Blake Hodge

Gov. Cooper, Democrats Put Forward New Proposal to Repeal House Bill 2

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has put forward another proposal aimed at repealing House Bill 2. “We’re approaching a year under the burden of House Bill 2,” Cooper said at a press conference Tuesday. “But we can’t let this law see its first birthday.” The push to repeal House Bill 2, which advocates maintain is the worst piece of anti-LGBT legislation in the nation, has been renewed recently. A letter to state lawmakers said that North Carolina was at risk of losing NCAA championship events through the spring of 2022 if the law was not repealed before those decisions...

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Chatham Authorities Looking for ‘Armed and Dangerous’ Suspect

****UPDATE: Soto was taken into custody Wednesday morning in Chapel Hill.**** Chatham County authorities are looking for an “armed and dangerous” suspect following a shooting on Tuesday. Officials say Chatham County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a shooting around 11:20 Tuesday morning on Charlie Brooks Road in Moncure. Deputies found a male victim that had been shot, according to a release. The victim was transported to the hospital. The suspect fled the scene in a light blue Honda Accord, according to law enforcement, which has front-end damage. Officials say they are looking for Angel Soto in...

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Police Locate Chapel Hill Teenager Reported Missing

****UPDATE: Taylor has been located and is safe, according to police.**** Chapel Hill Police are asking for assistance locating a juvenile last seen on Monday. Police say 14-year-old Jahari Taylor was last seen at eight o’clock on Monday morning near Legion Road in Chapel Hill. Taylor is described as an African-American male, estimated to be 5′ 11″ tall and weighing approximately 140 pounds. Taylor has brown eyes and black hair. Taylor was last seen wearing a red t-shirt with a blue stripe, blue hooded sweatshirt, grey jogging pants with red and white Nike tennis shoes, according to authorities. If...

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Carrboro Police: No Charges for Daycare Worker Who Breastfed Infant

Carrboro Police will not be filing criminal charges after a daycare worker was accused of breastfeeding a child in her care, even after the infant’s mother had objected. Previous reports showed surveillance video of the worker at Carrboro Early School “adjusting her top” and bringing the three-month-old boy “to her chest to breastfeed him.” The boy’s mother told multiple outlets she told another worker the child was constipated. Another woman working in the nursery then offered to breastfeed the boy to see if it would help. The mother reportedly twice told the daycare worker that she did not want...

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Elon University President to Step Down

Elon University president Leo Lambert is stepping down from the position he has held since January 1999. Lambert went public with his decision in a video released through the university on Monday morning. Lambert said he had informed Elon’s Board of Trustees of his decision at the board’s meeting last Friday. “I believe this is an ideal time for a transition in Elon’s presidency,” Lambert said in a release. “We are completing the final objectives of the Elon Commitment strategic plan and making great progress on the leadership phase of the ‘Elon Leads’ comprehensive fundraising campaign, with a public...

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Missing Chapel Hill Teen Found Safe

****UPDATE: Police say Smith has been located and is safe.**** Chapel Hill Police are seeking assistance locating a 16-year-old who was last seen over the weekend. Authorities say Jarred Smith was last seen around seven o’clock Sunday morning near Knolls Street. Smith is described as an African-American male, estimated 5′ 7″ tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. Smith was wearing a black jacket when he was last seen, and police say Smith is known to frequent the McDonald’s at 409 West Franklin Street and the Hargraves Center on North Roberson Street. If...

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Orange County Sheriff: Man Arrested for Assaulting Father with Handgun

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for assaulting his father with a handgun in Orange County. Deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting on Dewey Road in Efland shortly after 10 o’clock Thursday night, according to a release. Authorities say deputies found the 66-year-old victim, James Jones, who had allegedly been assaulted with a handgun by his 30-year-old son Justin Jones. Witnesses told law enforcement the suspect fled the residence on foot and was still in possession of the firearm. Jones was able to escape an “extensive search” on Thursday night before being apprehended...

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Investigation: ‘Unintentional’ Key Stroke Led to OWASA Water Crisis

Operator error appears to have set off a series of events that left approximately 80,000 residents in southern Orange County without water last week. An “unintentional” key stroke from an Orange Water and Sewer Authority water treatment plant operator, according to an investigative report released Friday, was the trigger to what OWASA executive director Ed Kerwin called a “worst-case scenario.” The plant, located in Carrboro, was shut down after higher-than-normal levels of fluoride were detected in the plant last Thursday afternoon. Officials have been quick to confirm that no water with increased fluoride levels made it into the drinking...

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North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference Athletes Plead for Repeal of House Bill 2

North Carolina could be barred from hosting NCAA championship events for the next five years because of the state’s House Bill 2, which advocates maintain is the worst piece of anti-LGBT legislation in the nation. That decision from the NCAA could reportedly happen in the next week. That has caused student-athletes in the Atlantic Coast Conference to plead for the repeal of the legislation. Meanwhile, North Carolina lawmakers have introduced multiple measures that would do just that. “It’s the fourth quarter, and the clock is winding down,” is how student-athletes in leadership positions at UNC, North Carolina State, Duke...

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Chapel Hill Police Locate Missing Teenager

****UPDATE: Police say Carey was found and is safe.**** Chapel Hill Police are asking for assistance locating a juvenile last seen on Monday, February 6. Authorities say Phillip Davis Carey, who goes by Davis, was last seen at approximately eight o’clock Monday morning near his home in the 1500 block of East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. Carey is described as a 17-year-old white male, 6′ 4″ tall and weighing approximately 166 pounds. Carey has brown eyes and brown hair. Police say it was unknown what Carey was wearing when he was last seen. If you have any information...

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