News: Local

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:56 PM

Police beat

Durham woman reported attempted robbery

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:47 PM

Livestock show teaches life lessons

It is raining and humid at the agricultural facility at Orange High School in Hillsborough. Here, two market steers, a posse of goats and lambs, and a contingent of market hogs are being groomed, having their hair done, and even receiving some fine-detailed ear cleansing.
It is the eve of the Central Piedmont Livestock show, held today and Thursday on Orange Grove Road in Hillsborough. For more than six decades, youths from Durham, Person, and surrounding counties have shown animals at the show that are judged, and eventually sold. While the show has endured, some things have changed.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 05:00 PM

Duke breast cancer researcher honored for Women’s History Month

It wasn’t until the day after Kimberly Blackwell returned from Joe and Jill Biden’s home – where close to 100 of this generation’s most successful female leaders packed together to celebrate Women’s History Month – that the impact of mingling with greats such as Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, CNN Crossfire anchor Stephanie Cutter, Girls on the Run founder Molly Barker and countless others really hit her.

“To be standing with this group of women and to realize that we are making history was so invigorating,” Blackwell said. “But truthfully the real kicker for me came when I was driving my son to school the day after the event, and he asked me if I was around when women weren’t allowed to vote.

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

Durham prosecutors can seek death penalty in child's killing

Durham prosecutors can seek the death penalty in the January shooting death of a 9-year-old boy, a judge ruled Tuesday.

District Attorney Leon Stanback confirmed that his office plans to seek the death penalty against Everett Lamont Graves, 23, who is charged with shooting Jaeden Sharpe and his mother, Lakeisha Holloway, in an SUV about 6 p.m. Jan. 4 on Lucas Drive. Jaeden died six days later after he was taken off life support. His mother survived.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 09:30 PM

Police review board not seeking additional powers

City officials should try harder to publicize their willingness to investigate complaints about the Durham Police Department, says a board that monitors the work of the department’s internal affairs unit.

But the Civilian Police Review Board on Monday stopped well short of asking City Manager Tom Bonfield for a vastly increased role in the process of disciplining officers, as groups critical of police want.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 08:56 PM

Local briefs

  • Morehead Planetarium hosting science expo
  • N.C. Central promotes library importance
  • UNC library holds used-book sale
  • Cornucopia, Peru Project host fashion show fundraiser
  • Legion barbecue chicken sale Friday
  • DA, judicial candidate forum Thursday
  • Army chief of staff to speak at Duke Friday
  • Southern High Class of ’59 reunion slated

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 06:52 PM

New Durham bottle shop set to open

Sam’s Bottle Shop, a new craft beer shop in southern Durham, opens Thursday.

The shop is a sister location to the craft beer store Sam's Quik Shop on Erwin Road near the Ninth Street shopping district.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 08:25 PM

Health Department seeks attention to septic-tank problems

Hoping to forestall future evictions, Durham Department of Public Health officials say they want to work with local banks and the County Commissioners to create a program that would subsidize septic-system repair and replacement.
More than 3,000 septic systems in rural Durham are over 30 years old, putting them at risk of a costly-for-the-homeowner failure, said Chris Salter, the department’s environmental health director.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 05:04 PM

Federal complaint filed over UNC’s ‘paper courses’

A Durham-based student-athletes rights organization has filed a federal complaint against the University of North Carolina over so-called “paper courses” at the college.

The Student Athletes Human Rights Project alleges in its complaint to the federal Office for Civil Rights that UNC athletes – particularly black males – were shuttled into classes in the Department of African, African American and Diaspora Studies that never met and only required a term paper at the end of the semester.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 04:49 PM

Police log

Woman charged in Durham stabbing

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 04:46 PM

Durham educators issue endorsements

The Durham Association of Educators has endorsed two incumbents and two newcomers in the upcoming primary election for the Durham Public Schools Board of Education.

The group, led by President Andrea Underwood, seemed pleased with the roster of candidates in the running.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 04:35 PM

Durham Food Bank to open new warehouse

The number of empty stomachs in Durham is growing, and that’s why the Food Bank is about to open a larger warehouse.

A ribbon-cutting for the 29,000-square-foot branch at 2700 Angier Ave. is set for 10 a.m. Thursday and will increase capacity by 60 percent.
The Durham location has seen an 83 percent increase in need since it opened in 1999, according to Christy Simmons, public relations manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 11:31 PM

Court upholds Northside parking rules

N.C. Court of Appeals judges say Chapel Hill officials have the right to ticket Northside landlords who allow tenants to park more than four cars in front of a rental house.

Apr. 07, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Third largest Durham CROP Walk turns 40

The third largest hunger walk in the nation started Sunday at Duke University.

About 2,000 people gathered in front of Duke Chapel for the 40th Annual Durham CROP Hunger Walk. Cool temperatures accompanied those embarking on the five-mile walk along with lots of enthusiasm.

“It’s such a great community event,” said Kaaren Johanson, the walk coordinator. “It brings so many people together. We’re working on building this into an event, not just a walk.”

Apr. 06, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Police Beat

Local teen accused in assault