CHAPEL HILL- Starting soon, the Town of Chapel Hill will require all residents and business owners to register their security alarm systems.
This is the first step in a new program designed to reduce the number of false alarms the town’s emergency personnel respond to.
In 2012, police and fire fighters responded to nearly 5,000 alarm calls at a cost of $197,000. But officials say that’s a waste of time and money, as about 95 percent of alarm dispatches turn out to be unfounded.
Last October, the Town Council approved a plan to charge a series of graduated fines to those who report multiple false alarms.
While the town is not yet registering alarm systems, officials are working to hire an independent vendor to run the registration system. Police and fire representatives will be educating the public on how to prevent false alarm activation once that registration system is up and running.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chapel-hill-hopes-alarm-system-registry-deters-false-calls/
CHAPEL HILL- Chapel Hill Police need your help identifying a man who robbed the Family Fare BP at 1201 Raleigh Road on Monday afternoon.
Investigators say a man entered the business just before 2 o’clock, brandished a knife at an employee, demanded money and fled on foot.
The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-forties with black hair, brown eyes, and a thin goatee.
If you have any information, call Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and you may be eligible for up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest. You can also submit tips online at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org/.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-search-gas-station-robber/
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Police Department needs your help finding the suspect of a larceny from a person last week at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
The suspect took a person’s purse into the men’s bathroom, removed cash, and threw the purse away before fleeing the building.
Authorities are looking for a black male with short hair and a slim build. At the time he was wearing a dark hooded jacket, dark pants, and light running shoes.
If you can assist Chapel Hill Police in finding this person, please call Investigator Bolden at 919-968-2870 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous. Information leading to an arrest could receive a cash reward up to $2,000.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-seeks-chpl-larceny-suspect/
CHAPEL HILL- Chapel Hill Police also need your help to locate a missing teenager.
Shannon Junco was last seen leaving her home on Umstead Drive around 5:30 on Wednesday.
She is a 16 year old white female, five foot four weighing 130 pounds. At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a red knit beanie, gray pea coat and gray leggings. Police believe she’s in Chapel Hill, Carrboro or Durham.
If you have any information, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chpd-seeks-missing-teen/
CHAPEL HILL – It’s the one time of year when super heroes , rock stars, ghosts and goblins alike descend on Chapel Hill and roam Frankin St. This Halloween, police estimated that the crowd numbered 30,000— up from last year’s total of 22,000. With tighter restrictions in place, Town leaders had hoped that tighter restrictions would decrease this year’s turnout.
Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Kevin Gunter said that no arrests were made in the closed area of Franklin St.
Though there weren’t any major incidents, Gunter said the Town will continue to work to reduce crowd size in the coming years.
“Our goal is to keep reducing the numbers,” Gunter said. “At some point, we will get to a point where it is much more manageable. But even 20,000 thousand people can pose a certain problem.”
Attendance has declined steadily in the past several years since the Town initiated “Home Grown Halloween” after 82,000 people filled Franklin St. on Halloween night in 2007.
Gunter said the smaller crowd puts less of a strain on police. 300 law enforcement officers patrolled this year’s Halloween celebration. 250 were from agencies outside of the local jurisdiction.
Daniel Surratt, a bar manager at Top of the Hill, has been in Chapel Hill for seven Halloweens. He said the Town’s effort to reduce the Halloween crowd doesn’t make a drastic difference in profits.
“Once again, the people who are coming in after 1 a.m. probably don’t need another drink anyway. It is certainly easier on us,” Surratt said. “The crowd starts to clear out a little bit earlier. It is such a long night that it is not that bad of a thing to happen.”
UNC Chancellor Carol Folt was walking along Franklin St. in Carolina blue sneakers given to her by Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. She said she loved her first Chapel Hill Halloween experience.
“I am seeing some pretty amazing costumes,” Folt said. “But I actually have been impressed; there are a lot of little kids here and families, and a million students and also the whole town coming together to make sure it is safe. It is really pretty amazing.”
And the costumes were amazing. Dean Nehama and his friends took a page from pop culture and went as the “Men at Twerk.”
“The whole craze about twerking right now, we thought it was a clever idea [to pick up on that], like a play on words!” Nehama said.
Carrboro High School student Katherine Dunleavy, who was dressed as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, said she wished the crowd were as intense as it was in past years.
“It is kind of a bummer, but I think it will get bigger as the night goes on,” Dunleavy said.
Other students, like UNC freshman John Alliss—A.K.A anchorman Ron Burgundy for the night—didn’t seem to mind the smaller crowd than those he’d heard stories about. Alliss was accompanied by his Action Four news team.
Fred Porter, who went as The Village People motorcyclist, was also one of many who dressed up as a member of a larger group.
“It is a lot of fun!” Porter shouted. “We just decided on this a couple of weeks ago and we have a big group of friends. We were thinking, what could we all go as? The Village people!”
James Rockefeller Gray was promoting the bar East End and said the energy on Franklin St. was just the same as it always has been.
“I’m feeling great right now,” Gray said. “I am dressed as a rapper-gangster with a gold chain handing out lollipops!”
And though law enforcement tried to keep the celebration for locals only through road closures and parking limitations, some outsiders, like Shane Grant of Charlotte, still found a way in.
“We drove here in a box truck, and we still found parking,” Grant said. “We parked down near McDonalds.”
Sophie Rose and her family came out to enjoy the thrills of the evening and said she felt safer in the more manageable crowd.
“We chose to come early and leave early, and people can also stay later,” Rose said. “I think it is good that everyone can enjoy the party.”
Her son, Dorian Rose, enjoyed the costumes he saw, “They are funny, and some are a bit scary!”
And just a bit later than scheduled, Franklin St. was cleared at 11:45 p.m. and re-opened to traffic by 12:45 a.m.
Orange County Emergency Medical Services responded to 15 calls related to alcohol intoxication, according to CHPD. Seven of those treated were transported to UNC Hospital for further evaluation.
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police are looking for a man believed to have asked a young girl her to get in his car. The incident happened on Nottingham Dr.
Police received a report shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday of a male subject who drove up beside the twelve year old child riding her bicycle. He then asked her to get into his car. The child rode away from the suspect and the suspect also drove away.
The man was described as a Hispanic male between 28-32 years of age with short hair and a beard. The child reported that he was of medium build and that he was wearing a gray or white shirt.
The vehicle was described as an older red car.
If you see a vehicle or driver matching this description, please call 911.
CHAPEL HLL – The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously approved a new ordinance Monday that will fine home and business owners whose security systems repeatedly trigger false alarms.
The measure, which is planned to take affect in January of 2014, was proposed by members of both the Chapel Hill Fire Department and the Chapel Hill Police Department.
Another provision of the ordinance is that an alarm user must obtain an alarm permit from the Town within 10 business days of the initial operation of the system.
Fire Chief Dan Jones spoke to the Council and said that the department’s research indicated that 95 percent of alarms are false, accidental, or otherwise unfounded.
“The purpose of these alarms is to reduce these accidental alarms that tie up public resources and create unnecessary responses, which is a safety issue for us,” Jones said.
Accidental alarm activations can occur as a result of malfunctioning equipment, human error, or environmental conditions. The ordinance sets civil penalties for excessive false alarms, four or more within a permit year, and failure to obtain applicable alarm permits.
The CHPD responded to 1,250 alarm activations at a cost of $122,400. CHPD Chief Chris Blue also explained why he believed the program was important for the safety of the community.
A routine police alarm response includes at least two officers. A typical fire department alarm response requires up to ten firefighters.
The average time spent on-scene for alarm calls is 17 minutes.
“In the time it takes to clear an alarm, we are tying up half of the town’s fire fighting and emergency response resources,” Jones said.
Jones said that the program will require the equivalent of a full-time staff person and estimated the person will be in office for the first 12 months.
Chief Blue said that both departments will continues researching which alarm systems prove to be the faultiest, with the intention producing a report of the findings for the Council and community.
Council member Lee Storrow said he was concerned about the costs that UNC would accrue due to false alarms, though he was supportive of the program.http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/ch-town-council-approves-fining-for-false-alarms/
UPDATE: Police say Kearny was found safe shortly before 9 p.m.
CHAPEL HILL- Chapel Hill Police need your help locating a missing police dog.
The dog escaped from a fenced-in yard in the Parkwood area of Durham County around 2:30 Monday afternoon. The dog is a six-year-old male Belgian Malinois who answers to the name “Kearny.” Police say he is not wearing ID tags but does have a chain collar.
If located, please contact 911 or the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-612-8240.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chpd-seeks-escaped-police-dog/
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police are warning the public about two men charged in connection with a shooting on Pope Road Tuesday morning that sent one man to the hospital. Authorities believe that the suspects are armed and dangerous.
Rahmil Ingram is facing charges of Assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, first degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling and two counts of assault by pointing a gun.
Jamil Ingram is facing charges of Assault with first degree burglary, second degree kidnapping, as well as other related conspiracy charges.
Police say if you encounter these men, DO NOT APPROACH them.
The shooting happened around 5:30 Tuesday morning at a residence on Pope Road in Chapel Hill. Kenneth Hardin, 45, suffered gunshot wounds to his hand and his abdomen. He was transported to UNC Hospitals where he was treated and released. The police investigation revealed that the shooting was not a random act.
If you have any information, call 911, the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.http://chapelboro.com/news/34852/
CHAPEL HILL – The woman who died Wednesday night after being hit by a car was likely under the influence of alcohol, according to the Chapel Hill Police Department.
The victim, Lisa Renee Baldwin, 41, of Chapel Hill, was arrested 63 times for previous violations, some of which were alcohol related, according to CHPD’s records since 2001. The current database only goes back to that year.
Lieutenant Kevin Gunter said Baldwin was walking when she was hit shortly before 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Fordham Boulevard and South Estes Drive.
Baldwin died at the scene of injuries related to the accident.
“According to witnesses on the scene, she did appear and it was reported in the investigation, that they had observed her apparently staggering when walking. It appears that alcohol could have possibly been involved.”
Gunter said he won’t be able to confirm that until the toxicology reports are completed.
“What it appears is that the victim stepped off the curve onto the road way and attempted to walk in the direction Ridgefield Apartments when she was struck by the vehicle.”
The driver involved in the accident, Katherine Rogers, will not be charged, according to Gunter.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/woman-struck-by-car-weds-was-likely-intoxicated-per-chpd/