News: Local

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 05:35 PM

Durham man found innocent almost 40 years later

Almost 40 years after Willie Henderson Womble, 60, was convicted of murdering a man in Butner, a special three-judge panel in Granville County found him innocent of the crime.

In June, the state's Innocence Inquiry Commission recommended that the panel review Womble's case.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 04:23 PM

TV actress shares story with Hillside students

Television actress and Hillside High School alum April Parker Jones must have given out 100 or more hugs Friday during a visit to her alma mater to talk with Wendell Tabb’s drama students.

Parker Jones, in town this weekend for her 20th class reunion, also posed for 100 or more selfies.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 04:12 PM

Raleigh Little Theatre brings free preview of 'Brother Wind' to Durham

For the second year in a row, Raleigh Little Theatre, in partnership with Hayti Heritage Center, is bringing a free, preview event to Durham.


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 04:17 PM

Local briefs, Oct. 18

  • Golden Leaf Awards nominations sought
  • Homecoming at St. John’s Missionary Baptist
  • Haircuts help McDonald House this weekend          
  • Conversation on race Thursday
  • RSVP seeking volunteers
  • DHS Class of ’65 reunion set
  • Summit on domestic violence to be held


Oct. 17, 2014 @ 03:31 PM

Pantry in need donations

A local food pantry says it is in dire need of help to stock its shelves.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 03:06 PM

Independent Animal Rescue saves lives

It was a pitiful sight: A kitten with a broken leg trying to drag himself across U.S. 15-501 in Durham.

But a Good Samaritan saved the day. She got out of her car on the busy highway and scooped him up. Surgeons fixed the kitten’s leg, and he’s doing well now.

Oct. 17, 2014 @ 01:46 PM

WADE & KENAN: Duke hosts Virginia, UNC hosts Tech

Duke and UNC host ACC games with potential post-season implications today, while surprising N.C. Central travels to Baltimore for a showdown with MEAC foe Morgan State.

Oct. 16, 2014 @ 06:01 PM

Man arrested on firearm charges

A Durham man was arrested Thursday morning on charges stemming from a shooting Oct. 3 on Elizabeth Street near Commerce Street.

The person fired on was not injured.

Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:40 PM

Commissioners worried about further mental-health mergers

County Commissioners aren’t particularly sold on or happy about the idea that the state may soon force a further consolidation of the groups that orchestrate mental-health care for Medicaid recipients.

Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:19 PM

RDU offers Wake rolling 1-year lease of Crabtree trail land

The RDU Airport Authority has offered Wake County a rolling, year-to-year lease extension for a 149-acre tract south of Interstate 40 that houses Lake Crabtree County Park’s walking and bike trails.

Oct. 16, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Woman pleads guilty to financial aid fraud

A Durham woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to making false statements on student financial aid application on Oct. 9.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 04:56 PM

Police log, Oct. 17

  • Police charge man after standoff
  • Collisions send multiple people to area hospitals
  • Man charged with assault

Oct. 16, 2014 @ 04:51 PM

NCCU to host health disparities conference

N.C. Central University will host a two-day conference Oct. 22-23 focusing on strategies for researching and addressing health disparities, according to the NCCU Office of Public Relations.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 04:47 PM

UNC lung researchers, Durham biotech to partner

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine researchers will be partnering with a Durham-based biotechnology company to test treatment strategies to help patients with lung disease using a $7.7 million grant.


Oct. 16, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

New program helps inmates learn life skills, earn GED

A new initiative at the Durham County Detention Center is helping young offenders prepare for life outside of the jail walls.

Modeled off a similar program in the Wake County Detention Center run by the Literacy Council of Wake County, the program has two components -- a GED education program and a life skills program.