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Durham man arrested after robbery, high-speed chase in Roxboro

A Durham man has been arrested after a robbery at a Roxboro Walmart led to a police chase Friday night. Roxboro police said officers tried to stop a vehicle involved in the Walmart robbery at about 7:30 p.m., but the driver fled.


Progress creeps slowly along on Uptown open space project

More than a year after it received state funding to help turn a burned out building into a small park, designs for a new open space in Uptown Roxboro are nearly complete. City officials hope to get the plans as early as next month.


Suspect breaks into sheriff’s deputy’s home

A would-be thief picked the wrong house to break into Sunday morning. According to the Person County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Moore, 29, of 412 N. Elizabeth St., Durham, attempted to break into the home of a Person County Sheriff’s deputy on Fire Tower Drive in Rougemont.


Exciting numbers in crime report

We should all be pleased with the recent report on crime rates in the city of Roxboro. That rate – 49.28 crimes per 1,000 people – is the lowest it has been in more than a decade. That means our children are safer. Our property is less likely to be taken. We are less likely to be hurt by a criminal


Danville woman sentenced to six months for child abuse, DWI

Judge Kimberley S. White followed a jury’s recommendation in Halifax County Circuit Court on Jan. 10 and sentenced a 33-year-old Danville woman to a total of six months in jail for two charges of felony child abuse and neglect and one charge of a second offense of DWI.


North Carolina inmate escapes from jail, may have stolen community college vehicle

TAYLORSVILLE, N.C. — Deputies are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Alexander County Detention Center on Thursday evening, WSOC reports. Officers said the inmate — identified as Jason Mullen, who is from the Statesville area — may have stolen a vehicle from the Catawba Valley Community Co


House fire on Halifax Road in Danville

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The Danville Fire Department is on the scene of a house fire on Halifax road in Danville Friday morning. The Fire Department received the call about a fire at 7:35 a.m on the 900 block of Halifax road.


Suspect steals car in home burglary

On Tuesday morning a Person County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a home burglary that occurred overnight on Cavel-Chub Lake Road. According to the report, someone stole the victim’s car keys, vehicle, cell phone and a jewelry box.


Local writer’s book well received at signing

Roxboro native Sonja Vaughan held a book signing Thursday at Cole’s Pharmacy. Vaughan recently published a book called Temporary Lumps: A journey of faith, perseverance and triumph.


Officials still investigating cause of devastating Friday morning blaze in Danville

Howard Watlington Jr. left his house late Thursday night because it did not have heat or electricity. When he returned the following morning, it was burning. The cause of the fire at 907 ½ Halifax Road was unknown and under investigation as of Friday afternoon.


Shots fired in Roxboro neighborhood

Saturday night Roxboro police officers responded to a report of shots being fired in the 100 block of Mica Court. According to the Roxboro Police Department, officers located two homes near Mica Court and Shale Circle that appeared to be damaged by what appeared to be a bullet.


Loaded gun seized from 13-year-old at NC middle school

NEWPORT, N.C. (WNCT) - A 13-year-old student was found with a loaded gun at a Carteret County middle school Thursday afternoon. The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office said they seized a 9mm Ruger handgun from a Broad Creek Middle School student just before the 2:50 p.m. school release bell rang.


HVAC training offered through PCC

Piedmont Community College will offer HVAC-Air Conditioning training on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Jan. 15. Classes run through April 16. Class meets from 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at PCC’s Workforce Training Center at 303 S. Morgan St., Roxboro.


Mayor says 'Durham is a safe city' despite having 6 homicides in 16 days

DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- With less than three weeks into 2019, it has already been a very violent year for Durham. Now city and county officials are working to curb the issue. Durham Mayor Steve Schewel, Durham Police Chief Cerelyn Davis, and Durham County Sheriff Clarence Birkhead met Thursday to dis


Crime rate at its lowest since 2004

Increased collective efforts from the Roxboro Police Department and the community has led to a decrease in crime and it is paying off big time. The Roxboro Police Department reported their lowest crime rate in the last 14 years.


Local family plays ‘Family Feud’

A family with Roxboro ties will have its moment in the spotlight early next month. The Battle family will appear on “Family Feud” in episodes that are scheduled to air Feb. 1 and Feb. 5.


Exclusive: Durham woman who lost daughter, grandchild to domestic violence speaks to ABC11

DURHAM, N.C. -- A picture of 20-year-old Zhytila Wilkins sits on a Monica Biggs' dinner table in Durham. Next to it, the tan and gold sandals Wilkins' 10-month-old baby Ruia Reams was supposed to grow into.


Group Points to Danville School Suspensions

The Danville Chapter of Virginia Organizing has issued a press release calling on the Danville Public School administration to address what they describe as a “suspensions crisis in city schools.” They refer to a report from the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Suspended Progress report that came out last


Danville teen convicted in 2017 murder

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. - A Pittsylvania County teen will be sentenced next month for shooting and killing another teen in 2017. According to court records, 19-year-old Phillip Giles was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday.


Danville Police Department in need of new space

DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) - The Danville Police Department is getting too small. It's been an ongoing problem. The department had a space study done back in 2016 that proved the officers need 4 times more square feet then they currently have.