Chatham County Authorities Seeking Information from Public to Solve 2014 Homicide

Chatham County authorities are asking for the public’s help to solve a two-year-old homicide.

Officials with the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office say 38-year-old Demetrius Elliot Headen, of Siler City, was found in his vehicle off of Siler City Snow Camp Road on June 1, 2014. Investigators determined Headen died of a gunshot would.

The incident was initially ruled a homicide.

Several leads were developed during a joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation, according to law enforcement. But now authorities are asking if anyone has any information that could assist the investigation to put together the final pieces of what happened the morning of his death.

“This is an opportunity to help provide closure for the case and for Mr. Headen’s family, especially his children,” investigator Will Summers said in a release. “If you have any information to share, please call us. It isn’t too late.”

Investigators say they do believe there are community members “who have knowledge of the shooting.”

The victim’s family held multiple fundraising events, according to authorities, and they are currently offering a cash reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Headen’s death.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office at (919) 545-8150.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chatham-county-authorities-seeking-information-public-solve-2014-homicide

Registration Underway for Chapel Hill Police 5K Benefitting Special Olympics

Early-bird registration is now open for the 2016 Guardians of the Hill 5k race and Kids fun-run benefiting the North Carolina Special Olympics.

The Chapel Hill Police Department will be holding this event on September 25, at 2pm for a full day of fun for the family.

Chapel Hill Police Lieutenant Josh Mecimore said this event is a great opportunity to meet the members of your local public safety personnel in Chapel Hill.

“We think it’s a worthy cause and we’d certainly like to have folks come out and help us support it,” Mecimore said.

Register before August 30 to race at the discounted price of $20. Prices will increase starting August 31 to $25 for the 5k race.

Click the link to the Chapel Hill Police Department website where you can register online or print off a mailing application.

http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/registration-underway-for-chapel-hill-police-5k-benefitting-special-olympics

Fordham Boulevard Reopens After Crash in Chapel Hill

***UPDATE: Chapel Hill Police say the roadway reopened and the traffic signal began working at 3:30 Wednesday morning.***

Power lines are down and traffic signals are out at Fordham Boulevard and Sage Road after an accident in Chapel Hill Tuesday.

Chapel Hill Police officials say a passenger vehicle struck a power pole, which caused the power lines to fall and knocked out power to the traffic signals. Witnesses say police are directing traffic through the busy intersection.

Fordham Blvd

Fordham Blvd. Photo via NCDOT

Southbound lanes of Fordham Boulevard and Old Durham Road near Sage Road are currently closed. Police say side streets in the area are heavily congested and that drivers should expect significant delays.

Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area if at all possible.

Repair crews expect the intersection and surrounding area to remain closed or congested until after five o’clock Tuesday evening.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/lanes-of-fordham-blvd-closed-after-crash-in-chapel-hill

Multiple Drug Busts in Chatham County

Chatham County authorities have arrested two men in what appear to be separate incidents involving narcotics.

Members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle on White Cross Road in Pittsboro on August 4. That stop led to a search of the vehicle where deputies found six grams of crack cocaine. Officials say 46-year-old Reginald Bland, of Graham, was operating the vehicle and was taken into custody. Bland was charged with possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also on August 4, members of the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office searched a residence at 4440 Old Graham Road, in Pittsboro, where investigators seized 16.5 grams of crack cocaine, along with 28 grams of marijuana, 17.74 grams of opiates, 6.64 grams of psilocybin mushrooms and over $3,000 in cash.

Donvelle “Chubbs” Partridge was arrested after the search. The 34-year-old was charged with 13 drug offenses including trafficking opiates and counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver a schedule I, schedule II and schedule VI controlled substances.

Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson issued a statement in the release associated with the arrest of Partridge:

“I commend my staff on their teamwork and investigative skills. I also want to encourage any citizen who is concerned over potential criminal activity in his or her neighborhood to contact the Sheriff’s Office with more information. Community safety is a responsibility we all share, and we value citizen participation in safeguarding the welfare of Chatham County.”

The releases announcing the arrests were sent separately on the same day by Chatham County officials. They did not say the cases were related.

Bland was being held under a $10,700 bond as of last update.

Meanwhile, Partridge was being held on a $300,000 secured bond.

Both are scheduled for court appearances in Pittsboro on August 22.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/multiple-drug-busts-in-chatham-county

Two Arrested in Orange County Drug Investigation

A three-month narcotics investigation has led to multiple arrests by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say investigators initially received information in May that prescription medication and other illicit drugs were being distributed near Orange High School in the area of Highway 57 and Rencher Street in Hillsborough.

Orange County Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested 35-year-old Chavis Lamar McPherson and 20-year-old Bobbi Ann Grady and both are facing multiple drug charges.

McPherson has been charged with outstanding warrants for trafficking opiates, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle for controlled substances.

McPherson was out on bond on similar charges at the time of his arrest, according to officials.

Grady has been served with outstanding warrants for trafficking opiates, two counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance, two counts of sell an deliver a schedule II controlled substance and conspiracy to sell and deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

McPherson is being held on a $250,000 secured bond. Grady was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.

A Dodge Truck, approximately 105 dosage units of prescription medication and US currency were seized as part of the investigation.

Authorities say this is an ongoing investigation and additional charges and arrests are anticipated.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/two-arrested-in-orange-county-drug-investigation

Police Seeking Information After Vandals Damage Historic Hillsborough Tree

A decades-old ornamental street tree in downtown Hillsborough has been vandalized and police want your help tracking down those who did it.

Officials say the approximately 25-foot-tall crepe myrtle, which stands on the west side of Churton Street between Tryon and King Streets, was vandalized by an unknown person.

Police say the suspect sawed through the tree’s bark around the entire base of the trunk, drilled holes into the trunk and applied herbicide. Officials say it appears the vandal or vandals intended to kill the tree.

Police believe the vandalism occurred in “one or more incidents over the past two weeks.”

The tree is valued at $25,000 due to its size and age.

Town officials say trees growing in rights-of-way are town property and cannot be removed or pruned without explicit permission from the Hillsborough Tree Board.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalism is asked to contact Hillsborough Police Sergeant Chip White at (919) 732-9381, extension 34.

More information about the street trees can be found by calling staff for the Hillsborough Tree Board at (919) 732-1270, extension 74.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/police-seeking-information-after-vandals-damage-historic-hillsborough-tree

Final Suspect Arrested, Others Appear in Court for Killing Chapel Hill Teenager

Chapel Hill Police have arrested the fifth suspect in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager on Tuesday night.

Laquida Shuntae Poston. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Laquida Shuntae Poston. Photo via Blake Hodge.

The release announcing the arrest of 23-year-old Denzel Lamont Spikes, of Shelby, came after the other four suspects charged in the case made their first appearance in a Hillsborough courtroom on Thursday afternoon.

Those four suspects who were already in custody are 26-year-old Laquida Shuntae Poston from Shelby; 22-year-old Renaire Lewis II from Shelby; 30-year-old Thomas Oliver from Gastonia and 18-year-old Jalen Raekwon Hackney from Burlington. They have been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and accessory after the fact.

Thomas Oliver. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Thomas Oliver. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Orange County Assistant District Attorney Lamar Proctor said in court that the four were facing the accessory after the fact charge for driving Spikes to a Greensboro hospital so that he could receive treatment for a gunshot wound sustained during the shooting. Officials have not said how Spikes sustained that gunshot wound.

Proctor said the robbery charges stemmed from the suspects taking marijuana from the victims valued at $350 – $700 after the shooting.

Police say officers were called to a shooting off of Legion Road on Jackie Robinson Street near Adelaide Walters Street just before 10 o’clock on Tuesday night. Officers found two victims – both 18 years old – with gunshot wounds at the scene.

Malik Brown was pronounced dead at the hospital, while Tanner Cobb was listed in stable condition as of last update.

Renaire Lewis II. Photo via Blake Hodge.

Renaire Lewis II. Photo via Blake Hodge.

A youcaring page has been established hoping to cover the medical cost for Cobb and funeral expenses for Brown and a vigil is planned to remember Brown on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the four suspects who made first appearances on Thursday are due back in court on August 15. They are all being held without bond.

http://chapelboro.com/featured/final-suspect-arrested-others-appear-in-court-for-killing-chapel-hill-teenager

Vigil Planned as Chapel Hill Remembers Slain Teenager

Members of the Chapel Hill community are continuing to mourn the shooting death of an 18-year-old on Tuesday night.

An outpouring of support has flowed on social media following the death of Malik Brown. Tanner Cobb, also 18 years old, was injured in the shooting.

A school spokesperson confirmed that both victims had been students in the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School System in the past. The Chapel Hill High School Student Government Twitter account also sent a message of condolence saying Brown had been a student at the high school.

A youcaring page has been set up with hopes of raising money to cover the funeral expenses for Brown and medical expenses for Cobb, who was last listed in stable condition by officials.

Chapel Hill town manager Roger Stancil wrote in an e-mail to members of the Town Council and staff that the town’s Collaborative Response and Engagement Workgroup met to discuss an action plan to respond to the shooting.

Stancil added that Brown had been a resident of the Town’s Rainbow Heights community located off of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. Cobb was formerly a resident of Colony Woods public housing, according to Stancil.

Stancil added the town’s communications staff would be distributing information to public housing residents in Rainbow Heights and Colony Woods, including contact information for resources available to the residents. Those resources include the Crisis Unit.

A vigil is being planned for 6:30 Thursday night near the scene of the shooting on Jackie Robinson Street, which is off of Legion Road.

Four suspects are in custody and have been charged with several offenses – including first-degree murder – in relation to the shooting. Police are still looking for another suspect.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/vigil-planned-as-chapel-hill-remembers-slain-teenager

Chapel Hill Police Charge Man with Second-Degree Rape

Chapel Hill Police have charged a homeless man with second-degree rape of another homeless individual.

Police were called the to wooded area near Chapel Hill North on Tuesday night after someone, who police identified as a homeless individual, called 911 to report that another homeless male was “taking advantage” of a female. When officers arrived, they found a homeless female who was unconscious. It appeared she was suffering from some sort of overdose, according to police.

The suspect was identified as 54-year-old Herman Robinson and he was taken into custody on Tuesday night.

Officials say that the individual who reported the crime said that he approached the suspect during the act and that Robinson fled the scene at that point.

Robinson has a long criminal record mainly consisting of misdemeanor charges including trespassing, larceny and possession of alcoholic beverages on a public street.

Robinson is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $25,000 bond. He made his first appearance on Wednesday afternoon, and Robinson is set to be back in court on Monday.

No update was given as to the victim’s condition.

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/chapel-hill-police-charge-man-second-degree-rape

Police Looking for Suspect, Four Others Arrested After Teenager Killed in Chapel Hill

UPDATE: The fifth suspect has been arrested.

Five individuals have been charged in the shooting death of an 18-year-old late Tuesday in Chapel Hill.

Four of the five suspects are in custody and have been charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and accessory after the fact.

Those four suspects that have been arrested are 26-year-old Laquida Shuntae Poston from Shelby; 22-year-old Renaire Lewis II from Shelby; 30-year-old Thomas Oliver from Gastonia and 18-year-old Jalen Raekwon Hackney from Burlington.

Police say warrants have also been obtained for 23-year-old Denzel Lamont Spikes of Shelby. He is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Renaire Lewis, Jalen Hackney, Laquida Poston, and Thomas Oliver (Photos via Chapel Hill Police)

Police say officers responded to a shooting off of Legion Road on Jackie Robinson Street near Adelaide Walters Street just before 10 o’clock Tuesday night.

Officers arrived to find the two injured victims who were then transported to UNC Hospitals.

Police identified the victims on Wednesday morning as 18-year-old Malik Devon Brown Burnette, who was pronounced dead at the hospital, and 18-year-old Tanner Cobb, who is being treated at UNC Hospitals and is in stable condition, according to officials.

Police confirmed that both victims were Chapel Hill residents. A spokesperson for Chaple Hill – Carrboro City Schools did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding where the teens had attended school, if in the system.

Police say the incident was not random and that at least one victim and one suspect were known to each other. Officials said in an e-mail, “we believe this was a drug deal that escalated into a robbery” ending with shots being fired.

If anyone has information about this crime, particularly as to the whereabouts of Spikes, you are asked call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.

Officials say the Chapel Hill Crisis Unit is available to those in need of grief counseling.

 

Final Suspect Arrested, Others Appear in Court for Killing Chapel Hill Teenager

http://chapelboro.com/news/crime/police-looking-for-suspect-four-others-arrested-after-teenager-killed-in-chapel-hill