Blake Hodge

Hillsborough Man Charged with Child Sex Offense

Orange County authorities have arrested a man on child sex offense charges related to incidents alleged to have occurred in Tennessee and in Hillsborough. Curtis Alan Sisk was arrested following a three-month investigation that was conducted by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Sevierville Police Department in Tennessee, according to a Friday afternoon press release. The sexual assaults are alleged to have taken place between March 2003 and September 2010 across each state and authorities say multiple victims are reporting abuse. “All accusations of sexual abuse are concerning; however, when they involve children victims, it is...

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Two Arrested on Drug Charges Outside Chatham County Detention Center

Two Chatham County residents have been arrested after they were allegedly found in possession of narcotics while trying to post the bond of a third individual. Authorities said in a release that Chatham County Sheriff’s Office deputies were leaving a leadership training session at the Chatham County Detention Center on Monday, February 5, when “they encountered the overwhelming scent of marijuana radiating from a vehicle parked outside the front door of the facility.” Deputies searched the vehicle and found “a baggie of marijuana” as well as 14 additional dosage units of THC oil found inside the vehicle. Law enforcement...

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Arrest Made in Chatham County Shooting

Chatham County authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a reported shooting last weekend. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office said in a release that 20-year-old Chesley Dion McSwain, of Siler City, was arrested Thursday in connection with a shooting on Newland Street on Saturday, February 3. Authorities said that the incident allegedly escalated to the shooting after starting as an argument. One victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. Witnesses led investigators to obtain warrants charging McSwain in the shooting. McSwain has been charged with one count of felony attempted first-degree murder, felony...

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No Arrests Made in Franklin Street Celebration

Approximately 7,500 Carolina fans rushed Franklin Street in Chapel Hill Thursday night after No. 21 UNC knocked off ninth-ranked Duke 82-78 in the Dean Smith Center. The rushing of Franklin Street is a Tar Heel tradition reserved for wins over Duke and victories in the Final Four or National Championship. Chapel Hill Police said in a release that the downtown areas of Franklin and Columbia streets remained closed for more than an hour before reopening around 11:15 p.m. A fire was started in the middle of the main downtown intersection at Franklin and Columbia and videos shared on social...

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Potential UNC Health Care Partner Merges with Georgia Health Care Provider

Discussions with UNC Health Care to form a new “partnership” are ongoing while the potential partner has made headlines over the last two days. UNC Health Care and Carolinas Healthcare System announced plans last summer to form a new partnership. Officials from both systems have been consistent saying this is a new venture rather than a merger. Carolinas Healthcare made news on Wednesday by announcing it was changing its name to Atrium Health. The system followed up the name change by announcing on Thursday it was combining with a Georgia-based health care system – Navicent Health, according to the...

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Man Arrested for Selling Counterfeit UNC-Duke Tickets

Chapel Hill Police have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of selling counterfeit tickets to Thursday night’s UNC – Duke basketball game in Chapel Hill. Police said Wednesday night that Brandon Micheal Goodall, of Chicago, was arrested as a result of a joint investigation with police from Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Police investigators contacted a seller after seeing a suspicious post on Craigslist. Authorities arranged a meeting and determined that tickets in Goodall’s possession were counterfeit. Police said in a release Wednesday night that there have been “numerous media stories regarding the danger of buying counterfeit tickets” to games as...

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Felton’s Status Uncertain Amid Suspension Heading Into Duke Matchup

It has been a little more than a week since freshman guard Jalek Felton was suspended by UNC but few details have emerged over that stretch as the Tar Heels are preparing to take on Duke in Chapel Hill on Thursday. “You know everything I know,” head coach Roy Williams said at a Tuesday press conference. Williams said the team was informed Felton was being suspended by the university during practice last Monday, January 29. “We took him off the practice court during our stretching,” Williams said, “and he had a conversation over the phone with someone. And that’s...

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Suspects Arrested in Chapel Hill Armed Robbery

Chapel Hill Police arrested two men suspected in an armed robbery at the Glen Lennox Family Fare BP gas station on Raleigh Road Tuesday afternoon. Officers responded at 4:16 p.m. Tuesday to a report that a masked male, wearing dark clothing, entered the convenience store, displayed a handgun and demanded money. The clerk was left unharmed, police said, and the suspects exited the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. An officer then spotted an individual matching the suspect’s description exiting the nearby woods and getting into a waiting truck. The suspect then appeared to be changing...

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$5,000 Reward Offered for Information on Three Circle K Armed Robberies

Law enforcement officials are now offering a $5,000 reward for information regarding a string of armed robberies from late 2017. The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office initially asked for public assistance identifying suspects in an armed robbery in the early morning hours of December 23. Four suspects allegedly entered the Circle K convenience store on US 15-501 in Chapel Hill, displayed firearms and demanded money. The Sheriff’s Office then announced that the same individuals were suspected of robbing two other Circle K stores that morning. The second armed robbery allegedly occurred just before 5 a.m. at the Circle K at...

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Chatham County Authorities Searching for Shooting Suspect

Chatham County authorities are searching for a suspect reportedly involved in a shooting over the weekend. Deputies with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported shooting on Newland Street in Siler City on Saturday, February 3. Law enforcement officials said in a release that the incident allegedly escalated to the shooting after starting as an argument. One victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. Warrants were obtained for 20-year-old Chesley Dion McSwain, based off of witness reports. McSwain has been charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder and assault with...

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