. Trump announced McMaster’s selection as at his Palm Beach club,...

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Names of Deputies, Victim in Weekend Orange County Shooting Released

The names of the deputies and victim involved in a fatal weekend shooting have been released. Officials say Deputies Duke Ashley and Tyler Chelenza responded to a request for assistance from Mebane Police Saturday night after a reported home invasion and assault. The deputies were give the address for the suspect, Keo Crockett, who authorities found at his Efland residence on Virginia Lee Lane. Officials said in a Sunday morning news release that the male at the home was identified as the suspect in the alleged home invasion in Mebane. Crockett allegedly exited the residence and pointed a handgun...

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Orange County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Fatally Shoot ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Suspect

The State Bureau of Investigations has been called in to investigate a fatal shooting involving deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say deputies responded to a request for assistance from the Mebane Police Department around 11 o’clock Saturday night. Officials say an individual had allegedly broken into a Mebane home and assaulted two occupants. The suspect was “reported to have been armed with a handgun at the time of the alleged home invasion and assault,” according to a release from the sheriff’s office. The suspect “had fired the handgun during the home invasion,” according to authorities, and...

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UNC Officials Denounce Anti-Trump Flyer

UNC administrators have sent a message to the campus community after a “threatening flyer” was posted around campus. The flyers appear to be encouraging violence against supporters of President Donald Trump. A poster with the phrase “Bash the Fash” has been posted around the Chapel Hill campus and spread through social media in recent days. The flyer depicts two situations that result in a “Make America Great Again” hat being burned and an individual with a swastika tattooed on their arm being hit in the head with a baseball bat. The wording on the flyer says, “If you see...

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DOLRT Included by Gov. Cooper in Recommendation to Federal Government

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper is throwing his weight behind the Durham-Orange Light Rail project. Funding the proposed light rail project has been a hot topic recently amid changes at the state and federal level. Now, Governor Roy Cooper is including the nearly 18-mile rail line in his pitch to the federal government for funding shovel-ready infrastructure projects in the Tar Heel state. The light rail project was included as one of eight projects Cooper’s administration included at the request of the National Governors Association, according to his office. “Moving ahead with shovel ready projects like these will create...

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