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Chapel Hill Police Seek Missing Woman

The Chapel Hill Police Department is searching for a missing woman who was last seen September 20.

Nakia Quilynn Mosley was last seen on Weatherstone Drive in Chapel Hill. She is 5’9” with brown hair and brown eyes. Mosley is 39 years old and her date of birth is May 2, 1975.

Please contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 if you have any information on Mosley’s whereabouts.

nakia

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chapel-hill-police-seek-missing-woman-2/

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle On Franklin Street

Chapel Hill police responded on Thursday morning to another report of a pedestrian being struck by a car.

The incident occurred at 11:47 am on East Franklin Street between Elliott Road and Estes Drive. Police say 21-year-old Scott Imura of Chapel Hill was in a crosswalk when he was struck by a Honda minivan driven by 42-year-old Courtney Ritter of Pittsboro.

Imura was transported to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries; Ritter was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

The Chapel Hill Police Department is actively engaged in an ongoing program to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety in town. This is already the second reported incident of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Franklin Street this month.

The full statement from Chapel Hill Police is below:

At 11:47 today, November 13th, 2014. The Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a vehicle at 1520 East Franklin Street. Preliminary investigation revealed that Scott Imura, 21, of Chapel Hill was crossing East Franklin Street within a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a 2007 Honda Odyssey Minivan driven by Courtney Ritter, 42, of Pittsboro. Ms. Ritter was issued citations for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash. Mr. Imura was transported to UNC Hospital for minor injuries by Orange County EMS.

The Chapel Hill Police Department participates in the statewide “Watch for Me NC” program. The program aims to reduce pedestrian and bicycle injuries and deaths through a comprehensive, targeted approach of public education and police enforcement.

For more information about “Watch for Me NC” you may visit http://www.watchformenc.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/pedestrian-struck-vehicle-franklin-street/

CHPD Seeks Missing Man, 57

From Chapel Hill Police:

The Chapel Hill Police Department is currently seeking help in locating the following missing person:  Raymond Franklin Huntington is a white male born on December 10, 1956.  He is about 6’ 2” tall, has a large build, gray hair and a goatee.

Raymond Huntington.

Raymond Huntington.

Mr. Huntington was last seen on November 10th in the area of Granville Road in Chapel Hill.  Mr. Huntington left driving in a black Honda CR-V, NC License Plate HUMNISIM.  He was expected to drive to Raleigh and failed to return home.  Mr. Huntington is diabetic and is not believed to have his medications.

If you have information concerning the whereabouts of Raymond Huntington, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2870 or contact Orange County Communications by calling 911 or 919-732-5063 immediately.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chpd-seeks-missing-man-57/

Two Hit By Car Thurs Night On Franklin St

Another incident involving a vehicle striking a pedestrian – two pedestrians, in this case – occurred late Thursday night in downtown Chapel Hill.

According to Chapel Hill police, the incident took place on West Franklin Street at about 11 p.m. Two pedestrians, one male and one female, were struck by a vehicle in the crosswalk by SunTrust Bank.

The driver remained on scene, and both pedestrians were transported to UNC Hospitals with minor injuries.

The full statement from Chapel Hill Police is below:

“On Thursday at approximately 11 p.m., the Chapel Hill Police Department responded to a reported traffic accident involving two pedestrians on W. Franklin St. Upon officers arrival they found a male and female that had reportedly been struck by a vehicle while in the crosswalk in front of SunTrust Bank.  Both the male and female were transported to UNC Hospital with what appeared to be only minor injuries. Both driver and vehicle were still on scene. The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be forthcoming.”

The Town of Chapel Hill has stepped up its efforts to promote bike and pedestrian safety this month – including targeted enforcement and electronic signs in high-traffic areas. Read more about it here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/two-hit-car-thurs-night-franklin-st/

UPDATE: Missing Chapel Hill Man Found Unharmed

UPDATE: Chapel Hill police say John Dates was found today unharmed.

From the Chapel Hill PD:

The Chapel Hill Police Department is currently seeking help in locating the following missing person:  John J Dates is a white male born on September 12, 1948.  He is about 5’ 10” tall, has a frail build, and is balding.

Mr. Dates was last seen on October 29th in the area of Southern Village.  Mr. Dates does not have a vehicle and is expected to be on foot or traveling by bus.

If you have information concerning the whereabouts of John Dates, please call Investigator Bolden of the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2870 or contact Orange County Communications by calling 911 immediately.

John Dates

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chpd-seeks-missing-man-66/

Halloween Draws 32,000 Attendees, 13 Arrests

Another Halloween is in the books, and Chapel Hill Police say it went fairly well.

About 32,000 people were on Franklin Street last Friday night; that’s been about the norm for the last five years, ever since Chapel Hill instituted its “Homegrown Halloween” policy to keep attendance down. Franklin Street closed to traffic at around 9:00 and reopened at 1:06 Saturday morning.

Read Danny Hooley’s full report from Franklin Street.

Chapel Hill Police reported 13 arrests and 29 EMS calls during the event; that’s up a bit from previous years, but all the charges were minor. Most of the EMS calls were alcohol-related; no major injuries have been reported.

The full police report is below:

Halloween on Franklin Street drew a peak crowd of approximately 32,000 people.
 
The streets were cleared of people at 12AM and opened to traffic at around 1:06AM, after being cleaned by Town crews.
 
There were a number of arrests made or citations issued in the closed area.
           
            1 person charged for Simple Assault
            2 people charged for Public Urination
            1 person charged for Simple Possession of Marijuana and Carry Concealed Weapon
            3 charges for Open Container of Alcohol
            3 charges for Drunk and Disruptive
            1 charge for Disorderly Conduct
            1 charge for Simple Affray (fighting)
            1 charge for Assaulting a Firefighter and for Resist, Delay or Obstruct
 
Orange County Emergency Services responded to 29 EMS calls within the closed event.  The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/halloween-draws-32000-attendees-13-arrests/

It’s Halloween!

Friday is Halloween, and that means one of the biggest parties of the year in downtown Chapel Hill.

About 30,000 people are expected on Franklin Street for the annual Halloween celebration. Franklin Street will be closed downtown from 9:00 p.m. until midnight as costumed revelers take to the streets.

As per usual, the Town of Chapel Hill is trying to keep the party manageable: traffic into town will be restricted, parking downtown will be extremely limited, and Chapel Hill Transit routes will end early. About 400 police officers will be on hand as well, from a variety of municipalities in the area.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt about tonight’s festivities.

 

And Aaron also spoke with Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue about how the department is getting ready – and what you need to know.

 

For more information on Halloween, including attendance reports from previous years, visit TownOfChapelHill.org/Halloween.

Map of roads that will be closed for Halloween.

Map of roads that will be closed for Halloween.

From the Town of Chapel Hill:

Street Closures

Southbound traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be merged into one lane between Estes Drive and Rosemary Street.
Traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane between Estes Drive and Raleigh Road.
Westbound traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive.
Westbound lanes on South Road will be detoured onto Ridge Road to Manning Drive.
Westbound traffic on Manning Drive will be detoured south onto S. Columbia Street. Northbound traffic on S. Columbia Street will be detoured east onto Manning Drive. S. Columbia Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Manning Drive.
Beginning at about 9 p.m., some downtown streets will be closed to vehicular traffic, including:

Franklin Street, from Raleigh Street to Mallette Street
Columbia Street, from Rosemary Street to Cameron Avenue
Raleigh Street, from East Franklin to Cameron Avenue
Henderson Street, from East Rosemary Street to East Franklin Street
Residential streets near downtown will be closed except to residents of those streets and their guests. View a map of street closures.

Parking

There will be LIMITED PARKING available in Town lots close to downtown; there will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.

Vehicles parked on streets to be closed will be towed beginning at 6 p.m.

Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $105 plus the cost of the ticket.

Media vehicles will not be allowed to park inside the closed perimeter.

For the latest UNC public safety information on Halloween (street closures and parking restrictions) visit www.dps.unc.edu/Postings/breakingnews/viewBreakingNews.cfm

Prohibited Items

Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:

Alcoholic Beverages
Weapons
Glass Bottles
Paint
Fireworks and Explosives
Flammable Substances
Animals
Coolers
Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or could reasonably be mistaken as weapons will be confiscated. This includes items made of wood, metal, cardboard or hard plastic.

Transit

Chapel Hill Transit (CHT) will end service early on the D, F, J, NS and NU routes and EZ Rider to accommodate the Halloween celebration on Franklin Street. The following schedule modifications will be in effect:

D Route will end at 8:43 p.m. at the Sagebrook Apartments
F Route will end at 8:45 p.m. at Colony Woods
J Route will end at 8:56 p.m. at the Rock Creek Apartments
NS Route will end at 8:38 p.m. at Eubanks Park and Ride
NU Route will end at 8:29 p.m. at RR Lot
EZ Rider service will end at 8:30 p.m.

All other routes will operate on regular routes and published schedules, although minor delays may occur due to increased traffic.

Safe Ride Buses: Safe Ride buses will operate from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. View schedules and maps of safe ride routes at http://bit.ly/174mvrJ. Safe Ride is a service funded by the UNC-Chapel Hill Student Government for the safety of students. Safe Ride buses will operate along detoured routes. Safe Rides will not serve the Downtown/Franklin Street area. Please be advised that due to road closures and traffic pattern changes, Chapel Hill Transit may be unable to operate its exact published schedules.

• Safe T – pick up and drop off from Chapel Hill Town Hall
• Safe J – pick up and drop off from Passport Motors (Franklin Street at Graham Street)
• Safe G – pick up and drop off from Columbia Street at Sitterson Hall across from Carolina Inn

No Bus Shuttles: There will be no bus shuttles operating from park and ride lots.

Questions: Please contact a CHT customer service representative at 919-969-4900 (press 1) or email chtransit@townofchapelhill.org.

Downtown Residents

The Town of Chapel Hill will make every effort to keep people who are attending the event from parking in your neighborhood. Access to your neighborhood will be limited by barricades and police personnel at the roads leading into your neighborhood. This will begin early in the evening.

Residents of the neighborhood will be able to drive in and out of the enclosed area. Tell the officer at the barricade where you live.
Your guests will also be able to enter and leave. They will need to tell the officer at the barricade exactly where they are going.
Illegally parked vehicles (even of residents, guests) will be ticketed and towed.
Traffic will be congested and getting past the barricades may be a slow process. We recommend that you plan accordingly.
Yard waste collection will be conducted as usual on Thursday, Oct. 31. Friday yard waste collections will be postponed to Friday, Nov. 8.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/halloween/

Chapel Hill Police Take Aim At Bike And Pedestrian Safety

From now until mid-November, Chapel Hill police will conduct targeted patrols focusing on Franklin Street, Columbia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Police will be handing out information, warnings, and in some cases tickets to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Officers say they may cite motorists who don’t yield to pedestrians within the crosswalk and cite pedestrians for crossing against the signals or crossing outside the crosswalk. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.

The safety outreach efforts come in the wake of a cyclist death last month. Pamela Lane was hit by a car on October 3 near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hillsborough Street. She was transported to UNC Hospitals where she later died.

Since that incident, the Town of Chapel Hill announced police, transit and public works officials will take immediate action to improve bike and pedestrian safety,  including trimming vegetation at intersections to improve visibility and installing digital signs warning travelers of high-crash areas.

Police officers will monitor the following areas to encourage and enforce safe behavior:

-8:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, on East Franklin Street
-9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
-2-3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, on West Franklin Street
-9-10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at the intersection of South Columbia and Pittsboro streets

You can read more on Chapel Hill’s efforts to improve safety here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/chapel-hill-police-take-aim-bike-pedestrian-safety/

Unmask Domestic Violence This Wednesday

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – and to mark the occasion, Chapel Hill’s Compass Center for Women and Families is hosting an event at City Kitchen, Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm.

It’s called “The Unmasking of Domestic Violence.” There will be food and live music – and also masks for sale, to represent the extent to which domestic violence remains a hidden issue, here in Orange County as well as nationwide.

Approximately one in four women will suffer domestic violence in their lifetimes. It’s an issue that’s not often discussed, but Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue says he sees it firsthand on a regular basis.

“From January to June of just this year, our agency alone responded to 145 domestic-related incidents – (and) those are just the ones we know about,” he says. “We know that a very small number of domestic-related conflicts get reported to law enforcement, yet we went to 145…

“Perhaps an even scarier number – and why the Compass Center is so important – is that in 58 of those cases, those were repeat occurrences. Those were places we’d been before. And that speaks to how difficult it is for folks to extract themselves from those situations and get the support that they need.”

The Compass Center offers a variety of services for survivors of domestic violence. Volunteer Marla Benton says Wednesday’s event is about raising awareness of the issue – and also a way to encourage people to make their voices heard.

“The big thing about domestic violence is coming out and talking about it,” she says. “It’s still the big secret. People don’t want to talk about it, they’re embarrassed, they want to protect themselves, they want to protect their families…

“There are people out there that think, ‘forget about it, move on, don’t talk about it anymore,’ but that’s not the right thing to do. The right thing to do is to come out, talk about it, support each other, get help, go to Compass Center, talk to police and family and friends. And that’s what (Wednesday’s event) is all about.”

The “Unmasking of Domestic Violence” event is taking place at City Kitchen, this Wednesday from 6-8 pm. Donations and other proceeds will go to benefit the Compass Center. Learn more at CompassCTR.org.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/unmask-domestic-violence-wednesday/

Chapel Hill Police Warn Of Phone Scam Targeting Local Businesses

Chapel Hill Police Sergeant Bryan Walker says local businesses have been the target of a recent phone scam.

“Businesses are receiving a telephone call from someone that purports to be from Duke Energy. The way the scam works, the person calls the business and tells whomever answers the phone that they’re late on payment and unless they immediately make a payment, the power will be turned off.”

The scammers threaten to cut off electricity within the hour and demand the victims purchase a pre-paid money card to transfer payment.

Walker says this makes the transaction hard to track once the victim realizes it’s a scam.

The high pressure tactics have proven successful, and they’ve cost some victims hundreds of dollars. In at least one case, the scammers accepted a fraudulent payment, then turned around and asked for more.

“Once the person paid $400, they were immediately told, ‘Well, we didn’t tell you about these other fees, you owe us another $300.’ So if they get one amount of money out of you, they may try to get more immediately.”

Recently, a business owner on Elliot Road got one of these types of calls. She listened to the scammer’s pitch, but hung up and called Duke Energy for confirmation. Walker says if you have doubts, it’s important to hang up and call the utility directly to make sure you’re talking to a real Duke Energy representative.

“The scammers have gotten to the point where they’re a little more sophisticated and if you ask, ‘May I call you back?’, they may say, ‘Absolutely, here’s the number,’ and give you a number that allows them to be ready for your call.”

According to Duke Energy’s website, customers who are behind on payment will receive multiple notices of delinquency over the course of several weeks, never just a single phone call. The power company has set up a webpage describing some of the recent phone scams and offering tips to thwart them.

If you have received any suspicious phone calls, you should alert local police and Duke Energy.

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-warn-phone-scam-targeting-local-businesses/