Blake Hodge

Chapel Hill Fire Personnel Deployed to Aid Texas Flood Victims

Chapel Hill firefighters are part of the delegation of the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 8 that has been deployed to Texas to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The USAR Task Force 8 is made up from a partnership that includes personnel from Raleigh and Durham. Chapel Hill fire chief Matt Sullivan wrote in an e-mail to town staff that the crew members would be deploying on Thursday, August 31. Sullivan wrote that CHFD would be sending the team leader and three additional personnel along with boats. Sullivan anticipated that the crew would be deployed for...

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UNC Police Remove Items from Silent Sam Protest

“The food and the table to eat food and some of the chairs are gone, and the banners and the posters – other than these banners that are being held by students – are all gone,” UNC geography professor Altha Cravey said Thursday morning at the university’s McCorkle Place around the Confederate monument Silent Sam. “All the items that had been gathered here for this protest community are gone, except for what people have on their bodies.” After a protest was held on the first day of classes last week, protesters had remained at the site. Some individuals eventually...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Sexual Assault Report

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a reported sexual assault. Police said in a release that the alleged incident occurred just after 7:30 Thursday night “in a wooded area near Drew Hill Lane,” which is near Notting Hill Apartments in northern Chapel Hill. The victim described the suspect as be a black male between the ages of 18 and 25. Police say the suspect is estimated to be between 5’ 10” and 6’ 1” with a medium build. The suspect had a flattop haircut with a dot pattern cut into the sides and back, according to police. Authorities say the...

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Report: UNC Postpones Greek Rush Events Amid Norovirus Scare

UNC Campus Health is treating “a few dozen students” for a possible virus outbreak. Officials said in an Alert Carolina message that “based on one confirmed case, it is most likely Norovirus.” An earlier e-mail sent to students Thursday said that “Campus Health has treated a number of students today with gastro-related symptoms that resemble Norovirus.” WRAL is reporting the symptoms are affecting “a significant section of the Greek community,” which is causing the UNC Panhellenic Council to postpone sorority recruitment. WRAL is quoting an e-mail the television station reports was sent to students. Norovirus symptoms include nausea, fever,...

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Mebane Man Facing Attempted Murder Charge After Chapel Hill Shooting

A suspect has been charged with attempted first-degree murder connected with a shooting in Chapel Hill in May. Police said in a release that 27-year-old Cordell Obryan Baldwin was arrested at his home in Mebane at nine o’clock Thursday morning by members of the United States Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force. Baldwin is facing three felony charges associated with a shooting at 353 South Estes Drive in Chapel Hill the evening of May 23. The incident report says the victim in that shooting was shot in both legs. An initial release said the victim was treated for injuries at...

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UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare Creating New Joint Entity

UNC Health Care and Carolinas HealthCare System have announced plans to create a new combined health care system. Officials formally announced their intentions just after noon on Thursday. The release announcing the plans said that this was not a merger, but would be resulting in a new entity with a goal of “blending the best of a high-performing comprehensive healthcare system with a renowned academically-based enterprise.” Leadership from each system have signed a Letter of Intent, according to the release, “to join their clinical, medical education and research resources.” The new organization will focus on four areas: “increasing access...

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UNC Denies Request from ‘Alt-Right’ Leader Richard Spencer to Speak on Campus

UNC Chancellor Carol Folt has denied a request to speak on the Chapel Hill campus from leader of the so-called alt-right Richard Spencer. Folt made her decision public in a letter to the campus community on Wednesday afternoon. Folt wrote that she was denying the request from Spencer’s National Policy Institute because of “serious concerns about campus safety.” Speeches from Spencer and others sharing a similar message have led to protests, which has sometimes resulted in violence, in recent months. The focus on Spencer and similar individuals and organizations has intensified after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia,...

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Confederate Monuments Panel Discussion Wednesday at Chapel Hill Public Library

A panel discussion on Confederate monuments, including Silent Sam, is set for Wednesday night. The Town of Chapel Hill Public Library and UNC Public Humanities are partnering to present a discussion entitled “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory & Free Speech.” The panel is set to discuss recent events and the monuments and memorials that have been at the center of the debate. The discussion over these monuments to the Confederacy and their place in our society has been intensifying after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month where a counter protester was killed. Organizers...

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Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro Reopens After Police Chase

Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro has reopened and a suspect is facing charges after a police chase earlier this morning. Authorities confirmed that a suspect fled Carrboro Police, which led to a wreck that closed the thoroughfare before nine o’clock Wednesday morning for a little more than an hour. Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack said that an officer observed an accident in the area of Hillsborough Road and Simpson Street. As the officer circled around to the scene, Atack said that the suspect who appeared to cause the first accident fled the scene. Atack said the officer had his...

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