The aisles at Los Primos Supermarket were so jammed Wednesday afternoon that shoppers were frozen in place.
No one complained.
They knew that at the end of the line, the cashier would say: “No charge!”
A fire-service merger suggested by consultants would affect only the tax districts of rural Durham County’s five main volunteer fire departments, not the nonprofit groups that run four of them, a deputy county manager says.
The nonprofits that run the Bahama, Lebanon, Parkwood and Redwood departments “would still be in existence” even if county officials follow the advice they’ve been given to create northern and southern tax districts, Deputy County Manager Lee Worsley said.
The largest office tenant in the new downtown Diamond View building, FHI 360, has moved into its new office space.
Jesus Huerta, the Riverside High School student who died Nov. 19 in the back of a Durham police officer’s patrol car, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr.
“Whether that wound was accidental or intentional is unknown at this time,” Lopez told reporters during a news conference Wednesday at police headquarters.
Eight of the 71 charter school applications received by the state Department of Public Instruction have come from applicants who hope to open charter schools in Durham in August 2015.
The eight applications were among those received by DPI before the Dec. 6 deadline.
Police Chief Jose Lopez told reporters on Wednesday that Jesus Huerta, the 17-year-old Riverside High School student who died in the back of a Durham police patrol car on Nov. 17, died from a self-inflicted wound with a gun that hadn't been found when Officer Samuel Duncan searched him, while his hands were cuffed behind his back. "You'd be surprised what an individual handcuffed from behind can do," the chief said.
Darren Taylor, a 27-year-old man who was shot while sleeping in his apartment on Commerce Street early Saturday, has died of his injuries, according to Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department. No arrests have been made yet.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator A. Cristaldi at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
James Edward Walker Jr., 22, of Dearborn Drive in Durham turned himself in to police on Wednesday morning. He was charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Patrick Danial Holmes, 24, on Fidelity Drive last week.
A second man has been charged in connection with the shooting last week of two brothers at a vacant house on Grace Lane.
Members of the Duke University community bowed their heads and clasped hands Tuesday night within Duke Chapel, remembering freedom fighter and president of South Africa Nelson Mandela just days after he died.
“We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes,” said Duke Chapel Dean Luke Powery, leading the pews of supporters in prayer. Displayed at the front of the pews was a poster that read, “Mandela for President - The People’s Choice!” Mandela smiled, warm and inviting, in the portrait.
A long-awaited study urges Durham County officials to tighten their oversight of Durham’s five “volunteer” fire departments, consider merging some and think about handing over the coverage responsibilities of others to the city.
The scruffy bandit who sought to rob several banks in the past two weeks may finally get a close shave with the law.
A woman apparently killed herself by stepping in front of an Amtrak train Tuesday morning.
The incident came just eight days after Joseph Mewborn, 20, was struck and killed by the Piedmont on its daily route between Raleigh and Charlotte.
Durham police on Tuesday arrested a second man in connection with the shooting of two teenage brothers, ages 14 and 16, at a vacant house on Grace Lane last week.
Christopher Taylor Johnson, 25, was charged with two counts of attempted murder. His arrest comes just days after investigators charged Thomas Deangleo Griffin, 19, also on charges of attempted murder.
The wounded boys remain in the hospital in stable condition, according to police spokeswoman Kammie Michael.