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Durham, NC, United States
As a photojournalist my principal interests are spot news, fires, etc. I also like to see the humor in everyday situations. In my 42 years as a photojournalist I have seen a lot of people die. First, during the Salvadoran Civil War, and since then, on some of the 'mean streets' of my adopted hometown......still, a great little town all the same!

Big Rig blocks Interstate

A Fed Ex big rig jack-knifed  on 1-85 near Guess Rd. One of many accidents in the Bull City during the storm

Fire & Ice

Firefighter prepares to extinguish a car fire during the storm on Fayetteville St. near Nelson St.

Water main bursts in East Durham

Durham police had to close E. GeerSt after a large water main burst and flooded a section of the busy Durham street.

Big Rig fire stops traffic on the Durham Freeway !

Durham firefighters prepare to tackle a truck fire on the Durham Freeway after the big rigs brakes overheated
Tuesday afternoon

Man shot to death in West End !!!

Moments after the shooter fled, witnesses to the shooting tried to help the victim who lay mortally wounded in the
parking lot of a convenience store at 1108, Chapel Hill St. The deadly shooting is just the latest in a spate of
homicides that left a record five people slain in November. Police are searching for the killer.

Durham police officers erect a 'Scene Screen' around the body of a man shot to death at 1108 W. Chapel Hill Street.

Fire heavily damages Durham apartment building !!

Durham firefighters work to extinguish an apartment fire on Sidebrook Court on Sunday afternoon. No one was injured.

Duke Univ. bus goes up in flames !!!

Durham firefighters work to extinguish a fire on a Duke University bus on Wilkerson Ave. Friday morning

Car being chased by deputies crashes into house on Meriwether !!!

The residents of this home on Meriwether Dr were asleep upstairs when the car being chased by deputies crashed into
their house. They did wake up in time to see the driver flee, leaving behind a young woman and a baby for
 deputies to find. 

Medics checked out a baby that went along for the ride

Fiery wreck in Orange Co. claims life of truck driver !!!

Orange firefighters work the scene at NC 86 and Carr Store Rd. where the driver of a propane truck was killed in a fiery accident early Tuesday morning when his rig collided with a car that ran a stop sign, flipped over,  and burst into flames. The driver of the car was seriously injured.

Topless women turn heads in downtown Durham !!!

A small group of three young women caused a mild sensation in downtown Durham Saturday afternoon by walking topless along W. Main St. and past Brightleaf Square to make a statement about equality of the sexes. The women stated that they have every right to go topless just like men and wanted Republican Legislators to know that they had no right to pass laws that might try to place limits on their freedoms.  Police kept a close eye on the marchers but decided that the women appeared to be doing nothing illegal.

Durham police shoot man during armed standoff !!!

A young man stands with what appears to be weapon in his right hand in the front yard of a house at 1702, Angier Ave. and watches as armed officers take up positions around him for a tense hour long standoff. Durham police evacuated neighbors and began negotiating with the suspect, and at one point the suspect actually put the gun down,  but did not step away from it, and apparently picked it up again minutes later. At one point a police supervisor asked officers on the radio whether any officer had a pair of binoculars to determine whether the weapon the suspect was holding was real or a pellet gun.  A short time later there was a quick succession of rapid gunfire and the suspect collapsed to the ground mortally wounded.

A Durham police sharpshooter takes aim at the suspect from approximately fifty yards away. Police opened up with a barrage of gunfire after he apparently made a threatening gesture by moving toward them.

Moments after shooting the suspect police moved in and disarmed the man who appeared to be mortally wounded.

Almost immediately after the shooting Durham police called in first responders to assist the wounded man. Early in the standoff police called in paramedics and had them standing by only three blocks away.

Shooting forces lockdown of schools after report of active shooter !!!

A paramedic and an officer arrive on Trinity to find the victim shot in the upper thigh and bleeding profusely.

After reports of an active shooter at the School of the Arts on Duke St. Durham officers swept the campus inside and out as students hid beneath their desks.  No suspect was found at the school.

Security Guard shot at 311 South La Salle !!!

A Security Guard at an Apartment complex at 311, South La Salle St. was shot in the head and critically injured Monday night while apparently answering a call for help in the complex. Police cordoned off a scene beside the tennis courts and rushed the victim to Duke where he was reportedly fighting for his life. The complex has been the scene of several homicides in the past ten years and armed robberies have also been a serious problem,

Officer Johnson was shot in the head while rendering assistance.

Canal St shooting leaves man critical !!!

Durham paramedics rush Durhams latest gunshot victim toward a waiting ambulance on Canal St where this young man was shot and critically wounded. This follows a notorious drive-by shooting on Hinson Dr. a few days ago that wounded eight people.

High speed chase ends in fiery crash !!!

Emergency personnel and law enforcement work the scene on North Roxboro Rd. at John Jones Rd. early Saturday morning after a suspect vehicle being chased by Sheriffs deputies crashed into a deputies cruiser and burst into flames. A suspect may have been trapped in the burning pick-up truck for a short time but was apparently rescued. The chase only lasted for a few minutes before the accident occurred, and is being investigated by the Highway patrol.

A Durham police officer looks for evidence where the chase ended at John Jones Rd.

Motorist drives into 'Little Caesars' !!!

Durham firefighters check out the damage to  'Little Caesars' Pizzeria on South Roxboro after a motorist drove into the building.

Wrong way driver in Jeep kills 3 on 1-85 !!!

Three people died in this head-on collision caused by a wrong way driver on 1-85 in Orange County early Sunday morning.

Statue to Confederate war dead vandalized !

A Durham City work crew use a pressure washer to clean up vandalism from the Confederate statue at the old courthouse on Main St. in Durham. The vandalism apparently occurred very early Tuesday morning and was the latest in a string of such incidents that have happened since nine black church members were gunned down in Charleston SC.

Two injured in early morning blaze !!!

Firefighters rescued two people from a burning house on N Roxboro Rd. early Friday morning. One victim was alert and talking to firefighters the other unresponsive. Rescuers performed CPR in a desperate attempt to resuscitate the critically injured person who was eventually transported to Duke Medical Center. Fire Dept. and Sheriffs Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire which broke out sometime before 4 am.

Firefighters and Sheriffs Dept. Investigators work the scene on N. Roxboro Rd.

Herald Sun newspaper carrier carjacked, shot to death !!!

The first Durham police officers to arrive at the American Red Cross cover the body of William Evans Jackson, 65, with a 'Scene Screen' after he was apparently carjacked and shot to death in the parking lot on University Place. His 2013  silver Chevy Impala was recovered hours later on Miller Rd in Durham County after at least two teens jumped and ran from the car after being pursued by a Sheriffs Deputy. One teen was captured immediately, another was captured an hour later on Stanly Rd. That teen, captured by Sgt. Minor, a DPD K9 Officer turned out to be Dominick Jackson, the slain mans sixteen year old grandson who has now been charged with murder.

Deadly Drive-by shooting on N. Duke Street shocks residents !!!

Durham police, the first on the scene, call for back up after a man was shot dead while sitting on his porch at the intersection of N. Duke St. and W. Markham Ave. It appears as though this was the latest in a string of drive-by shootings to plague the Bull City in the past few months. Police closed busy N. Duke for hours while conducting their investigation and detoured traffic. Some local residents were escorted to and from their homes.

Man shot while driving down Vickers Ave. near Police Hqs.

Lt Edwards of the Durham Police Dept. helps a young man who was shot as he was driving his car down Vickers Ave. in Durham. Witnesses said a car pulled alongside the victim as he was driving down Vickers and shot off several rounds, one of which struck the victim in the face. The suspects car then took off at a high rate of speed. The victim was transported to Duke Med Center in critical condition.

Orange Deputies capture break-in suspects !!

Orange County deputies captured this break-in suspect along Cole Mill Rd after an extensive manhunt. A deputy on routine patrol came upon several suspects breaking into a home on Pleasant Green Rd. At least two suspects were captured with the help of police K9s. There has been a rash of home break-ins recently in that area.

Apartment fire rekindles into two alarm blaze !!!

A single unit fire at the Seven Oaks Apartments on Rippling Stream Monday night rekindled into a two alarm blaze Tuesday morning that destroyed the entire building and left residents wondering if firefighters left the scene too early before the fire was completely extinguished. When firefighters left late Monday night after putting out the original fire, they were apparently convinced that the fire had not spread to the attic, but about an hour later early Tuesday they returned to find smoke and flames erupting through the roof of the building, and although they tried valiantly to extinguish the rekindled fire the entire building and it's contents were completely destroyed.

Durham firefighter D. Hayes attacks the blaze on Rippling Stream from close quarters.

Duke Divinity students help Geer St. fire victims !!

Duke Divinity Graduate Rikki Raye Rice, left, and Duke Divinity student, Maryanne Henderson, center,  help fire victims by giving them food and support early Monday morning after a fire left about two dozen people, mostly Hispanics, homeless. The blaze erupted about 7am and spread quickly through several units of the brick apartment building on Geer St. before firefighters were able to get the fire under control. Everyone escaped,  including several children, but at least one person suffered minor burns.

Durham firefighters work the scene at the apartment fire on Geer St. where about two dozen people were left homeless.

Suspected gunman surrenders after tense standoff !!!

A Durham police officer rests his AR15 assault rifle on the roof of his cruiser during a tense standoff early Wednesday morning after the suspect in a shooting took refuge in an apartment on Holloway St. Two victims were shot by the suspect, one was listed in critical condition, the other was said to be stable.  The alleged gunman eventually surrendered and was taken into custody without further bloodshed.

Durham firefighters tackle midnight blaze !!

Durham firefighters work a house fire on Dawkins St. just after midnight Thursday morning. The two occupants were fortunate to escape the blaze just before firefighters arrived on the scene to find the structure fully involved. The house was heavily damaged and the fire may have been as a result of carelessly discarded smoking materials.

Homeless couple struck and killed by Amtrak !!!

Durham police investigators and forensic technicians work the scene on the tracks near South La Salle St. after two homeless people were struck and killed by the Amtrak on Easter Sunday morning. The couple, identified as Derek Lowe, 38, and Tina Lowe, 33, were apparently living in a homeless camp in the woods behind the Kroger grocery store

First responders work the scene where a man and wife were killed when they were struck by the Amtrak on Sunday morning.

Durham firefighters tackle large blaze downtown !!!

The blaze on Parrish St. was the second fire to erupt at that location in less than a year. One firefighter was injured when falling debris from the ceiling struck him while he and fellow firefighters were fighting the blaze on the third floor.

Firefighters used aerial ladders to gain access to the blaze on Parrish St.

When Durham firefighters arrived on the scene they found flames shooting through the roof of 118, Parrish Street.

Standoff ends with surrender !!

Durham SET officers take Linwood Clay, 26,  into custody on Brye St. after he finally surrendered three hours into a lengthy armed standoff during which he threatened to kill himself. Clay, who was wanted for several felonies was tracked down by US Marshals.

Durham firefighters tackle large fire on Fayetteville St.

Firefighters work the blaze on Fayetteville St. at Massey Ave.

Durham snowstorm proves exciting for some residents !!!

The occupants of this car, which plunged off Dearborn Dr. into a creek, were very lucky to escape an icy grave early Thursday morning.

Two Durham police officers provided some community service by helping kids build a snowman on Southwood St.    

On Dixon Rd. near MLK a woman helps a Durham police officer push a collleague out of a tricky spot after his right rear chain came off.

A City crew make short work of a huge tree that fell across University Dr. at Summit St.

A good Samaritan helps an errant motorist on Chapel Hill Rd after he ran off the road and up an embankment on church property.