Blake Hodge

Trial of One Suspect in 2014 UNC Professor Murder Underway

Opening statements were made Wednesday afternoon in the trial of a man accused of killing a UNC professor in 2014. The first-degree murder trial of Troy Arrington began late Wednesday afternoon with different scenarios laid out by the prosecution and defense. Arrington is being tried in connection with the July 2014 killing of UNC professor Feng Liu. Liu was hit in the head with what officials have described as a landscaping rock while he was out on a walk that hot afternoon around the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where he was a research professor. “The state actually knows very...

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Arrest Made in Chapel Hill Bank Robbery

Chapel Hill Police have arrested 47-year-old Christopher Todd Atwater in connection with a bank robbery this week. Police say the PNC Bank on East Rosemary Street was robbed just after 4:45 on Tuesday afternoon. Police have charged Atwater with one felony count of robbery with a dangerous weapon. Atwater is being held at the Orange County Jail under a $25,000 secured...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Bank Robbery

Chapel Hill Police are searching for a suspect involved in a bank robbery Tuesday. Police say officers responded to a reported robbery at the PNC Bank on East Rosemary Street just after 4:45 Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say a suspect entered the bank and demanded money after a weapon was displayed. The suspect fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to police. The suspect was headed toward North Street. Police described the suspect as a black male between 50 and 60 years old, estimated to be 5’ 8” – 5’ 10” with a slender build....

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Jury Selection Begins for 2014 Murder Suspect

Jury selection is underway for a man accused of killing a UNC professor on July 23, 2014. The preliminary portion of the trial against Troy Arrington began Tuesday morning, more than 30 months after Feng Liu was robbed and beaten to death. Liu was a research professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Troy Arrington and Derrick Davis were ultimately charged in Liu’s death. But District Attorney Woodall said the two will be tried separately with Davis set to be tried at a later date. Arrington has entered a not guilty plea to charges including first-degree murder and...

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Senate President Science Adviser Named Research Director of UNC Collaboratory

An adviser to a high-profile North Carolina Republican legislative leader has been hired to lead research at a controversial branch of UNC. Dr. Jeffrey Warren, who has served as the science policy adviser to North Carolina Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger since 2011, was hired as the research director of the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory. Warren’s hire was effective Monday, when the hire was announced. The collaboratory was met with concern from faculty members at the UNC System’s flagship campus when it was launched last year. The North Carolina General Assembly ordered the collaboratory to conduct research on...

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Chapel Hill Begins Planning Future of American Legion Property

The future of the American Legion property will come before the Chapel Hill Town Council on Monday night. The town entered into an agreement with the American Legion to purchase the approximately 36-acre property for nearly $8 million in late 2016. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said there are already a lot of ideas being put forward for the future of the property. “We’re looking to council and the public to explore those ideas and come up with a process for the future for that [property],” Hemminger said. The sale has not officially closed, but Hemminger said it was...

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No Arrests Reported in Franklin Street Celebration

No arrests were made as revelers poured onto Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill on Saturday night after UNC beat Duke 90-83 on Senior Night in the Smith Center. Police report the streets were cleared of people at 11:45 Saturday night before being reopened to traffic at 12:20 Sunday morning after town crews cleaned the area. Officials say there were four people treated by Orange County Emergency Services within the closed area. Photo via Chapel Hill Fire...

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UNC Board of Governors Approves $90K Bonus for President Spellings

UNC System President Margaret Spellings is receiving a $90,000 performance bonus from the Board of Governors. The UNC System governing body voted to approve the performance bonus at the end of a closed session portion of Friday’s meeting. Spellings officially celebrated one year leading the system on Wednesday, March 1. Board chair Lou Bissette said that the employment contract with Spellings required a possibility of a performance bonus, which has not been included in previous presidential contracts. Bissette said this year’s decision by the Personnel and Tenure Committee was “subjective.” “Because we don’t have in place yet the full...

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