Woman reports scam threat
CARRBORO – A 42-year-old Carrboro woman reported her husband was a victim of a sweepstakes scam and since then, they have been threatened with death if they didn’t send more money.
The woman reported her husband received a call saying he had won a sweepstakes. He sent money to claim his prize and then realized he had been scammed. The family blocked the phone number of the scammer, but then received another call from a number with the same area code, 876, the area code of Jamaica, and the caller demanded that she send money to Jamaica.
“The caller stated, ‘I will send someone out to your house to kill you because I know your address,” a police report stated.
If people receive a call from the area code 876 and don’t know anyone in Jamaica, they should be wary that the caller may be a scammer.
UNC police recover stolen property on spike
CHAPEL HILL – UNC police recovered stolen property Wednesday afternoon after receiving a tip that the stolen property was on a spike on the roof of Student Stores, located at The Pit on the UNC campus.
The stolen property was dark blue and white and appeared to be some sort of headgear that had the face of a blue devil.
When police were informed that a head of similar description had been stolen from Duke University, someone climbed up on the roof about 3:45 p.m., retrieved the head of the Blue Devil mascot cosstume, and UNC police returned it to Duke.
Police charge man in double shooting
DURHAM – Police arrested a 19-year-old Durham man for allegedly shooting another man Jan. 21.
Police charged Adam Yunus Coovadia Wednesday, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school.
Police allege that Coovadia shot Brandon Neville and that Neville shot Coovadia on the 900 block of Trinity Avenue.
Both men were transported to a hospital for their wounds, but Neville, 20, of Waterford Valley Drive was released before police filed charges against him. Police are still trying to locate Neville.
A third man, Cedric Lamar Green, 20, of Autumn Ridge Drive, was charged with one count of possession of a stolen firearm.
Coovadia posted a $50,000 bond and was released.
Tools stolen from construction site
DURHAM – Durham police are investigating the theft of about 70 tools, worth a total of $16,634, from a construction site on Northeast Creek Parkway in southeastern Durham.
The theft was discovered Monday morning and reported about 6:45 a.m.
Several construction companies and construction workers reported that their tools had been stolen over the weekend.
Men charged for heroin
DURHAM – Police charged Theodus Lewis Williams, 42, of Farm Street, Henderson and Elton Bernard Vass, 49, of Merriman Street, Henderson with possession with intent to sell and distribute heroin and conspiracy to sell and distribute heroin early Wednesday.
The two men were arrested about 2 a.m. at Holloway and Muldee streets, near the Highway 70 interchange.
The men had 5.7 grams of heroin, according to a police report
Police also charged Williams with maintaining a vehicle or dwelling to manufacture, keep or sell a controlled substance.
Williams’ bond was set at $8,500, and Vass’s bond was set at $7,500, police reports said.
Small fire reported at high school
CARRBORO – Police are investigating a case of possible arson at Carrboro High School.
Shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, an officer working at the school was alerted there was a fire in a bathroom in the D wing.
The officer reported he smelled smoke and saw flames coming from a trash can when he opened the door of the bathroom. The principal was attempting to extinguish the fire with water, he wrote in the report.
The officer pulled the fire alarm “because the smoke was not setting off any of the detectors.” He also called the 911 dispatcher to say it appeared the fire was contained but there was heavy smoke in the bathroom.
The school was temporarily evacuated. The officer wrote he plans to look at security cameras to determine if he can identify the person who started the fire.