UNC Wins Third Straight Game

The North Carolina Tar Heels have won three games in a row on the baseball field.

Carolina got a victory over Virginia Commonwealth on Tuesday night in the third game of a seven-game homestand for UNC.

The win on Tuesday came in dominating fashion. Carolina pushed its first run across in the second inning and didn’t stop until it was 6-0 after two innings of play.

That set the pace for an 11-0 UNC victory.

Sophomore Jason Morgan went six innings as the starting pitcher for the Tar Heels giving up just four hits and one walk while striking out three.

After a weekend off from conference play last week, UNC will welcome in ninth-ranked Louisville on Friday.


Suspect in Chapel Hill Shooting Appears in Court

A man suspected of shooting into a home on Forsyth Drive last Monday made his first appearance in Orange County Court on Tuesday afternoon.

Rahmil Dimitris Ingram was taken into custody on Monday, one week after he was allegedly involved in a shooting early in the morning of April 25, according to police records.

Ingram has been charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to an arrest report.

Assistant District Attorney Jeff Nieman said in court on Tuesday that Ingram and an additional suspect, Keiland Harris, had went to the residence looking for Tyrone Riggsbee leading up to the shooting and that a witness reported seeing a 380 caliber Ruger pistol in the cup holder of the vehicle being driven by Ingram. Nieman added that a search warrant was executed at Ingram’s home following the shooting and a weapon matching the description from the witness was found, although a ballistics report to match the weapon to the shooting on Forsyth Drive had not been done as of Tuesday afternoon.

Nieman added that Riggsbee was struck in the neck by a bullet during the shooting. The original release from Chapel Hill Police said that the victim had been transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department for treatment.

No update has been given on his condition.

Ingram’s bond was reduced from $750,000 to $100,000 during his first appearance and he is scheduled to be back in court on May 9.

Harris, the other suspect mentioned, was not in custody as of the hearing Tuesday afternoon.


Arrest Made in Chapel Hill Shooting

A suspect has been taken into custody after a shooting in Chapel Hill last Monday.

A Durham man was arrested in Efland on Monday in connection with a shooting on Forsyth Drive on April 25, according to police records.

Rahmil Dimitris Ingram has been charged with felony counts of attempted first-degree murder, weapon possession by a felon and conspiracy to commit a felony, an arrest report shows.

The 23-year-old has been charged after Chapel Hill Police responded to a shooting where “multiple gunshots” were fired into an occupied residence just after three o’clock in the morning last Monday.

The initial release said a victim was struck by a bullet and transported to the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department for treatment. The investigation report says the victim was struck in the neck.

No update has been give on the victim’s condition.

Ingram is scheduled to make his first appearance in Orange County Court on Tuesday afternoon. He is currently being held on a $750,000 bond.


UNC Baseball Hosts Virginia Commonwealth

After a weekend off from Atlantic Coast Conference play, the UNC baseball team takes the field at Boshamer Stadium on Tuesday night hosting Virginia Commonwealth.

The Tar Heels are coming off of two mid-week wins last week over UNC – Wilmington and Campbell.

Carolina is looking to get a victory over VCU on the way to righting the ship when conference play rolls around this weekend and Louisville visits Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels started off the season looking like one of the best teams in the country but have lost the last four of the last five series against conference opponents, including being swept by Miami and Wake Forest.

The ACC was well represented, once again, in the latest D1Baseball rankings released on Monday. Miami was the highest-ranked ACC team at No. 3, Florida State is ranked fifth. NC State (6) and Louisville (9) are also in the top 10. Virginia is ranked 13th and Georgia Tech checks in at No. 22 from the ACC.

Tuesday night’s matchup in Chapel Hill between UNC and VCU is set for a six o’clock first pitch, weather permitting.


Chapel Hill Police Locate Missing Teen

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police announced late Monday that Bailey had been located. There was no further information available.***

Chapel Hill Police are asking for public assistance locating a missing teenager.

Erica Bailey (Via Chapel Hill Police Department)

Erica Bailey (Via Chapel Hill Police Department)

Police say 15-year-old Erica Bailey was last seen on April 23, in the area of 833 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in Chapel Hill. Officials say she may in the Chapel Hill or Durham area.

No other information is available at this time.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Bailey, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2870 or contact Orange County Communications by dialing 911 or (919) 732-5063.


UNC Women’s Lacrosse Remain No. 3, Men Fall to No. 13

A win in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament was not enough to move the North Carolina women’s lacrosse team up in the latest Inside Lacrosse rankings.

UNC still sits at No. 3, behind Maryland and Florida – which happen to be the only two teams that beat the Tar Heels during the regular season.

UNC has won 13 games in a row since the back-to-back losses to Florida and Maryland in late February, going undefeated through the conference regular season. UNC won the ACC Tournament on the strength of a pair of one-goal victories over Duke and Syracuse.

Syracuse is fifth in the new polls and the narrow loss to Carolina in the ACC semifinals actually vaulted Duke three spots in the rankings to No. 14.

Meanwhile, the UNC men’s lacrosse team fell three spots to No. 13 in the latest poll after losing to Syracuse in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

Carolina was the top seed in the tournament, after knocking off Notre Dame when the Fighting Irish were the top-ranked team in the country. Syracuse went on to defeat Duke in the conference title game.

Up next for both squads is the NCAA Tournament. The women’s team is automatically in the field after winning the conference title. The men will learn their fate on May 8 during the NCAA Tournament selection show.


Suspects in Maleah Williams Shooting Sentenced on Unrelated Charges

Separate cases against the two suspects in the 2015 shooting death of an infant in Chapel Hill have reached conclusions.

Pierre Je Bron Moore and Ramone Jamarr Alston are awaiting trial for the Christmas Day shooting of one-year-old Maleah Williams. Williams was shot while in her mother’s arms outside their Trinity Court apartment as other children played outside. Williams died three days later. While Moore and Alston are being held without bond on first-degree murder charges, unrelated cases have been resolved against each individual.

Alston was recently sentenced to three 10 – 21 month terms on multiple felony charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Alston also has a court date set for next Monday on one count of felony possession of stolen goods.

Meanwhile, Moore was sentenced to eight to 10 months in prison on one count of felony fleeing to elude among other charges in connection with a police chase in pursuit of a car driven by Moore where vehicles reached at least 120 miles per hour.

Moore is also facing several other felony and misdemeanor drug charges, among other violations.

Alston and Moore are scheduled to appear in court for the Williams shooting on September 13, when a Rule 24 hearing could be held, which is a hearing before a judge in first-degree murder cases in North Carolina to determine whether the state will be seeking the death penalty in the case.


UNC Women’s Lax Wins ACC Title in OT

A sudden-death overtime goal from Aly Messinger clinched the Atlantic Coast Conference title for the UNC women’s lacrosse team on Sunday.

The top-seeded Tar Heels knocked off No. 2 seed Syracuse by a 15-14 score in the championship match.

UNC has now won 13 straight contests after going through the ACC regular season slate undefeated.

Carolina needed a late 3-0 scoring run to beat rival Duke 7-6 in the ACC semifinal. Another one-goal margin against Syracuse was enough for the ACC title.

The game Sunday was a back-and-forth battle. Syracuse led by three goals in the first half before UNC tied the game up at six. The score was 7-7 at the half. Syracuse stretched its lead to three once again in the second half at 11-8. UNC trailed throughout the majority of the game but was able to tie it up at 13 with less than two minutes remaining.

Even in the limited time left in regulation, the scoring wasn’t over.

Carolina took its first lead of the second half at 14-13 with 36 seconds left in game, but Syracuse was able to answer with time winding down to force the game into overtime, where the Messinger goal secured the title for the Tar Heels.


Six Tar Heels Sign NFL Contracts

UNC has now gone two consecutive years without having a player selected in the seven-round NFL Draft.

Guard Landon Turner earned first-team All-American honors for his play during his senior season for the Tar Heels but, somewhat surprisingly, that did not translate into hearing his name called in the draft. Turner was projected as a mid-to-late round draft pick entering the festivities, but a selection never came.

However, that does not mean Turner won’t have a chance to play at the next level. Shortly after the draft’s conclusion, UNC announced that Turner had agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints; a situation that is likely better overall than being selected late in the draft because the destination becomes the player’s choice rather than being chosen by a team that may not be a good fit.

Turner was not the only Tar Heel that agreed to a contract after the draft’s final pick.

Turner will be joined in New Orleans by senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer. Shakeel Rashad, who lined up next to Schoettmer in the heart of a much-improved UNC defense last season, agreed to a contract with the Houston Texans.

Senior running back Romar Morris signed with the New York Jets and wide receiver Quinshad Davis agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions. Davis caught more touchdowns in his time at Carolina than anyone in program history, and he will be lining up alongside former Tar Heel tight end Eric Ebron in Detroit.

UNC head coach Larry Fedora tweeted out on Sunday that quarterback Marquise Williams had signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

While no UNC players have been selected in the last two NFL drafts, that is almost sure to change next year. The 2015 team won the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division while relying on a lot of young playmakers and they will very likely be filling out NFL rosters in the years to come.


UNC Men’s Lacrosse Falls to Syracuse in ACC Tournament

No. 1 seed North Carolina was knocked off in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament semifinal on Friday night.

Fourth-seeded Syracuse led throughout the game, jumping out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

UNC pulled to within 6-4 at the half but could never close the gap further.

Syracuse got a 10-7 victory over UNC and will take on the winner of Duke and Notre Dame on Sunday.