Blake Hodge

Arrests Made in Hillsborough Bank Robbery

***UPDATE: Hillsborough Police say the second suspect, Kelly Lashaun Wiley, has also been taken into custody. Police say Wiley was arrested late Thursday night in Siler City by Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputies. He is being held at Chatham County Detention Center under a $300,000 secured bail bond. He was charged with three counts of common law robbery for bank robberies in Apex, Graham and Hillsborough. Additional charges for common law robbery in different locations are pending.*** Hillsborough Police have arrested 27-year-old Rebecca Amy Stasko on Thursday in connection with a bank robbery earlier in the week. Police say Stasko was...

Read More

UNC Students Give Car to Community Member

Tracy Theissen drew a deep gasp when she found out that UNC students had raised enough money to provide her with a new Honda Odyssey minivan. “No it’s not,” Theissen exclaimed when told the new van was hers. “I wasn’t prepared for that.” The minivan, courtesy of Crown Honda at Southpoint, will help Theissen get around as she gives back to the community. Theissen works part-time driving and transporting things from the Special Olympics. She is also a breast cancer survivor in addition to being diabetic and struggling with fibromyalgia. “I have so many doctor appointments that I have...

Read More

Two UNC Football Players Named to Tropic Bowl Roster

Two members of the 2015 UNC football team will take part in the inaugural Tropic Bowl this weekend. Recent Tar Heel graduates Shakeel Rashad and Justin Thomason were selected to play in the game on Sunday, January 17, at North Miami Stadium. The Tropic Bowl is intended to give NFL scouts a chance to see some of the draft-eligible players before the selections are made in April. Rashad was a third-team All-ACC selection for his performance during his senior campaign that finished with 126 tackles, including a team-high 8.5 tackles for loss, while the Tar Heels had one of...

Read More

UNC Seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson Named to Wooden Watch List

Two UNC seniors have been included among the 25 college basketball players on the Wooden Award midseason watch list. Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige were named to the list released on Wednesday. Carolina is one of four schools with two players on the midseason list, joining Gonzaga, Kansas and Kentucky. Johnson leads the Tar Heels in scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Johnson also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in field goal percentage making 64 percent of his field goal attempts. Paige is averaging just over 15 points per game since returning from a...

Read More

Chapel Hill Police Looking for 3 Suspects in String of Larcenies

Chapel Hill Police have obtained warrants for three suspects in connection with a series of larcenies. The larcenies were committed at multiple retail locations around Chapel Hill between September 2015 and January 2016, according to a release. Police are looking for Coy Lamonte Saunders, Theodore Martin Jr., and Desmond Elpedia Collins. Saunders is charged with three counts of felony larceny from a merchant and three counts of felony conspiracy to commit larceny. Martin and Collins are each charged with one count of felony larceny from a merchant and one count of felony conspiracy to commit larceny. Chapel Hill Police...

Read More

He’s Not Here Remains Open Under Agreement with ABC

The alcohol permits for He’s Not Here will be suspended for 21 days and the bar will be fined $15,000 under an offer in compromise ratified by the North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control Commission. The agreement was ratified during the board’s monthly meeting on Wednesday. Commission chair James Gardner says he was reluctant to go along with the agreement. “This particular location has had a bad history,” he says. “And I hope, for their sake, we don’t see them back in front of this commission again. Because I don’t think the results will be the same.” He’s Not Here...

Read More

Durham Murder Suspect Arrested in Chapel Hill

A man wanted in connection with a November homicide in Durham was arrested in Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Durham Police say 26-year-old Jamol Louis Dixon, of Durham, was taken into custody without incident Wednesday afternoon on North Columbia Street by members of the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force. Dixon was wanted in connection with the shooting of 32-year-old Sanna Manneh. Officer found Manneh when police responded to a report of a shooting just before 11 o’clock the night of November 18. Police say Manneh was found dead at the scene at Liberty Street and Peachtree...

Read More

Durham Police Investigating ‘Suspicious’ Death of Teenager

Durham Police are investigating what police are calling a “suspicious” death reported on Tuesday. Authorities say officers were dispatched to 211 Stokes Street just after midnight on Tuesday morning to assist EMS. When officers arrive, police say they found 18-year-old Alondra Gonzalez Mejia unresponsive in her room. Officials say she was taken to the hospital, where she died on Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Pate at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29341or CrimeStoppers at (919) 683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify...

Read More

Hillsborough Police Obtain Warrants for Bank Robbery Suspects

Hillsborough Police have obtained arrest warrants for two suspects in a bank robbery earlier this week. Authorities say police are looking for 27-year-old Rebecca Amy Stasko, of Moncure, and 37-year-old Kelly Lashaun Wiley, of Goldston, in connection with the Monday morning robbery of CommunityOne Bank at 102 Millstone Drive. Arrest warrants were issued for Stasko and Wiley on a charge of common law robbery. Wiley is also wanted on an outstanding warrant for a New Year’s Eve robbery of a First Citizens Bank in Apex, according to police. Officials say investigators have been working with the FBI and the...

Read More

Orange County School Board Fills 1 Vacancy Announces Another

Members of the Orange County Board of Education voted on Monday to appoint Dr. Millicent Rainey to fill the seat on the board left vacant when Lawrence Sanders resigned. Dr. Rainey will hold the seat until July 1, 2016, according to a release. At that point, the winner of the March 15 primary will take office. The release says Dr. Rainey retired after working in school system and was a member of the Community Visioning and Engagement Committee. Board Chair Donna Coffey said in the release: “Dr. Rainey, an Orange County native and graduate of Orange County Schools, has...

Read More