News: Local

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 07:43 PM

DPS magnet shift comes as surprise

Janice McCarthy is the parent of a rising 9th-grader. McCarthy entered her son in a magnet school lottery hoping to land one of the valued seats in popular Durham School of the Arts. He wasn't selected and has enrolled in a charter school as his options are erased.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 07:35 PM

STUDENT TEACHERS: Educators get hands-on robotics training

After a while, Will Jones and two other teachers who spent their afternoon at Duke University on Tuesday assembling a project for their robotics class could see the truth in the old adage “measure twice, cut once.”

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 07:13 PM

Juan Alva withdraws from City Council race; cites health concerns

Citing concerns for his continued recovery from brain surgery, Juan Alva said Tuesday he is withdrawing his candidacy for Durham City Council.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Jury selection continues in Carlos Riley Jr. trial

Prosecutors have approved 12 jurors for the trial of a man accused of shooting a Durham police officer in the thigh during a traffic stop. The defense, however, resumes its questioning of prospective jurors in the case Wednesday, July 29 in Durham County Superior Court.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

Police log: Police seek car theft suspect

Demario Martez Jones, 27, has been charged with stealing vehicles from the Discovery Way, Cascade Falls Lane, Courtney Creek Boulevard, Holly Grove Way, and Scots Pine Crossings areas during June.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

Kania released on bond in Hillsborough

UNC-Chapel Hill student Chandler Kania posted a $1 million bond Tuesday and was released from the Orange County jail pending his trial on three counts of second-degree murder related to a triple-fatality car wreck.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 06:12 PM

Ex-Durham mayor moves into NCDOT top slot

Former Durham mayor Nick Tennyson has been named acting secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation following the Tuesday resignation of Secretary Tony Tata.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

Housing options for homeless vets sought

A challenge to end homelessness among Durham military veterans by the end of the year has hit a roadblock.

Jul. 28, 2015 @ 05:16 PM

Duke study: Shooting priorities are teachable

It only takes a split second to pull a gun’s trigger, but research completed at Duke University suggests it’s possible to train soldiers and police to use that time to make better decisions about whether to shoot or not.

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 07:05 PM

Man arrested on shooting, robbery charges

As Durham police were arresting a man on shooting and robbery charges Friday afternoon, they spotted a second wanted suspect at a fast-food restaurant drive-through.

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 06:38 PM

Man accused of shooting officer pleads guilty to 1 charge

Carlos Riley Jr., accused of shooting a Durham police officer in the thigh during a traffic stop, pleaded guilty Monday to possession of a firearm by a felon, but has pleaded not guilty to other charges as his trial begins in Durham County Superior Court.

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 06:28 PM

Contractor responds to non-payment allegations for hotel work

The contracting company accused of not paying subcontractors for work on the new Residence Inn downtown says these allegations are false.

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 06:51 PM

Residents spurn policy for removing ‘ghost bikes’

What is one person’s “nuisance” is another’s reminder of a life cut too short.

It’s also a problem facing the city once again as a complaints filed in the past few weeks with the General Services department forced the removal of memorials dubbed “ghost bikes.”

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 05:19 PM

Local briefs, 7-28

  • Police seek missing person
  • Roundabout to be installed at Durham intersection
  • Vigil to honor Joy Mart victim
  • Durham ‘Love Stories’ recording day

Jul. 27, 2015 @ 04:03 PM

Duke police release sketch of robbery suspects

The Duke University Police Department has released an artist’s sketch of the two suspects from an armed robbery committed along Swift Avenue on Friday.