Blake Hodge

Durham Police Investigating Fatal Accident

Durham Police are investigating a fatal accident that shut down a portion of N.C. 54 Monday. Police say a passing motorist saw a car partially submerged in a swamp around 7:15 Monday morning. Officers responded and found an overturned Honda Accord in the swampy area between Garret Road and Parkridge Road. Authorities found 25-year-old Nelson Corea, of Durham, near the vehicle, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say it appears Corea was ejected from the vehicle after running off the road while driving west on 54. Corea apparently struck a guardrail and overturned. He was not...

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UNC Looking to Rebound from Back to Back Losses

The UNC men’s basketball team is looking to get back on the winning track against Boston College after two road losses last week. Coming off of losses at Louisville and at Notre Dame, Carolina dropped to No. 9 in the latest AP Poll. UNC head coach Roy Williams says it is a priority for his team to step up intensity to close out the rest of the regular season. “I’m more frustrated, more mad I guess than anything, because we’ve got to be willing and able to step up,” Williams says. “And that’s my job. I’ve got to get...

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UNC Drops to No. 9 in AP Poll

UNC men’s basketball dropped seven spots to No. 9 in the latest AP poll. The Tar Heels lost to Louisville and Notre Dame over the course of the last week, after starting Atlantic Coast Conference play 8-0. Carolina now sits at 19-4 on the season after the back-to-back losses. The Tar Heels will be looking to get back in the win column when the team travels to Boston College to take on the Eagles Tuesday night. UNC beat Boston College 89-62 in the Dean E. Smith Center on January 30. Villanova jumped from third to the top of the...

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Chapel Hill Woman Charged with Felony Hit and Run

Chapel Hill Police have arrested a woman in connection with a hit and run involving a pedestrian. Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says police responded to a report of a pedestrian being struck on Fountain Ridge Road at Highview Drive at 8:25 last Tuesday night. The pedestrian was suffering from non-life threatening injuries, according to police, and – after initially refusing – was eventually transported to the hospital for treatment of lacerations. “There was no suspect vehicle. They fled the scene,” Mecimore says. “And then it looks like the investigating officer had given out a description of the...

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UNC Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Start Season with Wins

UNC men’s and women’s lacrosse opened the 2016 season with wins over the weekend. The second-ranked women’s team improved to 17-4 in season openers with an 11-7 victory over James Madison on Saturday afternoon. Molly Hendrick scored four goals to pace the Tar Heels. Junior Caylee Waters made seven saves in goal for UNC. Sydney Holman opened the scoring with her lone goal of the game just 1:44 into the action. Carolina held an 11-4 lead before three consecutive late goals for the Dukes. UNC will be back in action at six o’clock Friday evening at High Point. Meanwhile,...

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UNC Men’s Tennis Gets 2nd Top 10 Win; Women Advance to Tournament Final

The UNC men’s tennis team won a top-10 matchup at Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center for the second consecutive weekend when the Tar Heels defeated Oklahoma on Sunday. The Tar Heels knocked off Illinois 4-0 last weekend; the Illini came into Chapel Hill ranked No. 7. This weekend it was No. 5 Oklahoma visiting the now-seventh-ranked Tar Heels. The Sooners led Carolina 3-2 after taking the doubles point and splitting the first four singles matches. It was the first doubles point UNC has lost so far this season. With the Tar Heels down, Brett Clark and Robert Kelly won their singles...

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Remembering Dean Smith One Year Later

Sunday marked one year since the death of legendary Tar Heel basketball coach Dean Smith. Word began to spread early the morning of Sunday, February 8, 2015, that the Coach Smith had passed away late the night before. Memorials poured in over the next few days as many people who had varying levels of interaction with Coach Smith remembered the man responsible for so many successes on and off the court. Chapelboro’s Art Chansky spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge to reflect on the one-year anniversary of the passing of a legend....

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Silver Alert Issued for Pittsboro Man

The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a Pittsboro man. Chatham County Sheriff’s Office officials are asking citizens to be on the lookout for William David Robinson, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Authorities say Robinson was last seen at 3086 Silk Hope Gum Springs Road in Pittsboro. The 58-year-old Robinson is described as a white male estimated to be 5’ 8” weighing 175 pounds. Officials say he has short grey hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information about Robinson’s whereabouts should call the Chatham County...

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UNC Lands 2017 Four-Star Wide Receiver

UNC landed another top in-state football recruit on Friday with a verbal commitment from Ryan Jones. Jones is a four-star wide receiver, according to most recruiting outlets. Glad to announce that I am committing to the University of North Carolina #GDTBATH ? pic.twitter.com/IO6jDb493S — Ryan Jones (@RyanJonesD1) February 5, 2016 The Mallard Creek product is the fifth recruit to commit to UNC in the 2017 graduating class, all of whom are rated as four-star products. Jones is joining Eastern Alamance offensive lineman Jonah Melton, South Mecklenburg defensive end Jake Lawler, Cuthbertson wide receiver J.T. Cauthen and wide receiver Tyler...

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Three Tar Heels Prepare for Super Bowl 50

UNC will be very well represented at Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara on Sunday, both on the field and in the radio booth. Former Tar Heels Tre Boston and Sylvester Williams will suit up for the defenses of the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos, respectively. Williams earned first-team all-conference honors during his time at Carolina. Williams is the starting defensive tackle for the Broncos, who boast the NFL’s top-ranked defense. Williams finished the regular season with 25 tackles and three sacks. Williams will be making his second appearance in the Super Bowl with the Broncos in just...

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