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Chapel Hill Police Identify Shooting Victim

Chapel Hill Police identified 23-year-old Zackary Richard Upton as the victim in last week’s shooting. Upton, police said in an update on Monday, is continuing to recover at UNC Hospitals and is in fair condition. Upton was struck once after police said multiple shots were fired at the 1701 North Apartments complex on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard just before 11 p.m. last Wednesday. Police said initially that they believed “this is an isolated incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the community.” Authorities said on Monday that the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information...

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UNC Releases Cost Figure Associated with Silent Sam

UNC – Chapel Hill has spent approximately $390,000 on an increased police presence around the Confederate monument on the university campus known as Silent Sam. The figure, which was first reported by the News & Observer, covers the fiscal year from July 2017 through June 2018. That time frame also aligns with the protests that occurred around the statue following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was killed when a white supremacist drove his vehicle into a crowd. That rally came after the City of Charlottesville was set to remove Confederate monuments from city-owned...

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Chapel Hill Bridge Reopens to Vehicle Traffic

A bridge in a Chapel Hill neighborhood has reopened to passenger vehicles after safety concerns caused its closure last month. Perry Creek Drive between Pebble Springs Road and 201 Perry Creek Drive was scheduled to reopen to passenger vehicles in Thursday. The road was closed for more than two weeks after a third party contractor found “the structural integrity of a large drainage culvert where Perry Creek Drive crosses a creek to be compromised,” according to the release. “We appreciate the patience of our community during this closure,” Emergency Management coordinator Vencelin Harris said in a release. “We know...

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Durham Tech Reopening Orange County Campus Monday

****UPDATE: Durham Tech’s Orange County campus is scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 16, after a power outage and disabled water system forced the school to close Thursday and Friday.**** Durham Tech’s Orange County campus remains closed Friday. The campus was initially closed Thursday “due to the lack of power and a disabled water system,” according to the school’s website. Officials said the facility in Hillsborough will be closed until electricity and water can be restored. Duke Energy initially reported that nearly 500 customers were without power in Hillsborough after a vehicle damaged power equipment late Thursday morning. But...

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Growing Number of Local Elected Official Sign Letter to ‘Abolish ICE’

Carrboro Alderman Damon Seils has been one of the organizers among local elected officials calling for the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be abolished. Seils was one of the North Carolina elected officials as of Wednesday night – the majority of whom were from Chatham, Durham or Orange County – who signed onto a letter urging federal lawmakers to “Abolish ICE.” Seils said that he signed onto the letter not only because of the increased enforcement that has led to families being separated at the southern United States boarder but also due to the raids that were...

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Chapel Hill Police Investigating Shooting

Chapel Hill Police are investigating a late-Wednesday night shooting. Authorities said in an overnight release that officers were dispatched to a reported shooting at the 1701 North Apartments complex on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard around 10:55 p.m. Wednesday. That address places the shooting near the intersection of Martin Luther King Junior Blvd and Weaver Dairy Road in northern Chapel Hill. One 23-year-old male victim was transported to UNC Hospitals with a single gunshot wound, police said in an update Thursday after the initial release said the victim was shot multiple times. Authorities said there were multiple shots fired...

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Monterrey Mexican Restaurant Moves Chapel Hill Locations

The popular Monterrey Mexican Restaurant has moved its Chapel Hill location from Elliot Square on Elliot Road. The restaurant has opened a replacement location at Rams Plaza at the site of the old Bailey’s sports bar, which closed in 2016. There was new signage up for Monterrey with a “Coming Soon” banner at the Rams Plaza location on Monday. Signs had gone up at the Elliot Square location by Wednesday telling would-be patrons that the restaurant had moved to the new location up Fordham Boulevard in the Blue Hill District. Monterrey is continuing to operate its Carrboro location on...

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State Officials Once Again Tasked with Setting Orange County Early Voting Details

The four members of the Orange County Board of Elections could not agree to unanimously vote on an early voting plan on Tuesday ahead of this year’s elections. That means, as it did in 2016, the state Board of Elections will ultimately establish the early voting hours and locations in Orange County. County Board of Elections chair Jamie Cox said after Tuesday’s meeting that he did not believe the board would be able to come to a unanimous proposal before the approaching deadline. “I think it’s highly unlikely given what my colleagues signaled their priorities and intentions were,” Cox...

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Maurice Jones Named Chapel Hill Town Manager

The Chapel Hill Town Council voted Tuesday night to name Maurice Jones the new town manager, replacing the retiring Roger Stancil. Jones has served as the city manager in Charlottesville, Virginia, since December 2010, according to the town’s website. He served as Charlottesville’s assistant manager prior to that. Jones served as the communications director for Charlottesville in 1999 before moving to the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs  in 2005. Jones is from Dale City, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University. His hiring as town manager is effective August 20, 2018. His starting salary is $210,000....

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Chatham County Breaking and Entering Suspect Arrested After Sheriff’s Office Facebook Post

A Facebook post from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office asking for help identifying a breaking-and-entering suspect has led to an arrest. Authorities posted photos to the social media site on June 22 after receiving reports of multiple break-ins in Pittsboro. Surveillance video captured images of the suspect and vehicle after the individual had allegedly stolen cash from a safe at one location on June 20. Law enforcement then shared those photos on Facebook, leading some residents to recognize the suspect and share that information with deputies, according to a release. “Our deputies believe in working closely with the community...

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