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.
Counterfeit Ticket Seller Charged
The Chapel Hill Police Department on Wednesday charged Brandon Micheal Goodall, 25, of Chicago, IL, with one count of felony Attempt to Obtain Property by False Pretense and one count of misdemeanor Criminal Use of Counterfeit Trademark. Goodall was confined in the Orange County Jail under a $8,500 secured bond. At the time of his arrest, Goodall was in possession of counterfeit tickets to the Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill men's basketball game on Feb. 8, 2018.
This investigation began when Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police Investigators noticed a suspicious post on Craigslist and contacted the seller. At the arranged meeting, the investigator determined that the tickets were counterfeit and Goodall was arrested.
In the past, there have been numerous media stories regarding the danger of buying counterfeit tickets to high profile games such as the Duke vs. UNC-Chapel Hill men’s basketball game. Anyone buying tickets is advised to use caution when buying from another person. It is recommended that tickets only be purchased from a trusted source.
The police department is releasing Goodall’s arrest photo in the hopes that additional incidents will be reported. Anyone who purchased tickets from Goodall is asked to call the law enforcement agency within the jurisdiction where the tickets were purchased. If you have additional information on this incident, please contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 942-7515.