DPS Investigating Three Thefts In Student Dorms
CHAPEL HILL – The UNC Department of Public Safety is investigating reports of three burglaries late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
The three burglaries occurred at Ruffin Residential Hall on UNC campus. Preliminary police investigations have revealed that, in each case, a suspect reportedly entered rooms on the third floor of Ruffin through unlocked doors and took items including wallets, cash, credit/debit cards, and keys.
The Department of UNC Housing and Residential Education is deactivating any room keys or residence hall key fobs reportedly missing.
UNC Police are asking anyone with information about these incidents to call UNC Police Department at 919-962-8100 or contact Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls are confidential and anonymous. You can also submit information to Crime Stoppers online at www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org.
Wed Stabbing Fourth Police Response To Brookside This Year
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police confirms that the condo where an alleged murder took place Wednesday night is the sight of numerous complaints.
Michelle Denise McClinton is charged with 1st degree murder in the stabbing death of her husband, Darryn Maurice Dye.
The incident took place in the condo of Dye’s sister, Angela Gilmore, which is unit G3 in the Brookside Condominiums on Hillsborough Street. Eric Plow, a member of the board of directors at the Brookside Homeowners Association, says there have been multiple complaints about fights, yelling and drunken behavior at G3.
“No one was surprised that a murder occurred in this unit because, for the past couple of years, we’ve had numerous, numerous neighbor complaints and police calls at this apartment,” Plow says.
Chapel Hill police patrol captain Danny Lloyd says police were called to the apartment in question three times this year, with Wednesday’s incident being the fourth.
Mary Jean Seyda, chief operations officer for CASA, says CASA was aware of the complaints from other Brookside residents and was in communication with the Brookside HOA and the apartment’s tenants. Seyda also says that the lease for G3 was near expiration.
“Our most recent action was on June 20 when we notified the HOA that CASA is not renewing the tenant’s lease, effective August 31,” Seyda says.
Gilmore say that McClinton and Dye stepped outside to have a conversation, and when they came back inside, McClinton retrieved a knife and “poked” Dye in the chest and “he just fell out on the floor.”
Police responded to a reported assault and arrived shortly after 10:00 p.m. Dye was pronounced dead at the scene.
CH Woman Charged With Murder In Stabbing on Hillsborough Street
CHAPEL HILL- A Chapel Hill woman faces murder charges after a man died last night at the Brookside Condominiums on Hillsborough Street, but a member of the condo’s board of directors says it’s an incident that should have been avoided.
Michelle Denise McClinton has been charged with first degree murder in the death of Darryn Maurice Dye.
The victim’s sister, who lives in the G3 unit of Brookside where the alleged murder took place, says the couple was out on the porch and seemingly getting along when McClinton came inside.
“I don’t know what the situation was and what went on between those two out there. So they came back in the house, and I thought she went in the kitchen to get a cup to pour some beer in,” she says. “Next thing I know, I turn around and he was standing by the door. I didn’t even know she even had a knife. Then I looked up and that’s when she poked him and he just fell out on the floor.”
She says the incident was a surprise.
“I don’t think she meant to do it,” she says.
Police responded to a reported assault at 529 Hillsborough Street shortly after 10 o’clock. Dye suffered stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The next-door neighbor in G4, Erica Alant, says she wasn’t home during the time of the incident.
“Last night we came home and there were cop cars outside, but it wasn’t too unusual and there was no screaming or anything going on of that nature and we just went to bed like normal and we woke up this morning and found out what was going on,” Alant says.
However, she says she isn’t surprised with the outcome.
“We’ve been complaining for probably five to six months to the organization to have them removed because they provide an unsafe environment. We have complaints constantly; they’re always screaming. We’ve had to call the cops on numerous occasions,” Alant says.
She told WCHL she has been and continues to be concerned for her safety.
G3 is one of multiple units at Brookside managed by CASA, a Raleigh-based housing management company. Eric Plow is on the Board of Directors at Brookside. He says this unit has a history of problems.
“We have made numerous, numerous complaints about the fighting, the yelling, the screaming, the disruptions that occur over there all the time for months and nothing ever gets done,” Plow says.
Plow confirms that there are other units at Brookside that are managed by CASA, but Alant said she has no problems with them.
Mary Jean Seyda, chief operating officer of CASA, says the managing company first made sure that the tenant of the property, the victim’s sister, was safe, and is working with Chapel Hill Police in the investigation.
“We’ve been in the development and property management business for 21 years, and an incident like this has never occurred in one of our properties at all,” Seyda says.
Plow says this is not the first time the G3 unit has had an issue.
“The tenants before this current one, same thing, we made numerous complaints for months and months and months,” Plow says. “Nothing ever got done. Neighbors are terrorized, neighbors complain. We get so many complaints, we pass them onto CASA. Nothing ever happens.”
And Plow says he’s frustrated with the ongoing situation.
“Your tax dollars and my tax dollars are supporting HUD, housing and urban development, and HUD hires CASA to manage their money, to distribute their money,” Plow says. “I don’t have any problem with CASA renting to disadvantaged people, people low on their luck, but when people start disrupting and terrorizing the neighborhoods, and CASA will not take decisive action to resolve the problem, that’s when I have a problem.”
According to the N.C Department of Corrections website, Dye had a long history of convictions for assault on women, dating back to 1997.
Plow shared a number of emails from tenants as well as correspondence to the housing management company. You can read some of those emails by clicking here.
AM Break-In At Eastgate Radio Shack
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police are seeking information in an early-morning break-in at the Radio Shack in the Eastgate Shopping Center.
At 2:30 a.m. Monday, police received an alarm call from the Radio Shack at 1800 E. Franklin Street. Officers arrived shortly thereafter to find the glass in the front door smashed with a rock and items thrown around the store.
As of 5:30 this morning, Radio Shack management had not been able to determine what, if anything, had been stolen.
Police have no details on a suspect yet, but if you have any information, please contact Chapel Hill Police: call 911 or 919-968-2760.
Ticket Scalper Arrested During UNC Baseball Super Regional
CHAPEL HILL-Although ticket scalpers are a common sight outside of sporting events, rarely are there reports of someone being arrested for reselling tickets—but at game two of the UNC – South Carolina baseball showdown last Sunday at Boshamer Stadium, a man was arrested for ticket scalping.
Information specialist with the UNC Department of Safety Randy Young explains that ticket scalping is not inherently illegal, but it’s a crime if the resale price is $3 over the original value.
“Generally, we respond upon complaint,” Young said. “We have been known to go out and engage in operations, particularly to look for this sort of thing, in years past. But the majority of cases, we respond upon complaint if we hear anything.”
While the exact price at which the tickets in question were being resold is not clear, Young described them as “substantially above” the original price.
“We want folks to enjoy Carolina athletics, and if they can’t and need to sell their tickets and try to get their money back, that’s certainly something we support,” Young said. “But we try and keep Carolina athletics as accessible as possible.”
And Young says his department views each ticket as a seat—and each scalped ticket is one less fan who has legitimate access to a game.
“A seat that’s sold in this manner is a seat that’s possibly being taken away from somebody who’s trying to get access to a sporting event through viable means,” Young said.
Sunday’s game ended with an 8-0 win for South Carolina, but the Tarheels went on to win Game Three on Tuesday, sending them to the College World Series to play the N.C. State Wolfpack.
U.S. Marshals Arrest Carrboro Fugitive
CARRBORO- The U.S Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force made an arrest in Carrboro on Friday morning, taking 23 year old Tyrone Keith Riggsbee Jr., into custody.
Riggsbee was wanted on a long list of charges, including robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of assault by pointing a gun, and assault on a female, according to the U.S Marshals Service.
Officials say he was apprehended without incident at Ridgewood Apartments on Jones Ferry Road just after ten o’clock this morning. Riggsbee is currently being held in the Orange County Jail on a $250,000 secured bond.
Carrboro Man Arrested For Burglary And Attempted Rape
CARRBORO- The Carrboro Police Department made an arrest early Friday morning in a burglary and attempted rape.
Lt. Chris Atack says that at approximately 4:00 a.m. Friday, Carrboro Police responded to a call in the 100 block of Fidelity Street involving Francisco Javier Diaz.
“Further investigation revealed that Mr. Diaz had broken into a residence and sexually assaulted a female resident who was inside.”
Lt. Atack says the 33-year-old Carrboro resident was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor.
“He was charged with attempted first degree rape and first degree burglary as well as sexual battery.”
Diaz is being held at Orange County Jail under a $100,000 bond.