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Carrboro Police Identify Man Found Dead Monday

Carrboro Police have released the identity of the man found dead earlier this week. Officers found 56-year-old Christopher Burnette Sr., of Chapel Hill, deceased at 400 Roberson Street just after 7:30 Monday morning. Burnette’s body has been sent to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office for evaluation, according to police. Authorities said in an initial release that there was not a known threat to the community and maintained on Wednesday that “there is no indication that foul play was involved in his death.” Police had been withholding his identity pending notification of family members. Anyone with information regarding the...

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Two Firefighters Treated for Heat Exposure After Carol Woods Fire

Two firefighters – one from Chapel Hill and one from Carrboro – had to be treated for heat exposure after fighting a three-alarm fire on Tuesday, according to an update provided by Chapel Hill officials. Crews responded to the three-alarm fire at the Carol Woods Retirement Community on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill just before four o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Officials said firefighters saw flames coming through the roof of the fitness center at the retirement community upon arrival. There is a 40-unit residential building adjacent to the fitness center, but the fire did not spread to the residences,...

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Lane, Sidewalk Closure Set for East Rosemary Street Through Friday

Portions of East Rosemary Street will be closed through Friday for continued work on the roadway. Officials say the construction will include curb and gutter repair. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project, but temporary lane and sidewalk closures are planned for East Rosemary Street between Henderson and Hillsborough streets in downtown Chapel Hill. Officials say the closures will be contained between nine o’clock in the morning and four o’clock in the afternoon beginning Wednesday and running through...

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Three-Alarm Fire at Carol Woods

No residents were injured when what fire officials described to WCHL as a three-alarm fire broke out at the fitness center at the Carol Woods Retirement Community Tuesday afternoon. Chapel Hill Fire crews responded to an alarm call just before four o’clock. Chapel Hill community safety communications specialist Ran Northam said crews quickly identified the significance of the fire. “Fire was coming through the roof,” Northam said. “They saw smoke coming out of the roof first and then confirmed that fire was coming out of the roof.” Northam added that the fire was contained in the fitness center but...

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I-85 North Reopened in Orange County After Multiple Crashes

****UPDATE: DOT cameras show traffic is moving along I-85 North once again after the lanes were closed due to a wreck.**** A second vehicle crash has closed both lanes of I-85 North in Orange County near Hillsborough. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials reported the latest crash at 3:05 Tuesday afternoon near mile marker 165 and delays have quickly accumulated with both of the northbound travel lanes closed. This is the second crash that has impacted lane openings on that stretch of highway on Tuesday. The first wreck closed one lane near mile marker 169 in eastern Orange County,...

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Second Candidate Announces Run for Chapel Hill Town Council

Another candidate has entered the race for one of the four seats on the Chapel Hill Town Council up for election this fall. Southbridge resident Rachel Schaevitz became the second candidate to announce their intention to run through a press release Tuesday morning. Schaevitz is a Carolina Public Humanities postdoctoral fellow at UNC and is currently serving on the American Legion Task Force assigned with considering future options of the approximately 36-acre property the town purchased last December. Schaevitz was also appointed to the town’s Cultural Arts Commission in June. “Chapel Hill is a truly remarkable place to live,...

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Orange County Commissioner Mark Dorosin Running for NC Court of Appeals in 2018

Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners Mark Dorosin has announced that he will be running for a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2018. Dorosin made the announcement in a post on Facebook Monday night. Dorosin said he will be a candidate for the seat being vacated by Judge Ann Marie Calabria, who announced that she will not be seeking re-election while attending the North Carolina Bar Association convention in Asheville last weekend, according to the Associated Press. Calabria was first elected to the court in 2002 and re-elected in 2010. She would not...

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Construction Closing Lane of I-85 North in Orange County

Lanes of I-85 in Orange County will be closed beginning on Tuesday as construction crews will be replacing aging signs along the highway. Officials say the first closure was set for nine o’clock Tuesday morning for the right lane of I-85 North between mile markers 167 and 170. The closure is scheduled to last until three o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The right lane of I-85 North will then be closed between mile markers 163 and 165 from seven o’clock Wednesday night until two o’clock Thursday morning. The work will not completely close the interstate but officials say “contract crews will...

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Old 86 Reopened Between Carrboro and Hillsborough

Old NC 86 has reopened after being closed in both directions near New Hope Church Road between Carrboro and Hillsborough on Monday afternoon. Authorities say a dump truck loaded with asphalt left the roadway and caught on fire. State Highway Patrol Master Trooper Christopher Knox said the dump truck driver traveled off the right side of the roadway before then over-correcting just after noon on Monday. Knox said the dump truck initially came to rest but caught fire when being towed away. The fire was extinguished and Knox said the roadway was reopened before four o’clock Monday afternoon. There...

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Roads Reopened After Gas Leak Reported in Downtown Chapel Hill

****UPDATE: Officials said that the leak had been stopped as of 12:35 and that the roadways that were closed will be reopening.**** Chapel Hill Fire crews are on the scene of a reported natural gas leak Monday afternoon. Officials say the leak was reported just after noon on Monday at 209 East Franklin Street. Both Franklin and Rosemary streets are closed to traffic between Henderson Street and Pickard Lane while crews are working in the area. Officials ask that you avoid the area if at all possible while crews are on the scene. There is no timeline for when...

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