Blake Hodge

Chapel Hill Crash Leads to Recovery of Stolen Vehicle

A crash following a pursuit through the Southern Village neighborhood in Chapel Hill has led to the recovery of a stolen vehicle. Police say officers were investigating a vehicle theft on Nolen Lane in Chapel Hill around 7:45 Wednesday night. Authorities eventually located the vehicle and a “short pursuit” took place. The vehicle “crashed into several vehicles at the intersection of Copperline Drive and Brookgreen Drive,” according to police. Officials say Jimmy Ray Hardin was arrested and charges are...

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Hillsborough, Owners of Colonial Inn Agree to Settlement Dropping Eminent Domain Proceedings

The Town of Hillsborough and the owners of the Colonial Inn have agreed to a settlement over eminent domain proceedings regarding the town’s historic property. Officials said in a release that mediation on April 14 ended with the proposal to settle. That agreement was then approved by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners during a closed session on April 24. The Colonial Inn dates back to 1838. The building has fallen into disrepair under the primary ownership of Francis Henry, which started the eminent domain proceedings last July. “We agree on many of the important things,” Mayor Tom Stevens said...

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Two Juveniles, Two Adults Arrested After Chapel Hill Robbery

Chapel Hill Police have made multiple arrests following reports of a robbery on Tuesday. Authorities say officers responded to a robbery on Fountain Ridge Road around 2:30 Tuesday afternoon and subsequently located the suspect vehicle on the 15-501 thoroughfare. The vehicle then fled the scene, according to police, and Durham authorities later located and arrested four suspects. Israel Njuguna and Curtis Kent Powell, both of Durham, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of stolen motor vehicle. Additional charges are pending against two 14-year-old juveniles involved, according to police. Njuguna and Powell were being held in...

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Future of Lloyd Farm Back Before Carrboro Board

Future development of the approximately 40-acre Lloyd Farm property in west Carrboro will go back before the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night. The board voted down a proposed project in December 2016 after more than five years in the planning process. The plan called for a mixed-use project anchored by a grocery store. Concerns over flooding, traffic and whether that was the type of development that would best fit the town’s goals drew concerns from residents and elected officials alike. The board ultimately voted the proposal down by a 5-2 vote, which came after the developer had gone...

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Nash Street Reopening in Hillsborough After Reported Gas Leak

Reports of a gas leak led local authorities to evacuate portions of Nash Street in Hillsborough on Tuesday. Orange County Fire and EMS communications indicated the area was reopened and businesses were being allowed back into their locations around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon. Hillsborough officials said a two-block area was evacuated just before noon when a piece of heavy equipment ran over a gas meter. That caused a break in a three-inch pipe and led to the evacuation. The equipment was being used in the conversion of the former mill building at 202 South Nash Street into apartments. Officials say...

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Proposal Calls for 273 Apartment Units on Fordham Boulevard

A new apartment complex may be coming to the Ephesus-Fordham District in Chapel Hill. A proposal has been submitted to the Town of Chapel Hill that would bring 273 apartment units to Fordham Boulevard where the Days Inn hotel is currently located. The development totaling nearly 295,000 square feet is being put forward by Ram Realty Advisors, which also owns the nearby shopping center at the corner of Elliot Road and Fordham Boulevard. The site for the new construction combines a portion of vacant land at that Village Plaza South shopping center and the current Days Inn property, according...

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Construction Bringing New Crosswalks to MLK Blvd in Chapel Hill

Road construction aimed toward pedestrian safety is ongoing on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Chapel Hill. Several pedestrian crosswalks with island medians are placed along the thoroughfare in order to provide safe crossing for residents of the many apartment complexes and homes along the street. But two new crosswalks are being added at “key locations” where officials say there is “high pedestrian and transit demand.” One new crosswalk and refuge island is being placed on MLK between Airport Drive and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA south of the Estes Drive intersection and the southern crosswalk and island is located...

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Chapel Hill Police Locate Missing Person

****UPDATE: Police have located the missing person.**** Chapel Hill Police are asking for public assistance in locating 71-year-old Samuel Selden. Authorities say he was last seen at University Place on or about Sunday, May 7. Officials describe Selden as being a white male, estimated to be 5’ 9” and approximately 145 pounds. He is operating a 2016 tan Subaru Forester with a Virginia license plate VKM-9228. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of Selden, you are asked to contact Chapel Hill Police at (919) 612-8240 or call 911. Photo via Chapel Hill...

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South Greensboro Street Closure in Carrboro Extended

Recent heavy rain coupled with “an unanticipated utility conflict” are causing a road closure to be extended in Carrboro. South Greensboro Street has been closed between Merritt Mill Road and Old Pittsboro Road due to a North Carolina Department of Transportation project. Officials say a signed detour route will remain in place while the work is continuing. The new anticipated reopening date is June 16 with the final project scheduled for completion by July 14. The road was originally closed in March and was set to undergo construction for approximately 60 days. The road is open to local traffic...

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Organizers Attempting to Raise $75,000 by End of May for Orange County Veterans Memorial

A lofty fundraising goal has been set for the Orange County Veterans Memorial. A campaign is now underway seeking to raise $75,000 by the end of May to go toward the memorial, which is set to be built adjacent to the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Officials say the memorial “will pay tribute to the thousands of men and women from Orange County who served or are serving the U.S. Armed Forces.” “This memorial is a gift from the residents and friends of Orange County to the many veterans who served or are serving...

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