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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Durham Man Detained By ICE Has Been Moved Out of State

Posted By on Thu, Mar 30, 2017 at 11:01 AM

Edwin Reyes-Guillen, an undocumented immigrant detained in Durham Tuesday while law enforcement was looking for a different man near his brother's apartment, has been moved to a South Carolina jail. Reyes-Guillen, twenty-six, was being held at the Forsyth County Detention Facility until Wednesday, when he was moved to the York County Detention Center in York, South Carolina. Jail records show he was booked there at about three-thirty p.m., and a jail employee confirmed this morning that he was still there. Reyes-Guillen was taken into custody at Duke Manor apartments early Tuesday morning by a U.S. Marshals Task Force, which...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ICE’s Explanation for Rounding Up Immigrant at Duke Manor Tuesday: He Was There

Posted By on Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 1:56 PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has given the INDY an explanation for why an undocumented immigrant with no deportation order or outstanding criminal charges or warrants in Durham was detained at Duke Manor apartments Tuesday morning: he was there. ICE spokesman Bryan Cox confirmed Wednesday that Edwin Leonel Reyes-Guillen was taken into custody Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, of which ICE is a member. It was Reyes-Guillen's first encounter with ICE, Cox said. Here's the full statement provided by Cox (emphasis and link added): “The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force, of which ICE is a member,...

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Morning Roundup: So Long, Earth. It Was Nice Knowing You.

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Happy Tuesday, everyone. Away we go. 1) Trump is set to roll back most of Obama's climate-change policies. Another executive order from the president. From the New York Times: President Trump is expected to sign an executive order on Tuesday to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to increase the nation’s “energy independence” and to restore thousands of lost coal mining jobs. Let the celebration begin in coal country. Except, maybe not. Yet, coal miners also should not assume their jobs will return if Trump’s regulations take effect. The new...

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Friday, March 24, 2017

SBI Taking Over Inquiry Into Teen's Death Inside Durham Jail

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 7:20 PM

Sheriff Mike Andrews is asking the State Bureau of Investigation to take over the inquiry into a seventeen-year-old's death at the Durham County Jail. The Sheriff's Office released a report Friday on Uniece Glenae Fennell's apparent suicide. On the form, Interim Detention Director Major Julian Couch lists Fennell's cause of death as suicide and means of death as "tied sheet around middle window bar." Fennell was not under suicide watch, the Sheriff's Office said. According to the form, Fennell was last seen alive by a jail employee at 2:18 a.m. Thursday during rounds. She was found lifeless thirty mintues later,...

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Monday, March 20, 2017

CONFIRMED: District Attorney Roger Echols Will Not Prosecute DPD Officer Charles Barkley for Killing Frank Clark

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Last week, the INDY reported that the SBI had completed its investigation into Frank Clark’s death at the hand of Durham Police Master Officer Charles Barkley and had referred the case to Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols. This morning, we learned from sources close to the investigation that Echols has decided not to prosecute Barkley. Then, moments ago, a formal announcement was made, via a statement from Echols that said there was not "probable cause" found by investigators to suggest foul play by Barkley—or warrant a prosecution. Here's what he had to say. Dave Hall, an attorney with...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SBI Completes Investigation into Frank Clark’s Shooting, Case Is Now in Durham County District Attorney’s Hands

Posted By on Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:15 AM

A spokesperson for the State Bureau of Investigation told the INDY Tuesday evening that the bureau's investigation into the November 22, 2016, officer-involved fatal shooting of Durham resident Frank Clark has concluded and that "the case is pending the district attorney's review and decision." In other words, Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols now knows the facts of the case and is expected, by the end of the week, to determine whether or not Durham Police Department Master Officer Charles Barkley will be prosecuted for fatally shooting Clark. As Clark’s friends and family wait to learn what, if any, action...

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Let These Two Middle Schoolers Tell You Why International Women’s Day Matters

Posted By on Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Laura Gonzalez and Belen Willott are no strangers to activism. Gonzalez recently participated in the nationwide Day Without Immigrants strike. Willott is in a feminist book club. Both joined January’s Women’s March in Raleigh and a rally put on this morning by Action NC as part of International Women’s Day and a corresponding day of strike, A Day Without a Woman. Both have also yet to finish middle school. Gonzalez and Willott, on opposite sides of their respective thirteenth birthdays, attended Wednesday’s rally in downtown Durham with their mothers in tow—joining about eighty others—waving signs with the standard symbol...

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Durham Mayor Bell Takes a Victory Lap at His Final State of the City Address

Posted By on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 11:03 AM

When Durham Mayor Bill Bell gave his first State of the City address in 2001, the venue—Bay 7 at American Tobacco—was still under construction. Plastic sheets hung over unfinished walls, and heaters were brought in to keep guests warm. Bell returned to the same spot Tuesday for his final State of the City address. This time, however, it was clad with exposed brick and strands of glowing lights. The setting was a fitting backdrop for Bell’s message: Durham has come a long way since 2001, but there’s always more work to do. During the lunch, Bell was interviewed...

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Updated: Jewish Day School Evacuated Amid Bomb Threat. Police Clear Scene.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:29 AM

A concerned parent who received an automated message from Lerner Community Jewish Day School told the INDY moments ago that the Durham school was being evacuated amid a bomb threat. The auto-call went out at 10:58 this morning. The incident comes amid a wave of similar threats made against American Jews since Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation's forty-fifth president. From NPR: Several Jewish community centers across the U.S. were targeted by bomb threats on Monday, according to the JCC Association of North America, in the fourth wave of such threats in the past two months. In total,...

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Durham Releases Five-Day Report on the Kenneth Bailey Shooting

Posted By on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM

Twenty seconds after a Durham police officer radioed that he was engaged in a foot chase, the officer told dispatch, "I've got shots fired. I've got a man down." According to the five-day report just released by city manager Tom Bonfield, there was, over the communication system, no mention of a gun in the hands of Kenneth "Simba" Bailey. Nor was there any mention of police being fired upon. Instead, the initial police report on the incident reported that “The man that was running pulled a gun and was shot by a police officer.” He died at the scene....

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Mother of Kenneth Bailey, the Man Shot and Killed by Durham Police Wednesday, Asks the Media and Community for Respect

Posted By on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 at 6:15 PM

The mother of a man fatally shot by Durham police has spoken out, asking for respect while the family grieves the death of Kenneth Lee Bailey. Bailey's mother, Louise Pratt, issued a statement Saturday via Walltown Neighborhood Ministries. According to the statement, Bailey grew up in Walltown. The twenty-four-year-old was shot by Durham officers Wednesday in the Club Boulevard neighborhood after police went there to arrest him for violating a pretrial release curfew.  Since the shooting, she writes, “I have learned that people tried to explain my baby's life and death by running a background check. They reported things that were...

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Durham Projects $4.7M Budget Shortfall, May Hike Property Taxes

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 1:32 PM

The city of Durham is looking at a projected shortfall of $4.7 million as it gets ready to craft a budget for the next fiscal year. The projection is based on expected costs, so depending on what projects are green-lighted before the city officially adopts a budget in June, that figure could change. At a preliminary budget meeting Friday, budget and management services director Bertha Johnson said it would take a property tax increase of 2.47 cents per $100 of property value to fully close that gap, provided no other sources of additional revenue are found. The city's current property...

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Durham Police Shooting Update: Cops Were After Kenneth Bailey Because He Missed Curfew; Stepmom Says “He Was Not a Fighter”

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 9:58 AM

If it weren't for the wind, Gloria Bailey might not have caught a final glimpse of her stepson. "You could see his chest and his feet," she says, recalling how the cold air lifted a sheet covering twenty-four-year old Kenneth Bailey's body, briefly revealing the quiet man she’d known since he was four. Bailey, better known as Simba, was shot dead by Durham police Wednesday afternoon while visiting with his family in their home on Glenbrook Drive, in a Durham Housing Authority neighborhood off Club Boulevard. According to the Durham Police Department, officers were looking for Bailey because he had...

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Durham Police Fatally Shoot Black Man in Durham Housing Authority Neighborhood near Club Boulevard

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:54 PM

Durham police shot and killed a man Tuesday afternoon on Glenbrook Drive. Few details have been released about the shooting, which drew a crowd of neighbors and others who heard about the shooting on social media. The shooting occurred at about two thirty p.m. in the Durham Housing Authority's Club Boulevard neighborhood. Although police have not yet released the name of the man killed, residents of the neighborhood identified him as Kenny "Simba" Bailey. One resident, who asked only to be identified as Linda, says she was watching television when her boyfriend came in the room and said "the police just...

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Go to Court, Stay Out of Jail

Posted By on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 4:35 PM

Durham County is testing whether reminding people about their upcoming court dates will reduce overcrowding at the county jail. The new notification system will be funded by a $50,000 Safety and Justice Challenge Network Innovation Fund Grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. It will be the only system of its kind in the state, says Gudrun Parmer, director for the Criminal Justice Resource Center, the lead agency on the project. With the grant in, Parmer says Criminal Justice Resource Center staff decided to "do something very different and focus on our court system rather than the jail...

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Friday, February 10, 2017

No More Free Rides, Kids: Parking Meters Coming to Downtown Durham

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 5:26 PM

We told you last year that it was coming—that metered parking would replace Durham's current follow-the-sign-and-hope-you-don't-get-a-ticket system. And in a few weeks, the Bull City will, indeed, be home to hundreds of meters, as officials look to alleviate the problem of having too many vehicles downtown at once. Here's a map of just where you'll find meters beginning February 27: And here are the answers to some questions one might have as he/she looks ahead to the prospect of having to feed a meter: So there you have it. And while the $1.50/hour rate seems a bit high for our...

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Durham City Council Rejects Mayor Bell’s HB 2 Compromise

Posted By on Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 3:40 PM

An attempt by Durham Mayor William Bell to compromise with legislators in an effort to get HB 2 repealed died during a city council work session today. The suggestion came after the council heard comments from members of the advocacy group Open for All NC calling on the city to take action. Bell suggested that Durham partner with other cities to again urge legislators to repeal HB 2 but also promise not to pass its own antidiscrimination ordinance—that cities other than Charlotte could still pass their own antidiscrimination ordinances was a cited by lawmakers as a reason for not repealing...

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Durham Council Considers Ending Primaries, Citywide Elections for Ward Representatives

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 4:58 PM

The Durham City Council has again revived talks of eliminating primary elections for council seats and instead holding a runoff if the general election doesn't produce a clear winner. But residents who spoke during a public hearing on the issue Monday seem more interested in overhauling the city's ward system.  According to city attorney Patrick Baker, state law mandates that ward representatives should be elected only by voters in their ward. Durham's system, in which ward members are elected citywide, was approved as an exception to the law. Baker said the city would need to amend its charter to...

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Two HRC Members Blast Commission's Jail Recommendations

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 11:44 AM

Apparently, two members of Durham's Human Relations Committee are none too pleased with their fellow commissioners—and have no interest in being associated with the HRC's call for reform inside the Durham County Detention Facility. Commissioners Richard Ford and Ricky Hart penned this "minority report," which was obtained by the INDY, in which they argue the HRC is "without jurisdiction" and that the body's report deals with "numerous issues beyond the scope of the DCDF." If you have been following this issue, you might remember Hart, who, before the HRC voted to approve its draft of recommendations, suggested that the group's...

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Protest Planned for Tonight at Duke

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:45 AM

More than three hundred people have, via Facebook, expressed interest in attending a "No Wall, No Ban" rally on the steps of the iconic Duke Chapel this evening—the latest in a series of gatherings that have unfolded locally in response to President Donald Trump's rhetoric and executive orders. Here are all the details, in case you'd like to be there: Organizers of the event say it is part of "Resist Trump Tuesday," which, frankly, has a nice ring to it. Here is a description, in the group's own words: See you there....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hundreds Email Durham Council Members, Demand Protection for LGBTQ Community

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 2:18 PM

The last time we checked in with members of the Durham City Council on HB 2, a repeal looked likely. Charlotte was open to standing down. Then-Governor Pat McCrory and Republican leaders in the legislature seemed willing to do the same. And some local government leaders, Durham council woman Jillian Johnson and Carrboro alderman Damon Seils, said they would be interested in seeing their respective boards, after the repeal, pass similar ordinances to Charlotte's (the one that started the HB 2 fiasco). Then, during a costly special session, the repeal failed. And while Governor Roy Cooper has not yet been...

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Bonfield Will Not Release Officers' Personnel Files

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 6:17 PM

Despite calls from the community and members of the Durham City Council to release personnel files associated with the three members of the Durham Police Department involved in the November 22 shooting death of Frank "Scooter Bug" Clark, City Manager Tom Bonfield said early this evening that he would not request that the City Council authorize him to do so. Charles Barkley, Monte Sutherland, and Christopher Goss remain on administrative leave as an SBI investigation (one the council has asked Governor Roy Cooper to expedite) into their actions that day in McDougald Terrace continues. Bonfield said that he wanted to allow...

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Breaking: Durham Human Relations Commission Votes to Send Scathing Jail Review to City, County

Posted By on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 12:13 AM

Members of the Durham Human Relations Commission were all smiles when Wilden Acosta spoke about his experience as a detainee and his life since his release, but when the board allowed residents to weigh in on its review of the Durham County Detention Facility—and its 18-page recommended path forward for the local justice system—things got heated fairly quickly. One exchange between Southern Coalition for Social Justice attorney Dave Hall and Commissioner Ricky Hart came after Hart seemed to suggest that the reason more black men are in jail (the HRC's report indicated that the fact that nearly two-thirds of the...

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Resident: Durham City Council Ignoring Fatal Shooting of Frank Clark; Council to Cooper: Expedite Investigation

Posted By on Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:08 PM

Umar Muhammad characterized it as a slap in the face—the Durham City Council’s consideration of purchasing eighty cars to add to the police department’s fleet. So when the board opened the floor for discussion of the matter during their meeting this evening, he spoke his mind. Frank Clark, he said, is still dead—killed November 22 by DPD Master Officer Charles Barkley, a man Muhammad said “we told you” about. So in his view, any discussion about the police should center around the investigation into the thirty-four-year-old’s untimely death and not about putting more cop cars into neighborhoods like McDougald Terrace....

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Morning Roundup: Godspeed, John Glenn

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

Happy Friday, everyone. It’s cold out there, so pour yourself a cup of Joe and join us for your morning primer. 1. John Glenn, American hero, RIP. The first man to orbit the Earth—not to mentioned a Marine Corps combat vet, U.S. senator from Ohio, and 1984 presidential candidate—died yesterday at the age of ninety-five. From The New York Times obit, which is worth reading in its entirety: In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures...

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