CHAPEL HILL - Local law enforcement says it wants you safe in public and out on the roads and recently stepped up its alcohol violation enforcement. Over the weekend there were a large number of underage drinking arrests with the start of the fall semester at UNC.
Public Information Sergeant for the Chapel Hill Police Department, Brian Walker, says police were looking for violations this weekend with the return of students.
“We do notice an increase in alcohol violations when the students return to town, so this past weekend we conducted an operation with our ALERT team, Alcohol Law Enforcement Response Team” Walker said.
With many students returning to school, he says it isn’t abnormal for alcohol violations to spike and that throughout the year the number of alcohol violations and arrests can range. Sgt. Walker says enforcement of alcohol laws is consistent, but that police keep an eye out to address increases in violations.
“We enforce alcohol laws pretty consistently throughout the year,” Walker said “we do see more violations of the ordinances and statutes at certain times of the year based on the students being in town, so we conduct some operations specifically to address that.”
While the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Police Departments may be enforcing the laws and making some arrests, Sgt. Walker says education is one of their goals.
He says letting people know what a violation is of alcohol laws, like having an open container even if over-age, is important for students to avoid confrontations with the police. On the Chapel Hill Police Department’s website you can view the number of arrests and violations that occurred; Sgt. Walker breaks down the charges handed out starting Thursday.
“Cited 12 people for open containers, 25 for underage possession, and then they also had a public urination and a couple of other related charges” Walker stated.
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To view a list of the people charged with alcohol violations, you can view the police blotter by clicking here.http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/new-semester-and-more-alcohol-violations/
The change will take effect July 1. Carrboro police captain and future chief of police, Walter Horton, explains that the time seemed right to make the switch.
“We used to have an animal control officer, and we no longer have that officer,” Horton says. “It is something that we felt made sense, since they already cover Chapel Hill.”
Director of Orange County Animal Services, Bob Marotto, says that Carrboro’s previous system of enforcing animal control made it an outlier among the towns in the county.
“I think that there has been an interest in having integrated and coordinated animal services provided by our department for the whole county,” Marotto says.
In the past, Orange County Animal Services had been called to Carrboro in the event of an outstanding animal incident.
Carrboro police and Orange County Animal Services note the multiple reported coyote sightings in Orange County and near Carrboro recently. However, there are note any outstanding issues like that currently.
One incident that Marotto remembers in particular was a family of coyotes in Carrboro near Hogan Farms that had offspring.
“They had become unfearful of people,” Marotto says. “They were closer to people than people were comfortable with.”
Horton says there have even been coyote sightings in the past months.
“Out in the northern areas, up near Sunset Creek and the old 86 area, we have two or three around there,” Horton says. “They’ve been following citizens while they walk their dogs.”
Three reports of bear sightings were made this week, but Marotto says the change is unrelated to the recent sightings in Carrboro.http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/orange-county-now-providing-animal-services-in-carrboro/
CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police are seeking information in a shooting incident that took place on Walnut Street last Saturday evening.
Sometime between 5:00 and 7:26 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, an individual fired a single bullet into a residence on Walnut Street. Nobody was in the residence at the time, though, and there were no injuries.
If you have any information about the incident, please contact the Chapel Hill PD at 919-968-2760, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and callers may receive a reward up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.
You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at http://www.crimestoppers-chcunc.org/http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/gunshots-fired-saturday-chpd-seeking-info/