Bellevue Mill Fire Deemed ‘Suspicious’

The fire at the Bellevue Mill in Hillsborough last week has been deemed “suspicious but undetermined,” the town announced Thursday evening.

A release says a large amount of debris remains at the burned section of the mill.

Hillsborough fire marshal Jerry Wagner said in a release, “We know about where the fire started and what was there and what wasn’t.” Wagner added police are investigating leads as to who may have caused the fire from information obtained during the investigation.

Wagner said that the owner of the building is concerned about theft from the property.

“They realize people are curious, but curiosity doesn’t give anybody permission to trespass or take anything,” he said. “This is private property, and any theft or trespassing will be prosecuted.”

The site is still unsafe due to a large amount of debris that remains.

Officials say the investigation will continue but the property has been turned back over the owner.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the fire marshal’s office at (919) 241-4801 or the police department at (919) 732-9381.

The Bellevue Mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners as a local historic landmark. Its destroyed weave room was built as an addition in 1920. The complex is slated to be transformed into apartments.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/bellevue-mill-fire-deemed-suspicious

2 Men Hospitalized After Hillsborough Shooting

Hillsborough police are asking for information regarding a shooting that left two men injured.

Police say officers responded to the 200 block of Harper Street in Fairview around 9:15 Wednesday night.

A 38-year-old man was transported to a hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries, according to law enforcement.

Police say a second person – a 33-year-old male – was brought to a hospital by an unknown person and is in stable condition.

Authorities say the shooting occurred outside the house and a dark-colored sedan was seen leaving the area. Those in the sedan may be involved in the shooting, police say.

Police say preliminary information shows the shooting is connected to shots being fired into two homes in the same area of Harper Street earlier this month.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigator Jon Purvis or sergeant Chip White in the Hillsborough Police Department Investigations Division at (919) 732-9381. Crime tips can also be left anonymously through the town’s website.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/2-men-hospitalized-after-hillsborough-shooting

Hillsborough Opens Investigation On Bellevue Mill Fire

Hillsborough has opened an investigation into the cause of the Bellevue Mill fire that started Friday evening.

Hillsborough Fire Marshal Jerry Wagner is seeking any photos taken from inside the weaving room of the former Bellevue Manufacturing Company textile mill.

Bellevue Fire. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough

Bellevue Fire. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough

Anyone with interior photos is asked to scan and email them to the fire marshal. Copies of photos also may be dropped off at the Fire Marshal’s Office, 890 N.C. 86 N.

The fire began around five o’clock and other crews from the surrounding area responded and had the fire contained before 7:30 Friday night.

No injuries were reported and the fire did not impact any of the other historic buildings or nearby homes.

The Bellevue Mill, which dates back to the early 1900s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners as a local historic landmark.

The last occupant of the mill was Flynt Fabrics, which closed its Hillsborough operations in September 2000.

A renovation had been planned to turn the mill into apartments.

Bellevue Fire. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough

Bellevue Fire. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough

Bellevue Fire. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough

Bellevue Fire. Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hillsborough

http://chapelboro.com/news/fire/hillsborough-opens-investigation-on-bellevue-mill-fire

Bellevue Mill Destroyed in Hillsborough Fire

Crews are still working to extinguish all portions of a fire that destroyed a historic mill in West Hillsborough on Friday.

Smoke poured out of the former Bellevue Manufacturing Company’s textile mill on Nash Street Friday afternoon. Crews were fighting the fire throughout the night but said that the fire was continuing to burn under the collapsed roof as of eight o’clock Saturday morning.

The building that caught fire is the northernmost and oldest of the four mill buildings, according to the town. It is located near a revitalized portion of Hillsborough that houses Hillsborough BBQ Company and Mystery Brewing. There is also a residential area just to the north of the destroyed mill.

Luckily, the fire was contained and did not impact any of the other historic buildings or nearby homes.

Orange Rural Fire Department crews were called to the scene just before five o’clock Friday evening. In all, seven other crews from the surrounding area responded and had the fire contained before 7:30.

The roof of the historic mill collapsed just before 5:30; officials say that roof’s inward collapse helped crews keep the fire from spreading.

Many roads were shut down but spectators gathered in nearby parking lots taking in the scene and homeowners just north of the fire used water hoses to spray the adjacent fence line in an effort to help prevent the spread of the fire.

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said in a release that he was impressed with the collaboration from different departments within the town as well as the surrounding area.

“It’s impressive to see these firefighters at work,” Stevens said. “It’s clear that these mutual aid agreements we have are working.”

A release says it could be Sunday before investigators are able to enter the building.

The State Bureau of Investigation as well as Hillsborough’s fire marshal and police detectives will investigate the cause of the fire, with assistance from Orange Rural Fire Department and the Orange County Fire Marshal Division. But the investigation may take several weeks due to the amount of debris.

“It’s certainly a tragedy about the building, but it appears nobody was hurt and no other buildings are being affected,” Stevens said. “Thanks to the quick response, the fire did not spread to adjacent parts of the historic building. Job No. 1 is that people are safe.”

The Bellevue mill, which dates back to the early 1900s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated by the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners as a local historic landmark.

The last occupant of the mill was Flynt Fabrics, which closed its Hillsborough operations in September 2000.

A renovation had been planned to turn the mill into apartments.

While Hillsborough BBQ was forced to close for the night due to the fire, the restaurant provided food to emergency workers as their shifts ended fighting the fire. Mystery Brewing also opened its doors to the emergency workers as they rotated off-duty.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/bellevue-mill-destroyed-in-hillsborough-fire

Large Fire in West Hillsborough

***UPDATE: Officials with the Town of Hillsborough say the building was destroyed in the fire but no injuries were reported.***

Crews responded to a large structure fire in West Hillsborough late Friday afternoon and into the evening.

The fire was at the old Bellevue Mill near the intersection of Nash St and Calvin St.  That is in the vicinity of popular destinations such as Hillsborough BBQ and Mystery Brewing Company.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department and other surrounding crews assisted to control the fire.


Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood was telling residents to “please stay out of the area and let the fire department do their job.”

Power was shut off for many residents in the area of West Hillsborough.  This was purposely done for safety reasons.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

http://chapelboro.com/news/fire/large-fire-in-west-hillsborough

Hillsborough Police Looking for Suspect in Convenience Store Robbery

Hillsborough Police are asking for public assistance locating a man suspected in stealing nearly $200 worth of merchandise from a convenience store.

A message from law enforcement says the suspect stole $170 worth of goods from the Kangaroo in Hillsborough, on South Churton Street.

If anyone has any information regarding the identification of the suspect, you are asked to contact Hillsborough Police at (919) 732-9381.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/hillsborough-police-looking-suspect-convenience-store-robbery

4 Arrested After Hillsborough Shooting

Four suspects were taken into custody after authorities responded to a report of shots bring fired in the Fairview community on Monday.

Police said in a release that members of the Hillsborough Police Department and Orange County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call around 10:40 Monday night after arguments had allegedly been escalating throughout the evening.

Officers arrived on the scene near Tulip Tree Drive and Locust Road and found a house that had been struck by a bullet. Officials say officers then heard additional gunshots near Dixie Avenue and Wilardo Court. Authorities then found a large crowd and numerous fights that had broken out, according to a release.

Police say several weapons were seized.

No injuries were reported and no motive for the argument was given.

The four suspects taken into custody were 19-year-old Alexander “AJ” Lipford, 20-year-old Terrell Jamal Howell, 43-year-old Ronnie Renee Fuller and 44-year-old Nathan Neal Johnson Sr. Lipford was charged with resisting an officer; Howell is facing one count of resisting an officer and one count of communicating threats; Fuller was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and Johnson was charged with discharging a firearm within the town limits.

Police are asking for additional information from anyone with knowledge of the situation. You can contact Sergeant Chip White at (919) 732-9381, extension 34.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/4-arrested-after-hillsborough-shooting

North American Travel Journalists Coming to Orange County

The North American Travel Journalists Association will hold its annual conference in Orange County next year.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau chair Rosemary Waldorf said in a release that “NATJA enjoyed experiencing Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough on their site tour and our success in landing the conference is because of Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle and [Hillsborough] Mayor Tom Stevens personally hosting NATJA CEO Helen Hernandez and pointing out the unique attributes of each town.”

Hernandez is quoted in the release:

“Orange County, North Carolina proudly weaves their history, culture, food and family into the very fabric of their communities. The beauty and historical significance of this area should be shared with everyone and who better than the members of a travel journalism association. NATJA looks forward to experiencing Orange County and its surrounding communities.”

The conference will also allow the community to show its hosting chops to a large number of travel journalists.

“This conference allows us to highlight Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Orange County as a top-notch visitor destination,” said Laurie Paolicelli, Orange County Director of Community Relations and Tourism. “We are thrilled the travel journalists will get a close up and personal look at Orange County and be able to experience our communities through our people, attractions, natural beauty, farms, food, music, brews, spirits and more.”

The convention is one of the first to announce it is coming to Orange County after North Carolina passed House Bill 2, which has made national news and continues to be labeled as being among the worst pieces of anti-LGBT legislation in the nation. During the WCHL Community Forum, Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens spoke about the questions that were now having to be answered by localities to assure these conventions their attendees would be welcome here.

The 2017 NATJA 15th Annual Conference & Marketplace will convene from May 15 – 19 and will bring together travel journalists from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/north-american-travel-journalists-coming-to-orange-county

Redeye Moving Global Headquarters to Hillsborough

North Carolina-based Redeye Worldwide is relocating to Hillsborough in May.

The music company announced the move on Wednesday.

Redeye, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, is moving to a 90,000 square foot facility at 505 Eno Street.

Redeye says the new space will serve as “offices for 51 of the company’s 67 worldwide employees and warehouse space for hundreds of labels, including Acony Records, Barsuk, Burger Records, Daptone, Kill Rock Stars, Ninja Tune, Warp and Yep Roc Records, as well as artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Iris Dement, Nick Lowe, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Gillian Welch.”

Redeye Chief Operating Officer Aaron Freeman said in a release:

“We are excited to move our headquarters to Hillsborough and back to Orange County, where it all began for us as a company 20 years ago. It’s important that we provide a workplace and infrastructure that can support continued growth and allow us to increase the value we bring to our artists and label partners while attracting and retaining our best assets — our employees. Additionally, we are grateful for the assistance of Orange County’s Economic Development Department and look forward to continued growth in Hillsborough and Orange County for many years to come.”

The release says the project also includes involvement from Yadkin Bank, Russell Kennedy general contractor and Center Studio Architecture.

Redeye began in Carrboro and has been headquartered in Haw River.

http://chapelboro.com/news/business/redeye-moving-global-headquarters-to-hillsborough

Portion of Riverwalk to Close for Utilities Work

A portion of the Riverwalk’s western section will be closed this week as crews will be clearing a water line right-of-way.

A release says crews with the Town of Hillsborough will clear 10 feet on either side of a 16-inch water line that is located near Faribault Lane and the bridge over the Eno River by Gold Park.

Barricades will be put in place around 7:30 on Tuesday morning when the work is beginning. Work is expected to be finished by the end of the day on Tuesday.

Officials ask that citizens heed trail closure signs and barricades for the safety of both residents and crews that are working.

The area that is cleared will be seeded for grass and covered with straw, according to a release, and the right-of-way will be mowed twice a year to ensure access to the water line.

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/portion-of-riverwalk-to-close-for-utilities-work