News: Local

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:57 PM

UNC: Alert message system failed after hold-ups

UNC officials are looking into what Chancellor Carol Folt termed a “completely unacceptable” failure of the system they use to warn students, faculty and staff of on-campus safety threats. The review follows a pair of armed robberies that happened on campus at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. Campus police are looking for two men who were in a white, four-door sedan and used handguns to threaten their victims.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 07:53 PM

31 store workers cited in alcohol targeting sting

The Durham Police Department’s High Enforcement Abatement Team (HEAT) 2 unit and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) conducted an operation targeting alcohol sales to minors July 17. “Employees at 31 locations were cited for selling alcohol to minors,” spokeswoman Kammie Michael said. “Employees at nine of the 31 locations asked for identification but still sold the alcohol, according to officers. Two employees were cited at one location.”

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

9 displaced as lightning sets house ablaze

Nine people were displaced Thursday after lightning hit their house and set it on fire, officials said. No one was hurt.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 06:16 PM

Davis, Religious Coalition seeks curb on violence

City Councilman Eddie Davis spoke to the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham on Thursday about community action following the U.S. Department of Justice’s April report on violence in Durham.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 05:46 PM

Durham workers rally behind call for $15 wage

Fast food and homecare workers gathered outside of the McDonald’s restaurant at 102 W. Morgan St. Thursday for another rally as part of the national Raise Up for $15 movement.

Jul. 23, 2015 @ 03:47 PM

Another way to tell a story: Library to present Durham Comics Fest

The main events of Durham County Library’s fifth annual Durham Comics Fest happen Saturday, July 25 at Southwest. Writers and visual artists Jimmy Gownley, Nick Bertozzi, Jim Ottaviani and Malcolm Goff will be teaching workshops. Also taking place will be a comic book swap and a local artists alley.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:39 PM

Police log: DPD seeks public help in suspect search

The Durham Police Department is seeking assistance in locating a suspect wanted in a July 2 robbery of Lagos Meat Market on Hillsborough Road.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:18 PM

UNC student to face more charges in fatal crash

More charges will be filed against a UNC-Chapel Hill student charged in a Sunday morning wrong-way crash on Interstate 85 that killed three people, including a driver and her granddaughter. A fourth person was critically injured.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:11 PM

City Council returns from ‘summer break’

Traffic-stop issues, condo-related land sales by city on docket

Thursday’s 1 p.m. public work session will see the police department make a presentation concerning its 2014 traffic stop data, a report which was released in mid-March and is used to determine if there race- or bias-based policing is taking place. ... Another matter that will come before the City Council Thursday is the sale of land for a 35-unit condominium project near Durham Central Park.


Jul. 22, 2015 @ 04:37 PM

UNC having success in faculty-retention fight

Figures from 2013-14 suggest that fewer UNC faculty sought outside job offers, “a good thing” for a university that wants to keep its best professors, Provost Jim Dean told campus trustees Wednesday.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 04:31 PM

Engineering, fine arts programs OK’d for Durham Tech

The N.C. State Board of Community Colleges has approved Durham Tech’s request to offer the associate in engineering degree program this fall.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 04:20 PM

Program to recap public health history

A day of work at the Durham County Department of Public Health during the 1910s and 1920s would make for interesting office water cooler discussion today.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 05:13 PM

BEATING THE ODDS: Expanded CPR training saving lives in Durham

A woman was jogging with her fiancé in Durham when he collapsed from a heart attack, but she administered CPR and revived him. First responders arrived and took over, but he might have died without her help. Stories like that keep Capt. David Jacobs of the Durham Fire Department committed to a program that’s close to his heart: Training as many Durham residents as possible in CPR.

Jul. 22, 2015 @ 03:42 PM

RUNNING FROM THE CALL: Rev. William Daye put off becoming a preacher for a decade

The Rev. William Daye was the 12th child in his family, growing up in northern Durham County near Lake Michie. His father was a church deacon and a tenant farmer.