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The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, June 04, 1987, Page 1, Image 1

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Star J lit Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Thursday, June 4, 1987 Chapel Hill, North Carolina News SportsArts 962-0245 Business 'Advertising 962-1163 I E fs P .Sobb h , k: i (5- i j v 1 xr - AP Laserphoto Derrick Fenner walks to the Hyattsville, Md., police station on Tuesday afternoon to turn himself in Plan presentation postponed after town residents object By RON CRAWFORD University Editor UNC Chancellor Christopher Fordham responded to public appeal Tuesday by postponing the presentation of UNC's proposed land-use plan to the Board of Trustees until August 28. Representatives of the campus planning firm Johnson, Johnson and Roy met with overwhelmingly negative response when they pre sented their Guide for Physical Development of UNC to a vocif erous crowd of over 400 UNC students and Chapel Hill residents in Hamilton Hall Monday Night. In a prepared statement released Tuesday morning, Fordham said, uIt is the desire of the University to present a plan, or concept, that best reflects the future needs of the University while being sensitive to the heritage of our beloved Chapel Hill." Fordham said the objectives of the plan improving pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and enhanc ing parking on campus while preserving the historical character of the campus were still valid. "We are, however, persuaded that the questions and alternatives presented in recent hearings, including those raised last night, deserve further consideration and response," Fordham said. "There fore, we intend to delay presen tation to the trustees until August in order to answer questions and consider refinements." Area residents believe that the plan, which calls for widespread . building and development, ignores Chapel Hill tradition and history. According to the plan, the Laurel Hill Road and Gimghoul Road neighborhoods would be disrupted by a loop road. Several residents of these areas, angry that their opinions had not been con sidered, appeared at the meeting to voice their objections. The plan also calls for the destruction of Odum Village, UNC's married student housing. Chantal Parker, a resident of Odom Village, said the plan does not consider the importance of married student housing. "There are very few (Chapel Hill apartments) that cater to families," Parker said. "It's just a silly idea altogether. They wouldn't think of throwing undergrads and single students out of their dorms." -.v FeeimeF go mumrdeir dharee By MIKE BERARDINO Sports Editor The UNC football program was thrown into a state of shock early this week when running back Derrick Fenner was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in a drug-related shooting that took place on May 23 in Hyatts ville, Md. A warrant for Fenner's arrest was issued on Monday and the 20-year-old rising junior, who was enrolled in summer school in Chapel Hill in an effort to regain his academic eligibility, drove back to Maryland on Tuesday and turned himself in at 2:10 p.m. He is currently being held without bond in a Prince George's County detention center in Upper Marl boro, Md. According to the Associated Press, witnesses said the incident took place around 10 p.m. on May 23 when four black youths entered the courtyard of Kirkwood Apart ments in Hyattsville and announced they were taking over the drug trade there. After splitting apart, the youths opened fire with automatic weapons, striking Mar cellus Leach, 19, in the head and neck. Leach died the next day. In addition, a 17-year-old male whose name was not released was wounded in the leg. Police said six or seven rounds were fired from the automatic weapons and said Fenner was identified as having fired a gun during the incident. Three other suspects, whose names have not been released, had not been charged as of press time. "They're all Derrick's asso ciates," said Dean Caldwell, a detective lieutenant with the Hyattsville Police Department. "We haven't charged the other three yet, but it's just a matter of typing up the warrants. "Everybody had guns and Fenner was identified as having one and firing it," said Caldwell. Caldwell said he interviewed Fenner Saturday, one week after the shooting occurred, but that he did not have enough evidence to charge Fenner at that time. North Carolina football coach Dick Crum reacted to the news with "utter shock. You don't deal with this kind of thing hardly ever," he said. "It's just mind boggling something like this would come up." Additional news came on Wed nesday when The Washington Post reported that, according to Prince George's County court records,, police searched . a . truck airirestec Fenner was driving on April 9 in Clinton, Md., and found a .38 caliber revolver under the front seat and 25 vials of cocaine in Fenner's coat pocket. According to the report, Fenner was released on personal recogniz ance and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 14 in Prince George's County. Fenner has technically not been a member of the football team since last December, when he was declared academically ineligible. The 6-4, 220-pound tailback returned to his Oxon Hill, Md., home and took six hours of correspondence courses in the spring. Fenner was taking six credit hours in the first summer session, which began May 18, in an effort to regain his eligibility. "Certainly if what he's being charged with is true, his football career here is over," Crum said Tuesday. "The one thing we can't lose sight of, though, is that he has to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. "So while he's been charged and all that, I cant say he is or is not with our program until I know what all the facts are." Crum did say, however, that the incident would make it "extremely difficult" for Fenner to return next year. "Even if they prove him innocent, NCAA-wise I don't think he could meet the (academic) requirements," Crum said. UNC Athletic Director John Swofford expressed similar sentiments. "We want to be fair to Derrick," said Swofford. "It's a tragic situation. We're astounded by it. The whole incident is in stark contrast to the values of this program and this university. "If any of this turns out to be true, I think it would be very difficult to imagine any set of circumstances in which Derrick would continue his career at this university." ' See FENNER page 12 In This Issue Carolina TOPS page 4 Scruffy the Cat. .... .page 10 UNC pros return page 11

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