Blake Hodge

Coach Smith Transcends Rivalry

Wednesday night will be the first meeting between rivals UNC and Duke on the basketball court since the passing of legendary UNC men’s basketball coach Dean Smith. In memory of Coach Smith, shirts have been made by Chapel Hill’s Thrill City that are dark blue with the letters DEAN replacing the standard DUKE. Reports estimate more than 500 of the shirts have been sold prior to tip off, on Wednesday...

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Winter Weather Advisory Expires; Threat Persists

The Winter Weather Advisory that was issued by the National Weather Service in Raleigh due to the threat of black ice expired at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning. Road conditions are still very icy and causing major cancellations. And weather forecasts are calling for the possibility of light precipitation Wednesday evening, coupled with overnight temperatures in single digits. Governor Pat McCrory gave a briefing on conditions across the state, Tuesday evening. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/17/McCrory%20Update%20for%20Weds.mp3   Lt. Josh Mecimore with the Chapel Hill Police Department told WCHL’s Blake Hodge that it appears most residents heeded the warning to stay off the roads. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/18/CHPD%20Wx%20for%20Air%20Wed.mp3...

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Hicks Indicted on Murder Charges

A Durham County grand jury had indicted 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks on three counts of first-degree murder, according to multiple reports. In addition to the three counts of murder, Hicks was indicted on a single charge of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. Hicks allegedly shot and killed three Muslim college students last week in the Finley Forest Condos in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill Police say that the preliminary investigation points to an ongoing parking dispute as the motive of the shooting. But law enforcement says they are continuing to investigate every lead. Others believe the shooting was...

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Winter Weather Approaching

Winter weather is approaching the Tar Heel state and could cause travel issues late Monday evening though mid-day Tuesday. The impending weather prompted Governor Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency. Listen to the full press conference with Governor McCrory and other state officials below: http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/02/16/McCrory_Presser.mp3 Shawna Coakley, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Raleigh, says the projected forecast calls for snow Monday afternoon. “We’re looking probably to see some of that starting around 3 [or] 4 o’clock,” she says. “The real active stuff probably won’t ramp up until this evening; we’re looking around 7 [or] 8...

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Hicks Had A Dozen Firearms in Home

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Search warrants show the suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim college students in North Carolina had an arsenal of a dozen firearms in the home he shared with his wife, along with a large stash of ammunition. Records filed in Durham County Superior Court on Friday list items recovered by police from the Chapel Hill condominium of Craig Stephen Hicks, the 46-year-old charged with three counts of murder. The warrants show three handguns recovered from the Hicks home, in addition to a pistol the suspect had with him when arrested. The warrants also...

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ESPN’s First Take Coming to UNC

The Great Hall, on UNC’s campus, will be hosting ESPN’s First Take for a live broadcast next Tuesday, February 17, the day before the UNC – Duke men’s basketball game at Duke. Hosts Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and Cari Champion will be broadcasting live along with Rameses, cheerleaders from UNC, the pep band, and some special guests. This is a student-only...

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FBI Opens “Parallel Inquiry” Into Triple Shootings

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened a “parallel preliminary inquiry” into the Chapel Hill triple homicide, earlier this week, where three Muslim college students were killed, according to a statement from the FBI. The federal inquiry will work to determine whether or not any federal laws were violated related to the case. The statement also states that the FBI is “continuing to provide assistance to the Chapel Hill Police Department.” The full statement is below: “The FBI is continuing to provide assistance to the Chapel Hill Police Department to process evidence related to a triple homicide investigation. The...

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Muslim Youth Association Responds to Shootings

The investigation into the shooting that left three Muslim college students dead on Tuesday night is still in its early stages. The preliminary investigation from police points to an ongoing parking dispute that triggered the incident. Others are questioning whether religion was a factor in the shooting. WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Seidu Malik from Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association about the feelings among Muslims in our community right now....

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Parking Rage or Hate Crime: Does Motive Affect Punishment?

Law enforcement authorities are continuing to investigate the triple murder from earlier this week in Chapel Hill. Three Muslim college students were shot and killed, and 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks is in custody and charged with three counts of first-degree murder. The preliminary investigation from police points to an ongoing parking dispute as the motive for the shooting. Others wonder if racial bias played in to the incident. Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall spoke with WCHL’s Blake Hodge about the implications of the crime being prosecuted as a murder over a parking dispute or as a hate crime....

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UNC Announces Fund to Honor Coach Smith

UNC, in consultation with the family of the late former UNC basketball coach Dean Smith, has announced the creation of the Dean E. Smith Opening Doors Fund, according to a statement from the university. The release states that the fund will honor the legacy of Coach Smith by providing access and opportunities to Carolina students for generations to come. The fund is aimed at helping support undergraduate students in need of significant financial assistance to attend UNC. The fund will also support graduate students in education and social work, two fields that were close to Coach Smith’s heart. The...

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