Carrboro Police Respond to Reports of ‘Edged Weapon’ at McDougle Middle School

Carrboro Police were called to McDougle Middle School on Monday.

Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack says officers responded to the school, on Fayetteville Road, to assist staff in two cases of a weapon being brought on campus.

“The School Resource Officer was contacted by staff on some information that they had gotten from other students,” Atack says, “and basically just stood by while staff was able to locate a weapon in a backpack of a student at the school.”

Atack says that discovery led staff members to another incident on campus.

“As a result of that investigation, there was additional information that led to another student who had also something in their backpack and in their locker that met the legal criteria for the charge of weapon on educational property.”

Atack says the weapon in each circumstance was not a firearm but an “edged weapon.” Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School system spokesperson Jeff Nash says, in at least one of the instances, the item was some kind of throwing star.

Atack adds there was no evidence to suggest either student intended to injure anyone or use the weapon in any malicious manner.

Atack says it was his understanding the students had brought the items to show each other at school on Monday.

Atack says that the school system is handling the discipline of the students.

Nash adds that a student at McDougle Elementary School, also on Monday, brought a toy gun to campus. Nash says it is his understanding that the student was playing with the toy gun on the bus, alarming some of the other students.

No discipline sanctions were disclosed among any of incidents by the school system.

Two Chapel Hill Teenagers Charged After Threat Against Local School

A lawyer representing two teenage suspects appeared in court on Tuesday following a threat against a local school.

Two Chapel Hill High School students were arrested and charged with making a false report of mass violence on educational property on Monday, and defense attorney Amos Tyndall appeared in court representing the teenagers on Tuesday afternoon.

17-year-old Shane Long allegedly sent a message to his stepbrother, 16-year-old Caleb Ethridge, via the social media site Snapchat on Monday with a picture of two boxes of ammunition with the caption, “Ready to shoot the school up!”

Ethridge then allegedly sent the same picture and caption out on Twitter.

Officials in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro School system were alerted of the message on Monday morning.

Long and Etheridge were questioned by Chapel Hill Police and arrested on Monday evening.

District Court Judge Beverly Scarlett extended the suspects curfew on Tuesday afternoon to run from seven o’clock in the evening to seven o’clock in the morning. Scarlett also ordered the suspects to attend school every day, unless they had a doctor’s note excusing their absence, and complete coursework as it was assigned by their teachers. The suspects were ordered to not possess or consume any alcohol or controlled substance, except by prescription, or to possess any firearm, weapon, explosive device or ammunition.

Tyndall said in court that the suspects would likely be disciplined by the school but did not want to comment on the record after the hearing, saying that it was too early to have much information.

Both suspects are being charged as adults on the class H level one felony, meaning the suspects could each face a maximum of eight to 19 months in prison, according to Orange County sentencing guidelines.

North Carolina and New York are the only two states in the country that treat 16 and 17 year old suspects as adults, regardless of the crimes they are accused of.

Long and Etheridge are due back in court on January 8, 2016.

Chapel Hill Police Make Arrest in Pedestrian Hit and Run

Chapel Hill Police have made an arrest in a hit and run from late October.

30-year-old Tyson Kim was extradited to Chapel Hill on Wednesday in connection with felony charges, according to police records.

Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore says the charges stem from a report on October 25 near the Eastgate Shopping Center.

“Officers arrived and the fire department arrived and found a person who had been hit by a vehicle, possibly run over by a vehicle,” Mecimore says, “no life-threatening injuries but was certainly injured and was subsequently taken to the emergency room.”

Mecimore says police were able to quickly identify Kim as a suspect and get a description of the vehicle he had been driving.

Mecimore adds the victim had been a passenger in Kim’s vehicle before being struck.

“The passenger decided to get out of the car, after some sort of issue between the two,” Mecimore says. “He got out and the driver of the vehicle, Mr. Kim, subsequently ran him over or ran into him at the very least with the vehicle.

“And so [Kim] was charged with assault inflicting bodily injury, hit and run with injury and then driving while his license was revoked.”

Mecimore says the incident that led to the victim exiting the vehicle was the passenger attempting to intervene in an argument between Kim and a female passenger.

The assault inflicting bodily injury and hit and run with injury are both felony charges.

Mecimore says authorities were able to identify that Kim had fled the state. South Carolina law enforcement officials arrested Kim after he was stopped in the Palmetto State in early November.

Kim was taken to Orange County Jail under a $50,000 secured bond and was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon.

UNC Assistant Professor Arrested on Sexual Exploitation Charges

A UNC faculty member is scheduled to appear in court Monday after being arrested late last week.

33-year-old Kuohsiung Yang is a research assistant professor at UNC, and he was arrested last Thursday and charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation with a minor, according to police reports.

The 10 counts are all felony charges.

Yang, of 120 Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill, has been a UNC employee since August of 2012, according to WRAL.

The FBI is reportedly involved in the case where Yang duplicated videos of young girls being sexually assaulted, according to police reports.

Yang was transported to the Orange County Jail under a $500,000 bond.

Chapel Hill Police Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Felonies

A traffic stop led to multiple felony charges in Chapel Hill.

Chapel Hill Police arrested 35-year-old Ricardo Anthony Dixon on Tuesday afternoon and charged him with seven felony counts for various offenses, including breaking into Culbreth Middle School.

Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says the arrest started with an officer checking motorists speed on Highway 54, just past 15-501.

“[The officer] clocked a car speeding into town, 66 in a 45,” Mecimore says. “He turned around to stop the vehicle. They were, sort of, driving suspiciously after he got behind them and then refused to stop when he tried to stop them.”

Mecimore says as the suspect led officers on a brief chase, one individual jumped out of the car and waited for authorities on the side of 15-501.

Dixon, who was driving the vehicle, later jumped from the car and ran into the woods.

“Officers pursued him into the woods,” Mecimore says. “Then we started setting up a perimeter around the area that he was in and got one of our K-9 units to come.

“Probably not the best day to be running because all of our dogs were actually here for training.”

Mecimore says only one of the department’s four police dogs was needed to track down Dixon in the woods near where the vehicle was abandoned, around Coker Drive.

Dixon was taken into custody just before four o’clock Tuesday afternoon.

Mecimore says investigators linked Dixon to a break-in at Culbreth Middle School that occurred early Tuesday morning.

Dixon was charged with several felonies including breaking and entering, larceny, possession of a stolen vehicle, speeding to elude arrest and possession of burglary tools. He is also facing misdemeanor counts including reckless driving, damage to real property and possession of stolen goods.

Durham Police also charged Dixon in connection with a series of break-ins at Durham Public Schools similar to the break-in at Culbreth. Dixon is facing multiple counts of breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to property and conspiracy in Durham.

Dixon is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $52,500 secured bond and was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Dixon’s passenger that jumped out of the car and waited for authorities was not charged with any crimes.

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Death

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a death following a request for a wellness check.

Police responded to a home on Pritchard Avenue just before 11 o’clock last Friday morning, where a resident who had passed away was found, according to police records.

Police have not released the name of the deceased while the family is notified.

Authorities do no suspect foul play.

Chapel Hill Police Arrest Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping

Chapel Hill Police arrested a Durham man, on Saturday, in connection with an attempted kidnapping late Friday night.

An Alert Carolina message was sent to the campus community just after two o’clock Saturday morning warning students of the incident.

The victim reported that she was approached by a heavyset black male in his mid-20’s to mid-30’s, who was armed with a silver handgun, near the intersection of Kenan Street and West Cameron Avenue just before 11 o’clock Friday night.

The victim reported that the suspect attempted to force the victim into a white 2000 Mitsubishi Galant, but the victim was able to escape uninjured when bystanders approached and intervened.

Chapel Hill Police arrested Keith Robert Webster Jr. on Saturday. Webster was charged with second degree kidnapping and possession of a firearm by a felon. Webster was transported to the Orange County Jail on a $100,000 secured bond.

Webster was also arrested in 2008, according to WRAL, on charges of armed robbery in connection with an incident on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Victims in that scenario reported the suspect approached the men with a shotgun and took money from the victims and fleeing.

Webster is scheduled to make his first court appearance on the new charges early this week.

Chapel Hill Police Investigating Armed Robbery

Chapel Hill Police are investigating an armed robbery, according to an Alert Carolina message sent to the campus community.

Police responded to a reported armed robber around 2:30 in the morning on Friday, October 30th.

A male and a female were walking along North Columbia Street, near Isley Street, when they were approached by two male suspects, according to the message. Each suspect was armed with a handgun and wearing hooded sweatshirts. The suspects reportedly shoved the victims against a fence, took money and property and then walked from the scene on foot.
If anyone has information which might aid in the investigation, please call 911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CrimeStoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to CrimeStoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest.

UNC Police Respond to Sexual Assault After No Citations at Homegrown Halloween

An estimated 40,000 revelers crowded onto Franklin Street on Saturday night for Halloween, according to Chapel Hill Police.

Orange County Emergency Services responded to 10 calls within the closed event, according to officials. The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related.

There were no arrests made or citations issued in the closed area, according to Chapel Hill Police.

The streets were cleared at 11 o’clock Saturday night and opened to traffic just before midnight, after being cleaned by Town crews.

While no arrests were made at the Homegrown Halloween event, an Alert Carolina message went out early Sunday morning warning students that campus police were investigating a report of a sexual assault just before three o’clock Sunday morning.

Campus police say the assault reportedly occurred in UNC’s Hinton-James Residence Hall.

A male suspect, estimated to be 6’ tall and weighing between 180 and 200 pounds, is believed to have left the campus area, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or call Crimestoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to Crimestoppers are confidential and anonymous and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Police Make Arrest In July Sexual Assault Case

Local police on Wednesday made an arrest in a sexual assault case dating back to July.

Chapel Hill police had been looking for 26-year-old David Michael Edwards, Jr., for several weeks. On September 29, they issued a warrant for his arrest on a charge of second-degree rape.

Wednesday at 6:00 pm, authorities finally caught up with Edwards coming out of a building at 300 East Main Street in Carrboro. He was taken into custody without incident; he’s currently being held in Orange County Jail.

The reported assault took place on July 11, downtown near 100 East Franklin Street. The female victim was transported to UNC Hospitals.