Blake Hodge

OWASA: Water Safe Despite ‘Earthy’ or ‘Musty’ Odor and Taste

Officials with Orange Water and Sewer Authority are reassuring residents in the southern portion of Orange County that even though you may have noticed taste and odor issues, the water is safe to drink and use. A release from OWASA said that several dozen customers have reported “an earthy or musty taste and odor in the tap water” over the past week. Officials say that algae growing in the Cane Creek Reservoir and University Lake is causing that variance and that staff is continuing to work to resolve the issue. Algae is removed during the treatment process, according to...

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Individual Hospitalized After Chapel Hill Shooting

One person was hospitalized after a shooting in Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Chapel Hill Police officials say one person was shot and taken to the UNC Emergency Department. Officers responded to the shooting in the 300 block of South Estes Drive at 6:25 Tuesday evening, according to authorities. The victim’s condition is unknown as of this posting. If anyone has information regarding the shooting, officials ask that you call...

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Lydia Lavelle Running for Third Term as Carrboro Mayor

Lydia Lavelle announced on Thursday in her weekly appearance on WCHL’s Aaron Keck Show that she will be running for mayor once again in Carrboro’s municipal elections this fall. Lavelle is currently in her second two-year term as mayor. She ran unopposed in the 2016 election. No other candidates have publicly announced their intentions to run for mayor this fall. Barbara Foushee has announced that she will be running for a seat on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen this election cycle. Three board members – Jacquelyn Gist, Randee Haven-O’Donnell and Sammy Slade – currently hold seats on the board...

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US Army Specialist Arrested on Indecent Exposure Charges in Chapel Hill

A United States Army specialist based at Fort Bragg has been arrested in Chapel Hill on two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure. Police said in a release that 25-year-old Ryan Markius Darrell Person was arrested on Thursday morning. Person is accused on exposing himself to a woman in the University Place parking lot on April 30. A second indecent exposure incident was reported with a suspect matching the same description exposing himself to a woman in the parking lot at the Eastgate Crossing shopping center on May 8. Person’s address is listed on the police report as Fort Bragg...

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AL Stanback Middle School to Close Early Amid HVAC Repair

AL Stanback Middle School in Orange County will be closing at noon on Wednesday while repairs are made to the school’s air-conditioning system. School officials said in a message to parents there were concerns with the HVAC malfunctioning and the hot temperatures on Wednesday, which are expected to surpass 90 degrees. Officials said that fans and water stations were placed throughout the hallways and the building “to keep students and staff cool and hydrated” on Wednesday. Maintenance staff has been working and will continue to work through the day to repair the system. No other schools in the Orange County...

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Flat Tire Leads to 10 Drug Charges in Chapel Hill

A flat tire has led to the arrests of two individuals on drug charges in Chapel Hill. Police Captain Josh Mecimore said an officer saw a 2008 Honda Accord traveling on East Franklin Street around four o’clock Wednesday morning with a flat tire. When the officer maneuvered behind the vehicle, the driver put the hazard lights on and pulled over. Mecimore said the officer got out of his vehicle along with the driver. The officer wrote in his report “it was apparent the driver was under the influence of an impairing substance.” Mecimore said the driver, 19-year-old Dominick Michael...

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NC Senator Collapses During Race, Taken Away in Ambulance

****UPDATE: Senator Tillis posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday morning saying, “I’m fine,” and that he “got overheated.” He added there was “no CPR, no special measures, just checking me out [at the hospital].”**** Republican Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina collapsed during a Washington, D.C., race Wednesday morning and has been taken away by ambulance. Tillis, 57, was seen on the ground being administered CPR by bystanders at about the two-mile mark in the three-mile race in Anacostia Park in the southeast part of the city. Tillis at first appeared unconscious but was revived and breathing when...

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Human Remains Discovered in Orange County

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after human remains were discovered on Tuesday. Authorities say “skeletal remains” were recovered in a wooded area near 508 Buckhorn Road in Mebane just before 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Personnel from the North Carolina Department of Transportation discovered the remains near the entrance of the Buckhorn Flea Market, according to authorities. Deputies then canvassed the area and processed the scene before the remains were transported to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh. Evidence at the scene did not suggest foul play, according to a release. Officials say additional information will be...

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Two Pedestrians Struck by Vehicle in Chapel Hill

Two pedestrians were being treated for serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Chapel Hill on Tuesday. Authorities said officers responded to a report of the traffic collision just before 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Officials said the two pedestrians were transported to the UNC Hospital Emergency Room for related injuries. The collision occurred in the crosswalk on West Rosemary Street in front of Shortbread Lofts. The driver of the vehicle was cited with failure to reduce speed and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a...

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Lloyd Farm Project Could Be Resurrected With New Conditions

More than five years after it was originally proposed, a development project on the approximately 40-acre Lloyd Farm property in Carrboro was voted down in December. Now the property owners are back before the Carrboro Board of Alderman hoping to agree on a proposal moving forward. “They came to the town,” Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said, “and basically said, ‘We want to move forward and here’s what we know we can do.’” The options now are to move forward under current zoning regulations or work to come to an agreement between the property owners and the town. “We saw...

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