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download download a beautiful free full featured news app designed to keep you updated on all durham news around you. the durham nc news app is designed to keep you updated on the latest news and events in durham, north carolina and surrounding suburbs as well as national news. news categories covered include - weather, top stories, breaking news, sports, politics, tech news, business news, traffic and much more. give this app a try - you won't be left in the dark and will always know what's going on. durham, north carolina news app supported features: durham nc news, national news and world news- in app breaking news notifications- easy fluid reading of news images and content. personal calendar- personal todo list manager- personal note taker- available on and offline reading. designed f






family continues to search for man’s body after he was lost in the delta – the m


antioch — the last image friends and family members remember of brad durham is his outstretched hand right before he disappeared beneath the choppy delta waters.durham went missing on saturday and his friends and family continue to search every day for his body.durham had been out boating with a friend, when they went to pick up his girlfriend, tammy miller, and her friend to go swim off sand beach. they returned back to the antioch-oakley pier to go fishing and as they were putting the anchor down, the wind blew durham’s hat off.the hat stayed still in the water for a little bit while they dropped the anchor in the boat. since it hadn’t moved, durham thought it would be fine to jump in and grab the hat, which was just out of reach.“it happened really fast and he instantly looked troubled






indianapolis college student killed by school bus identified


indianapolis (ap) — coroners have identified a college student who was struck and killed by a school bus on a downtown indianapolis campus.the marion county coroner’s office said tuesday that 18-year-old fatima hassuneh died of multiple blunt force injuries.indiana university-purdue university indianapolis says hassuneh was crossing a street with the right of way monday afternoon when the bus hit her as it turned left.an indianapolis public schools spokeswoman says the bus was operated by contractor durham school services. no students were aboard the bus at the time.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.police say the bus driver is cooperating with investigators.durham school services general manager charles brown said in a statement the company is “deeply saddened by t






police: man shot to death by north carolina officer


durham, n.c. — authorities in durham say a police officer has shot and killed a man on the north side of the city.the herald-sun of durham reports (http://bit.ly/2kz0jxj) durham police department spokesman wil glenn said a person shot by police was killed wednesday around 2:20 p.m. no other details were immediately available.televised aerial views of the neighborhood showed officers using crime-scene tape to keep people at bay. small crowds gathered in the street and in front yards near the shooting scene.it's the second shooting by law enforcement in durham in the past three days. on sunday, a north carolina highway patrol trooper shot a 31-year-old man to death during what officials described as an "armed confrontation" following a traffic stop.the state bureau of investigation is lookin






california girl hit by car walking to bus stop awarded $36m


san bernardino, calif. (ap) — a california jury has awarded $36.1 million to the family of an 11-year-old girl who was seriously injured when she was struck by a car while crossing the street to board a school bus.attorneys for isabella escamilla sanchez say the san bernardino jury reached a verdict thursday afternoon.sanchez was walking to a bus stop in october 2012 when she was hit by a car in highland.her attorneys say she suffered a traumatic brain injury and fractures to her neck, arms and legs. they say she’ll require around-the-clock nursing care for the rest of her life.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.sanchez’s family sued the school bus company, durham school services, alleging its employees failed to prevent mid-street crossings and violated company poli






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download download service in the city or county of durham, north carolina, is now just a touch away with the introduction of the durham one call smart phone app. with just one touch, you can now find the latest information and services offered by the city and county. learn about or request services such as waste collection, recycling, potholes, street repairs, litter, unsightly properties, water and stormwater services. use this smartphone app or call 919-560-1200 to launch a service request that will connect you with the appropriate department.






‘the heist took about 3 minutes and 40 seconds’: meet the ‘born burglar’ who sto


some people are born teachers. some people are born footballers. i’m a born burglar.” so says octave durham, who stole two priceless vincent van gogh paintings on the evening of dec. 7, 2002.more than 14 years after he and an accomplice clambered onto the roof of the van gogh museum here, broke a window with a sledgehammer and lifted the canvases off the wall, durham has finally come clean about his involvement in one of the most infamous postwar art heists.he did so in a 45-minute documentary that will show on dutch television tuesday, the same day the museum plans to return the two canvases — recovered in september from the home of an italian mobster’s mother — to public view.the confession has no legal impact for durham, who was convicted in 2004 and served just over 25 months in prison






schools considered for alternate control whittled to 6


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — six academically low-performing elementary schools in four local districts are still being considered to participate in a new north carolina program where outside school operators are hired to run them.an arm of the state public school system announced friday an original list of 48 qualifying schools has been whittled down based on review of other data. the schools that remain come from the durham, northampton and robeson county schools and the nash-rocky mount district.officials within the north carolina innovative school district will now visit the schools and analyze their needs.the innovative school district’s superintendent will recommend at least two schools to the state board of education in november. charter school operators or other organizations would lead th






post office painting of native americans called demeaning


durham, n.h. — a decades-old mural at a post office in new hampshire is coming under attack from critics who say its portrayal of native americans is demeaning.the 16-panel mural was put up in 1959 and depicts life among the earliest settlers in durham. one painted panel shows a native american posing in a threatening manner with a settler's house in the distance and the words "cruel adversity."town officials say the panel was based on a 1694 massacre in which about 250 wabanaki warriors attacked a settlement in what is now durham and killed or imprisoned 100 settlers.members of the state commission on native american affairs have called for the mural to be removed or covered. they argue it's demeaning to native americans.the town is considering several options.






jeremy corbyn interrupted during durham gala speech


labour leader jeremy corbyn was interrupted during his speech at the durham miners' gala.the labour leader told the woman "i'll talk to you in a moment" as she was led away amidst booing from the crowd.






3 more charged in toppling north carolina confederate statue


durham, n.c. — three more people have been charged with toppling a confederate statue in north carolina earlier this month.durham county jail records show that jessica nicole jude, joseph baldoni karlik and qasima rohan elise wideman were arrested monday and later released. jail records show each faces charges related to rioting and property damage.an attorney representing the three, scott holmes, declined to comment on their arrests.eight others had already been arrested previously on similar charges of tearing down the confederate statue in front of a government building in durham. the bronze soldier was pulled down aug. 14 by protesters who climbed a ladder and attached a rope.the toppling came in the aftermath of a white nationalist rally in virginia that turned deadly.






man pleads not guilty to murder in 5-year-old’s death


mckee, ky. (ap) — a man accused of killing a 5-year-old kentucky boy after throwing his mother from a cliff has pleaded not guilty to murder.media report lonnie jay belt appeared in jackson county district court on monday to answer to the charge in the death of james spoonamore. an arrest citation says he admitted to striking the child in the head several times with a metal object.belt pleaded not guilty last week to charges of kidnapping, assault and tampering with evidence related to an attack on the boy’s mother, jessica durham. police say durham was beaten and pushed off a cliff, but survived.police found spoonamore’s body about a half-mile from where durham had been located.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.belt has a preliminary court hearing set for sept. 25.






state report faults north carolina jail in teen's suicide


durham, n.c. — an investigation by north carolina authorities shows that guards at a county jail failed to properly check on a teen shortly before she hanged herself.the news & observer of raleigh, citing the state department of health and human services, reports that durham county jail officers failed to check on 17-year-old uniece fennell regularly and did not report a tip from another inmate that the girl was a threat to herself.the girl was found hanged march 23. the office of the medical examiner ruled fennell's death a suicide. she had been in jail since last july on a murder charge. she had been accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting.new durham jail director col. anthony prignano said he's implemented new policies to make sure officers are checking on inmates in accordance






3 more charged in toppling north carolina confederate statue


durham, n.c. — three more people have been charged with toppling a confederate statue in north carolina earlier this month.durham county jail records show that jessica nicole jude, joseph baldoni karlik and qasima rohan elise wideman were arrested monday and later released. jail records show each faces charges related to rioting and property damage.eight others had already been arrested previously on similar charges of tearing down the confederate statue in front of a government building in durham. the bronze soldier was pulled down aug. 14 by protesters who climbed a ladder and attached a rope.the toppling came in the aftermath of a white nationalist rally in virginia that turned deadly.a lawyer for the previously charged protesters didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment a






north carolina rolls back 'bathroom bill'; aclu says change falls short


bathroom signgerry broome / apthis may 12, 2016, file photo shows a sign outside a restroom at 21c museum hotel in durham, n.c. this may 12, 2016, file photo shows a sign outside a restroom at 21c museum hotel in durham, n.c. (gerry broome / ap)






state report faults north carolina jail in teen’s suicide


durham, n.c. (ap) — an investigation by north carolina authorities shows that guards at a county jail failed to properly check on a teen shortly before she hanged herself.the news & observer of raleigh, citing the state department of health and human services, reports that durham county jail officers failed to check on 17-year-old uniece fennell regularly and did not report a tip from another inmate that the girl was a threat to herself.the girl was found hanged march 23. the office of the medical examiner ruled fennell’s death a suicide. she had been in jail since last july on a murder charge. she had been accused of being involved in a drive-by shooting.new durham jail director col. anthony prignano said he’s implemented new policies to make sure officers are checking on inmates in accor






durham police ai to help with custody decisions


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the system has been tested for three years and is now being readied for a live pilot police in durham are preparing to go live with an artificial intelligence (ai) system designed to help officers decide whether or not a suspect should be kept in custody.the system classifies suspects at a low, medium or high risk of offending and has been tested by the force.it has been trained on five years' of offending histories data.one expert said the tool could be useful, but the risk that it could skew decisions should be carefully assessed.data for the harm assessment risk tool (hart) was taken from durham police records between 2008 and 2012.the system was then tested during 2013, and the results - showing whether suspects did in fact offend or not - were






durham police to give drug addicts heroin in bid to cut crime


image copyrightpaimage caption ron hogg, county durham's police, crime and victims' commissioner, believes current policies have not proved successful heroin addicts are to be given the class a drug in supervised "shooting galleries" as police bid to tackle drug-related crime.durham police is to become the first force in the country to introduce a scheme in which users are treated with diamorphine - medical grade heroin.ron hogg, county durham's police, crime and victims' commissioner, says such treatment lowers offending levels.opponents claim trials have not shown significant benefits.mr hogg told bbc newcastle existing national policies had not been effective and pointed to six-year trials in darlington, london and brighton which he said had helped wean users off the drug.addicts were g






walker art center exhibit raising new questions from american indian artists


on the heels of the “scaffold” controversy, walker art center is facing new questions from the american indian community as it opens a touring retrospective of work by american artist and former american indian movement activist jimmie durham.durham, 76, has long said he is cherokee. but new research casts doubt on that claim. and the walker has avoided labeling his ethnicity in promotional materials for the show, organized by the hammer museum in los angeles, where it was presented last winter.durham, who declined to be interviewed for this story, employs symbols typically used in native american art but has resisted being called an “indian artist.” in a rare interview with the new york times, he said, “i am perfectly willing to be called cherokee. but i’m not a cherokee artist or indian






andrew kittredge returns to tacoma for triple-a all-star game


kittredge starred at ferris high in spokane, played two years at uw and spent six seasons in the mariners’ organization before being traded last november to the rays’ organization. he will play in wednesday’s triple-a all-star game in tacoma for the durham bulls.tacoma — since andrew kittredge played baseball in high school, nearly every segment of his career has included a trail that leads back to washington state.he played four years at ferris high school in spokane, becoming one of the top recruits in the state. then, kittredge spent two seasons at the university of washington, pitching typically as a reliever his freshman year before starting 15 games his sophomore year.after playing six seasons in the minors with the mariners’ organization, kittredge is now with the tampa bay rays’ cl






judge: evidence in deadly school bus crash to remain sealed


chattanooga, tenn. (ap) — a judge says evidence collected from a tennessee bus crash that killed six school students must remain sealed to protect the 24-year-old bus driver’s constitutional rights while he faces criminal prosecution.police say johnthony walker was speeding in november while driving 37 elementary students home from school. the bus left a curvy road, hit a utility pole, overturned and hit a tree. walker was charged with vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving in the chattanooga crash.several families are suing walker and his employer, durham school services, over the crash.the chattanooga times free press (http://bit.ly/2mxltjm) reports hamilton county circuit court judge j.b. bennett told plaintiffs’ attorneys monday that they cannot yet see video fo






judge disciplined for offering to pay teenage girl's fine


image copyrightpaa judge has been disciplined for offering to pay a fine for a teenager who stabbed her abuser in the stomach.the 15-year-old girl had admitted attacking the man, who sexually assaulted her as a child.after giving her a two-year youth rehabilitation order, the judge offered to pay a fine, known as a victim surcharge, on her behalf.but following complaints, judge jonathan durham hall qc was disciplined for not demonstrating impartiality.the judicial conduct investigations office said the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice had considered judge durham hall's comment about the surcharge and issued him with "formal advice".the judge had stated that he would pay the victim surcharge himself if the defendant was forced to pay.the sanction is the lowest penalty that can be






judge disciplined for offering to pay teenage girl's fine


image copyrightpaa judge has been disciplined for offering to pay a fine for a teenager who stabbed her abuser in the stomach.the 15-year-old girl had admitted attacking the man, who sexually assaulted her as a child.after giving her a two-year youth rehabilitation order, the judge offered to pay a fine, known as a victim surcharge, on her behalf.but following complaints, judge jonathan durham hall qc was disciplined for not demonstrating impartiality.the judicial conduct investigations office said the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice had considered judge durham hall's comment about the surcharge and issued him with "formal advice".the judge had stated that he would pay the victim surcharge himself if the defendant was forced to pay.the sanction is the lowest penalty that can be






one dead and one hurt at sedgefield motocross event


one person has died and another seriously injured at a motocross event in county durham.the male rider, who has not been named, came off his bike at the privately-run event at low hardwick farm, near sedgefield, at about 13:00 bst.he was taken to hospital in middlesbrough but was confirmed dead shortly before arrival, police said.a woman rider in her early 30s suffered serious injuries about an hour later at which point the event was closed.a spokesman for durham police said: "we took the decision on safety grounds to close down the privately-run event, which involved around 100 participants and 300 spectators."we understand the formal investigation is likely to be led by the local authority, but we are carrying out initial inquiries into the circumstances. "with two very serious incidents






one dead and one hurt at sedgefield motocross event


one person has died and another was seriously injured at a motocross event in county durham.the male rider, who has not been named, came off his bike at the privately-run event at low hardwick farm, near sedgefield, at about 13:00 bst.he was taken to hospital in middlesbrough but was confirmed dead shortly before arrival, police said.a woman rider in her early 30s suffered serious injuries about an hour later at which point the event was closed.a spokesman for durham police said: "we took the decision on safety grounds to close down the privately-run event, which involved around 100 participants and 300 spectators."we understand the formal investigation is likely to be led by the local authority, but we are carrying out initial inquiries into the circumstances. "with two very serious incid






disabato: homewood-flossmoor finds week 2 football foe in north carolina


when homewood-flossmoor coach craig buzea was notified in late april that hammond, ind. wasn't going to honor its week 2 contract to play the vikings, he sensed big trouble.his spidey senses proved correct."i probably called 25 to 30 schools personally that listed they had an opening," buzea said. "all of them said they had already filled their opening."which may have been the case. but understand something: the number of football teams willing to schedule h-f are dwindling. those are the consequences of going 66-18 the past seven seasons. according to buzea, that's the main reason hammond, which absorbed a 54-6 loss last season to h-f, broke its contract. the wildcats subscribe to the theory if you can't beat' em, drop' em from the schedule, even though every team in indiana qualifies for






judge disciplined for offering to pay teenage girl's fine


image copyrightpaa judge has been disciplined for offering to pay a fine for a teenager who stabbed her abuser in the stomach.the 15-year-old girl had admitted attacking the man, who sexually assaulted her as a child.after giving her a two-year youth rehabilitation order, the judge offered to pay a fine, known as a victim surcharge, on her behalf.but following complaints, judge jonathan durham hall qc was disciplined for not demonstrating impartiality.the judicial conduct investigations office said the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice had considered judge durham hall's comment about the surcharge and issued him with "formal advice".the sanction is the lowest penalty that can be imposed in instances where it is decided disciplinary action is appropriate.the girl, who was initially






girl struck by car as she walked to 'unsafe' school bus stop awarded $36.1 milli


every morning on her way to first grade at bonnie oehl elementary school in highland, isabella sanchez crossed a residential street mid-block to catch her bus.one morning about two months into the 2012 school year, she dashed across and was struck by a car. she flew 70 feet into the air, her attorney said, before landing on the pavement and going into cardiac arrest several times.isabella, 6 at the time, survived. but she was in a coma for three months, and had a traumatic brain injury and fractures to her neck, arm, leg and pelvis. she was in a wheelchair and needed 24-hour care.courtesy gina fernandesisabella sanchez has undergone extensive rehabilitation after she was struck by an oncoming car.isabella sanchez has undergone extensive rehabilitation after she was struck by an oncoming ca






n. carolina trooper shoots driver after confrontation


durham, n.c. — authorities say a north carolina highway patrol trooper shot a driver to death during an "armed confrontation" when he fled following a traffic stop.the highway patrol says a trooper tried the stop a driver for a lane violation and erratic driving around 1 a.m. sunday in durham county.authorities say the driver at first wouldn't stop, then got out of his vehicle and fled on foot. the patrol says an "armed confrontation" followed, and the trooper shot the driver. the patrol did not say whether the driver was armed.the driver died at a hospital. the trooper is on leave while state authorities investigate, which is standard practice.the races of the trooper and the driver were not immediately released.






girl struck by car as she walked to 'unsafe' school bus stop awarded $36.1 milli


every morning on her way to first grade at bonnie oehl elementary school in highland, isabella sanchez crossed a residential street mid-block to catch her bus.one morning about two months into the 2012 school year, she dashed across and was struck by a car. she flew 70 feet into the air, her attorney said, before landing on the pavement and going into cardiac arrest several times.isabella, 6 at the time, survived. but she was in a coma for three months, and had a traumatic brain injury and fractures to her neck, arm, leg and pelvis. she was in a wheelchair and needed 24-hour care.courtesy greene broilett & wheeler, llpisabella sanchez has undergone extensive rehabilitation after she was struck by an oncoming car.isabella sanchez has undergone extensive rehabilitation after she was struck b






duke university removes statue of confederate general


durham, n.c. (ap) — duke university has removed a statue of confederate gen. robert e. lee days after it was vandalized.the university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early saturday morning from duke chapel amid a national debate about monuments to the confederacy. a statue of lee was at the heart of a violent protest in charlottesville, virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.university president vincent price said in a letter to the campus community that he consulted with faculty, staff, students and alumni about the decision to remove the statue. officials discovered early thursday that the statue’s face had been damaged by vandalism. lee was among 10 historical figures depicted at the chapel.on monday in downtown durham, a bronze confederate statue was torn down by demons






electrical odor forces american airlines flight to divert


morrisville, n.c. — an american airlines flight has made an unscheduled landing at a north carolina airport after a strong electrical odor was detected on board.spokeswoman katie cody said flight 1889 from charlotte to hartford, connecticut, was diverted to raleigh-durham international airport, where it landed safely at 5:01 p.m. friday.cody said three crewmembers were taken to the hospital as a precaution. she said a maintenance crew is evaluating the airbus 320.a statement from raleigh-durham said six others on the flight were checked out by medical responders, but declined to go to the hospital.another american flight diverted on its way to charlotte. flight 1866 from providence, rhode island, to charlotte, reported an engine-related issue en route and diverted to hartford. no one was h






judge disciplined for offering to pay teenage girl's fine


image copyrightpaa judge's offer to pay a fine for a teenager who stabbed her abuser was misconduct, it has been ruled.the judicial conduct investigations office said a comment made by judge jonathan durham hall qc in april 2016 failed to demonstrate impartiality.it received complaints after he told the 15-year-old he would cover a victim surcharge if she was forced to pay.the judge told the girl it would be "cruel" to send her to jail and instead handed her a rehabilitation order.the jcio said the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice had considered judge durham hall's comment and issued him with "formal advice".the sanction is the lowest penalty that can be imposed in instances where it is decided disciplinary action is appropriate.the girl, who was initially charged with attempted






durham police to give drug addicts heroin in bid to cut crime


image copyrightscience photo libraryimage caption under the scheme, heroin will be provided in medically supervised conditions heroin addicts are to be given the class a drug in supervised "shooting galleries" as police bid to tackle drug-related crime.durham police is to become the first force in the country to introduce a scheme in which users are treated with diamorphine - medical grade heroin.ron hogg, county durham's police, crime and victims' commissioner, says such treatment lowers offending levels.opponents claim trials have not shown significant benefits.mr hogg told bbc newcastle existing national policies had not been effective and pointed to six-year trials in darlington, london and brighton which he said had helped wean users off the drug.addicts were given the opiate in consu






wednesday's first four ncaa tournament play-in games


today's play-in games dayton, ohio (trutv)california davis (22-12) vs. north carolina central (25-8), 5:40 p.m.the winner gets the no. 16 seed in the midwest regional and faces kansas on friday in tulsa, okla. uc davis, which went 11-19 last season, is a school of 35,000 students west of sacramento and is playing in the tournament for the first time as a division i school. n.c. central, a black school of 8,000 students in durham, is in the ncaa tournament for the second time in six seasons since moving to division i.providence (20-12) vs. southern california (24-9), 8:10 p.m.the winner gets the no. 11 seed in the east regional and faces southern methodist on friday in tulsa. this is a rematch of last year's first-round matchup that saw ninth-seeded providence beat eighth-seeded usc 70-69,






autopsy: man shot in back by north carolina state trooper


raleigh, n.c. — an autopsy shows that a black man killed by a north carolina state trooper earlier this year was shot in the back.the autopsy released monday by the state medical examiner's office found that 31-year-old willard scott was hit once in the lower back and once in the buttock in february in durham. it says he died from the wounds after massive blood loss.the highway patrol has said the shooting happened after a foot chase and "armed confrontation." authorities say a non-police handgun was found at the scene.the durham naacp chapter released a statement saying that scott's family is urging prosecutors to consider charging the officer, who is white.the department of public safety said trooper jerimy mathis was placed on leave while state agents investigate the shooting.






duke university removes statue of confederate general


durham, n.c. — duke university removed a statue of gen. robert e. lee early saturday, days after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the confederacy.the university said it removed the carved limestone likeness early saturday morning from duke chapel where it stood among 10 historical figures depicted in the entryway. another statue of lee was at the heart of a violent protest in charlottesville, virginia, that turned deadly a week ago.university president vincent price said in a letter to the campus community that he consulted with faculty, staff, students and alumni about the decision to remove the statue. officials discovered early thursday that the statue's face had been damaged by vandalism."i took this course of action to protect duke chapel, to ensure the vita