News: Local

Oct. 15, 2014 @ 11:50 AM

Police remain at apartments in Durham after break-in call leads to evacuation

The Durham Police Department is still on scene at an apartment complex on the 4800 block of Danube Lane.


Oct. 14, 2014 @ 08:02 PM

State Fair comes to N.C. Children’s Hospital

Kids at the N.C. Children’s Hospital applauded a one-man band and gasped at juggling and BMX tricks as performers from the N.C. State Fair brought their acts to the hospital’s play area.

Mark Dobson, a one-man band who plays 9.1 different instruments simultaneously, has toured around the world doing “every type of gig you can think of,” but didn’t get into the one-man band scene until about four years ago when he filled in for the only other one-man band in the country with a similar sound.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 06:54 PM

Court upholds conviction in break-in case

Justice might be blind, but sheriff’s deputies and a jury don’t need to be when a list of stolen property includes a limited-edition commemorative coin that honors the inventor of Braille, a N.C. Court of Appeals panel says.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 06:37 PM

Chapel Hill police investigating downtown death

Chapel Hill police received a call Tuesday afternoon of a body in the parking lot of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at 300 East Rosemary Street. They arrived and determined the unidentified person was dead.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:50 PM

Police log

  • Two men arrested after attempted robbery
  • Footprint leads to arrest in Chapel Hill
  • UNC police searching for person of interest
  • Arrests made in September break-in

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:39 PM

RDU wants local incentives for new international air routes

RDU’s managers are poised to seek $2.1 million in local-government and business-sector subsidies to support new international flights, most likely to Paris or Frankfurt.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

School at risk of losing its charter

A Durham charter school that opened its doors only a year ago could already be in danger of losing its charter because of its poor performance on the recent round of state tests.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 07:08 PM

Man who killed wife outside school sentenced

A Carrboro man who fatally shot his wife as she sat in a carpool lane at Mary Scroggs Elementary School in May 2012 was sentenced to 30 to 42 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to kidnapping.

Oct. 14, 2014 @ 02:23 PM

DA won't seek death penalty in Durham pastor's death

District Attorney Jim Woodall said in court Tuesday he won't seek the death penalty against Matthew John Reed, who is accused of murdering a Durham priest.

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 06:29 PM

Lawyer seeks to name UNC administrators in Willingham suit

The attorney for former UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist Mary Willingham is seeking to add Chapel Hill administrators to the retaliation lawsuit that she filed against the school and UNC system.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 04:29 PM

Local briefs, Oct. 14

  • Bull City Chicken Coop Tour coming up
  • City releases DPAC 2013-14 season financial results
  • Night fishing available at Lake Michie in November
  • Pentecostal Fellowship reunion planned
  • Hillside reunion class hosts Legacy Walk
  • Military retirees club seeking members
  • Durham Bennett College alums plan awards breakfast

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

N.C. State Fair to keep ‘family atmosphere’

The N.C. State Fair, which opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 26 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh, is a safe place to be, N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler said Monday.

He cut to the chase during the N.C. State Fair media preview, addressing concerns about safety at the fair. Multiple people were injured on the Vortex ride at the fair last year, and the criminal case has not moved forward yet, Troxler said, but the fair is doing everything it can to keep people safe.

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 03:28 PM

Family, lost cat reunited after 4 months

A family that refused to give up hope got a surprise last week: Their cat that was missing for four months had been found.

The 4-year-old long-haired cat known as Stewart (nicknamed Pickles) ran out of Sandy Boone’s RV on June 18 while it was parked at Duke Primary Care on Pickett Road. Her son, Griffin Winn, 17, was already in constant pain from a bone disorder. But when Stewart, whom he calls his “little brother,” slipped away, he was in emotional turmoil as well.

Oct. 13, 2014 @ 02:06 PM

Durham mothers take steps to legally recognize family

It only took five minutes to file the paperwork that was the first step in the culmination of a legal battle launched more than two years ago.


Oct. 13, 2014 @ 03:51 PM

Durham grants marriage licenses to same-sex couples

For the first time Monday, same-sex couples got marriage licenses from the government and were legally married in Durham.