Arrest Made in Murder of Hillsborough Man

Burlington Police have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Hillsborough man.

Police have charged 34-year-old Cesar Torres-Acevedo, of Burlington, in the death of Juan Mario Martinez Trujillo, of Hillsborough, on June 13, 2015.

An investigation shows Torres-Acevedo allegedly killed the 56-year-old Trujillo by setting him on fire intentionally.

The investigation started with police responding to a call of a possible person in distress on the eastbound shoulder of I-40/I-85 near the Alamance Road exit. Officers found a male, later identified as Trujillo, who had been critically burned. Trujillo was transported to UNC Hospital and died on August, 24, 2015 from his injuries.

Officials say Torres-Acevedo and Trujillo were known acquaintances.

Police say Torres-Acevedo was being held in the Gaston County Jail on unrelated charges. He is currently being held without bond on the new charges.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police, and more arrests may be coming.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3503 or Burlington/Alamance Crime Stoppers at (336) 229-7100.

Precipitation Over But Roads Still Icy

Communities across our area are continuing to deal with wintry weather and the challenges that presents.

Chatham, Durham and Orange Counties will be under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon on Sunday due to the threat of black ice, as forecasts are not calling for additional precipitation.

Power outages were concentrated from Raleigh to the east and knocked power out to tens of thousands of North Carolinians. But other than periodic individual outages, Chatham, Orange and Durham Counties were not impacted by widespread outages.

Chapel Hill officials reported responding to three vehicle accidents during the day on Friday but noted that residents were staying off the road for the most part on Saturday. Residents are continued to be encouraged to not park on roadways to allow for plows to clear the thoroughfares.

Crews are evaluating to determine if Chapel Hill Transit will be able to operate on Sunday. Community centers are expected to open at 12:30 Sunday afternoon, but the aquatic center will likely be closed on Sunday.

Due to the inclement weather, Orange County Public Libraries will continue to be closed on Sunday.

Hillsborough officials reported an estimated 10 vehicles being left on roadsides. Two vehicles abandoned in the roadway along West King Street and Lakeshore Drive were moved.

Police continue to ask residents to stay off the roads. “If you don’t have to go out, don’t,” advises Sgt. William Parker. “If you do and your vehicle gets stuck, don’t leave it in the middle of the road.”

Durham reported the highest number of accidents with 40 crashes being responded to on Friday.

New Hillsborough Alerts System Launches

Residents can now begin registering for Hillsborough Alerts, the new notification system.

Starting February 1, the Town of Hillsborough will no longer use the CodeRED service for emergency.

The town encourages all citizens, water and sewer customers, and operators or employees of businesses in town to register.

To register, visit the Hillsborough Alert website.

Subscribers can select the delivery methods they want, email, text message, telephone call, a notification via the cell phone application ContactBridge or a combination of those methods.

They can choose the order in which the town will utilize those delivery methods and up to five addresses they want to receive alerts for. Addresses could include home, workplaces, schools and childcare facilities.

Power Restored in Orange and Durham Counties

Power has been restored to portions of Orange and Durham Counties that were without power earlier Wednesday.

The Duke Energy power outage map is showing all of the reported outages have been restored.

At the peak, more than 8,000 customers were suffering outages in Orange and Durham Counties.

The initial outage was reported around 10 o’clock Monday morning and power was restored before one o’clock in the afternoon.

Five schools in the Orange County School system – Central Elementary, Hillsborough Elementary, Cameron Park Elementary, Stanford Middle and Orange High School – were temporarily without power.

Duke Energy officials say a large transmission line carrying power to three substations was having “issues” causing the outages.

Elderly Hillsborough Man Drives Through Storefront

An 87-year-old man drove his car through the front of a store in Hillsborough on Friday morning.

Photo via Town of Hillsborough

Photo via Town of Hillsborough

The elderly Hillsborough citizen was attempting to park his car in front of Postal Connections at 169 Boone Square Street when he struck another vehicle.

“We think when he hit the other vehicle, it startled him,” Hillsborough Lieutenant Andy Simmons said. “When he went to hit the brakes, he accidentally hit the gas instead.”

According to police, the man drove his Dodge Caravan minivan through the front of the store, stopping at the back of the store. Two employees were in the store at the time, one suffered minor injuries.

The man’s name was not released but police say he was not injured during the accident. No charges will be filed.

Government officials are working with Postal Connections to determine the process for repairing the building.

Arrests Made in Hillsborough Bank Robbery

***UPDATE: Hillsborough Police say the second suspect, Kelly Lashaun Wiley, has also been taken into custody. Police say Wiley was arrested late Thursday night in Siler City by Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputies. He is being held at Chatham County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bail bond. He was charged with three counts of common law robbery for bank robberies in Apex, Graham and Hillsborough. Additional charges for common law robbery in different locations are pending.***

Hillsborough Police have arrested 27-year-old Rebecca Amy Stasko on Thursday in connection with a bank robbery earlier in the week.

Police say Stasko was taken into custody around 4:30 Thursday afternoon after the CommunityOne Bank on Millstone Drive was robbed on Monday morning.

Authorities are still seeking 37-year-old Kelly Lashaun Wiley, of Goldston, in connection with the robbery.

Stasko is being held in the Orange County Jail.

Anyone with any infotmation is encouraged to contact Hillsborough Investigator Jason Winn at 919-732-9381, extension 37.

Hillsborough Police Obtain Warrants for Bank Robbery Suspects

Hillsborough Police have obtained arrest warrants for two suspects in a bank robbery earlier this week.

Authorities say police are looking for 27-year-old Rebecca Amy Stasko, of Moncure, and 37-year-old Kelly Lashaun Wiley, of Goldston, in connection with the Monday morning robbery of CommunityOne Bank at 102 Millstone Drive.

Arrest warrants were issued for Stasko and Wiley on a charge of common law robbery.

Wiley is also wanted on an outstanding warrant for a New Year’s Eve robbery of a First Citizens Bank in Apex, according to police.

Officials say investigators have been working with the FBI and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hillsborough investigator Jason Winn at (919) 732-9381, extension 37.

Kings Highway Park Master Plan Draft Available

The Town of Hillsborough has made the master plan draft for the Kings Highway Park available to the public.

The park is 18 acres and is located on Ben Johnston Road.

The plan, developed by the Hillsborough Parks and Recreation Board over the past six months, includes maintenance instructions and recommendations for expansion of the park as a natural and recreational resource.

In 2014 neighbors expressed concerns about the general maintenance of the property and illegal activities that were reported.

The Hillsborough Town Board decided to make improvements for safety and appearance , and requested that a master plan be developed for the park.

Citizens are invited to provide input on the proposed plan or to ask questions.

To see the master plan draft, click here.

Contact Hillsborough Project Planner Stephanie Trueblood, staff liaison to the Parks and Recreation Board, by email or by phone at 919-732-1270, ext. 74.

Hillsborough Police Investigating Bank Robbery

Hillsborough Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred Monday.

Police say shortly after 11 o’clock Monday morning officers responded to a robbery of the CommunityOne Bank on Millstone Drive. Authorities say a male subject wearing a mask, hood and gloves entered the bank and demanded money. Police say no weapon was displayed.

The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to law enforcement. Officials say the suspect dropped some of the money while fleeing, which was recovered.

Authorities say a vehicle has been identified that may be connected to the case. Investigators have contacted the FBI and are actively investigating. Police say no additional details can be released at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hillsborough investigator Jason Winn at (919) 732-9381, extension 37.

Sections Of Riverwalk Closed For Sewer Project

The Town of Hillsborough is urging citizens to stay away from sections of Riverwalk that are currently closed because of a sewer maintenance project.

“We are very concerned that someone is going to get hurt,” said town engineer and utilities director Kenny Keel.

Parts of the greenway are roped off while crews reline sewer pipes along the Eno River, but pedestrians have been walking under and around the caution tape that blocks the closed section.

The greenway’s downtown entrance is closed, but the town encouraged people to park at Gold Park, where they will be able to access much of the greenway’s trails.

The Stickwork is also part of the closed area.

Work on the project started this week and is expected to be completed within 10 business days.