Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Arrest Made in Tuesday's Sexual Assault
The Chapel Hill Police Department arrested Kameron Dwayne Ballen of Althorp Drive, Raleigh, at 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, for a sexual assault reported on Tuesday, Oct. 10. He was arrested on Pinegate Circle in Chapel Hill and charged with one felony count of second-degree forcible rape.
Ballen is being held at the Orange County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.
Previously released: The Chapel Hill Police Department is seeking information about a sexual assault that was reported at around 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10.
The victim reported the suspect as a dark-skinned, black male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, and approximately 20 years old. The incident was reported in the area of Eastowne Drive, near U.S. Highway 15-501 (Fordham Boulevard) and I-40.
If you have information about the incident, please call the Chapel Hill Police Department during regular business hours at 919-968-2760 or at any time of day call either 911 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to arrest.