WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2005
FROM STAFF REPORTS
■ A Chapel Hill man was arrest
ed Tuesday morning and charged
with one misdemeanor count of
assault on a female, police reports
According to reports, Joseph
“Joe” Lamont Brown, 25, of 800
Pritchard Ave. Ext. A-16, was
arrested at 1:49 a.m. after an
assault was reported at 1:35 a.m.
Brown, an employee of Butler
Garage, was processed and trans
ported to Orange County Jail,
where he was given no bond.
He was scheduled to have his
first appearance Tuesday in Orange
County District Criminal Court in
■ Two separate incidents of
breaking and entering and larce
ny from a vehicle were reported at
the Eubanks Road park-and-ride
lot, Chapel Hill police reports
According to reports, the win
dow of a Durham woman’s 1992
Honda Civic was smashed out
about 1:08 p.m. Monday with a
jimmy or pry tool.
More than S6OO in stereo equip
ment and recordings were stolen in
the incident, reports state.
The second incident involved a
1998 Subaru Legacy, which at 3:13
p.m. had its window broken out by
a jimmy or pry tool.
About S3OO in vehicle parts
were stolen in the incident, reports
Police are continuing to investi
gate both incidents.
■ Kerr Drugs on Franklin
Street reported that it was the
victim of embezzlement of cash
Monday, Chapel Hill police
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According to reports, SSOO in
cash was found missing from the
store at 9 a.m. Feb. 22.
It was last known to be secure
at 7 p.m. Feb. 19, reports state. The
■ A Pita Pit employee was
arrested Monday and charged with
one count of underage possession
of a malt beverage, one count of
being drunk and disruptive and
one count of resisting arrest all
misdemeanors Chapel Hill
police reports state.
According to reports, Casey
Keith Shandley, 20, of 510 Merritt
Mill Road A, was arrested after
officers saw him in plain view at
11:59 p m. with an open contain
er and disrupting traffic on West
While he was being arrested,
he attempted to pull away, reports
state, resulting in the resisting
He was taken to Orange County
Jail on a secured SI,OOO bond.
He is scheduled to appear April
25 in Orange County District
Criminal Court in Hillsborough.
■ A man from Idaho was arrest
ed Monday in the McCauley Street
area and charged with one misde
meanor count of soliciting without
a permit, Chapel Hill police reports
Christopher William Fowler,
21, of Buhl, Idaho, a seller with
Palmetto Marketing Inc., was
arrested at 5:24 p.m. on the
He was transported to Orange
County Jail on a secured $l5O
He is scheduled to appear April
25 in Orange County District
Criminal Court in Hillsborough.
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Assault could prompt action
N.C. might re-examine hate crime law
BY KAVITA PILLAI
ASSISTANT STATE & NATIONAL EDITOR
An assault on a gay student on
Franklin Street last weekend could
spark new debate about hate crime
legislation in the N.C. General
Current hate crime statutes do
not include sexual orientation as a
protected category, and some legisla
tors and gay rights advocates believe
the law needs to be changed.
Rep. Paul Luebke, D-Durham,
was a sponsor of a 1999 bill named
the Matthew Shepard Memorial
Act after a 21-year-old college stu
dent killed in Laramie, Wyo., in
1998. That bill, which would have
made sexual orientation a protect
ed category, failed by 10 votes in
the House and was never brought
to a vote in the Senate.
“I think given what has hap
pened in Chapel Hill, it may be
timely to reintroduce this legisla
Hate covered by current codes
BY LAURA YOUNGS
Despite legislative efforts to
increase the penalty for offenses
deemed hate crimes, UNC-system
schools are not making plans to
revise their discrimination policies.
System schools generally have
policies in their student codes
that pertain to acts of discrimina
tion, which can range from verbal
threats to actions that cause physi
cal harm. System officials say that
because of these rules, there is no
need to create specific safeguards
governing hate crimes.
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tion this session,” Luebke said. “I
think that there probably is grow
ing awareness of discrimination in
society, and I also think that the
specific event in Chapel Hill sounds
like a case that would draw public
attention to the problem.”
Luebke said he would be willing
to sponsor a bill and definitely will
lan Palmquist, executive direc
tor of Equality NC, said his organi
zation plans to continue lobbying
for legislation and hopes it will be
introduced in both chambers of the
“We think it’s important that the
state is on record against biased
crimes on race, religion, and also cat
egories like sexual orientation, age,
gender and disability,” Palmquist
said. “(The current law) leaves out
a number of important protected
classes, particularly at a time when
crime against the lesbian, gay, trans-
Paul Cousins, director of the
Office of Student Conduct at N.C.
State University, said the school does
not have a specific section in its code
about hate crimes, instead dealing
with those acts under its sexual and
racial discrimination policies.
“The code of student conduct is
very behaviorally based,” he said. “A
hate crime is a little less behaviorally
based, has more to do with intent.”
When campus police respond
to an incident they suspect to be
a hate crime, they call officers
specially trained to deal with the
matter, said Sgt. Jon Barnwell
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gendered community is on the rise.”
U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C.,
co-sponsored a bill to expand the
hate crime law as a member of the
N.C. Senate in 2001. He has also
lent his support to federal legisla
tion and said he will continue to
co-sponsor legislation in the U.S.
House if it comes up.
“It’s one of those perennial bills
that will continue to come out,” he
said. “When it does, I expect that
I’ll say yes again.”
Still, Miller said such legislation
easily could be defeated in the N.C.
legislature and has limited support
among U.S. Congress leadership.
Palmquist also said passing
the legislation could be an uphill
battle. “I think that it is not going
to be an easy bill to pass,” he said.
“But I think incidents like the one
in Chapel Hill call attention to the
need for legislation.”
John Rustin, director of govern
ment relations for the N.C. Family
Policy Council, said the group will
oppose any legislation to include
of the NCSU police department.
Barnwell is trained as a second-tier
hate crime verification officer.
Those officers determine if a
crime was motivated by hate. If
so, they notify the community if an
ongoing threat exists.
They also report the incident in
accordance with the federal Clery
Act, which requires campuses to
disclose security policies and crime
At UNC-Greensboro, there is no
specific category for hate crimes,
but such offenses would be in vio
lation of the code of conduct under
the section dealing with respect,
said Carol Disque, UNC-G vice
chancellor for student affairs.
She said talks about the issue have
not gone beyond informal discus
sions about adding a specific listing
for hate crimes to campus rules.
“The incidents that we have had
seemed to be dealt with OK under
our violation of respect policy,” she
At East Carolina University, if
an offense is deemed a hate crime,
officials take the nature of the
offense into consideration when
giving out sanctions, said Mary
Louise Antieau, director of student
Western Carolina University
Chief of Police Gene McAbee said
that the number of hate crimes at
WCU has remained low but that
every time one does occur, police
consider it a serious matter.
“Any act of discrimination is a
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homosexuality in hate crime law. -
“It could set a precedent,” Rustin .
said. “It’s the initial step in legal'
recognition of alternative sexual
Rep. Cary Allred, R-Alamance,
voted against the Matthew Shepard -
Memorial Act in 1999.
“It wasn’t because of a lack of
compassion,” he said. “If someone is
assaulted and treated badly and hurt
and damaged, then it’s just as bad for
one person as it is for another.
“I can imagine the bill failed
because it was creating a special
class of victim,” he added. “The law J
should treat everyone fairly. That’s I
what justice is.” *
But Miller said crimes based on ’
hate are different.
“I think that crimes that are moti
vated by who someone is, things
about themselves that they can’t ’
control, make society a more brutal
place,” he said. “It’s a worse crime.”
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He added that when dealing
with a, hate crime, officers prob
ably put more time and energy into
solving the matter.
And the campus has had some
incidents of vandalism involving
ethnic origin, he said.
UNC-Charlotte does not have an
official hate crime policy, instead
placing discriminatory acts under
existing policies, said Thri Plisch,
assistant dean of students.
“I think it is a topic that comes
up, but we’re looking more at
behaviors, not at intent,” she said.
Hate crimes do not seem to be a
major problem at UNC-Pembroke,
said UNC-P Vice Chancellor for
Student Affairs Diane Jones.
“Overall, our student body is very
tolerant. They appreciate diversity.”
No hate crimes were reported
at any of North Carolina’s 16 sys
tem schools as of 2003, accord
ing to the Web site for the U.S.
Department of Education’s Office
of Postsecondary Education.
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