Removing a Member of the Board of Governors

Speculation has surrounded the future of a member of the UNC Board of Governors after news of his arrest last month on domestic violence charges.

UNC System General Counsel Thomas Shanahan says policy was adopted in April of this year that lays out guidelines for Duties, Responsibilities, and Expectations of Board Members.

Outside of missing a number of meetings or being appointed to a conflicting board, however, there is no clear policy for criminal charges.

61-year-old R. Doyle Parrish was arrested at his home on Kingsley Road in Raleigh, on May 12, after a report was filed by his wife Nancy Parrish, who was listed as the victim. Parrish was charged with simple assault.

Parrish was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Governors by the North Carolina House in 2013.

The policy that the board adopted in April has an ethical conduct category, but that focuses on the confidential nature of some work of the board.

The fourth section of the policy centers on removal of a board member. The procedure laid out calls for the chair of the Committee on University Governance to submit written specification of reasons to consider the board member’s removal.

The member would then have a chance to respond before the entire board considers the case. The board is also permitted to recommend removal of a board member to the appointing body, in this case that would be the state House.

Joan MacNeill is currently serving as the University Governance Committee Chair for the Board of Governors. MacNeill did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

At a special meeting called by the Board of Governors on Thursday, where many members – including Parrish – participated via conference call, the situation was not discussed.

The Wake County Court Calendar shows Parrish’s next court appearance is slated for August 26th.

UNC Board of Governors Member Arrested in Alleged Domestic Assault

A member of the UNC Board of Governors was arrested in May for misdemeanor assault of a female, according to police reports.

61-year-old R. Doyle Parrish was arrested at his home on Kingsley Road in Raleigh on May 12 after a report was filed by his wife Nancy Parrish, who was listed as the victim. Parrish was charged with simple assault.

Parrish was appointed to a four-year term on the Board of Governors by the North Carolina House in 2013.

National Institute for Money in State Politics figures show that Parrish donated to campaigns for Thom Tillis, Pat McCrory, Phil Berger, Bev Perdue, and Mike Easley, according to WRAL.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Parrish was ordered to be held in the Wake County Jail on a mandatory domestic violence hold for two days. A district court judge on May 18 ordered Parrish released on his promise to appear at his next court date and ordered him to stay away from his wife.

The Wake County Court Calendar shows Parrish’s next court appearance is slated for August 26th.

A UNC System spokesperson says they “have no comment to offer.”

Carrboro Police Seek Info In Armed Robberies

Carrboro police are still investigating a pair of armed robberies at two apartment complexes last week.

One Carrboro resident was robbed at gunpoint, and another was threatened with a gun in separate incidents on the evening of March 30th.

Now, Captain Chris Atack says Carrboro police are looking for help from the public.

“This certainly rises to a level that is concerning to all,” says Atack. “We are asking anybody who has any information, any tips, any ideas on what parties might be responsible for these activities to please call us or call Crimestoppers.”

According to police reports, an armed suspect forced his way into an apartment at Collins Crossing just after 10:00 p.m.

The suspect, who covered his face and carried a rifle, allegedly shoved the resident of the apartment. Although the victim suffered minor injuries, nothing was reported stolen.

Moments later, at 10:47 pm, a woman reported she was robbed at gunpoint by a man with a rifle in the parking lot of Carolina Apartments, directly behind Collins Crossing.

The gunman reportedly took her wallet, car key, driver’s license and credit card.

Atack says the suspect or suspects didn’t steal much of value, but the presence of a firearm is still cause for concern.

“Especially when you have the potential for violent crime arising from someone with a firearm using it to threaten people, there’s always a greater potential for harm,” says Atack.

The suspect in both robberies is described as a 20-year-old black man. Atack says it’s not yet clear if the two incidents are related.

“With the proximity and the closeness in time and distance, obviously you’d initially believe there’s some sort of connection,” says Atack. “That’s something that we’re looking at, trying to get as much information as we can from witnesses. That is something we are dutifully pursuing.”

If you have any information, call Carrboro Police at 919-918-7397. You can leave an anonymous tip either online or over the phone at Crimestoppers: 919-942-7517.

Man Wanted For B&E In Carrboro

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is seeking your help in apprehending a man wanted for breaking and entering in Carrboro.

Zachary Fitzgibbon is a white male, about 18-20 years old with long brown hair. Orange County officials are asking you not to try to apprehend him, but if you have any information about his location, call 911 – or contact Orange County Investigator Williams at 919-245-2951.

Fitzgibbon’s photo is above.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office Looking for Suspect

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Linwood “Fred” Clay, after he fled from court personnel as they attempted to take him into custody, just before noon on Thursday.

Clay is wanted on outstanding warrants out of Durham and additional warrants of resisting a public officer.

The 26-year-old Clay is described as a black male, 6’ 1”, approximately 180 pounds.

He has numerous tattoos and is a registered sex offender.

Clay fled from court personnel toward his vehicle, described as a gold four-door car with large chrome rims. Officials believe he may be in Durham or Carrboro.

Clay has an extensive criminal history for violent felonies, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Law enforcement says he should be considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Linwood “Fred” Clay, please contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 245-2900.

Shots Fired at Durham PD Vehicle

Shots were fired at a Durham police investigator around noon on Wednesday, and CrimeStoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest in the incident.

Police say an investigator was driving an unmarked police vehicle on South Street when numerous shots were fired from a car on Bond Street. One bullet struck the officer’s car, but the officer was not injured.

Investigators believe the shots were fired from an older model gray sedan with tinted windows. The vehicle was possibly a Nissan. The vehicle was occupied by two black males wearing blue and black jackets. Investigators believe both occupants fired shots during the incident.

It appears that the unmarked car was deliberately targeted, according to investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator K. Emanuel at (919) 560-4415, ext. 29306 or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.

Chapel Hill Man Arrested by U.S. Marshals

A Chapel Hill man was arrested, on Friday morning, on charges of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

20-year-old Joseph Adam Alexander was charged with eight counts stemming from two separate shooting incidents, on December 23 and 24 of last year.

The shooting on Dec. 23 occurred at 800 Pritchard Avenue. Alexander allegedly fired two shots into the apartment; the man inside was not injured.

Alexander allegedly fired six shots into an apartment at 751 Trinity Court on Christmas Eve. A woman and two small children inside were physically unharmed.

U.S. Marshals arrested Alexander on Friday morning, without incident, at 500 Umstead Drive.

Detectives transported Alexander to the Orange County Jail where he is being held under a $500,000 secure bond. The motive behind the shootings is unknown at this time.

Man Arrested For October Hillsborough Shooting

On Friday, U.S. Marshals arrested a man in Durham in conjunction with a shooting that took place in Hillsborough last October.

The arrest took place at 9:25 a.m. 19-year-old Chris Emmanuel Wiggins was arrested near the intersection of 15/501 and Route 751. He was wanted by Orange and Durham police in connection with a series of incidents: a robbery that occurred in Durham on September 30, a stolen vehicle on January 19 – and in Hillsborough, a shooting that occurred on October 11 at the Gateway Apartments, reportedly over a drug-related dispute. (The victim in that incident was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.)

Wiggins has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, fleeing to elude arrest, and unauthorized possession of a concealed handgun.

Chapel Hill Man Arrested For Cocaine

Wednesday afternoon in Pittsboro, U.S. Marshals arrested a man wanted in Chapel Hill on multiple charges of dealing cocaine.

29-year-old Justin Hardy has been charged with six counts each of felony cocaine possession and possession with intent to sell. The Chapel Hill PD issued a warrant for Hardy on December 30 following a narcotics investigation. Hardy was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, after they pulled over a vehicle in which he was suspected of being a passenger.

The full statement from the U.S. Marshals Service is below:

Pittsboro, NC – Yesterday afternoon at 12:15 PM, Justin Demond Hardy, a 29 year old, Black Male, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force (JFTF). On December 30, 2014, warrants were issued by the Chapel Hill Police Department charging Hardy with Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine (six counts) and Felony Possession of Cocaine (six counts).

The warrants were obtained after the Chapel Hill Police Department conducted a narcotics investigation in which Hardy was suspected of selling the illegal drugs. The warrants allege that Hardy sold the cocaine on six separate occasions. 

After conducting surveillance in the area, JFTF was able to positively identify Hardy as a passenger in a vehicle. A traffic stop of the vehicle was conducted and Hardy was taken into custody without incident.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force for the Middle District of North Carolina is comprised of investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, Chapel Hill Police Department, Durham Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, High Point Police Department, Winston-Salem Police Department, Alamance County Sheriff’s Office, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Department of Community Corrections – Probation & Parole. For more information you can go to

OC Sheriff’s Office Investigating Home Invasion

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a home invasion from early Tuesday morning. Officials say it occurred in the vicinity of New NC 86, south of I-85.

The suspects, reportedly, entered the residence by force and identified themselves as “POLICE OFFICERS.” The suspects then were able to gain control of the victims. The victims were not injured, but the family’s dog was shot during the incident – the dog was not seriously injured and was treated at a local animal hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office says the incident does not appear to be a random act. Authorities describe the suspects as black males, who were dressed in all black. They, allegedly, fled the area in a black or dark-colored vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, anyone with information is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.