Dispute Lands One In Hospital

A dispute at a northern Chapel Hill trailer park led Chapel Hill Police to a Carrboro Apartment early Wednesday morning in pursuit of a suspect.

“The officers that responded there found a subject laying on the ground near one of the trailers who was bleeding from the head,” says Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Bryan Walker. “EMS transported this person to UNC Hospitals where he was admitted to the hospital.”

Christopher Jesus Delgadillo, 19, was admitted to the hospital. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was listed in fair condition according to UNC Health Care spokesperson Tom Hughes.

Oziel Zermeno

Oziel Zermeno

Oziel Zermeno, 23, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon. The incident took place at Lakeview Mobile Home Park across from Timberlyne Shopping Center on Weaver Dairy Road.

“It shows that he was released under $500 unsecured bond—brought before the magistrate and released under that bond,” Sgt. Walker says.

He says no additional motives, such as an attempted robbery, were reported in connection with the assault.


Anarchists Smash Car Windows At Chapel Hill Police Department

A group of self-proclaimed anarchists vandalized police cars Thursday night at the Chapel Hill Police Department Headquarters on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Shortly after 3 a.m. someone broke the windows of three police cruisers and spray painted the words “For Luke” on one. In an anonymous blog post taking credit for the actions, the vandals say it was a gesture of solidarity with Luke O’Donovan, of Atlanta, Georgia.

O’Donovan survived an attack by a group of men shouting homophobic slurs in December, 2012. He fought them off using a pocket knife, but faced charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder stemming from the attack. O’Donovan recently accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to two years in prison.

The anarchists also cite the protests in Ferguson, Missouri as inspiration for Thursday’s vandalism.

Initial estimates put the total damage at approximately $2,200. Police are reviewing security camera footage of the incident.


Man Does Not Survive Jump From I-40 Overpass

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Update 3:30 p.m.: The Orange County Sheriff Department confirmed that at 12:15 p.m. a male subject was seen sitting on the side wall of the NC-86 overpass of I-40. A passing driver called 911. A passerby attempted to approach the man, but before that person could reach him, the man jumped.

He fell in the emergency lane of I-40 westbound, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s department, and did not survive the fall. Emergency services attempted to revive the individual, but were unsuccessful.

The Sheriff’s department reported no vehicles on I-40 struck the decedent. The man’s name has not been released, pending family notification.

Update 2:35 p.m.: NC Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Jeff Gordon told WCHL that state troopers only assisted in shutting down portions of the road and were not involved in the investigation. The Orange County Sheriff Department is investigating, according to Lieutenant Gordon. He said officials were responding to a “subject on the bridge.”

No one was available to speak in the Orange County Sheriff Office as of 2:45 p.m. Thursday, according to a receptionist.

Story originally posted August 14, 2014 at 1:53 p.m.

Police are investigating an incident that occurred around noon Thursday on I-40 at NC-86, exit 266.

Chapel Hill Police, North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Orange County Sheriff, Orange County Emergency Services, and the New Hope Fire Department responded to the overpass of NC-86 and I-40 and shut down the right lane and shoulder of the interstate. The right lane of NC-86 was also shut down on the overpass. Traffic quickly backed up on I-40 WB to NC-54, exit 273.

photo 4A Chapel Hill Police officer standing on the overpass at the scene said the area was closed due to an active investigation, but could not give any additional details about the incident.



MLK Reopened — Downed Power Lines Close MLK

Story originally posted 6:08 a.m., August 8, 2014

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd between Critz Drive and Piney Mountain Road reopened at 9:45 a.m. Friday.

Chapel Hill Police responded to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd at around 10:00 p.m. Thursday when a tree fell taking down power lines across one of Chapel Hill’s major thoroughfares.

Officers promptly closed all lanes in both directions to vehicular traffic between Critz Drive and Piney Mountain Road. As of 5:45 a.m. Friday, the CHPD Watch Commander told WCHL utility crews estimate the reopening of the roadway to be between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m.

Power was knocked out in the immediate area at the time the lines fell, according to Chapel Hill Police. As of 6:00 a.m. Friday, Duke Energy was not reporting any outages in the area.


CHPD Arrests Four For DWI Wednesday Morning

Chapel Hill Police made your roads safer early Wednesday morning making four arrests for DWIs within a three-and-a-half mile stretch of Franklin Street.

“The first one occurred at just 23 minutes after midnight going all the way up to 4:30 (Wednesday) morning,” says Public Information Sergeant Bryan Walker. “Various locations around town: Europa Drive to West Franklin Street to East Franklin Street. They were all just the result of officers on routine patrol.”

The four drivers were 19-year-old Connor Craig Bruce, 21-year-old Yasmine Jordan Carlson, 26-year-old Jason Robert Lomboy, and 32-year-old Adam Wade Phillips.

Sgt. Walker says all but one incident were the result of erratic driving that caught the attention of the office. The other arrest was made after a routine traffic stop, and the officer noticed alcohol on the driver’s breath. All four arrests were made by different officers.

Four arrests for DWI in about a four-hour span is an abnormality in Chapel Hill. While the officers were not performing a DWI checkpoint, Sgt. Walker says CHPD will set them up on a regular basis, especially around high drinking-and-driving times like after a sporting event or major holiday.

“Typically we won’t give out information on DWI checkpoints and that kind of thing, certainly (not in advance),” Sgt. Walker says.

However, Chapel Hill Police has been busy on social media in recent days with notifications of where radar checkpoints are going to be on a given day. Last Wednesday, Chapel Hill Police tweeted it would be setting one up on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd the next day between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.

“We try to get information out there to folks, because it’s helping us meet our goal,” Sgt. Walker says. “If someone sees that and says, ‘well, I need to remember to slow down when I’m driving through there,’ then we’ve accomplished that goal.”

“Yes, occasionally we poke fun at folks that should have been following us on Twitter,” Sgt. Walker says. “And, maybe if they had been they wouldn’t have gotten at ticket.”

Follow Chapel Hill Police on Twitter, @ChapelHillPD. You can follow WCHL on Twitter, @WCHL, and we’ll be sharing any traffic checkpoints we see with you as well.


Accidental Alarm Registration; “Better Back Care”; August Pet Adoption

If you’re in Chapel Hill and you haven’t registered your alarm yet, now is the time to do it.

Chapel Hill’s Accidental Alarm Program went into effect on July 1 – and since then, more than 1600 residents and more than 650 businesses have registered their alarms, as required.

The program is designed to cut down on the costs associated with emergency workers having to respond to false alarms. The town will issue a fine for any unregistered alarm system or any alarm that accidentally activates more than three times in a 12-month period.

There’s no cost to register your alarm. You can do it online by visiting TownOfChapelHill.org/alarms.

UNC’s School of Medicine has won a $6 million award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s Innovation Center for a program called “Better Back Care.”

The program is still in development, but the purpose is to create a “medical neighborhood” connecting 60 primary care providers with UNC’s spine program to improve care for people with back pain. It will be directed by Dr. Brian Casazza and Dr. Amy Shaheen.

UNC is one of only 39 awardees nationally – and this is the only spine-care program to be selected as an award recipient.

If you’re thinking about adopting a pet, August might be the perfect time.

As part of a “Back to School” promotion, Orange County Animal Services is reducing adoption fees by nearly 50% for cats and dogs. Cat adoptions will be $50 and dog adoptions will be $60 – and as always, all the animals are fully vaccinated, vet checked, and spayed or neutered.

The Animal Services office is on Eubanks Road in northern Chapel Hill. To see photos of the animals, visit OrangeCountyNC.gov/AnimalServices.


CHPD Seeks Neighborhood Hosts For National Night Out Safety Events

Next Tuesday marks the 31st annual National Night Out, and Chapel Hill police are inviting residents to join in the effort to fight crime.

Officer Robin Clark is with the Chapel Hill Police Community Services Division. She says last year’s celebration took many forms.

“In the past we have had pool parties, block parties in neighborhoods, ice cream socials and cook outs,” says Clark. “It’s been a pretty fun and exciting time for us.”

This year, more than 16,000 communities across the nation are expected to take part by locking doors, turning on exterior lights, and spending time outside with neighbors and local police between 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening.

The event is intended to help build trust among neighbors and highlight community policing efforts. Clark says the slaying of UNC professor Feng Liu last week has drawn renewed attention to the issue of neighborhood safety.

“I think any time you have a tragic event such as that in the community that it does heighten people’s awareness,” says Clark. “Unfortunately, sometimes it takes tragic events like that to make people realize, ‘Hey, maybe we should be paying a little more attention.’”

If you’d like to organize an event for your neighborhood or apartment complex, contact Officer Robin Clark at 919-969-2068 or rclark@townofchapelhill.org.


“Safety Is Our Highest Priority”: Police Chiefs React To Fatal Attack

On Friday afternoon, Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to public safety in the wake of the death of UNC professor Feng Liu.

Liu was attacked and robbed in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon, reportedly while taking a walk near campus. He died of his wounds at UNC Hospitals the following morning. Two men have been arrested and charged with murder.

Chief Blue and Chief McCracken’s statement follows.

Dear Chapel Hill Community:
Our hearts go out to Professor Liu, his family, loved ones and colleagues during this very difficult time and in the wake of an unspeakable and senseless tragedy.

Safety is our highest community priority.

During this difficult time, we are reminded of the importance of the partnerships that have been formed between the University and the Town. None are stronger than the partnership between the Chapel Hill Police Department and the University’s Department of Public Safety.

Both of our departments embrace community-based policing and support our community safety partnerships with students, faculty, staff, business leaders, residents and community organizations.

We understand our residents will be concerned any time a crime like this occurs in our community. Our departments will continue to listen to you, share information and vigilantly work together to determine how we can keep our community safe.
Chris Blue, Chief, Chapel Hill Police Department
Jeff B. McCracken, Chief and Director, UNC Department of Public Safety


UNC Professor Dies After Robbery And Assault Near Campus

Originally posted July 24, 2014, 10:31 a.m.

A research professor at the Eshelmen School of Pharmacy died at UNC Hospitals on Thursday morning from wounds suffered during a beating and robbery Wednesday afternoon. Now, the two suspects in custody for the assault face murder charges.

Feng Liu

Feng Liu

Chapel Hill police found 59-year old Feng Liu, of Greyfield Boulevard in Durham, suffering from serious head wounds on West University Drive shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the News and Observer, prosecutors said Liu was hit in the head with a rock.

“Officers got there and determined he had been assaulted and robbed. He was taken to UNC ER for treatment,” says Lieutenant Josh Mecimore. “Later that evening, we were able to identify some suspects and charge them.”

Police arrested Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill.  Both men face charges of murder, felony robbery, and assault.

Derick Davis II

Derick Davis II

Troy Arrington Jr.

Troy Arrington Jr.

Davis is being held under a $100,000 secured bond and Arrington Jr. is being held under a $75,000 secured bond.

***Update from Chapel Hill Police July 25, 2014, 8:46 a.m.: Derick Davis II and Troy Arrington Jr. have been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Feng Liu. Davis and Arrington are currently being held in the Orange County Jail without bond.

 ***Update from the News & Observer: Arrington was reported to be in between drug rehab programs. He scheduled to meet with his pretrial-release manager the same day of the attack.

Liu studied pharmaceutics science at Shenyang Pharmaceutical University in China and received his PhD at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. His research focused on gene and drug delivery.

After the news of the death of the UNC professor, many people on social media showed their concern that the incident occurred in the middle of the day in a residential area.




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WCHL’s Mary Yount went to Franklin Street yesterday afternoon to gather reactions.

Here’s what you had to say:

A Statement from Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt:

The death of Professor Feng Liu as a result of a serious assault and robbery Wednesday afternoon is a horrible tragedy and a loss for the Chapel Hill community.


A safe and secure environment is fundamental to our quality of life in Chapel Hill and, as a community, we must not tolerate such senseless violence. The Town and the University continue to partner on those matters impacting quality of life in Chapel Hill, public safety being chief among them.


Two suspects are currently in custody in the Orange County Jail in connection with this horrible incident. I have the utmost confidence in the investigation that is being conducted by the Chapel Hill Police Department, which will provide information to the public as it becomes available.


I offer my heartfelt condolences to Professor Liu’s family, friends, members of the University community, and all who knew him.

A Statement from UNC Chancellor Carol Folt:

Dear Carolina community:


I am writing in regard to the tragic loss of a member of the Carolina community. As many of you know, Dr. Feng Liu, a research professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, passed away this morning in what the Chapel Hill Police Department is calling a robbery/homicide. This is a tremendous loss to Carolina, and I am heartbroken over this horrible tragedy. My thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Liu’s family, colleagues and friends during this difficult time.


Dr. Liu spent nearly 10 years at Carolina and was dedicated to the success of his students. He conducted important research on gene and drug delivery in the School of Pharmacy. Most importantly, he was a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.


The Chapel Hill Police Department has arrested two individuals in connection with this tragedy. We will update the University’s Alert Carolina website, http://alertcarolina.unc.edu, as new information is available.


The University is cooperating fully with Chapel Hill police in this investigation. I want to assure you that safety and security of students, faculty, staff and visitors on Carolina’s campus and in the surrounding community is my highest priority.


During this time of loss, the Carolina Community has resources to help us in our grief. We are making counseling resources available. We encourage students to call Counseling and Psychological Services (919-966-3658), and faculty and staff to contact our Employee Assistance Program (877-314-5841), if you would like support.


I encourage all members of the Carolina Community to process their grief and support one another.




Carol L. Folt


CHPD Chief: ‘Robbery/Murder A Random Act’

Chapel Hill citizens are expressing through social media their concern for safety after a random act of attempted robbery led to the death of a UNC professor Wednesday afternoon.

Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue says he wants to assure all citizens that the police officers are constantly monitoring the community for suspicious activity to help keep the town as safe as possible.

“We’re proud of the nature of our community’s safety,” Chief Blue says. “It’s something that we all work very hard on as community members. In fact, we all have a responsibility for it, and I’m proud of the way our community rises to that challenge. I will say that this one is particularly troubling because it’s so random—in the middle of the day. All of our sense of safety as community members takes a hit when something so random and unexplained happens, as was the case here. Immediately our reaction as a police department is to increase presence in the neighborhoods and knock on doors and reassure folks. But, we also recognize that grieving and dealing with this kind of shocking circumstance takes some time. We’re scratching our heads a little bit just like everyone else in the community is about just why and how this could happen.”

WCHL’s Ran Northam spoke with Chief Blue

The incident took place just a couple blocks west of the UNC School of Public Health and split of Pittsboro and South Columbia streets. Fifty-nine-year-old Feng Liu, of Greyfield Boulevard in Durham and a professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy was known to take a walk through the community during his lunch break, according to multiple media outlets. Colleagues said it was a way he reenergized himself daily.

Chief Blue says he can’t release any additional information because the investigation is ongoing, however, he says it was a town employee that first arrived to find Liu in need of medical attention. According to the News and Observer, prosecutors said Liu was hit in the head with a rock. He died at UNC Hospitals.

Public Information Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the list of items stolen from Liu has not yet been released.

UNC Police Chief Jeff McCracken was out of town Friday and unable to be reached.

In a statement released through Alert Carolina, Chief McCracken emphasized how important it is to always be prepared.

“People should have a plan in mind about how to respond in an emergency because it’s very difficult to plan for an emergency when you’re in the middle of one,” he said. “It’s important for people to know beforehand where the exits are, where the fire escapes are, the safest place in the building to be if a tornado is spotted, that kind of thing. Planning decreases panic and increases the chance for a better outcome in an emergency situation.”