Blake Hodge

Cyclist Hit at Franklin-Columbia Intersection on Tuesday

A female cyclist was transported to UNC Hospitals on Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a vehicle, Chapel Hill Police confirmed on Wednesday. WCHL first reported the collision based off of eye-witness reports that the crash occurred around 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets. A police official says the cyclist suffered “serious but not life-threatening” injuries. The spokesperson adds the driver of the vehicle stopped and was cooperating with the investigation, which is ongoing. No further information is available at this time concerning the status of the...

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Chapel Hill to Host QVC Cooking Show Wednesday Night

“In the Kitchen with David,” a cooking show on QVC, will be filming a live show tonight in Chapel Hill. The show broadcast will be at Wallace Plaza from 8:00-10:00PM. All tickets are currently reserved, but a QVC representative expressed that additional attendees will likely be able to enter on a standby basis. More details can be found here. Show host David Venable tells WCHL’s Blake Hodge more about his connection with the Southern Part of Heaven. Listen below:...

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QVC Truck Hits Power Line in Chapel Hill

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police say all lanes of MLK opened as of 12:45 Tuesday morning.*** Traffic was brought to a halt on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard on Monday just after noon after a QVC truck struck a power line. Crews worked to clear the roadways and bring traffic back to its normal pace after the 13′ 6″ truck had clipped the power lines and brought them down across the entire four-lane roadway near Stateside Drive. The truck driver and officials with the Chapel Hill Police Department say the trucks have used MLK dozens of times over the past...

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Hillsborough Mother Charged with Leaving Infant Behind After Wreck

A Hillsborough woman is facing felony charges after fleeing the scene of an accident and leaving her 15-month old child strapped in the back seat. 27-year-old Tiffany Utsman made her first court appearance on Friday afternoon facing charges of felony negligent child abuse causing serious physical injury, felony hit and run involving injury, and Driving While Impaired. Court records show the wreck happened around seven o’clock Thursday evening on Ben Johnson Road, in Hillsborough, near Utsman’s home. Utsman allegedly hit a tree causing the vehicle to flip, at which point she fled the scene on foot – leaving her...

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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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