Blake Hodge

OWASA Hosting Blood Drive Tuesday

OWASA and the American Red Cross are holding a blood drive from 10 o’clock until 2:30 Tuesday afternoon. The blood drive will be held in the community room on the lower floor of the OWASA administration building at 400 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro. Ryan Corcoran is the donor recruitment director for the Carolinas Blood Services Region. He says blood donations tend to decline around the holidays. “But patients don’t get a holiday from needing blood. The Red Cross encourages the community to come forward with OWASA to give the gift of life.” Donors must be in general good health,...

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Chapel Hill Infant Shot on Christmas Day Dies

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police have announced the arrests of 22-year-old Ramone Jamarr Alston and 23-year-old Pierre Je Bron Moore, both men have Carrboro addresses. Both were charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of Maleah Williams. Alston was arrested on Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro. Moore turned himself in at the Chapel Hill Police Department, according to law enforcement. Both suspects were placed in the Orange County Jail under a $1 million bond.*** The one-year-old girl shot on Christmas Day in Chapel Hill died on Monday, according to a post from her family members on the...

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Durham Police Searching for Missing Teenager

Durham Police are trying to locate 17-year-old Samaj Walker, who was last seen on December 20 on Raj Drive. Walker is described as a black make estimated at 5’ 9” tall and 150 pounds. Police say Walker has black hair and brown eyes. Police say Walker is known to frequent the Meriwether Drive/Carver Pond area. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts on Walker is asked to call 911 or contact the Durham Police Department at (919) 560-4427 or investigator J. Harris at (919) 560-4415, extension...

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UNC Men’s Basketball Hosts UNCG in Final Non-Conference Game

The UNC men’s basketball team is set for its final non-conference test of the season on Monday night when the Tar Heels will welcome in UNC – Greensboro. This will be the first game back in action for the Tar Heels and the Spartans coming off of holiday break. Carolina last played on Monday night in a 94-70 win over Appalachian State and players returned for practice on Saturday night, according to the university. Number seven UNC is looking for victory number 11 of the season against UNCG. The Spartans are led by head coach Wes Miller, who played...

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Durham Police Seeking Information Regarding 2 Homicides

Durham Police are investigating two homicides from over the weekend. Police were called to East Trinity Avenue just before seven o’clock on Christmas evening. When law enforcement arrived they found 24-year-old Brian Moore deceased with a gunshot wound. Police say this shooting does not appear to be random. Durham Police then responded to a homicide on Saturday when authorities found 54-year-old Roger E. Anderson dead with a gunshot wound on Carroll Street shortly after three o’clock in the afternoon. No more information was available on either shooting, but police say the investigations are ongoing. If you have any information...

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Durham Police Investigating Fatal Shooting

Durham Police are investigating a shooting that left a 25-year-old dead. Police say officers responded to the shooting at 6:17 Wednesday evening near the intersection of Grace Lane and Liberty Street. Officers initially found one adult male with a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life threatening, according to law enforcement. A release says officers found a second shooting victim “a short time later” on Commerce Street. 25-year-old Jakeba Keshawn Henry, of Durham, later died at the hospital. Police say the two victims...

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5,500 Gallons of Untreated Sewage Reach Eno River

An estimated 5,500 gallons of untreated sewage reached the Eno River in Hillsborough Wednesday afternoon, according to town officials. Heavy rain caused flooding which closed the Riverwalk greenway and Gold Park before the sewer overflows. A release from the town says five manholes along the Eno River sewer outfall overflowed around 2:30 Wednesday afternoon due to the amount of stormwater. The statement says Hillsborough received more than three inches of rainfall within 24 hours. The town has notified the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality about the spill, according to the release. Officials say efforts to stop inflow and...

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Local Author Releases New Political Thriller Novel

The holiday season is here and that means a lot of time spent with family enjoying the festivities for many of us. If you like to decompress with a book, local author Pat Riley has a special offer on his newest novel just for the next few days. Riley’s last book, Executive Deception, made the Amazon Best Seller’s List. Riley spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about his newest piece, The Cook Out, and the inspiration behind the story. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/12/23/Pat%20Riley.mp3...

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North Carolina Population Crosses 10 Million

North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. The Bureau says North Carolina is growing at a rate of 281 newcomers per day, the fifth largest population growth in the country from 2010 – 2015. Governor Pat McCrory said in a statement, “Those of us who live in North Carolina know why this state is such a great place to live. With our growing economy, great colleges and university and quality of life, from the mountains to the coast, nothing compares to North Carolina.” McCrory added this...

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