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Volume 87. Issue No. 13$) 5 1
Wednesday, April 16, 1980 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Larceny and theft becoming more frequent off campus
By PAT FLANNERY
Reports recently released by the Chapel
Hill, Carrboro, and University police indicate
that crime in the area is gradually increasing.
Crime statistics from all three jurisdictions
for the first three months of 1980 show that
robbery, assault, burglary and larceny are on
the increase compared to the previous
quarter. The totaled figures were compiled by
The Daily Tar Heel.
Larcenies or thefts showed the greatest
increase over the last quarter, with 49 more
larcenies reported for a total of 555. Of these.
313 were reported in Chapel Hill, 53 in
Carrboro, and 189 on campus.
There were 15 more cases of burglary this
quarter with a total of 186. One hundred
twenty-six burglaries were reported by Chapel
Hill police, 37 by Carrboro police, and 23 by
Armed robbery more than doubled in the
beginning of 1 980 with 19 reported in the three
areas. Most of the increase was inChapel Hill,
where robberies jumped from six in the
previous quarter to 17 in the most recent
quarter. Carrboro reported only two armed
robberies during the quarter. The University
The number of assaults rose by ten for a
total of 78. Forty-nine assault cases were
reported in Chapel Hill, 24 were reported in
Carrboro and 5 were reported at the
Rapes, however, showed a slight decrease
during the previous quarter, down from five
to four. Chapel Hill and Carrboro each
reported two in the first months of 1980, while
the University reported none. Even though
some have occurred on or near campus, the
Chapel H ill police were called in to investigate
and the rapes officially were reported by the
Chapel Hill police.
But the University police recently became a
separate jurisdiction under the Uniform
Crime Reporting (UCR) system. This means
most of the crimes occurring on University
property will be reported separately from
crimes in Chapel Hill. UCR statistics
encompass seven separate categories of
crimes, including criminal homicide, forcible
rape, robbery, assault, burglary (breaking and
entering), larceny, and motor vehicle theft.
Police officials said the increase in the
number of crimes in these categories may be
the result of an increase in public reporting of
See CRIME on page 2
Dorm residents told to lock up
Communication vital to reducing crime
...policeman works to keep lines open
By MELODEE ALVES
Although warm weather and the University's
charm may cause some students to forget about
such trivial matters as locking their doors,
University Police warn students not to become lax
about security matters.
The University may have a peaceful facade, but
theft goes on in spite of it. During the 1978-1979
fiscal year, 224 thefts in dormitories and adjacent
parking lots were reported to the University
Police. This year there have been 169 thefts
"Students are very trusting of people in this
village atmosphere," said Sgt. Walter Dunn of the
University Police investigation and crime
prevention division. "This is something which they
The highest number of thefts on campus have
occurred on South Campus, with Morrison
dormitory leading with 34 reported thefts last year
and 34 so far this year. Craige dorm, which had
reported 50 thefts last year, has had 20 to date.
Hinton James and Ehringhaus have had 18
reported thefts each so far this year.
"With a lot more people in one area, there is less
security," Dunn said.
But Morrison Residence Director Mark Brown
said he does not believe that his dorm is any
different from the other South Campus residence
halls. "We've made a really big point of telling
people to be cautious of thefts," he said.
The high number of thefts in Morrison is a
reflection of students reporting thefts, Brown said.
In a campaign to combat thefts, Morrison's
residence assistants have urged residents to mark
their possessions and question any unfamiliar
person spotted in the dorm.
"I have asked people questions like.'Do you live
hereT 'Who are you visiting in the dorm?' Brown
See THEFT on page 2
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Area police officers haven't had much time for chats
...recent rise in crime has kept them on their toes
Local man arrests
after report of rape
By BEVERLY SHEPARD
University police arrested a 20-year-old
Chapel Hill man Monday night and
charged him with committing one rape
and one sexual assault near the Bell
Tower this week.
Elton Leon Carver of 706 Church St.
was arrested by campus police officers
shortly after one University student
reported that she had been assaulted near
the Bell Tower at approximately 10 p.m.
Monday. When police arrived to search
the area, Carver was in the vicinity. He
was taken in for questioning.
University Police Lt. Charles Mauer
said that after the questioning Carver was
charged with sexual assault in connection
with the Monday night incident. Carver
also was charged with raping another
University student near the Bell Tower at
approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Carver currently is being held on
$100,000 bond in the Orange County Jail
in Hillsborough, according to the county
district attorney's office. Carver made his
first court appearance before District
Court Judge Donald Paschal Tuesday.
Paschal explained the four charges
against Carver second degree rape,
attempted rape, common law robbery
and assault on a female.
A.B. Coleman was appointed as
Carver's attorney. Carver's hearing has
been set for 9 a.m. May 6.
Ben Callahan, administrative assistant
for the Chapel Hill Police Department,
which is working with campus police on
the case, said the Kenan Stadium-Bell
Tower area was a likely area for rapists to
attack because of its isolation and
inadequate lighting. Callahan advised
women to walk in pairs and to contact the
police if they have any trouble.
"Whether you're jogging, walking or
riding your bike it doesn't matter,"
Callahan said. "If he's there and he's
bigger than you are, he'll do it."
Callahan said he did not know if
Carver was involved in other rapes and
assaults recently reported in the Chapel
H ill area. Callahan did say, however, that
repeated offenders are likely to be caught.
"If they keep on doing it, they're going
to get caught," Callahan said. "They
don't stop the first time."
Court will rule
UNC may owe back t axes
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Carolina Inn involved in tax dispute
...noneducational property included
By CINDY BOWERS
Stiff Writer '
The North Carolina' Supreme Court Tuesday
heard arguments in a five-year-old legal dispute over
the right of Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Orange
County to tax University property not being used for
The high court's ruling, expected in several
months, will determine whether the University must
pay several million dollars in back property taxes to
the local governments.
The case is an appeal by UNC and the town and
county governments of the 1979 ruling by Superior
Court Judge William McKinnon that found the
University liable for more than $2 million in local
property taxes. McKinnon ruled that UNC must pay
taxes on the Carolina Inn and the Hill Building, a
Franklin Street building which houses several
businesses, including the Carolina Coffee Shop.
McKinnon also ruled that the University was
responsible for back taxes on the telephone and
electric utilities it owned until 1977. The utilities were
sold in 1977 for $42 million.
The debate before the state Supreme Court
centered on a 1968 N.C. Supreme Court decision
that state-owned property must be used for public
purposes to have tax exempt status.
The town and county attorneys argued that the
University properties in question would not qualify
for tax exemption under the 1968 definition.
"We're not saying that the U niversity had no riht
to get into the fields of utilities and commercial uses."
Carrboro attorney Michael Brough said.
Brough said the UNC ownership of utilities could
not be defined as public purpose uses of property.
"It's an important point that these utilities are
financed by user charges." Brough said. "Wc submit
that where you have property that's financed by user
charges, that tends to indicate that it's not a public
But UNC lawyer Myron Banks argued that taxing
the utilities would not have been in the public
"If the utilities had been taxed, (the taxes) would
have found their way into the public's rate base,"
The uses of the properties were in the public
interest if they benefited the University, Banks said.
Banks also said it was a fundamental error to
assume that unless UNC property was being used
strictly for educational purposes it was taxable.
"The University is simply a state agency and can
have such functions the state assigns to it," Banks
But Orange County attorney Geoffrey Gledhill
said that the public purpose use of UNC property
should be judged specifically by it educational
See TAXES on page 2
N.C. Reinsurance 'Facility hikes auto rates
By CHARLES HERNDON
Staff W riter
In action approved last month over the objections of
state Insurance Commissioner John Ingram and Gov.
Jim Hunt, consumers will be paying more for their auto
Motorists had surcharges added to their policies by
the North Carolina Reinsurance Facility, which is
attempting to recover losses incurred during the last
quarter of 1979. The facility is an insurance industry-run
pool to which insurance companies assign drivers who
are considered bad risks and who cannot obtain
insurance through normal channels. The companies
share in the. facility's losses. About 25 percent of the
state's drivers are assigned to the facility.
The state is questioning the legality of the surcharges
levied by the facility which is required by law to be non
profit. Last year the state filed a suit to stop the
surcharges. Litigation is still underway however, and
until the case is resolved, the surcharges will continue to
be passed on to the consumer.
Oscar Smith, Jr., a spokesman for the N.C.
Department of Insurance, said Tuesday that although
the facility originally was established to eliminate rate
discrepancies, it recently has been abused by the
insurance industry. "They (the Reinsurance Facility) are
claiming that they are losing money, but 90 percent of
the drivers in the Reinsurance Facility have not cost the
facility one red cent," Smith said.
Smith said the insurance department was unable to
determine whether the facility was making a profit
because it wouldn't provide the department with
financial records. Ingram has said the surcharges art
costing Tar Heel taxpayers more than $35 million.
Three of the four surcharges levied by the facility
already are in effect, and the last one will be instituted
July 1. Policy-holders under the jurisdiction of the
facility will have to pay 18.6 percent more on their
coverage, or a total of $31.4 million. These drivers are
the principal consumers who v. ill te hurt by the
increases. The three other surcharges alfect owners with
good driving records and consist of a I.I percent
surcharge and two 5.3 percent surcharges to recoup the
facility's losses. These combined increases will cost
about $16.1 million to policy-holders across the state.
"This (surcharge) was'donc as a result of a new law
passed by the General Assembly which gives carte
blanche to the Reinsurance Facility and the insurance
industry to do whatever they want to do," Smith said.
"They bypass the authority of the insurance
commissioner, the attorney general and the governor."
John Watkins, assistant manager of the Reinsurance
Facility, denied the insurance department's accusations
of illegal surcharges and profit-making. "Based on our
interpretation of the law. the surcharges are legal," he
See INSURANCE on page 2
ABC to come to Chapel Thril
By KERRY DEROCH1
When Carolina students purchased their tickets to Chapel
Thrill, they didn't know they were buying a chance to be on
In fact, no one not even the concert organizers knew . That
is, they didn't know until Friday, when ABC News received
permission from University officials to film the Beach Boys
during Saturday's afternoon concert.
Pam Cohen, associate producer for 2020, ABC's news
magaine, announced upon receiving permission that two
camera crews, reporter Bob Brown, and other members of the
20 j 20 staff would arrive in ChapeJ Hill this weekend to film the
Beach Boys in concert as a part of a feature story on the group.
"It's their only outdoor concert on their tour." Cohen said.
"We feel it is much more indicative of the traditional Beach Boy's
The 2020 staff approached Vice Chancellor for Student
Affairs Donald Boulton several weeks ago to obtain permission
to film the concert and conduct student interv iews. Boulton said
that this was the usual procedure used wncn a commercial
network wanted to use public property. The administration's
decision in such cases is based on whether the programs are too
time-consuming or w hether they interfere w ith the student life on
campus, he said.
"We don't see anything wrong w ith them filming the concert."
Boulton said. "We often invite networks in to film our football
games, and it goes along the same lines."
Chapel Thrill Finance Chairman Chris Holmes said the
coverage should spark a lot of interest in the concert and in ticket
He estimated as of Tuesday that 10,000 student and non
student tickets had been sold. Discount rates on student tickets
still will end today, he said.
The Chapel Thrill concerts will feature Sister Sledge. Sky y and
Mass Production Friday night in Carrnichuel Auditorium. The
Beach Boys will be joined by Bonnie Raitt and The Atlanta
Rhythm Section Saturday in Kenan Stadium.
The Chapel Thrill committee also announced that Mass
Production will give autographs Friday afternoon at 3; 30 p in. in
the Record Bar on Franklin Street.
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A mixed season
The tudden bout ol cool spring weather which came through Chepel Hi!!
Tuesday caused some (ike Elizabeth Hlckson, age 3, to bring out the
warm coats for what almost everyone hopes Is the last time. Elizabeth
was standing outside Carmlchael Auditorium with her parents and Lhrca