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Monthly Archives: February 2021

Convicted murderer sentenced first to death penalty, then life in prison, now up for parole 37 years later

A former Alamance County man who was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in June 1984 – and whose sentence was overturned by the North Carolina Supreme Court in 1987 – is up for parole, the state Post Release Supervision and Parole...

1984 murder trial had familiar faces

SBI agent (now sheriff) Terry Johnson took suspect's confession; private attorney (then District Attorney) George Hunt prosecuted the case; private attorney Fred Sternberg defended Barts Earl Barts’ trial for the murder of Richard Braxton took place June 4-7, 1984 in what is now known as...

ABSS scales back request for additional school resource officers

ABSS administration has decided to seek $260,000 for four more SROs, rather than $1.1 million for 17 new positions, as originally outlined to school board QUESTION: What have the school resource officers been doing since Alamance-Burlington schools system closed due to the coronavirus pandemic in...

WANTED: Burlington Police Dept. seeks public’s help in locating 9 suspects

Burlington's police department is asking for the public's help in locating nine individuals wanted for various crimes, three of them for felony charges.  Meanwhile the police department expresses thanks for the public's assistance in finding four of 12 suspects previously identified by the department...

Burlington’s planning commission gives go-ahead recommendation for 205 apts. along St. Mark’s Church Road

Burlington’s planning and zoning commission has endorsed a developer’s proposal for 205 rental apartments along St. Mark’s Church Road. The commission’s members voted 7-to-0 in favor of these apartments after the project’s would-be developer Trey Riddle went over his plans during the group’s latest regularly-scheduled...

What was man doing putting girl in trunk of car?

Burlington police are asking for the public's help in addressing a suspicious sighting Thursday afternoon. Officers responded around 1:10 p.m. to what was termed a "suspicious condition call" around Elmira Street and West Webb Avenue in Burlington. Witnesses said they had observed a black male carrying...

City mgr. says newly-formed police advisory group will have added assignment: input on qualities for next police chief

When Jeff Smythe left Show Low, Arizona in 2013 to become Burlington’s new chief of police, he didn’t initially imagine that he’d still be in the position when the calendar turned over to February of 2021. “When Harold Owen hired me,” Smythe recalled in...

Alamance County and Cone Health to combine forces, open consolidated COVID-19 vaccination site

Beginning Saturday, February 27, the Alamance County Health Department and Cone Health will open a joint COVID-19 vaccination clinic at 2401 Eric Lane, Unit 100, in Burlington. Appointments will be required. The facility will initially vaccinate health care workers, persons 65 and over, and employees...

Elon University names new police chief for campus

Elon University has selected Joseph LeMire, a career law enforcement officer with more than 28 years of experience, as its new chief of Campus Safety and Police. He will join the university on March 29. LeMire comes to Elon from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Police...

Latest Alamance County COVID-19 statistics: cases, hospitalizations, deaths (as of Feb. 24, 2021)

See earlier charts, with statistics back to last year's first cases/deaths: https://alamancenews.com/latest-alamance-county-covid-19-statistics-cases-hospitalizations-deaths-2/

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