Blake Hodge

Barricaded Subject Taken into Custody in Carrboro

****UPDATE: Officials said that the subject was taken into custody shortly before 6 p.m. Friday.**** Carrboro Police are on the scene at Berkshire Manor West off of NC 54 West on Friday afternoon. Authorities said there is a subject barricaded at the apartments. A town spokesperson said police were called to the complex responding to reports of a potentially suicidal individual, who officials identified as a male. Authorities said the individual was allegedly armed. Law enforcement officials are asking motorists and residents to avoid the area until further notice. Residents of the apartment complex are being asked to avoid...

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Chapel Hill Decision on UNC Health Care Development Delayed Until Fall

As part of a lengthy agenda on Wednesday night for the final Chapel Hill Town Council meeting before the summer break, the council was expected to consider a request from UNC Health Care to redevelop university-owned property along 15-501 at the western intersection of Eastowne Drive near I-40. But at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting, Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said that the applicant had requested to speak before the council considered the request. UNC Health Care CEO and dean of the UNC School of Medicine Dr. William Roper then requested the item be pushed until the fall. “In...

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North Carolina Congressman Calls on Senate to Delay Supreme Court Nominee Votes

North Carolina 4th District Congressman David Price is calling for the United States Senate to delay voting on a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy until after this November’s elections. Senate Majority Leader Republican Mitch McConnell led Republicans holding open the seat formerly held by Justice Antonin Scalia following his death during the final year of the administration of then-president Barack Obama. The move was decried by Democrats, including Price, as a case of obstruction of the Senate’s constitutional duty. Price said in a statement on Wednesday that McConnell should now follow the precedent he set two...

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Pittsboro Police Investigating Hit and Run that Injured 2 Pedestrians

Pittsboro Police are asking for public assistance locating an individual who allegedly fled the scene after striking two pedestrians Wednesday night. Authorities said in a release that 27-year-old Dominique Bland and 30-year-old Vara Kricker were struck by a vehicle while walking in the street on Sanford Road around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle that struck the pedestrians fled the scene, according to law enforcement. Bland and Kricker were transported to UNC Hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Bland was released and Kricker was admitted for further treatment and is currently in stable condition, police said. Witnesses said the suspect...

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Feds: UNC Violated Title IX Laws

UNC violated Title IX anti-discrimination laws in its handling of sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints. That was the determination of the investigation by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights defined in a letter on Monday following a complaint filed in January 2013. The letter from federal officials detailed areas where UNC failed to comply with regulations, while also acknowledging that the university had implemented policy changes in an effort to come into compliance since the beginning of the investigation. The university “failed to provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints of discrimination, as required by...

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Carrboro School Presenting Plans for New Facility After Fire at Temporary Location

A public hearing is scheduled Tuesday night for a new preschool being proposed in Carrboro. The Wildflower Learning Community has big hopes for a new space after a fire engulfed the school’s temporary facility earlier this year. The fire occurred early in the morning of April 25 at a barn on Old Fayetteville Road in Carrboro. No children or staff were injured in the fire, but two goats were killed. The school was operating out of that facility for the academic year while finalizing plans for a new school constructed on Damascus Church Road. Now, the Town of Carrboro...

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Emergency Bridge Repairs Force Chapel Hill Road Closure

A bridge in Chapel Hill has deteriorated faster than anticipated and is forcing the closure of a roadway to allow for repairs to take place. Town officials said the work will force the closure of a portion of a neighborhood road running parallel to Weaver Dairy Road near East Chapel Hill High School. Perry Creek Drive will be closed between Pebble Springs Road and 201 Perry Creek Drive beginning at noon on Tuesday. “Safety of our residents and visitors is our top concern,” Chapel Hill emergency management coordinator Vencelin Harris said in a release. “We take detours seriously. We...

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PSNC Crews Replacing Pipeline Along Estes Drive in Chapel Hill

Utility work is taking place along Estes Drive in front of University Place mall in Chapel Hill and is expected to be in place for several weeks. Crews have been setting up in the mall parking lot over the last two weeks preparing to begin the work. Mall management officials said in an email that the work is expected to continue throughout much of the summer. A large staging area surrounded by a fence has been established in the mall parking lot. PSNC Energy is replacing 1.5 miles of an existing pipeline in Chapel Hill, according to its website....

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Chapel Hill Public Library Turns Goat Clearing into Educational Opportunity

The Chapel Hill Public Library was overrun with kids on Thursday. That may not sound unusual for the summertime at the library, but there was a wider variety than normal as the group included 24 goats brought in by Carrboro-based Goat Squad. Library employees and visitors eagerly awaited the arrival of their four-legged counterparts with goat-themed activities on Thursday. Library experience assistant in the youth and family division Martha Waters also showed off her best goat impression before the professionals were dropped off for their work for the day. Marketing and communication manager for the Chapel Hill Public Library...

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Chapel Hill Advocacy Group Holding Public Forum Amid Clear Cutting of Trees

While several large pieces of property are in process or set to soon be clear cut, community advocates are holding a meeting Thursday night after a request to the Town of Chapel Hill. Approximately 15 acres at the corner of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard and Estes Drive are being clear cut of the trees that have been a hallmark of the property. That area is just up Estes Drive from another property that was recently clear cut in advance of a retirement residence development that is being built. And across Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, there is approximately...

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