Blake Hodge

Chapel Hill Police Arrest Suspect After Attempted Child Abduction

A Chapel Hill man has been arrested for attempted child abduction. Police say officers responded to a report of a suspicious person just after noon on Wednesday at Montessori Academy at 1510 East Franklin Street. The man walked to the school fence and was “threatening to physically harm students.” The man then “grabbed two students and tried to pull them over the fence,” according to police. Teachers were able to intervene and stopped the incident before the man fled the area. Law enforcement officials say officers stopped the man at Walgreens near the school and he was taken into...

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No Injuries Reported in Residential Chapel Hill Fire

No one was injured after Chapel Hill Fire crews were called to a residential structure fire Tuesday. Officials say crews responded to 313 Country Club Road just after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning after a caller reported smoke coming from an outside wall. A residential contractor was using a pressure washer to clean the deck when water “appeared to cause an arc on an electrical wire,” according to a release. Three engines and nine firefighters responded to the scene and were able to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the outside wall. The official cause of the fire is under...

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Mayor: Chapel Hill ‘Will Not Tolerate Hatred, Bigotry, Racism or Violence’

Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger is joining the chorus of local officials in “denouncing white supremacy, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism and other forms of hate which have no place in a democratic society.” The message from Hemminger was released by the town on Wednesday following the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend organized by various white supremacist groups. A member of one of these groups drove his vehicle into a group of counter protesters on Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring more than a dozen others. The town’s sympathies, Hemminger wrote, “are heightened by the knowledge...

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Carrboro Holding Special Meeting After Charlottesville Rally

The Carrboro Board of Alderman have called a special meeting for Wednesday night to consider a resolution denouncing actions by white supremacists in Charlottesville last weekend. The “Unite the Right” rally organized in Charlottesville was billed as a protest over the removal of Confederate monuments in the university town. As counter protesters met the white supremacist groups in Charlottesville, one of the Unite the Right attendees drove his Dodge Charger into a crowd, killing one of the protesters – 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The events in Charlottesville led to Carrboro’s governing board calling the special meeting after Heyer was “brutally...

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UNC Hearing Before NCAA Committee on Infractions Begins Wednesday

What could be the beginning of the end of a years-long investigation into UNC by the NCAA got underway Wednesday morning The NCAA Committee on Infractions is set to hear the case between UNC and the body governing collegiate athletics in Nashville. After three separate Notices of Allegations have been issued to the university, UNC is facing five top-level charges including Lack of Institutional Control. “We’re looking forward to bringing this to closure,” UNC Chancellor Carol Folt told WCHL at a campus Board of Trustees meeting in late July. “We’re focused on that next meeting and bringing it to...

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Chapel Hill, Carrboro Mayors Sign Letter to President Trump Supporting DACA

Mayors from Chapel Hill and Carrboro are among more than 100 mayors and county officials from across the country encouraging President Donald Trump to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. DACA, which was initiated by President Barack Obama, celebrated its five-year anniversary this week. The program allows for children who have been residing in the United States illegally to come forward without the threat of deportation for a period to allow them to work toward residential permits. “It was important and essential that I sign this letter on behalf of the Town of Carrboro.  ‘Dreamers’ know the...

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Hillsborough Police Arrest Break-In Suspects

Footage from a residential surveillance camera has led to the arrest of two individuals suspected of a break-in of a home in southern Hillsborough. Police say the incident took place around 3 pm on Wednesday, August 9, in the Waterstone development. Two suspects were taken into custody in connection with the break-in on Saturday, August 12. Authorities say the surveillance footage led to the identification of 19-year-old Steven Dillon Ferrell, of Mebane, and 25-year-old Jeffrey Dewayne Perry, of Durham, as suspects. Both were taken into custody on Saturday, according to police, and were being held in the Orange County...

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Local Vigils Respond to Charlottesville Violence

A rally planned by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, resulted in the loss of three lives and led to local residents holding vigils on Sunday. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters on Saturday. Two law enforcement officers were killed when their helicopter crashed near Saturday’s riots. Events were held across the Triangle in response on Sunday, including vigils in Carrboro, at the historic courthouse in Hillsborough and in front of Silent Sam on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill. Silent Sam...

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Durham Resident Defies Grand Jury Subpoena After Orange County GOP Firebombing

In the lead up to a contentious presidential election last November, someone threw a bottle filled with what Hillsborough Police describe as “flammable material” through the window at the Orange County GOP headquarters. The damage caused the party to move the county headquarters to a new facility, which opened just before the election. Police released little information at the time, and the investigation has yielded few public details over the last 10 months. But the investigation may have hit another roadblock recently when Katie Yow said that she would be fighting a subpoena to appear before a federal grand...

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Power Restored to 13,000 Customers in Durham

****Officials reported just after one o’clock Thursday afternoon that power had been restored to nearly all customers.**** A widespread power outage has knocked out power to more than 13,000 Duke Energy customers near downtown Durham on Thursday morning. The outage knocked out power to “many street lights,” according to Durham Police. Officials are reminding motorists that an intersection without power is to be treated as a four-way stop. Duke Energy now says the outage was first reported just before 10:30 Thursday morning and the utility is estimating power will be restored by 1:15 Thursday...

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