Would-Be Jumper On Hampton Inn Roof
Downtown traffic was shut down Tuesday afternoon after a man climbed to the roof of the Hampton Inn in Carrboro and threatened to jump.
Carrboro police arrived on scene around 3:00 p.m., initially in response to a report of a “suspicious person” – only to find the man on the roof. Police closed East Main, West Franklin, and West Rosemary Streets between Roberson and Merritt Mill in order to address the situation; as of 7:25 p.m., the situation was still ongoing. Chapel Hill police officers were on the scene as well, along with the Carrboro Fire Department and Orange County EMS officials.
Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack says there’s no danger to the public, but they’re still concerned the man could be a danger to himself.
“We do actually have trained negotiators involved – at least three negotiators involved from the Carrboro and the Chapel Hill negotiations unit,” says Atack. “We’re committed to bringing this to the best resolution we can think of.”
Negotiators were on the scene by 3:30. By 5:00, WCHL’s Matt Oakes reported the man had stepped away from the ledge. The situation calmed somewhat afterward, but as of 7:30 there are still officers on the roof along with the individual, and the roads are still closed.
Listen to the full comments from Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack.
WCHL’s Matt Oakes was on the scene between 3:30 and 5:00.
WCHL’s Art Chansky was on the scene between 5:30 and 7:00.
Another “ALERT” Operation Nets 27 Alcohol/Drug Arrests
Chapel Hill Police continued to push its message of zero tolerance over the weekend, handing out 27 citations for drug- and alcohol-related incidents.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s joint ALERT (Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Team) program uses officers from Chapel Hill along with Carrboro Police, and UNC’s Department of Public Safety.
Twenty-five citations were given between Saturday and Sunday for charges of open containers in public, underage possession, underage consumption, and public urination. The arrests were made throughout the greater Downtown Chapel Hill area from Longview Street on the north side to McCauley Street on the south side.
Friday: Eleven UNC Students Cited For Alcohol Violations
In the same time frame, two people were cited with misdemeanor drug possession charges as well.
Last week, Chapel Hill Police Public Information Lieutenant Josh Mecimore said the ALERT team is out early in the semester to make sure the expectations are clear. He said it’s about keeping students and other community members as safe as possible.
And remember, the Chapel Hill Police Department doesn’t announce when operations like ALERT or DUI traffic stops will take place, but it is often active on Twitter letting people know where regular speed traps will take place. You can follow it: @ChapelHillPD, and be sure to follow @WCHLChapelboro. We’ll share CHPD’s tweets with you as well.
Carrboro Police Open P2C Website
The Carrboro Police Department is offering a new way for citizens to access the latest information on crime, accidents, and other police reports.
Captain with the Carrboro Police Department, Chris Atack, describes what the P2C website is and how it can be accessed by citizens.
“P2C, or Police to Citizen, is a web access application that allows folks to search records with the Carrboro Police Department,” says Cpt. Atack. “They can do it anywhere they can get the Internet.”
Cpt. Atack says that there is a great amount of information that residents of Carrboro can now be privy to, and what that means
“They can research accident reports if they were involved in an accident,” says Cpt. Atack. “They can also search incidents and arrests. They can do it geographically, they can do it by name they can do it by date. Just a lot of information is available to folks that they can now research on their own time in the privacy of their own house. They don’t have to worry about calling up the Police Department. It’s just part of getting the information out there to the public that we serve.”
Cpt. Atack says that this is another part of the Carrboro Police Department’s efforts to move forward with advancing technologies and ease of accessibility for those who need the information immediately.
“Last year, we jumped into the social media circuits, both with Facebook and Twitter,” says Cpt. Atack. “This is kind of that continuing effort on our part to bring in some more modern informational access systems to move us forward. This P2C is just one of those efforts.”
To check out the new Carrboro Police P2C site, click here.
Shannon Death Investigation Ceased
The death of the UNC freshman and pledge of the Chi Phi fraternity, David Shannon, is no longer being investigated by the Carrboro police department, according to The Daily Tar Heel.
Two years have passed since Shannon’s untimely death in October of 2012, after falling forty feet at the Carrboro Ready Mixed Concrete Plant. Due to lack of any solid leads or information, Carrboro police have ceased pursuing the incident any further. Speaking for the Carrboro police, Captain Chris Atack stated that the investigation simply must stop unless any further evidence is uncovered and no charges will be pressed as they have “no information to go on.”
At the time of his autopsy, it was discovered that upon his death, Shannon possessed a .22 blood alcohol concentration level. Suspecting foul play, Carrboro police began to seek answers with Shannon’s fraternity, but were given no leads and could not gather enough information to make a case.
There still exist allegations of hazing surrounding the Chi Phi fraternity for an incident separate from Shannon. The Standards Review Board of UNC can form its own investigation by analyzing these past accusations themselves.
However, Cpt. Atack confirms that the Carrboro police are truly “stuck” until new information or leads are uncovered.
Carrboro Police Seek Information In Sexual Assault Reported Sunday
The Carrboro Police Department is seeking information about a reported sexual assault from Sunday evening on Old Fayetteville Road between NC 54 and Jones Ferry Road.
The assault reportedly occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. The victim was not able to provide the police with a description, and the victim did not know the male suspect.
Carrboro police are directing people to be aware of your surroundings and take safety precautions if you’re out after dark.
If you have any information about the case, call Investigator Coyle at 919-918-7415 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. All calls will remain anonymous.
Anniversaries, Wellness, And “Coffee With A Cop!”
ORANGE COUNTY – The Carrboro Police Department is inviting you to come have “Coffee with a Cop!”
“Coffee with a Cop” is a chance for community members to connect with police officers, ask questions and learn more about the department. It’s part of a national initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, to break down barriers between police departments and community members—“one cup of coffee at a time.”
“Coffee with a Cop” will take place on Friday, January 31, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at the Looking Glass Café on West Main Street. Everyone’s invited to attend.
St. Thomas More School is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014 with a year of festivities—beginning with a Golden Jubilee Celebration on Friday, January 31. Habitat for Humanity International CEO Jonathan Reckford—a St. Thomas More alum—will serve as guest speaker at the event, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, just off Fordham Boulevard at 940 Carmichael Street.
The Orange County Department on Aging is inviting you to help them celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Central Orange Senior Center, which opened five years ago on January 29, 2009.
The free event will take place on Friday, January 31, at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center, located at 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough. There will be food and music, plus a special performance by the Prime Time Players senior actors group.
The Orange County Public Library is hosting a free wellness workshop called “Make It Stick!” on Wednesday, January 29. Local wellness coach Marit Weikel will talk about how to change your habits to live healthier—and how to make those changes last.
The class will run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the main library in Hillsborough. Everyone is welcome.
The Friends of the Downtown is holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 30, at 9:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Franklin Hotel. It’s free and open to the public. Local architect Phil Szostak will be the featured speaker; he designed the DPAC in downtown Durham and he’s currently working on the Carrboro ArtsCenter.
The Orange County 4-H is inviting everyone to a Community Forum on Thursday, January 30. The forum is designed to identify the needs of local kids and teens, and 4-H officials will use data from the forum to develop programs for kids ranging from 5-19 years old.
The Community Forum will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Orange County Center, located at 306 E. Revere Road in Hillsborough. Dinner will be served.
To RSVP, visit this News Around Town page on our website, Chapelboro.com.
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A study out of the UNC School of Medicine last week is contributing to a greater understanding of schizophrenia. UNC genetics and psychiatry professor Dr. Patrick Sullivan co-authored the study, which uncovered evidence that schizophrenia arises from the combined effects of certain minute mutations distributed across many genes.
The study was published in this week’s issue of Nature.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation is providing the North Carolina Partnership for Children with a three-year, $3 million grant to expand a program called Shape NC.
Shape NC is an early childhood initiative designed to increase the number of children who start kindergarten at a healthy weight, by promoting physical activity and good eating practices. Shape NC is already being implemented in 19 child care centers across the state; the grant will enable the program to expand to another 240.
In Search Of Wanted Suspect In Carrboro
CARRBORO – The Carrboro Police Department needs your help finding a suspect wanted for allegedly taking indecent liberties with a child on July 24.
“As a result of our investigation as well as a certified medical exam, which is conducted by experts who are trained and certified to interview younger children about incidents, we were able to develop enough to formally charge Mr. White with one count of that indecent liberties,” Carrboro Police Captain, Chris Atack, says.
Dwayne Anthony White formerly of Hanna Street in Carrboro is wanted on one felony count of that charge. Capt. Atack says he’s known to frequent the Carrboro and Chapel Hill areas. There is a known relationship between White and the child, but Capt. Atack says the CPD is not releasing that information at this time.
“With this specific instance, this is the only charge,” Capt. Atack says. “It appears it was an isolated incident; it wasn’t a continuing series of events.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Carrboro Police Sgt. Joe Thomas at 919-918-7418 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.
Walter Horton To Serve As Carrboro Police Chief
CARRBORO – Carrboro native and current police captain, Walter Horton, will serve as the Town’s next police chief, as appointed by Town Manager David Andrews.
The search attracted 101 applicants from as far away as the U.S. Virgin Islands, but of the five finalists, Captain Horton was chosen as the best to succeed Chief Carolyn Hutchison, who will retire in September.
Horton started with the Carrboro Police in 1993. He spent all his years of primary education in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district and graduated from MountOliveCollege with a bachelor’s in criminal justice. In 2001, Horton received the Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate which is given by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission. The commission is designed to reward and recognize officers who continually strive to better themselves professionally. He is also a graduate of the NC JusticeAcademy’s Management Development Program. Horton was promoted to Captain of Administrative Services in June 2011.
Carrboro Man Arrested For Burglary And Attempted Rape
CARRBORO- The Carrboro Police Department made an arrest early Friday morning in a burglary and attempted rape.
Lt. Chris Atack says that at approximately 4:00 a.m. Friday, Carrboro Police responded to a call in the 100 block of Fidelity Street involving Francisco Javier Diaz.
“Further investigation revealed that Mr. Diaz had broken into a residence and sexually assaulted a female resident who was inside.”
Lt. Atack says the 33-year-old Carrboro resident was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor.
“He was charged with attempted first degree rape and first degree burglary as well as sexual battery.”
Diaz is being held at Orange County Jail under a $100,000 bond.
Longtime Carrboro Police Chief To Step Down This Year
CARRBORO – North Carolina’s first openly gay police chief plans to call it quits after nearly three decades working in Carrboro.
Since joining the Carrboro Police Department in 1984, Carolyn Hutchison has pretty much done it all: after starting off as a new patrol officer, she then moved to narcotics, became an investigator, then moved on to deal with juvenile crime and administrative services.
Eventually, Hutchison was rewarded with the top job in 1998. She has been Carrboro’s Police Chief ever since, but she’ll officially retire this year, sometime around the beginning of October.
In an email to Town Manager David Andrews, the self-described “slightly scuffed and worn” 53-year-old said, ”I look forward to the challenges and blessings inherent in policing the Carrboro community until the day I retire.”