‘Tis the season of giving; and some local law enforcement got into the holiday spirit earlier this month with some elementary school children in the community.
Morris Grove Elementary School Principal Amy Rickard says she was approached by Carrboro Police to see if students would be interested in a field trip – a trip to the store to “Shop with a Cop.”
“We had 19 students who were able to go on the field trip,” she says. “And five different police department organizations – the Carrboro Police Department, Chapel Hill Police, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Campus Police, and the Hospital Police.”
Rickard says the list of children chosen to participate was determined by the school’s social worker, and that the children went shopping with the off-duty officers at the Walmart in Hillsborough.
“The Chapel Hill Optimist Club donated a $75 gift card for every child,” she says. “We spent a little more than an hour at the Walmart, and they got to shop with their cop.”
Rickard adds that seeing the smiles on the children’s faces was a wonderful moment and the effects lingered around the school.
“They were very excited. Most of them (went) around (for days) wearing their police badges that they gave them,” she says.
Rickard calls the experience one of the best field trips that she’s ever been on.
She says there were no rules about the purchases the children could make and many of them bought items for their siblings – in addition to an item or two for themselves.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/elementary-schoolers-shop-cop/
The Hillsborough Police Department is seeking your help in finding two suspects in an armed robbery that took place Sunday afternoon at the Hampton Pointe Apartments.
The full statement from Hillsborough Police is below:
SEEKING INFORMATION – The Hillsborough Police Departments Criminal Investigations Division is seeking assistance from the community in identifying two subjects involved in an armed robbery at the Hampton Pointe Apartments on Sunday, November 16, between 4:00pm – 4:30pm. The subjects were described as two (2) black males wearing dark colored clothing and were last seen running towards I-85 North near exit 165.
If you or someone you know has information pertaining to this case, please contact Sergeant S. Nicolaysen at (919) 732-9381 x30 or submit an anonymous tip via:
A Chapel Hill man who went missing earlier this week has been found dead in Morrisville.
Raymond Huntington was 57 years old. Multiple media outlets report that Morrisville police found his body in the parking lot of the outlet mall on Airport Boulevard.
No cause of death has been released, but police say they do not suspect foul play.http://chapelboro.com/news/state-news/missing-chapel-hill-man-57-found-dead/
Carrboro police are seeking your help as they investigate a shooting incident that took place in the parking lot of 601 Jones Ferry Road at around 7:30 Thursday evening.
“We do not believe there are any injuries from the shooting,” says Captain Chris Atack of the Carrboro PD, “but evidence recovered from the scene corroborates the reports of witnesses that there were shots in the area.”
Police have interviewed several witnesses, but Atack says given the time of day it took place, it’s likely there were others who saw or heard things as well.
“We’re just asking anybody who saw anything, heard anything, or knows anything about this incident to give us or Crime Stoppers a call,” he says.
If you have information, call the Carrboro Police Department at 919-918-7397, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/shooting-jones-ferry-thurs-night-injuries/
An odd case in Chapel Hill earlier this week, as a mugger robbed a man of 160 dollars at knifepoint – but ended up giving all the money back.
The incident took place at 12:30 Tuesday morning, near the intersection of Columbia and Caldwell Streets in the Northside neighborhood.
“A gentleman was walking in that area, and someone approached him and pulled a knife and demanded his money,” says Chapel Hill Police Sgt. Bryan Walker. “When he gave the person the money, the suspect began to run away – and the victim chased him as he called 911.
“The suspect stopped, gave him his money back, and then left the scene.”
Sgt. Walker says it’s a good thing that everything ended well in this case – though in general, it’s probably not the best idea to chase after an armed robber.
“We certainly wouldn’t encourage anyone else in that situation to handle it the same way that this victim did – we wouldn’t suggest that someone chase a suspect that has just threatened you with a weapon,” Walker says. “But in this case, it didn’t result in a terrible outcome.”
The would-be victim who chased after the mugger is a 35-year-old Northside resident.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-man-gets-money-back/
Story updated September 23, 2014, 6:54 a.m.
Joint efforts of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police departments led to the speedy recovery of a stolen car Sunday night, along with the arrest of two young car thieves.
Chapel Hill Police Public Information Sergeant Brian Walker says employees at the valet stand at 450 West Franklin Street near Carolina Brewery noticed multiple car keys missing just before 10:00 p.m.
“Officers checked the parking lot where the vehicles are kept,” Sgt. Walker says. “One of the vehicles whose keys had been taken had also been taken. It was a 2013 BMW 528i.”
He says officers immediately put out a BOLO (Be on the Lookout), which notifies all nearby agencies of the incident.
“Within just an hour or two, (the) Carrboro Police Department encountered that vehicle inside Carrboro,” Sgt. Walker says. “When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the two gentlemen inside the vehicle jumped from the vehicle and fled. They were taken into custody shortly after that by Carrboro and Chapel Hill officers.”
Sgt. Walker says the car was not damaged, according to the report.
Jesse Mutua, 19, of Carrboro and Raekwon Ortiz Snipes, 18, of Chapel Hill were arrested. They were each charged with three misdemeanor counts of larceny and one felony count of motor vehicle theft. Sgt. Walker says the additional larceny charges were for other keys that were found in their possession, but no other vehicles were reported missing.
According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, this is the third time Mutua has been arrested. He was previously charged with felony breaking and entering and larceny involving a motor vehicle in January of last year, as well as felony breaking and entering last December.
Each of the men arrested were held at Orange County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. Their first appearance in court is scheduled for Monday at 2:00 p.m.
Sgt. Walker says both police departments were proud of the speed at which this case was resolved.
“Carrboro Police and our officers, we might wear different uniforms, but we have the same goal,” Sgt. Walker says. “That’s exactly what this was. This was good teamwork that resulted in an excellent outcome in this case.”http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chpd-cpd-quickly-nab-young-carjackers/
Story originally posted September 5, 2014, 6:33 a.m.
Police agencies from Orange, Durham, and Wake counties continue their search for two men considered armed and dangerous after they fled from a reported home invasion in Orange County early Friday morning.
The Orange County Sheriff’s department released a statement Friday morning that said deputies responded to a home in the eastern part of the county at 4820 Pleasant Green Road near U.S. Highway 70. Two black males reportedly invaded the home holding firearms and demanding money from the occupants. One of the home’s occupants was forced into the residence from the front yard, according to the release. It also states that one person was later forced back out of the home and kicked repeatedly, but no shots were fired and no one else was injured.
When deputies arrived, they reportedly found the men fleeing in a gold-colored vehicle. The vehicle was stopped by officers and the driver and passenger both put their arms out the window, but when officers tried to approach, the driver sped off.
After a 20-mile chase, they ended at a shopping center on Carrington Mills Road in Morrisville. They left the vehicle and ran into a wooded area near the shopping center. Orange County deputies, Durham and Morrisville police officers, and State Troopers–with help from a K-9 unit–all assisted in the unsuccessful attempt to locate the suspects.
Evidence was recovered at the scene where the car was discarded and is being processed while the investigation is ongoing, according to the Orange County Sheriff.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at 919-644-3050, or you may email Sergeant Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org://chapelboro.com/news/crime/oc-home-invasion-leads-20-mile-chase-wanted-suspects/
3:39 p.m. update: Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack said in a release that the investigation was concluded without any charges filed against the driver. The identity of the victim was still not being released, and his condition was unknown.
Story originally posted August 29, 2014, 10:22 a.m.
A pedestrian was sent to the hospital with possible life-threatening injuries Thursday night after being struck by a vehicle on Jones Ferry Road near Davie Road.
“The driver was going the posted speed limit and was driving appropriately,” says Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack. “At this point, we don’t have any charges.”
The incident took place at around 11:20 p.m. Thursday.
As of Friday morning, Cpt. Atack says the condition of the pedestrian was unknown.
“We didn’t have exact information on the scene of the identity of the victim,” Cpt Atack says. “We’re reasonably confident that at this point we have the person identified, but we’re still trying to confirm that.”
Cpt. Atack says if anyone has additional information about the incident, please call the Carrboro Police Department at 919-918-7397.http://chapelboro.com/news/traffic/pedestrian-struck-carrboro/
This Tuesday is “National Night Out” in your local community.
“National Night Out” is an annual event, now in its 31st year, co-sponsored by police departments across the country to promote close, friendly neighborhoods – the better to prevent drug abuse and crime.
From 6-8 pm, you’re invited to turn on your outside lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside with your neighbors. Many neighborhoods in the area are hosting special events, and police officers will be there to meet with residents as well.
In Hillsborough, National Night Out is another example of the town’s commitment to its close-knit, small-town character. Mayor Tom Stevens joined WCHL’s Aaron Keck on the Monday afternoon news to discuss both National Night Out and the town’s efforts in general to preserve its character in the face of development and growth.http://chapelboro.com/news/safety/hboro-national-night-promotes-small-town-vibe/
Originally posted 5:03 p.m., July 29, 2014
A Chapel Hill man is in Wake County Detention Center on $390,000 bail, on charges of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, and felony malicious maiming after he allegedly tried to bite his girlfriend’s tongue off during a fight on July 18. The bite reportedly caused permanent damage.
The News & Observer is reporting that 29-year-old Luke Lazarus Marion IV of 102 Isley Street in Chapel Hill was also charged with resisting an officer, when he was arrested on July 19th.
Police say Marion smashed his girlfriend’s cell phone when she tried to call for help, so he was charged with interfering with emergency communications.
A woman claiming to be a friend of the woman whose tongue was allegedly bitten by her boyfriend says permanent damage has been done and surgery will be necessary.
The friend told WCHL in an email that the victim’s frenulum—the piece of skin extending from the floor of the mouth to the midline of the underside of the tongue—was completely severed. She said there was also massive damage to the nerves in her tongue as well as taste buds.
She said, to her knowledge, the victim was not kissing Marion at the time, rather the assault stemmed from an attack.
Marion posted bail and was released from Wake County Detention Center, but was re-arrested on July 23rd for violating release conditions.
Marion has upcoming court appearances in three counties. He’s due in Orange County District Court on August 4 on charges of being drunk and disruptive, and resisting arrest by a Chapel Hill Police officer on April 21st.
He was arrested again by Chapel Hill police the next day for speeding and driving a vehicle with canceled license plates; for driving while impaired and without a license; for leaving the scene of an accident; for missing a court date that month; and for resisting an officer.
Marion will be back in Wake County court on August 5th, for a court hearing on charges of fleeing to elude, driving with a revoked license and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
Another Wake County court appearance is scheduled on August 11th for several traffic-related charges and resisting arrest. And on August 28th, Marion will be in New Hanover County Court for allegedly driving while impaired and driving with a revoked license.
Lumina News reports that on May 25th, a 28-year-old white male named Luke Lazarus Marion was arrested by Wrightsville Beach Police while fleeing, after he allegedly hit a 47-year-old woman, poured wine on her, and threw a jellyfish on her at Johnny Mercer’s Pier.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-man-accused-biting-girlfriends-tongue-held-390k-bail/