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Police Blotter: Robber Arrested

Cary, NC – This is our favorite kind of crime story. We get to bring out the picture of the handcuffs.

On Wednesday, a man attempted a brazen midday robbery from an occupied car at the BB&T Bank on Maynard. On Friday, the Cary Police had a suspect in custody.

From the Town of Cary:

Thanks to a citizen’s tip, the Town of Cary Police Department has charged a Cary citizen believed to have committed attempted robbery.

Jeremiah Calvin Osterhoudt, 35, of River Walk Circle, Cary, was arrested for Attempted Common Law Robbery. He is being held at the Wake county Public Safety Center and faces up to 36 months in prison if convicted.

Shortly after noon Wednesday, Town of Cary Police responded to BB&T Bank, 848 SE Maynard Road, where Osterhoudt entered an occupied vehicle and demanded money; unsuccessful, he fled the scene by foot. Due to its proximity to the crime and to allow investigators to properly search the area, Cary High School was put on temporary lockdown for about one hour.

 

Police: Attempted Robbery Wednesday, CHS Locked Down

Cary, NC – Cary Police are seeking community help in the search for a robbery suspect. Read more

Crime: Public Art Vandalized Downtown

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – On Friday morning, the manager of the Fidelity bank in downtown Cary called Clare Sifford, Director of Cary Visual Art. Someone had tipped over the sculpture on loan at the corner of Chatham and Academy. This is the second piece of sculpture vandalized in the last month.

Getawaycar

Getawaycar, the sculpture by Adam Wall was awarded Best in Show this year in Cary. “Last night,” Clare told CaryCitizen, “someone (probably more than one person, as this piece is VERY heavy) pushed it over.”

Damage was evident along the top of the sculpture. A paint smear on the sidewalk showed where the artwork had crashed to the ground.

“I could see that the paint was chipped and the steel was bent,” Clare said. “Fortunately, Adam is semi-local, as he lives in Laurinburg, NC, and will be able to come repair the piece at some point in the near future. This sculpture is valued at $5,000.”

2nd Piece Vandalized

This is the second piece of public art vandalized in downtown Cary in less than a month. “The first one was Collective Conductivity by artist Julia Rogers,” Sifford told this publication.

“It happened on Wednesday evening, 8/24/11. The glass heads of the sculptures were pried loose and dangling by the LED light wires, the glass lotus in the seated figure’s hand was broken, and her large glass hand was pried loose and stolen.”

“The glass hand is not cast,” Sifford said, “it is hand-formed. Each piece is individually made to properly fit the other components in the piece. This sculpture is valued at $15,000.”

Collective Conductivity photograph by Clare Sifford.

 

Victim #1: The Artists

In most cases, the artists themselves must pay for the damage in repair or restoration.

Cary Visual Art carries liability coverage for the exhibition, but artists are advised to self-insure their work. Few do.

So, in the case of vandalism, the artists are the victim.

Victim #2: The Community

Vandalism has a chilling effect in the arts. “I am so disheartened that it seems like vandals have specifically targeted our exhibition. This is heartbreaking to me, and I am afraid that continued vandalism will discourage artists from participating with CVA, therefore hurting our exhibition further.”

So, in the case of public art, the community is the victim as well.

Standing Up For Ourselves

Naturally, community members downtown and across town are outraged. Police Captain Don Hamilton wrote to Clare Sifford, “I hate that this is piece number 2 to be damaged and I agree that continued problems could jeopardize future artists wanting to participate.”

Cary Police run nightly patrols downtown. One expects they will step up their presence in light of this new challenge.

One might also expect video surveillance to be considered as a way to safeguard valuable artwork on loan to the community.

As our downtown redevelops, now is the time to make sure we have a safety regime commensurate with our community investment and needs.

National Night Out in Cary

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Tuesday was National Night Out, billed as America’s Night Out Against Crime. CaryCiitzen visited two event locations in Lochmere and Cary Park. Read more

Police: Fund for Injured Motorcycle Patrolman

Story from staff reports. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, N.C. – On Friday, Cary Police Officer Chad Penland was making a routine traffic stop near the corner of NC55 and Morrisville-Carpenter. But a collision between the motorcycle patrolman and an oncoming vehicle almost ended in tragedy. Now the Cary PBA is seeking your help. Read more

Citizens Police Academy Enrolling Now

 

Cary, NC – Ever want to get behind the scenes at the Cary Police Department? The Town of Cary offers a free program called the Citizens Police Academy and it’s accepting enrollment now through August 10, 2011. Read more

GSA Cancels ICE Plans in Cary

Story from staff reports. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – According to a press release from Congressman David Price’s office, the GSA has decided to cancel plans to put an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility at an abandoned Kroger supermarket in Cary. Read more

GSA to Hold Public Meeting about ICE Facility

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

NOTE: We received word at 7pm Tuesday night that this meeting is no longer being held.

GSA has canceled plans for this site. Members of GSA will be present for the Cary Town Council meeting scheduled for Thursday evening at 6:30p to discuss their plans to restart the procurement cycle, and members of the StopCaryICENow core team will also be present to participate as we are invited or required.  We want to ensure that the GSA re-enters the procurement process in a way that appropriately involves the Town and the public they serve.

 

Cary, NC  – Representatives from the GSA will be meeting with Cary community members at Green Hope Elementary School on Thursday evening, July 14, 2011 to discuss the proposed ICE facility. Read more

Bear-y Cary?

From staff reports. Photo by Mark L. Watson.

Cary, NC – Black bears have been reported as being sighted in Raleigh and Garner and now in Cary. It is unknown whether or not this is the same bear wandering the Triangle. Read more

Crime: The Case of the Slashed Tires

Story from staff reports. Photo by Lacey & Cielle.

Cary, NC – This is a disturbing item. Cary Police are seeking your help in an investigation of 30 tire-slashings this past Sunday night. Two Cary teens have been arrested and admitted to the crimes. Read more