CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police need your help finding the suspect of ATM card fraud occurring in mid-October.
The suspect allegedly took a person’s ATM card and withdrew and undisclosed amount of money on October 18.
Authorities are searching for a bald, black male with an athletic build. At the ATM, the suspect was pictured wearing a tie dyed t-shirt, glasses, and a gold necklace.
If you can assist Chapel Hill Police in finding this person, please call Investigator Wyatt at 919-968-2886 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.
You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org/http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-seek-atm-fraud-suspect/
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Bryan Walker confirmed Wednesday at 10:35 a.m. that Franklin Street was closed in both directions between Estes Dr and Elliott Rd for a natural gas leak.
Sgt. Walker said he was unaware of any evacuations in the area. EMS and gas crews were on the scene managing the incident.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/franklin-street-from-estes-dr-to-elliott-rd-closed-natural-gas-leak/
CHAPEL HILL - It took less than 24 hours to track down a man suspected of breaking and entering at multiple businesses in Southern Village.
Chapel Hill Police arrested 33-year-old Caleb Hopkirk-Ridlen Hill on 13 felony charges including breaking and entering, larceny, and injury to real property. The break-ins occurred early Thursday morning in the Market Street area of Southern Village.
“We received some surveillance footage of this case. [...] Yesterday evening he was located I believe again on Market Street,” says Lieutenant Kevin Gunter of the Chapel Hill Police Department.
Hill was held in the Orange County Jail on a $25,000 secured bond.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/so-village-commercial-robber-captured/
CHAPEL HILL – Franklin Street is well-known in the Triangle as a Halloween hotspot; but police try to downsize the party more and more each year.
The most worn costume on Franklin Street Thursday night may be a police uniform. But these officers won’t be playing pretend.
“We are bringing in several hundred officers from departments all over the Triangle area,” Chapel Hill Public Information Officer, Sgt. Bryan Walker says.
Walker says the town of Chapel Hill is doing everything it can to limit the guest list for the annual celebration.
“We’ve tried to reduce the size of the crowd, and we’ve been fairly successful at doing that over the last few years, making it more of a local celebration,” Walker says, “As much fun as it is to come to Franklin and see the festivities, if you’re coming from out of town you’re going to have a hard time getting here.”
Shuttles to Franklin from outlying areas will be limited for crowd control. Lane and street closures downtown will make parking essentially unavailable.
Walker says they each Halloween is planned around lessons learned in years past. He says alcohol is the main cause of issues every year. He asks that pre-Franklin partying be kept under control
“We would encourage everyone that is going to be drinking before coming to Franklin Street to drink responsibly,” Walker says.
Walker also says it’s important to keep track of your friends whereabouts, and stay together.
“Don’t get separated and trust that your companions will make it home on their own,” Walker says.
Thursday night is a no-pets-allowed event.
“We have had a problem in years past with someone bringing a snake to an event like this,” Walker says, “When you’re in that crowd, shoulder to shoulder, and you’ve got a snake hanging around your neck, it tends to make people nervous.”
A few other things Walker says you should leave out of your bag of tricks and treats are weapons, fireworks, flammable substances, or anything that may be considered a threat to safety.
Aside from the rules in place to protect people, Walker says the Chapel Hill Police Department wants you to have a good time.
“We’re looking forward to this being another successful and safe Halloween in Chapel Hill,” Walker says.
Franklin Street will close to traffic, and open its door for the annual costume party at 9:00 p.m. Roads reopen two and a half hours later at 11:30.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/reducing-the-halloween-crowd-on-franklin-street/
CHAPEL HILL – Your Friday morning commute was a slow one if Fordham Boulevard is your normal route.
“The accident that occurred on Fordham Boulevard near Kings Mill Road this morning was in the northbound lanes,” Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sgt. Brian Walker says. “Initial reports were that seven vehicles were involved. When officers arrived on scene, I believe they discovered that there were actually five vehicles involved.”
Sgt. Walker says police were investigating the cause of the accident, but that information was not immediately available.
“One person was trapped in their vehicle—at least temporarily until the fire department arrived and was able to free them,” Sgt. Walker says. “That is the only person that was transported to the hospital in that accident.”
Sgt. Walker says the extent of the injuries was not immediately known but that CHPD believed they were fairly serious.
The northbound lanes of Fordham Blvd. were closed for about an hour between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/five-car-pileup-closes-fordham-for-one-hour/
CHAPEL HILL – The Chapel Hill Police Department has asked the State Bureau of Investigation for additional help in the murder of UNC student Faith Hedgepeth.
The Chapel Hill News reports that SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada confirmed in an email that Police Chief Chris Blue requested the help from the SBI in the off-campus murder. The SBI served a limited role in the early parts of the investigation, including the discovery of a male suspect’s DNA and a profile of that person.
Hedgepeth was found dead in her apartment on September 7 of last year at the Hawthorne on the View complex on Old Chapel Hill Road.
The investigative documents and 911 calls have been sealed by court order since the murder. On September 30, Durham County Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson signed a 60-day order to reseal the documents for the fifth time.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-seeks-additional-help-from-sbi-in-hedgepeth-investigation/
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police responded to gunshots in the 4300 block of Pope Road near Clark Lake Tuesday morning.
Public Information Sargent Bryan Walker says police are looking for armed suspects in a four-door white sedan but that they don’t believe there is a threat to the public.
“The initial report we received indicates that there were three suspects. However, the investigation is still on-going, and we are still working leads,” Walker says.
Sgt. Walker says one person was taken to UNC Hospitals with non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the wrist and abdomen Tuesday morning. That person’s identity and condition are not known.
Pope Road is located in the east-northeast part of Chapel Hill between 15-501/Fordham Blvd. and I-40.
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/crime/shooting-reported-in-chapel-hill/
CHAPEL HILL- Police officers and fire fighters have to respond to each and every security alarm in Chapel Hill, but the town’s high rate of false alarms costs the departments and taxpayers nearly $200,000 each year.
Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue told the Town Council on Monday that in just the past two months alone, more than 95 percent of the alarm calls his department has responded to have been accidental.
“Just between July 9 and September 4 of this year, the police department was dispatched to 567 total alarms. Only 25 of those turned out to be legitimate activations, so you can see the numbers speak for themselves there.”
Depending on the type of alarm, the standard response usually involves two police officers or as many as 10 firefighters, fully one half of the available fire personnel on duty at any given time. Each false alarm call typically takes about 20 minutes to resolve.
Blue said prior efforts to reduce the number of false alarms have not been successful.
“For a number of years we’ve talked to the business community and neighborhood groups about the issue and about our interest in reducing those accidental false alarms,” said Blue. “And I think the community gets it, but we have not been successful in reducing the numbers.”
Instead, Blue is proposing a graduated fee system for business or home owners whose security systems repeatedly trigger false alarms.
The interest there is not to generate revenue, although there is an interest in at least recovering some of our costs,” said Blue. “But we do know that other communities, when they have instituted a fee structure, have seen that as a more effective way to reduce activations than just sharing the problem with the community and appealing to them for their help.”
Chapel Hill Fire Chief Dan Jones told the council this fee would apply to calls from UNC campus, as those account for a significant number of false alarms.
“We do respond to the university and it’s a very high percentage,” said Jones. “The university is about 30 to 34 percent of our workload, and our false alarm rate is about 30 percent of that call volume.”
The exact fee system has yet to be determined, but Blue and Jones will return to the council with a proposal next month. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed ordinance on October 28.http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/false-alarms-cost/
CHAPEL HILL- A woman died Wednesday night after being hit by a car near the intersection of Fordham Boulevard and South Estes Drive. Chapel Hill police say Lisa Renee Baldwin, 41, of Chapel Hill, was walking when she was hit shortly before 8:30 p.m. Baldwin died at the scene of injuries related to the accident.
WCHL will have more on this story as details become available.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/pedestrian-killed-at-estes-drive-intersection/
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police need your help to find the suspect in an armed robbery at the Wilco-Hess near Harrington Bank on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. early Sunday morning.
Police report a suspect wearing a pink hoodie with “PEACE” in large letters above “College” in smaller letters forced the store clerk to surrender the money by pointing a small silver revolver at the clerk.
The suspect was described as a black male from 5’11″ to 6’1″ tall, medium build, medium complexion, clean shaven, wearing dark pants, and a white baseball cap with a silver sticker on the bill.
Anyone with information that leads to an arrest could receive a cash reward up to $2,000. If you have information, call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. You can also leave tips online at crimestoppers-chcunc.org.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-searching-for-early-sunday-am-robbery-suspect/