Blake Hodge

Arrest Made in Hillsborough Attempted Armed Robbery

An arrest has been made in connection with a December 23, 2014, attempted armed robbery in Hillsborough. US Marshals arrested 24-year-old Jermaris Dejuann Bolden after Hillsborough Police issued warrants for his arrest on charges of Attempted Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury. During the attempted armed robbery, Hillsborough investigators say that Bolden approached two victims and demanded to turn over their property while being held at gunpoint. During the incident, one of the victims attempted to disarm the suspect by physically grabbing the gun. The gun discharged...

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Durham Police Searching for Missing Girl

Durham Police are trying to locate 23-year-old Maresa Jean Saad, who was last seen on March 28. She is described as a white female, 5’ 6” and approximately 110 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Authorities say she is known to frequent Durham, Rocky Mount, Greensboro, and Alamance County. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is asked to call Durham Police or local law...

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Missing Person Reported by Orange County Sheriff

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the community to find a missing person. 41-year-old Brice Edward Holliman Sr. has been missing since Thursday, April 9. According to authorities, he left a friend’s house on Saxapahaw Bethlehem Church Road near the Orange-Alamance County line around 6:30 in the evening. He reportedly told friends he would be back for dinner in about 30 minutes but has not been seen or heard from since. He was last seen driving a white Lexus ES300 with North Carolina license plate CMN-9691. Holliman is described as 6’ 3” and approximately 250...

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Citizens Voice Concerns Over Coal Ash Disposal

The placement of coal ash from Duke Energy in Chatham and Lee Counties has many residents concerned. About 30 area residents gathered at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse in Pittsboro to air their concerns out to county commissioners regarding the disposal of coal ash in areas of Chatham County. Speaking in three-minute segments, several residents said they felt placing the coal ash in clay mines would be hazardous to the health of the residents. John Wagner says leadership should consider the future effects of this decision. “The problems our generation is passing on to the next are unacceptable,” Wagner...

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Congressman Price Makes Stop in Chapel Hill

US Congressman David Price made a stop in Chapel Hill this week to hold a Town Hall at East Chapel Hill High School. Prior to the event, Price stopped by the WCHL studios and told WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about what his priorities are in Washington and shared his concerns about recent decisions from state lawmakers in North Carolina. Listen to the full interview below:...

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200+ Turn Out to Walk Against Sexual Assault

More than 200 students attended the “Walk a Mile” event that took place on UNC’s campus Thursday evening to stand against sexual assault. The event was put together by Sigma Phi Society, a fraternity on campus, and partnered with several Greek and non-Greek organizations. Group discussions were held following the walk to encourage continuing difficult conversations.   More than $1,000 was raised at the event for the Orange County Rape Crisis Center....

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Bus Collides with Pedestrian in Wheelchair

An accident occurred on UNC’s campus Thursday involving a wheelchair and a bus. The incident occurred just before 3 o’clock in the afternoon. UNC Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Randy Young says, as of last update, the investigation is ongoing. No citations issued or fault was determined as of Wednesday evening. But Young did confirm an individual in a wheelchair was struck by Chapel Hill Transit bus in the Manning Drive crosswalk at Ridge Road. The victim was then transported to UNC Hospitals for treatment for lacerations, but was conscious and alert at the...

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Program to Feed Hungry has Best Year Ever

A local program that raises money to feed the hungry in Chapel Hill and Carrboro had its best year ever in 2014. 112 restaurants contributed more than $26,000 during the 2014 Restaurants Sharing V/5 & V/5 Percent event, in November. That brings the 26-year total for funds raised to $457,386. You can read the full letter from event founder Irene Briggaman below: As we close the books on the November 11, 2014 RSVVP event, we are delighted to announce that this was the best year ever for Restaurants Sharing V/5 &V/5 Percent. The 2014 total of $26,004 brings our...

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Congressman Price to Host Town Hall Thursday Night

You have a chance to voice concerns and questions to US Congressman David Price Thursday night. Congressman Price is holding a Town Hall from 7:30 until 9 o’clock at East Chapel Hill High School. Everyone is invited and welcome to contribute to the discussion. Congressman Price will also be stopping by the WCHL studios. You can hear that conversation on the afternoon and evening news on...

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Arrests Made in 2007 Orange County Murder

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 67-year-old Jerry Wayne Sawyers and his 29-year-old son Christopher Ray Sawyers for the September 2007 murder of Charles Sidney Lloyd. Authorities say new evidence surfaced in the fall of last year, after the case had remained open for seven years. No other information was available. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919)...

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