News: Local

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 06:30 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather in carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man fire two shots into an 83-year-old grandfather during a carjacking in 2010.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Witness: Man shot 83-year-old grandfather during carjacking

A witness told a Durham County Superior Court jury Wednesday he saw a man shoot an 83-year-old grandfather twice during a carjacking in 2010.
Pete Tatum was testifying in the murder trial of Robert Earl Wilkerson, 30, in the death of George Junior Pratt, who was shot on his birthday.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:04 AM

Durham education’s future topic of forum

The plight of teachers dominated the discussion Tuesday during a political forum for candidates seeking election to the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

Candidates for the board’s District 1, 2 and 3 seats shared opinions on a wide range of subjects, including strategies to attract good teachers, career status (also known as tenure) for teachers, neighborhood schools and whether traditional public schools and charter schools can coexist.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 10:15 PM

For Senior Games competitors, life just beginning

There’s not enough glucosamine in the world to make the knees and hips of senior citizen Vonda Feamster move like that.

Feamster did a supremely kinetic number on Tuesday during the opening ceremony for the Durham Senior Games & SilverArts Showcase, and she’d hardly caught her breath inside the Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park before hopping back on stage to belly dance with some ladies who call themselves The Golden Genies.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 09:36 PM

Solar project gets board’s go-ahead

An Arizona company obtained permission from Durham’s Board of Adjustment on Tuesday to erect a solar-power array in the northern part of the county off Red Mill Road.

Sunlight Partners’ project will occupy a vacant, 50-acre parcel near Falls Lake.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 06:48 PM

Police response to fast-food protest draws fire

City officials have fielded a complaint about the way police handled a protest, this time one that targeted two fast-food restaurants in north Durham.

It took issue with the decision of officers to cite two participants in the April 3 protest for violations of the city noise ordinance, for allegedly using a bullhorn after receiving orders not to.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:50 PM

Health event includes food trucks, games

Durham County Department of Public Health officials will host a celebration of Public Health Month on Friday with food trucks, games and more.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building at 414 E. Main St.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 04:44 PM

Orange County has 9th rabies case in 2014

Orange County Animal Services has received its ninth positive rabies test result of the year, this time involving a raccoon, according to the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health. 

The county recorded 12 positive cases last year and also in 2012.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Ronald McDonald House breaks ground on expansion

Jamie Owen is from Rosman, N.C., which is about five hours from North Carolina Children’s Hospital, where her son, Lane, 16, is being treated for meningitis.

Owen said her son was hospitalized after what looked like gangrene had started to consume her son following extensive scabbing during his treatment for meningitis. She’s been living in the Ronald McDonald House in Chapel Hill since February while Lane receives care.

Apr. 22, 2014 @ 02:14 PM

Police log

Durham man pepper-sprayed after backpack theft

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:33 PM

A performance full of urgency, hope and joy

Bill T. Jones’ “D-Man in the Waters” is the latest splash in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s continuance of the legacy its founder, Alvin Ailey.  In 1958, Ailey had formed his repertory company to perform not only his work but the dances of other gifted choreographers. The company performs Part I of Jones’ 1989 “D-work” in its Wednesday program at UNC’s Memorial Hall.

“Alvin Ailey really loved Bill T. Jones when Jones was first starting out,” Battle said in a telephone interview. In fact, Ailey had commissioned Jones’ first work, “Fever Swamp,” premiered in 1983 by the Ailey company, according to the company’s website. 

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 10:28 PM

Durham council passes tower, Jack Tar incentives

City Council members on Monday approved a $4 million business-incentive package for a downtown project they hope yields a 26-story skyscraper and the renovation of the former Jack Tar Motel.

The 6-1 vote was the first of two likely by month’s end, as county officials have been asked to match the city’s offer to Austin Lawrence Partners.

Apr. 23, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Stakeholders share thoughts on next Durham superintendent

Only a handful of people turned out to have their say at a Monday forum about the next Durham Public Schools superintendent.

But those who attended brought plenty of ideas to share with Iowa-based Ray & Associates, the firm hired by the DPS Board of Education to conduct the district’s search for a new superintendent.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 06:53 PM

Police alliance endorses Andrews, Aus

Incumbent Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews and would-be District Attorney Brian Aus are among the candidates endorsed by the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance.

The organization’s 12-member board held a political screening Friday and recommended Andrews and Aus, as well as:
- Charles Blackwood for Orange County Sheriff.
- Incumbent Doretta Walker for her judicial seat.
- Challenger Steven Storch for the judicial seat currently held by Pat Evans.

Apr. 21, 2014 @ 05:59 PM

Police log

Man facing sex charges was scout leader