Police log

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 07:34 PM

Struck pedestrian dies of injuries

DURHAM - Osahon Osifo, the 23-year-old pedestrian struck on LaSalle Street on Monday night, died Tuesday.

Osifo was crossing LaSalle near Campus Walk Avenue about 11:20 p.m. when he was struck by a Honda Accord driven by Yu Chen, 27, of Durham.

No charges have been filed in the case. The accident remains under investigation by the Durham Police Department's traffic services unit.

Bat proves 12th positive rabies case in 2013

DURHAM - The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health has confirmed that a bat recently trapped by Durham County sheriff's deputies tested positive for rabies. That makes it the 12th known case of rabies in Durham this year.

On Nov. 16, an officer with the Animal Services division responded to a home in the 4500 block of Ryan Street. A resident had called to report that she discovered a bat in the home. The officer captured the bat and sent it to the lab for testing. No people or pets are known to have been in contact with the bat before it's capture, said Deputy Paul Sherwin, public information officer for the sheriff's office.

Sheriff's deputies have sent 128 animals to the state lab for testing this year, including dogs, cats, bats, foxes, opossums, rabbits, squirrels and raccoons. Durham had no confirmed rabies cases in 2012, Sherwin said.

For a map of confirmed rabies cases in Durham, see related PDF.

Robbers strike twice on Roxboro Street

DURHAM - Two armed robberies were reported within about 24 hours of each other on North Roxboro Street last week.

On Nov. 13, a 59-year-old woman told police she was in her vehicle at the BB&T ATM in the 5000 block of Roxboro at 8:14 p.m. when a man approached her car, stuck a knife in the window and demanded her wallet and keys. She gave him the wallet, but sped away rather than give up the keys, police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

She described the suspect as a black man, 18 to 23, at least 5 feet 7 inches tall and of medium build. He wore a bandana over his face and a hoodie pulled down over his head. 

The next night, at the Shoe Show in the 3500 block, two men -- one armed with a gun -- entered the store and demanded money, Michael said. The employee on duty fled to the back of the store and the suspects fled without taking anything. Both men wore blue bandanas over their faces, police said. No arrests had been made in either incident as of Wednesday.

Man reports sweepstakes prize scam

DURHAM - A Durham man on Sunday told police he was ripped off by a phony sweepstakes representative.

Someone claiming to be from a sweepstakes company called the victim and told him that he had won, but he couldn't claim his prize without paying several fees, investigators said. He sent several checks, totaling $7,700, but received no winnings.

In other news:

  • Michael Joseph-Kawika Holland, 34, of Overland Drive in Durham was arrested Monday and charged with assault with serious bodily injury and non-support of a child. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $16,020 bond.
  • Abdul Hakeemkhasib Muhammad, 28, of Hemlock Avenue in Durham was arrested Monday and charged with possession of a stolen firearm, larceny, resisting an officer and breaking and entering into a motor vehicle. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $35,000 bond.
  • Christina Renee Weathersbee, 23, of Penny Road in Raleigh was arrested Monday and charged with embezzlement of controlled substances and trafficking in opium or heroin. She was held in the Durham County Jail under $25,000 bond.
  • Lerico Yates, 20, of Delchester Court in Durham was arrested Monday and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was held without bond in the Durham County Jail.
  • On Nov. 17, someone reported that a thief broke into a 2005 Land Rover in the 100 block of Morcroft Lane and stole a $450 purse, $180 cash, a $150 Kindle Fire tablet, a passport and a $100 wallet.
  • Mandisa Richardson, 24, of Durham was arrested Nov. 9 and charged with larceny by employee, accused of embezzling $4,600 and a $100 gift card from the Burlington Coat Factory store in the 3500 block of North Roxboro Street. She was released from the Durham County Jail after posting $1,000 bond.

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