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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!

Horrific 'wrong way' wreck kills two on 1-85 !!!!!

Durham firefighters work the scene on 1-85 early Monday morning after a 'wrong way' driver, traveling southbound in the northbound lanes struck an SUV head-on.  Both drivers were killed instantly and several others in the SUV were injured, one critically. Police are trying to determine what caused the female driver of the car to turn the wrong way onto the Interstate and where it happened. An autopsy will be performed to determine whether alcohol or drugs were involved.

The SUV carrying eight people was destroyed. The driver was killed.

Large woods fire a challenge to firefighters !!!

Redwood firefighter K. Keast works to prevent the fire from reaching a wood line. He was one of many firefighters who were called in to help fight a large woods fire that threatened homes and apartments in the area around Page Rd. Extn. and US 70 in southeast Durham on Monday afternoon.

Fire investigators are trying to determine whether the fire started at two abandoned trailers in the woods or whether the fire started elsewhere and then spread to this location. Several fire departments responded to the large woods fire that resulted and spent several hours attempting to contain the blaze.

Fast moving fire kills Durham man !!!

Durham firefighters were able to pull a man from the burning home minutes after they arrived on scene but it was too late to save him. Smoke and flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived about 1.30am Monday morning.

Durham firefighters work the scene of the fatal fire on Calumet Dr.

Emergency personnel rush a shooting victim toward an ambulance in the parking lot of a Coroco station opposite the entrance to Hillside High School. The shooting occurred on Trailea Dr. nearby where he and another man were shot inside their vehicle. They then managed to drive the few blocks to this location where they called 911 for assistance. Both men were critically injured.....police found weapons inside the blood soaked vehicle.

Cops take down armed robbery suspect !!!

It was a tense situation Friday morning when officers challenged an armed robbery suspect "Come out, give yourself up" at an apartment at 1835 Cheek Rd. They must have been mindful of what happened a few days ago when police shot to death a young man after he reached for a gun in a similar situation on Glenbrook Ave. Fortunately this arrest had a successful outcome with no shots fired and no one injured.

Police officers and a K9 unit covered the back of the apartment on Cheek Rd.

Police cuff the armed robbery suspect when he came out of the apartment and surrendered after a short standoff.

Police officer shoots man dead on Glenbrook !!!

Police and EMTs examine the body of a young man who was shot and killed by police on Glenbrook Ave. Wednesday afternoon. Eyewitnesses to the shooting claimed that the officer shot the man as he was chasing him out of a residence at 2519, Glenbrook Ave. and that the victim was unarmed. Police say he pulled a gun on officers who were attempting to serve him with a warrant.

Residents were stunned by the shooting which left a young man dead from a gunshot wound to the head

Durham police officers cordoned off the area and erected a 'Scene Screen' to prevent residents from seeing the body.

Attempted armed robbery leaves clerk dead !!!

Durham police are investigating an apparent robbery and shooting at a Family Fare BP on Guess Rd. early this morning that left the clerk dead and another person wounded.  Emergency personnel rushed the clerk to Duke Medical Center but could not save his life. Another man, possibly the suspect, apparently showed up at Duke Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound.

State Trooper shoots driver dead after armed confrontation

North Carolina State troopers and investigators gather around evidence markers on N. Duke St. at Crutchfield St. where a trooper shot and killed a driver, after a jump and run and an 'armed confrontation' early Sunday morning.

Three motorcycle officers injured in crash!!!

This was the scene on South Lowell Rd. in Durham County after three motorcycle officers lost control and ran off the road into a field. One officer was a deputy, the other two were City of Durham police officers. They had been accompanying a funeral procession earlier, before they began practicing formations on South Lowell Rd. when the accident happened.

A Durham County deputy takes photographs of the scene for the investigation after the three officers were transported from the scene on South Lowell Rd.

One of the City officers was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck the guide wire for a power pole.

The driver of this big rig escaped serious injury after he ran into the back of another big rig near the 1-85 weigh station early Monday morning. The accident happened about 7am in Orange County.

Firefighters work to extricate the driver from his cab after he ran into the back of another big rig approaching the Orange Co. weigh station on 1-85

One dead, two wounded in nightclub shootout !!!!!

Medics work to save one of the shooting victims with CPR but unfortunately they were not successful. Three people were shot during the melee that erupted after the Emerald City Club let out about 2am. Witnesses describe a surrealistic scene with patrons running for their lives as gunmen fired a barrage of shots at one another.

One of the victims cars was riddled with bullet holes. A nearby resident said "It was like a war zone out here"

Three people were shot outside the 'Emerald City Club' on Saturday morning. Two men and a woman were shot, one fatally.

Police Chase, fatal crash !!!

Police officers in an unmarked pick-up truck spotted the Chrysler 200 which was carjacked yesterday. They followed it southbound on Alston to Riddle Rd. By this time they had called for reinforcements and a marked unit lit up the Chrysler as it turned onto Riddle eastbound. Then it sped away. Moments later as the chase reached high speed the driver lost control.

The driver lost control, ran off the road to the left and crashed into the back of a parked truck and was killed instantly

Two dead, several injured in Freeway accident !!!

Two people were killed and several others seriously injured in a rush hour accident on the Durham Freeway Wednesday night.

Runaway truck kills 5 year old boy !!!

A five year old boy was killed in his driveway Monday afternoon on Dogwood Bloom Ln. in Hillsborough when this construction truck rolled down the street, ran across the driveway and then struck the house. Workers were apparently loading the truck with soil when it started rolling. There was no one in the cab of the truck when the accident happened.

Slip sliding away !!!

Freezing rain early Saturday morning resulted in numerous wrecks throughout the area. This one happened after the drivers of two cars collided and spun out on the icy 1-85 bridge over GuessRd. One car burst into flames, fortunately the occupant escaped. Several major highways were closed in places, some for hours

Two alarm fire erupts at Pinnacle Ridge !!!

Firefighters arrived on scene at the Pinnacle Ridge Apartments to find heavy smoke and flames erupting from Building 20.

Firefighters work the scene at Pinnacle Ridge Apartments Friday morning.

Durham firefighters enter Bldg. 20 Pinnacle Ridge Apartments. No one was injured in the late morning fire which destroyed several apartments and damaged a number of others. The fire may have started on a balcony in back.

Shooting on Old Oxford kills one !!!

Deputies closed down Old Oxford Highway in the vicinity of Wolfpack Dr. Friday morning after a man with a rifle shot another person dead then took off through the woods. Minutes later deputies took the suspect into custody as he emerged from the wood line near Hamlin Rd. 

Deputies work the scene on Old Oxford highway where the murder took place

Midnight accident kills NCCU student !!!

Firefighters and medics work the scene around midnight Wednesday after a car struck a concrete bridge railing on 15-501 at the Cornwallis Rd. exit. Melvin Brewington, 23, the driver, survived the crash, but his passenger Brittany Plummer, 27, was killed. Police have stated that speed appeared to be a factor in the crash which closed the highway for hours. 

High speed chase ends on Holloway St. !!!

Police take Jordan Terrell into custody after a long chase throughout East Durham and Durham County. Terrell was charged with possession of cocaine and fleeing to elude officers.

Driver shot dead, careens into creek !!!

Durham police coordinate a homicide investigation after finding a car in a creek on Rowena Ave. with a gunshot victim inside.

Durham County Sheriffs deputies examine the interior of a car in a creek off Rowena Ave. in Durham. Police had responded to a 'shots fired' call in the area and found a man dead from gunshot wounds inside the car and had reports of another man, a passenger, who fled the scene and managed to escape. Police cordoned off the scene and began their investigation.

Man rescued after falling into sinkhole !!!

Redwood firefighters received a bizarre call early Sunday morning about a man who had apparently fallen into a large sinkhole on Redwood Rd. late Saturday night. Trapped, and suffering from hypothermia it took them about twenty minutes to extract the victim using a ladder and a 'Stokes' basket. The victim also suffered leg injuries, and bumps and bruises. He  was transported to Duke Hospital for treatment of his injuries.  

Redwood firefighters wheel the victim toward a waiting ambulance. The man may have been in the sinkhole for as long as nine hours before a fisherman heard some faint cries for help and went to investigate.

Durham police shoot man dead !!!!!

An officer calls for assistance while firefighters try to help the man who was shot by police moments earlier in the McDougald Terrace housing development. There may have been a foot chase and an exchange of gunfire during the incident that happened about 12.30pm and resulted in a heavy police response and a tense situation.

An eyewitness to the shooting cannot watch as medics perform CPR

A Durham police officer takes a photo of the body after the man was declared dead by medical personnel

Slippery situation after big rig flips !!!

Orange County firefighters work to clear bananas off the Interstate at 1-40/1-85 split early Monday morning after the driver fell asleep, crashed into a bridge abutment, flipped over and spilled it's load across the highway. The driver was only slightly injured and declined treatment.

Pedestrian struck, killed, near Carolina Theater !!!

Durham police officers screen the body of a pedestrian who was struck and killed Wednesday night on Morgan St. outside the Carolina Theater. The victim, who appeared to be elderly or infirm was struck in the vicinity of the crosswalk.

Two men struck in Freeway hit & run !!!

Durham firefighters tend two pedestrians who were struck and critically injured on NC 147 at the Briggs Ave. bridge. The GMC SUV that struck the men fled the scene but was tracked down by police a short time later in a parking lot on Bedford St. where police questioned four young men who were still in the vehicle which had front end damage. No charges have been filed yet. The victims were transported to Duke Hospital.

Man shot to death walking home from work !!!

Sheriffs deputies and investigators erect a 'Scene Screen' around Durhams latest homicide victim, Eric Ray, 33, who was  shot to death early Thursday night on Angier Ave. near Glover Rd. quite close to where two men were found shot to death several months ago in a house nearby.

Fire destroys home on Manford Dr.

Durham firefighters work the house fire on Manford Dr.  on Monday afternoon. Heavy damage apparent.

Hillsborough GOP Hq. firebombed !!!!!

Dallas Woodhouse, right, Executive Director of the NC GOP talks to Daniel Ashley, Chairman of the Orange County GOP after the two surveyed damage to their headquarters in Hillsborough after someone apparently threw a Molotov cocktail through the window overnight.  The ATF and the Hillsborough Police Dept. are investigating the incident.

Damage inside the office was extensive......even the plastic cover on a display table melted from the heat

Man shot dead on East Main St. !!!

Durham police officers search for clues near the body of the cities latest homicide victim who was gunned down in broad daylight in front of several witnesses on East Main St. near downtown.