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.


Jon Kane: A Strategic View of Development

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – The Heart of Cary meeting on Thursday morning was literally standing room only for a presentation by Jon Kane, the developer of North Hills.

A Who’s Who and Some Fine Baked Goods

Close to 50 downtown business owners, residents and public officials packed the Cary Chamber for the 8 o’clock meeting. It was a who’s who of downtown leadership including Ed Gawf, Ralph and Daphne Ashworth, Scott Ashworth, Sheila and Carroll Ogle, Don and Lisa Frantz, Howard Johnson and Sandy Jordan of the Chamber, Captain Don Hamilton of the Police, property owners Bill Taylor and Curtis Westbrook and many other civic and business leaders.

Tasty baked goods including Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread were supplied by Great Harvest and sponsored by CaryCitizen.

Down to Business

After some HoCA business, Doc Thorne turned the floor over to Jon Kane.

In a nutshell, Mr. Kane started with a small property that held a single drug store and turned it into one of the signature developments in the Triangle – North Hills.

In less than a dozen years, Kane Realty Corporation has expanded the project to over 100 acres of mixed use retail, residential, entertainment and office.

Fill In The Blank

Mr. Kane talked about North Hills, but the audience didn’t have much trouble picturing the parallels to downtown Cary.

The developer began with a simple statement relating to his own project. He asked the audience to complete this sentence:

“If you’re going to Raleigh, you have to go to _________”

What fills in the blank? Kane Realty set out to make North Hills the answer to that question.

Ingredients of a Successful Development

As he clicked through his slides, Jon Kane ticked off a list of ingredients that make a successful redevelopment on a community scale:

  • Areas to just “hang out”
  • Office above retail (makes life efficient)
  • Emphasis on unique, quality design and architecture
  • Lots of things to do , and easy to do them
  • Importance of events – days, nights and weekends
  • Be strategic about how parking fits into the development
At North Hills, you can go to the supermarket, lease an office, hit the gym, get a latte, see a movie, hear a band. You can shop ’til you drop, catch a meal, stay at a hotel, get a spa treatment and, maybe soon, ride your own personal pod transportation from one end of the development to the other.

Optimism for Downtown Cary Redevelopment

Mr. Kane identified a key strength in Cary’s revitalized effort downtown as broadly based community buy-in, from individual business owners to elected officials and landowners.

Fill In The Blank

Jon Kane closed by challenging members of the Heart of Cary Association to fill in their own blank:

“If you’re visiting Cary, you must go to ______________.”

Heart of Cary meetings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit Heart of Cary Association.

Eating Healthy: Food Challenge

Story by Kaynan Goldberg. Kaynan is CaryCitizen’s 13-year-old columnist on all things frugal, crunchy, healthy and green. She also blogs at VeggiesGoCrunch.

Cary, NC – Wow, it’s been a while!  We’ve started school again.  It’s great, but there is a lot more work than last year. Read more

Police: Attempted Robbery Wednesday, CHS Locked Down

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

Cary Candidates: Harold Weinbrecht, Mayor

Cary, NC – This week, we are continuing our Cary Candidate series with the race for Mayor. Today, we’ll hear from incumbent Harold Weinbrecht. Yesterday, we featured challenger Michelle Muir.

All candidates have been asked the same three questions. We have not edited one word, vowel or comma of their responses. Decide for yourself how to vote next week on October 11, 2011. Read more

Events: Big Thursday

Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Just a bref reminder of two big events on Thursday Downtown. Read more

WWOCS: Green Hope Soccer, Ranked #3 in Nation

Story from staff reports. Photos by Tom Mousseau.

Cary, NC – In this edition of Wide World of Cary Sports, we focus on Green Hope varsity boys soccer, ranked #1 in North Carolina and #3 in the nation, according to Max Preps. Read more

Early Voting Starts Wednesday at Herb Young

Cary, NC – Early Voting begins today (Wednesday, October 5, 2011)  for Wake County voters at the Herb Young Community Center in Cary. Read more

Cary Candidates: Michelle Muir, Mayor

Cary, NC – This week, we are continuing our Cary Candidate series with the race for Mayor. Today, we’ll hear from challenger Michelle Muir. Tomorrow, we’ll feature the incumbent Harold Weinbrecht.

All candidates have been asked the same three questions. We have not edited one word, vowel or comma of their responses. Decide for yourself how to vote on next week on October 11, 2011. Read more

Transportation: Cary Depot Opens Early, Under Budget

Story by Lindsey Chester. Photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC- The new Cary Depot has been operating since Labor Day, but the ribbon cutting ceremony was held Monday, October 3 amidst much hoopla. Read more