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Knife Attack in Chapel Hill Leads to Arrest and Injuries

A Chapel Hill resident was arrested last Saturday near the 140 West Franklin apartment complex for allegedly committing a felony assault with a knife on multiple victims. According to an arrest report from the Chapel Hill Police Department, Heath Andre Brittian was charged with communicating threats as well as assault with intent to kill or inflict serious injury. Capt. Joshua Mecimore, a public affairs officer with the Chapel Hill Police Department, cited that Brittain and the victims may have known each other. “It looks like this was some sort of ongoing dispute between […] at least a group of...

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Traffic Light Upgrade Eases Congestion at Chapel Hill Intersection

An upgraded traffic light in Chapel Hill was installed at the intersection of East Franklin and Raleigh streets to address a problem that is well-known to motorists who frequent those roads. The upgrade was facilitated by Kumar Neppalli, the traffic engineering manager of Chapel Hill, and installed by members of the Chapel Hill Public Works Department. “Recently, we got approval from the state to change the signal,” noted Neppalli Before the light was upgraded, motorists wishing to travel west onto East Franklin Street from Raleigh Street were forced to wait for a break in traffic that would rarely present...

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Alleged Drunk Driver with Cocaine in Stolen Vehicle Arrested in Chapel Hill

A car chase in Chapel Hill on January 14 led to a felony arrest of a Virginia resident and the seizure of nearly half a gram of cocaine by law enforcement officers. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore, a public affairs officer with the Chapel Police Department, the chase started when emergency dispatchers were notified of an erratic motorist. “Someone saw this vehicle driving in a reckless manner and called 911 to report it,” stated Mecimore. That motorist may have been Tommy Lee Randolph, who was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle under the influence of alcohol. “An Orange County deputy...

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Carrboro Considers Body Cameras for Police

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen will meet next month to discuss the suitability and cost of body-worn cameras for the Carrboro Police Department. According to Lydia Lavelle, the mayor of Carrboro, board members are eager to receive input from residents as to whether these cameras would be a wise investment for the town. “Our board talked about it for a long time,” stated Lavelle. “We really want to hear from the public about this.” Lavelle noted that board members had drafted a policy for body-worn police cameras in 2015, but were forced to reconsider that policy after the ratification of...

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New Town Property Task Force Considered by Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet on January 18 to consider the establishment of a task force with a purpose of evaluating properties owned by the municipal government. Pam Hemminger, the mayor of Chapel Hill, explained that the proposed task force would reconcile the potential use of those properties with the needs of the town. “It’s actually taking a look at the properties and seeing if there’s some strategic ideas to be thinking about,” noted Hemminger. If established, the task force would contribute to the goals of Chapel Hill 2020, a comprehensive plan for local development that was...

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Chapel Hill Public Library to Host Introduction to Open Data Portal

The Chapel Hill Public Library will host an introduction to an online portal for public data on January 14 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. According to Susan Brown, the director of the library, the portal was created at the behest of the Chapel Hill Town Council to foster civic engagement and promote government transparency. “The council has long had an interest in more civic engagement, so we did this open data portal,” stated Brown. She noted that open data expertise during the development of the portal was provided by Scott Clark, the town’s executive director for technology and...

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Bioscience Company Founded by UNC Professor Secures Funding

A bioscience company founded in part by Dr. Andrew Wang, a physician scientist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UNC, has secured millions of dollars in funding to facilitate the development of cancer diagnostics technology. “Our goal is to have instant feedback to cancer treatment,” explained Wang.”[We want] cancer patients to have a diagnostic device.” Wang founded Capio Biosciences with Dr. Seungpyo Hong after they attended a meeting held by the American Association for Cancer Research in 2010. That meeting led both professors to consider applications for the detection of circulating tumor cells. “Seungpyo was responsible for […]...

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Aquatic Facility in Chapel Hill to Close Indefinitely

The Homestead Aquatic Center in Chapel Hill will close indefinitely on January 17 due to a suspected leak in water lines that may have been present since last November. The leak was suspected by staff members at the facility when a spike in water consumption led to a request for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority to conduct a meter inspection. When OWASA concluded that all meters at the facility were functioning correctly, divers from Aquatic Resource Group in Charlotte were hired to inspect the surface area of each pool for cracks. No cracks were detected, which led the...

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Blood Donation Shortages Spark Call for Action by Red Cross

Blood donation shortages across the country have prompted the Red Cross to issue a call for eligible donors in Orange County. “Right now, blood and platelet donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in,” explained Nick Gehrig, the communications director for Red Cross Blood Services. Recent bouts of snowfall forced 33 blood drives in North Carolina to cancel, which caused nearly 1,200 donations to go uncollected. “The need for blood doesn’t pause for severe weather,” emphasized Gehrig, whose department noted that the Red Cross received 37,000 fewer donations than expected in November and December. Residents...

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Sidewalk Snow Prompts Policy Augmentations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

A renewed focus on foot traffic in the midst of winter weather has led the municipal governments of Chapel Hill and Carrboro to augment their policies on clearing sidewalk obstructions. These policies currently state that occupants of commercial and multi-family buildings are obligated to maintain the sidewalks that border their properties. The Carrboro Town Code requires such occupants to “clear snow, ice, or other [obstructions]” from sidewalks in their vicinity “at the earliest possible time and as soon as the weather permits.” Property owners and lessees are also mandated by the Chapel Hill Code of Ordinances to “pave [sidewalks...

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