Blake Hodge

Blood-Alcohol of Suspect in Fatal Crash was Twice Legal Limit

Chandler Kania’s blood-alcohol level was a .17 – more than double the legal limit to drive in North Carolina – the night of the triple-fatal wrong-way crash on I-85, early in the morning of Sunday July 19, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office. Kania – who is a rising junior at UNC – is accused of driving his 2005 Jeep Wrangler the wrong way on I-85 for at least six miles before crashing head on into a 2007 Suzuki, killing three of the four passengers; 49-year-old Felicia Harris; 46-year-old Darlene McGee; and six-year-old Jahnice Baird. Nine-year-old Jahnia...

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University Police Review Process after Cincinnati Shooting

Campus police across the country are reviewing procedures after a University of Cincinnati Police Officer has been indicted on a murder charge for shooting an unarmed motorist. UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken says campus police will discuss safety in the light of a recent shooting of an unarmed black male that had been pulled over for driving without a front license plate by a University of Cincinnati officer. “I think all police talk about it,” he says. “We do use-of-force training regularly, as part of our required in-service training. We do active-shooter training. “We do a lot of training...

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Former UNC Star Ackley Traded to Yankees

The Seattle Mariners have traded former UNC Tar Heel baseball star Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees, the team announced on Thursday. Ackley, who is from Winston-Salem, will join former Carolina teammates Andrew Miller and Adam Warren wearing the Yankee pinstripes. Ackley was taken second overall in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft, after Stephen Strasburg. The 27-year-old Ackley is leaving Seattle where another former Tar Heel – Kyle Seager – has developed into one of the best third basemen in baseball. Ackley had a .243 batting average this year with six home runs and 19 RBI’s for...

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Carrboro Police Make 2 Arrests in Break-In

Carrboro Police have made two arrests in connection with an armed robbery. Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack says officers were called to the scene of a reported armed home invasion at Estes Park Apartments at 1:18 Tuesday morning. “Upon arrival, officers discovered that two people had tried to force their way into an apartment with a weapon,” he says. “By the time officers arrived, the suspects had fled the area. “We used one of our canines to track one of the suspects. And the track went for a period of time and actually our canine needed to be relieved...

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Suspect in Triple-Fatal Crash Released on $1 Million Bond

Chandler Michael Kania been released from the Orange County jail after posting bond, according to his attorney. The 20-year-old Kania was being held under a $1 million bond while he faces three counts of second-degree murder, among other charges, in connection with a triple-fatal crash on I-85 last Sunday, July 19. READ MORE: Bond Stays at $1 Million in Triple-Fatal Crash Roger Smith Jr., one of two attorneys representing Kania, told WCHL that, “his family has taken him home to Asheboro where he will be under house arrest.” Kania – who is a rising junior at UNC – is...

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Bond Stays at $1 Million in Triple Fatal Crash

A judge denied the request that the bond be lowered in the triple-fatal wrong-way crash on I-85 last Sunday, July 19. Roger Smith Jr. and Wade Smith appeared on behalf of 20-year-old Chandler Michael Kania in Orange County Court, on Monday, to appeal to Judge Charles Anderson for a lower bond. “The plan would be for him to go home to his family in Asheboro, where he has the support there,” Roger Smith says. “Any other conditions that you want to impose on him, which I know you did on last Thursday, curfew, electronic house arrest…a continuing alcohol monitoring...

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Congressman David Price Calls Iran Deal ‘Very Solid’

Officials from countries around the world, including the United States, have agreed to a deal with Iran regarding its nuclear program. US Congressman David Price tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about the deal and what lies ahead. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/07/27/Price%20on%20Iran.mp3 Some Republicans have said that the deal does not go far enough to dismantle the nuclear program in Iran and does not offer adequate room for unannounced...

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Gov. Martin Claims He Misspoke on UNC Scandal

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin now says he misspoke about the UNC scandal when he told trustees: “This was not an athletic scandal. It was an academic scandal, which is worse; but an isolated one.” These revelations were put forward in a new book slated for an October release that was previewed by the News & Observer of Raleigh. Martin delivered the now-in-question comments nearly three years ago after a four-month investigation into academic irregularities stemming from the African and Afro-American Studies Department. In the new book, “Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans,” Martin...

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UNC: Alert Carolina Failure is ‘Unacceptable’

UNC officials have completed a review of the Alert Carolina system after a failure in alerting the campus of two armed robberies last week. Carolina Chancellor Carol Folt called the communication breakdown “unacceptable” in an informational message sent out to the UNC campus, on Friday. The message was a follow up after the Alert Carolina messaging system was put through a review because it failed to quickly alert the campus community of two armed robberies last Wednesday. READ MORE: Alert Carolina Late to Alarm Students of 2 Armed Robberies UNC says part of the notification system worked as planned...

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UNC Football Player Suspended After Arrest

UNC Senior Cornerback Malik Simmons has been suspended indefinitely after being arrested on a charge of misdemeanor resisting arrest on Wednesday. Chapel Hill Police told WCHL that officers responded to a call of a disturbance at 120 East Franklin Street around just before two o’clock Wednesday morning. The initial disturbance was due to an unknown suspect discharging a firearm during a large disturbance. Police confirmed that Simmons did not fire the handgun listed in the report. Police say Simmons was arrested for fleeing the scene when police arrived. He was arrested and released after posting a one thousand dollar...

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