For months, authorities seemed content to let Bubba be Bubba.
First seen in August near Penrith and Odyssey drives, the goat eventually moved on to a vacant house off Cornwallis Road near Fayetteville Street. Then Bubba spent time at the GlaxoSmithKline campus in Research Triangle Park.
Jesus Huerta, the Riverside High School student who died Nov. 19 in the back of a Durham police officer’s patrol car, suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr.
“Whether that wound was accidental or intentional is unknown at this time,” Lopez told reporters during a news conference Wednesday at police headquarters.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe was voted the 2013 ACC Coach of the Year and Blue Devils junior Jamison Crowder was named first-team All-ACC at two different positions by the conference’s football head coaches, the league announced on Wednesday. Joining Crowder on the first team was Duke guard Laken Tomlinson and UNC tight end Eric Ebron.
Eight of the 71 charter school applications received by the state Department of Public Instruction have come from applicants who hope to open charter schools in Durham in August 2015.
The eight applications were among those received by DPI before the Dec. 6 deadline.
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A fire-service merger suggested by consultants would affect only the tax districts of rural Durham County’s five main volunteer fire departments, not the nonprofit groups that run four of them, a deputy county manager says.
The nonprofits that run the Bahama, Lebanon, Parkwood and Redwood departments “would still be in existence” even if county officials follow the advice they’ve been given to create northern and southern tax districts, Deputy County Manager Lee Worsley said.
The happiness expressed by Kentucky players after their victory over Boise State wasn't just because they played the type of game indicative of their abilities. For once, the 11th-ranked Wildcats had a performance to build from. That's a big issue for Kentucky (8-2), which faces another measuring stick Saturday at No. 18 North Carolina. The game will mark the young Wildcats' first on-campus road test after going 1-2 in neutral-site games.
Coach Adrian Jones and the Southern Spartans join John McCann on GameDay to talk about playing in the 3-AA state football championship game. A win on Saturday against the Crest Chargers would give Jones and the Spartans a state championship, the first in the school's history. The game is at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem at 7 p.m. GameDay is sponsored by The Maids of Durham and Chapel Hill.
SOUTHERN HIGH-OCTANE OFFENSE TO MEET CREST GROUND & POUND
Southern lights up scoreboards as if they were Christmas trees. Hanging points on teams never was a concern for Southern, favored in the preseason to make a deep run in the 3-AA playoffs. The knock on the Spartans was that they’d be in trouble if they really needed to stop somebody. Fact is, the Spartans could give up a bunch of points in shootouts but still win because Coach Adrian Jones, quite frankly, has so many weapons. Crest coach Mark Barnes knows all about the heavy artillery that Jones is working with and said his Chargers cannot get into trading points with the Spartans and expect to win Saturday’s state title game at Wake Forest University’s BB&T Field in Winston-Salem (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable channel 520). “Our goal (Saturday) night is to, quite simply — we don’t want to be involved in a shootout,” Barnes said. “We want to limit their number of snaps offensively because they are so explosive offensively. If they get us involved in a shootout, that’s going to be an advantage to them.” Says Jones of Crest, “They’re a smash-mouth football team. They’re going to run the ball. There’re no ifs, ands or buts about it — they’re going to run the ball.”
Nearly half of U.S. chief financial officers polled in a Duke University survey said they were reluctant to hire full-time workers because of the health care overhaul, according to a Duke Office of News & Communications release about the survey findings.
Police Chief Jose Lopez told reporters on Wednesday that Jesus Huerta, the 17-year-old Riverside High School student who died in the back of a Durham police patrol car on Nov. 17, died from a self-inflicted wound with a gun that hadn't been found when Officer Samuel Duncan searched him, while his hands were cuffed behind his back. "You'd be surprised what an individual handcuffed from behind can do," the chief said.
Darren Taylor, a 27-year-old man who was shot while sleeping in his apartment on Commerce Street early Saturday, has died of his injuries, according to Kammie Michael, spokeswoman for the Durham Police Department. No arrests have been made yet.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator A. Cristaldi at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
James Edward Walker Jr., 22, of Dearborn Drive in Durham turned himself in to police on Wednesday morning. He was charged with murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Patrick Danial Holmes, 24, on Fidelity Drive last week.
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SOUTHERN RIDES STRONG EMOTIONAL TIES INTO STATE 3-AA TITLE GAME
When East Region 3-AA championship coach Adrian Jones singles out Southern and Durham officials that are close to his program, he calls them family. ... That’s the way of the Spartans — family first. It’s why Southern will play for its first state title in football in a few days, Jones said. ... “We you’ve got a family that’s all together, it’s nothing better,” Jones said. “It’s hard to beat a family.” ... Shelby Crest, a run-first team out of Cleveland County, will have something to say about that at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Saturday (7 p.m., Time Warner Cable 520). But Southern hopes it has the answers.
A second man has been charged in connection with the shooting last week of two brothers at a vacant house on Grace Lane.