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Orange County Armed Robbery Leads to Police Chase and Suspect Death

A man suspected of an armed robbery in Orange County has died after he suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound when leading police on a chase earlier this week. The incident began when deputies with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call just after 10 o’clock on Monday morning of a reported armed robbery on Buckhorn Road. Authorities say the victim was shot “numerous times” but was able to identify the suspect to deputies. Law enforcement then issued a Be-On-The-Lookout message for a green Jeep Cherokee, which was later seen by an officer with the Mebane Police...

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Hillsborough 5-Year-Old Killed by Construction Truck Identified

A GoFundMe page has been established to help pay for the funeral expenses of five-year-old William Everett Copeland, who was killed in Hillsborough on Monday when he was struck by a construction truck. Emotional, frantic 911 calls were released by Orange County Emergency Services on Tuesday detailing the moments immediately after the incident. One caller said a doctor in the neighborhood was performing CPR on the boy. The other two calls were placed by a man and woman who said it was their child who had been struck. Both callers said the child was unconscious but had a pulse....

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Hillsborough 5-Year-Old Killed in Construction Accident

An Angier man has been charged in connection with a construction vehicle accident that killed a five-year-old Hillsborough boy on Monday. Officials say Alejandro Suarez has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle for the incident that occurred in the Forest Ridge subdivision off of US 70-A. Authorities say Hillsborough officers responded to a 911 call on Dogwood Bloom Lane just before one o’clock Monday afternoon. The boy was struck by a construction vehicle and transported to Duke University Hospital. Officials say the truck was being loaded with dirt when it rolled away from its work area. The truck...

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Chapel Hill, Businesses and Cyclists Agree to Temporary Rosemary Street Striping

After a controversy erupted over parking spots for local businesses or bike lanes on Rosemary Street in downtown Chapel Hill, town officials say a new striping plan has the support of all involved parties. Town manager Roger Stancil said in a release that the new plan was endorsed “unanimously” by Rosemary Street businesses, the Downtown Partnership and members of the group Bike Chapel Hill. “We appreciate the time and energy all invested in resolving this issue,” Stancil said. The new plan calls for no bike lanes on either side of Rosemary Street between Henderson and Columbia streets. The road...

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UNC’s Elijah Hood to Miss Bowl Game, Return for Senior Season

UNC junior running back Elijah Hood will miss the upcoming bowl game against Stanford on December 30 for medical reasons but will return to UNC for his senior season. The university announced the news in a release on Thursday night. Officials say Hood will remain in North Carolina when the Tar Heels travel to El Paso, Texas, to take on Stanford in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Hood issued a statement through the university: “I’m disappointed I cannot be with my football brothers for the bowl game in Texas, but it’s best for me to stay home and fully recover....

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UNC Receives Third Notice of Allegations

UNC officials have confirmed the university has received a third notice of allegations from the NCAA. Inside Carolina was first to report the news on Wednesday morning. The third notice is the latest development in the years-long investigation into “paper classes” at UNC, where students – including student-athletes – received high grades for classes that required little or no work. The university and NCAA met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in late October in a meeting to discuss procedures before merit arguments were made regarding the amended notice of allegations, which the university received earlier this year. UNC...

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Security Guard Arrested in East Chapel Hill High Sex Abuse Investigation

Chapel Hill Police have announced 49-year-old Randy Sam Bradford has been arrested in connection with an investigation into sexual abuse allegations at East Chapel Hill High School. Bradford was a security guard at the school but was fired on December 13, one day after the investigation began. A message to parents was sent out confirming the allegations late last Thursday night but few details were offered. School system officials confirmed to WCHL three employees were fired last week. WCHL initially withheld the names of those employees pending confirmation of their connection to the investigation. Bradford has been charged with...

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Orange County Health Director Leaving for San Antonio Post

Orange County health director Dr. Colleen Bridger has announced her resignation effective February 23, 2017. The announcement came in a release on Monday saying that Bridger had accepted the position of public health director with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. Bridger said in the release that it was not an easy choice to leave Orange County. “This was a difficult decision. I love it here! I love the Board of Health, the Board of County Commissioners, and most of all; the Health Department staff. They make my job easy, fun, and fulfilling. It is because of the great...

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CHCCS to Vote on New Superintendent Wednesday

Chapel Hill – Carrboro City Schools Board of Education will vote on a new superintendent on Wednesday night. The system announced the special meeting in a release Monday. The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Smith Middle School at six o’clock Wednesday evening. Officials say the candidate is expected to be in attendance. The public is invited to attend the meeting. The process to find a replacement for Dr. Tom Forcella began after Forcella announced his retirement earlier this year. Dr. Jim Causby has been serving as the interim superintendent while the CHCCS board was searching for...

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