Blake Hodge

Pittsboro Man Charged with Rape of Juvenile

A Chatham County man has been charged with rape of a juvenile. Authorities say that 21-year-old Victor William Campbell Dunker, of Pittsboro, was arrested on Thursday and charged with felony first-degree rape, six counts of felony indecent liberties with a child and five counts of felony statutory rape of a person 13, 14, or 15 years old by a person more than four but less than six years older than the victim. A release from the Chatham county Sheriff’s Office said the investigation started when law enforcement received a report of a rape of a juvenile on May 21....

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2 Narcotics Investigations Lead to 4 Arrests in Orange County

Two separate narcotics investigations led to the arrest of four individuals in Orange County on Wednesday. Authorities said in a release on Friday that 35-year-old Joseph Lee Cotton, of Old Sawmill Road in Chapel Hill, was arrested Wednesday and charged with nine counts of trafficking in opiates and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances. As a result of the investigation, deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office seized 119 dosage units of 15mg morphine, which totaled 17.74 grams, and 12 dosage units of 5mg oxycodone, totaling 6.3 grams, according to a release. Cotton is being held in the Orange...

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UNC AD Bubba Cunningham Receives Extension, Raise

UNC athletics director Bubba Cunningham has signed a new six-year contract with the university that includes a 4.9 percent increase in annual salary. The university announced the extension on Friday. The contract was approved by the UNC Board of Trustees in a mail ballot on November 1, according to documents provided for the board meeting on Thursday. Cunningham’s new contract runs through June 30, 2023, and has a base salary of $740,440. That 4.9 percent increase falls just under the provision that all salary increases of five percent and above must be approved by the UNC System Board of...

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Davie Poplar Suspect Appears in Court

Joshua Daniel Edwards made his first appearance in Orange County court on Thursday afternoon facing multiple felony charges in connection with a small explosion on the UNC campus earlier this month. Edwards, a former UNC student, has been undergoing a mental evaluation since being taken into custody in connection with a detonation of a small device at the iconic Davie Poplar tree. The 24-year-old was officially arrested Thursday and went before a magistrate before making his court appearance via video from the jail. Edwards is charged with malicious use of explosives to inflict injury, malicious use of explosives to...

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UNC Trustees Vote to Close Horace Williams Airport

The UNC Board of Trustees voted on Thursday to close Horace Williams Airport in Chapel Hill. There is no timeline for the closure, but Thursday’s vote gave university officials the authority to close the airport located north of the university campus. The board heard at its September meeting that more than $1 million in repairs were needed to continue operating the airport and that the facility is currently losing approximately $7,000 per month. UNC also chose to relocate Area Health Education Centers training to Raleigh-Durham International Airport from Horace Williams in 2011. Initial conversations about closing the airport were...

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Chapel Hill Town Manager Roger Stancil Retiring

Chapel Hill town manager Roger Stancil announced on Wednesday his intentions to retire next fall. In an e-mail to the Town Council with the subject line “After 45 years, one more,” Stancil wrote that it is “never a good time for a manager to plan to retire,” but he said there were several reasons he felt this would be the best time to announce his intentions. Stancil said he committed to serving as the town manager for five to seven years when he took that position in 2006, meaning he will have served as town manager for 12 years...

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Protesters Rally Against UNC’s Silent Sam

A crowd gathered in front of UNC’s South Building, which is home to the office of Chancellor Carol Folt, on Tuesday afternoon calling for the removal of the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam on the university campus. Tuesday’s rally came after protesters discovered an undercover UNC police officer at Silent Sam. Maya Little is a grad student in the history department at UNC and has been a part of the ongoing protests at Silent Sam on McCorkle Place on the Chapel Hill campus. Little questioned the motives of UNC administrators in deploying the undercover officer. “This administration should...

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Work on Churton Street Leads to Gas Line Tear in Hillsborough

Crews working on the Churton Street improvement project in Hillsborough pierced a natural gas line Tuesday morning. The damage to the line occurred while crews were installing a new guardrail along the east side of Churton Street between Eno River bridge and the intersection with Nash and Kollock streets, according to the town. The existing guardrail was no longer compliant with current regulations. Officials said in a release the puncture caused traffic to be diverted for approximately an hour. Work continued into the night after repairs took longer than initially expected. Part of the reason for the delays lasting...

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UNC Holding Public Comment Session on Silent Sam Wednesday

A public comment session on the Confederate monument at UNC known as Silent Sam will be held on Wednesday as part of the university’s Board of Trustees meeting. Board chair Haywood Cochrane said during his remarks at the September board meeting that the board would hold a public comment session amid the ongoing protests of the statue. Cochrane repeated in a message to the campus community that the public hearing was coming at the suggestion of Chancellor Carol Folt. Cochrane wrote that a fundamental part of the board’s mission is to provide for the “safety, welfare, and well-being of...

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RSVVP Day Turns Dining Out Into IFC Dollars

Helping out community members in need is as simple as going out to eat on Tuesday. The effort is part of the 29th annual RSVVP Day efforts that will turn dining out into thousands of dollars to help the Inter-Faith Council’s Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Participating restaurants have agreed to contribute 10 percent of proceeds from Tuesday to the IFC efforts. Through efforts last year, 103 restaurants donated more than $24,000 as community members have turned out in large numbers to support the cause. The goal of this year’s event is to raise $25,000. You can get a...

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