Bruce Rosenbloom

Chapel Hill Resident Charged With Felony Assault Against Former Spouse

A local man in Chapel Hill is facing multiple felony charges after allegedly breaking into the home of his former spouse and committing a series of violent crimes. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department, the incident occurred last Friday when Zaw Zaw broke a restraining order filed against him. “Mr. Zaw came to his ex-wife’s residence,” he reported. “He came inside — it looks like he broke inside — and assaulted her and then also, it looks like, kept her from calling 911, stole some things inside, took some jewelry.” Police reports state that...

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Carrboro Officials Consider Policies for Accessory Dwellings

A plan to bolster the affordable housing market in Carrboro through the construction of accessory dwellings is being discussed by town officials ahead of meetings on revisions to zoning laws. According to Mayor Lydia Lavelle, freestanding rental units and other property additions that provide cost-effective living spaces for residents have piqued the interest of local policymakers. “Some of us have been on some site visits to see some tiny homes around the area and we know that the county also has been exploring this, and so I think the general consensus coming out of the observation was, ‘Yeah, we’re...

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Hillsborough Officials Announce Temporary Water Pressure Increase

Town officials in Hillsborough are advising residents to be aware of pressure changes in the water system that are likely to manifest during a utility transition period scheduled for this week. Due to recent water line improvements, a shift in service sectors will take place beginning on Monday for customers in the Forest Ridge subdivision and Meadowlands business park. According to a news release from the municipal government, water pressure for customers in those areas may temporarily increase by a maximum of 40 pounds per square inch. The release also states that the shift will be carried out in...

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Infrastructure Overhaul Project Begins in Hillsborough

Residents of Hillsborough may experience traffic delays and noise from construction for the remainder of the year as work commences on a local infrastructure overhaul project. According to Mayor Tom Stevens, the project “will significantly add to the safety, accessibility and attractiveness” of urban areas in the town over the next eight to ten months. The initial phase of construction is scheduled to begin this Monday with a focus on Churton Street and its lack of downtown accessibility options for disabled people. A news release from the municipal government states that new bus stops will also be constructed in...

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Six Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges at Local Red Roof Inn

An altercation at the Red Roof Inn on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard earlier this week resulted in six drug-related arrests and the seizure of a stolen weapon. According to Capt. Joshua Mecimore of the Chapel Hill Police Department, peace officers responded to a call from an assault victim at the local hotel on Tuesday. “There was a fight inside one of the rooms – a disturbance of some sort – and the victim in that notified police that she’d been assaulted,” he reported. “When we responded, officers immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana from the room and then established...

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Chapel Hill Officials Designate Land for Industrial Use

An opportunity area for light industry and advanced manufacturing has been established in Chapel Hill by town officials as part of a year-long development pilot program. The Chapel Hill Town Council voted last week to designate a 60-acre parcel of land for this program near the intersection of Eubanks and Millhouse roads. Mayor Pam Hemminger endorsed the program as a way for the town to engage in conscientious development while accommodating the needs of local businesses. “It’s a pilot program for the one year; we hear back in one year how it goes, and I think that we can...

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UNC Students Earn Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Two students at UNC-Chapel Hill have been awarded tuition assistance from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Scott Emmons and Sarah Miller are among 240 college sophomores and juniors across the country who will receive scholarships of $7,500 for one academic year. Chancellor Carol L. Folt lauded the students for their accomplishments, citing that “they are perfect examples of the next generation of innovative researchers.” Emmons is a 20-year old sophomore majoring in computer science who spent last summer teaching mathematics to middle school students in Mississippi. Miller is a 20-year-old junior majoring in chemistry whose...

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Retired Banker Donates $4 Million to Cancer Research at UNC

A retired executive who suffered the loss of three family members to cancer has made a donation of $4 million to the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Over the past decade, Alice Lehman watched her sister, husband and father succumb to the insidious effects of a disease that claims over 7 million lives each year. Her losses are considerable, but recent clinical trials of a powerful treatment called cellular immunotherapy have given her hope for patients with metastatic cancer. “I was so excited when I learned that UNC Lineberger was on the cutting edge of this emerging technology and...

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First Responders Complete Fifth Opioid Overdose Reversal in Carrboro

An overdose that occurred yesterday evening in Carrboro was reversed by law enforcement officers with the assistance of a drug that blocks the effects of opioids. According to a release from the Carrboro Police Department, this is the fifth successful overdose reversal since officers began carrying the drug over two years ago. That drug is naloxone, which binds to opioid receptors in the body while reversing the effects of mental depression and respiratory failure that accompany opioid abuse. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, over 13,000 state residents have died from unintentional drug overdoses...

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Homestead Aquatic Facility Expected to Open Next Week

The distinctive scent of chlorine will once again permeate the air of the Homestead Aquatic Facility in Chapel Hill as the popular public swimming destination returns to normal operations next week. According to Jim Orr, the local director of parks and recreation, two phases of repairs were initiated at the facility after staff members reported changes to typical water consumption levels. “There was a huge spike in the months of August and it continued,” he recalled. “Our staff knew that there was some water loss over time.” The first phase of repairs involved an extensive series of tests performed...

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