Winter Storm Inga Update
Chapel Hill is cleaning up after Winter Storm Inga dumped more than 6 inches of snow on the town. Public Works crews are focusing on clearing Town-maintained streets, bridges, overpasses and trouble spots. The NC Department of Transportation is focusing on the five major roads through Chapel Hill (Franklin Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Columbia Street, Fordham Boulevard, Manning Drive, and South Road/NC Highway 54).
Meeting cancelations: Wednesday's Chapel Hill Town Council regular business meeting is canceled. Wednesday's Chapel Hill Cultural Arts Commission meeting is canceled. The Meet the Author Tea scheduled for Thursday has been canceled and may be rescheduled for a later date.
Town facilities will be closed on Thursday. This includes Parks and Recreation facilities (including the Aquatics Center on Homestead Road), the Chapel Hill Public Library and other public-facing facilities.
Charges Given in Saturday Armed Robbery
The Chapel Hill Police Department charged Roman Gonzalez, 16, of 605 Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, in connection with an armed robbery that took place Saturday, Dec. 30.
Gonzalez was being held in Orange County Jail at the time and has been charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He remains at Orange County Jail under an $85,000 secured bond. His first appearance for these charges was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Saturday’s incident took place around 12:20 p.m. in the area of Kensington Trace Condominiums. The suspect designated the area as a meeting spot to sell the victim a cell phone the suspect had listed on Craigslist. When the victim arrived, the suspect got into the victim’s vehicle and displayed a black and gray hand gun. The suspect took the victim’s wallet then fled on foot leaving the victim unharmed.
Choose a Safe Location
The Chapel Hill Police Department parking lot is always available as a meeting place for Craigslist transactions. Visitor spots are designated as you first drive into the lot. If you feel you are in harm’s way while making a transaction, regardless of where it’s taking place, call 911 immediately.