April 2018 PAC 2 Meeting Notes

Regular Meeting April 9th, 2018

The regular meeting of Partners Against Crime, District 2, was held on April 9th, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., at the DPS Training Facility, 2107 Hillandale Rd. Durham, NC 27705. Facilitator: Zion Tankard; Co-facilitator: Ginger Blubaugh; and Secretary: Netty Chandler being present

Call to Order     6:00 PM
Introduction of Attending Members (Reported by Zion Tankard)

Members introduced
Member(s) not present: Debra Hawkins, Treasurer
Recognized new neighborhood attendees
Recognized Special Guest(s): Attorney, Rebecca Redd-Jolly, Guest Moderator (by Facilitator, Zion Tankard)

Action on Agenda/Minutes (Reported by Zion Tankard)

No Action
Minutes Approved

Announcements/Programs (Reported by Zion Tankard and Ginger Blubaugh)

T.R.Y.- Together for Resilience Youth (Collection of Medicine by Sheriff Raheem A. Aleem) – The Sheriff’s Department, as part of their prescription drug “take-back” days in which the public could turn in unwanted medication at specified sites, was present and provided a secure collection drop-box wherein community members could turn in unwanted medications anonymously.

House Keeping
1st Time Guests; Birthdays — Available for attendees were flashlights.
National Autism Awareness Month
Alcohol Awareness Month
Health Observances & Awareness Month
Primaries – May 8, 2018
General Election – November 6, 2018
Early voting starts April 19 and runs through May 5.
Reminded attendees that LOTS of great information could be found on the City (http://durhamnc.gov/) and County (http://dconc.gov/) websites…, so be sure to check them out often!

Facilitator’s Report (Reported by Zion Tankard)

New Co-Facilitator Position Opening in June 2018

Treasurer’s Report

None to report – Treasurer, Debra Hawkins was absent

Departments and Organizations Reports (Reported by Ginger Blubaugh)

 Durham Police Department (Reported by District Commander April Browne)

Current Crime Trends

1.  Robberies had a slight decrease for this 28 day period. (District 2 had 10 in the last 28 days compared to the previous 28 day total of 11). Please be aware of your surroundings and call police if you notice anything suspicious.

2.  District 2’s aggravated assaults saw a slight decrease. (District 2 had 5 in the last 28 days compared to the previous 28 day total of 4). We do not see any trends.

3.  Burglaries had a slight increase for the district. Current 28 day total was 39 as compared to previous 28 day total of 37.

4.  Remember do not leave valuables in your vehicle and to always lock your vehicles.

5.  Anyone with information related to these crimes is asked to call Crimestoppers (919-683-1200) or investigations (919-560-4582).

Notable Arrests

1.  Name(s): John Sizemore
Charge(s): Three counts of common-law robbery and one count of second-degree kidnapping Notes: Wells Fargo, BB&T, Family Fare

2.  Name(s): Akeem Mack
Charge(s): Larceny of MV, Possession Stolen MV, Injury Personal Property, RDO, Felony Probation Violation Notes: 3101 N. Roxboro St.

3.  Name(s): Tanecia Leathers
Charge(s): Larceny of MV & Larceny Goods less than 1k

Upcoming Events

Camp registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants can choose from three week-long camp session:

Camp 1: June 18 to June 22;
Camp 2: July 23 to July 27; or
Camp 3: August 13 to August 17.

Applications for 2018 summer camps are online at www.durhampolice.com (click Community Resources, then Online Forms) and at the front desk of Police Headquarters (505 W. Chapel Hill Street). DPD school resource officers also have forms at school. Completed applications must be returned by May 1, 2018. The age limits is between 11-14 years old.
Capt. Browne can be reached via email at: (april.browne@durhamnc.gov).

Crime statistics and notable arrests are available for viewing at http://durhamnc.gov/719/Crime-Statistics, District 2 Commanders Update.

 Neighborhood Improvement Services (Reported by Robin Dixon)

For information on NIS programs and services, attendees were encouraged to contact Robin Dixon, Districts 2 and 5 Coordinator, via telephone or email at 919-560-1647, ext. 34245, robin.dixon@durhamnc.gov. To see the PAC Newsletters from NIS, click or copy/paste the hyperlink into your browser: http://durhamnc.gov/570/Neighborhood-Improvement-Services.

 Durham County Health Department (Reported by Joyce Hicks)

Nothing to report

 Durham Parks and Recreation (Reported by Andrea Hicks, Recreation Assistant Supervisor, Edison Johnson Park Recreation Center and Patrick Walton, Senior Recreation Specialist, Walltown Park Recreation Center)

Andrea Hicks – Provided information on the following upcoming events:

1.  Dive In Movie
April 13, 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM @ Edison Johnson Aquatic Center

2.  What a Wonderful World
April 20, 2018, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM @ Edison Johnson Recreation Center

3.  Dance the Night Away
April 21, 2018, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM @ Edison Johnson Recreation Center

4.  Kids’ Biathlon
April 28, 2018, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM @ Edison Johnson Recreation Center

5.  Summer Camp (registration) @ Edison Johnson and Walltown Park Recreation Centers

6.  Program Flyers (provided for attendees)

Patrick Walton – Provided information on the following upcoming events:

1.  Meet Me at the Park Projects:

A. East Durham Park
B. Long Meadow Park
C. Rock Quarry Park

By visiting www.NRPA.org/DisneyMeetMeAtThePark, park supporters can vote daily for their favorite park project. Voters can also text PARKS to 31279 and receive a link to vote online. At the end of April, the park project with the most votes will receive grant funding. Everyone who votes will be entered into a drawing for a GoPro Prize Pack.

2.  Prom Night (ages 55 and better) – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 @ 5-8pm, Walltown Park Rec. Ctr

3.  Beginning Street Art @ Walltown Park Rec Center (participants ages 10-15) will learn how to create their own style of street art. The program will be held on Saturdays from 1-3pm beginning Apr 7. $18 Residents, $23 Non-residents

4.  #MyDurham Programs (for #teens, ages 13-18 years old)

Checkout the full list of programs on our website: http://durhamnc.gov/3566/Teens

Also, to view #MyDurham activities for the month of April 2018, click or copy and paste the following hyperlink: http://durhamnc.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20875

You can find the Play More Magazine at:
http://durhamnc.gov/2786/Play-More or just log onto the Parks & Rec site at http://durhamnc.gov/753/Parks-Recreation and click “Play More” on the left – or browse through all the other tabs on that page for lots more information.

 Court Watch (Reported by Mindy Solie, PAC 3)

1.  The Mission of Court Watch of North Carolina is helping children and families who need assistance from the courts and improving the North Carolina judicial system. It follows defendants through the criminal justice system.

2.  Judy Mack, Court Watch Volunteer, needs help to follow people from the PAC 2 District. You can Volunteer for Court Watch by contacting Mindy Solie at 919-419-0550 or mindysolie@gmail.com.

3.  Thanked Sheriff Andrews and D.A. Echols; Capt. Browne (for an Intern from North Carolina Central University, Graduate School); Durham Police Department, and all PACs for their support.

 Crime Report (Reported by Cheryl Shiflett)

1.  Shared a photo of over 50 guns seized from 1 (one) house by the Sheriff’s Department

2.  Durham is categorized as an area of 250,000 to 499,000 people

3.  Per a report from the Police Department – out of 9,311 calls for service, over ½ of those calls were answered within less than 5 minutes

4.  Grant for Active Shooter exercise/program – a very detailed report was provided by the Sheriff’s Department

5.  There are 23 Police Officers in the public schools training teachers (200 last year) to work with kids to keep them safe

6.  Reports from the Sheriff’s Department reported statewide there are 94,984 people on probation and 2,189 in Durham County as of March 2018

7.  One (1) Probation Officer position unfilled

8.  A group to help children by-pass this system will be discussed next month

 T.R.Y. (Reported by Nancy Kneepkens)

1. Annual conference celebrating 15 year anniversary, Friday, April 20, 2018 from 1:00-7:00pm, 4810 Page Creek Ln, Durham, NC 27703

2. Acknowledged Sheriff Raheem’s present with a drop-off box for unwanted/expired prescription drugs

3. Prescription drug drop-off locations:

A. Durham County Justice Center (Courthouse) – 510 South Dillard Street, Durham, NC 27701

B. Durham County Sheriff’s Office North Station – 11821 U.S. Highway 501 Rougemont, NC 27572

C.  Durham Police District #2 – 5285 North Roxboro Road, Durham, NC 27712

D.  Durham Police District #3 – #8 Consultant Place at Shannon Road, Durham, NC 27707

E.  Durham Police Headquarters – 505 West Chapel Hill Street Durham, NC 27701

F.  Carolina Behavioral Care Pharmacy on 4102 Ben Franklin Road, Durham, NC 27704

G.  North Carolina Central University Police Department 2010 Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27707

H.  Durham County Health Department – 414 E Main St, Durham, NC 27701

4. Juul (an electronic smoking device) – a new trend amongst teens

 Durham County Board of Elections (BOE) (Reported by George McCue, Deputy Director)

1.  Statewide Primaries – Tuesday, May 8th

2.  Absentee by mail voting for Statewide Primary Election began Monday, March 9th

3.  Early voting starts Thursday, April 19th

4.  Durham County is offering 7 days a week of early voting (a 17 day voting period) with 6 sites opened, inclusive of North Regional Library

5.  Handout: “Early Voting Sites and Schedule Flyer” (for a copy, go to: http://www.dconc.gov/home/showdocument?id=24642)

6.  A new feature on BOE’s website is a Early Voting Locator Tool where you can find the closest early polling site

7.  BOE is developing technology to see “wait times” – it will allow you to see where the shortest lines for voting are located

8.  The State Board recently recognized the “Green Party” as an official political party in the state

9.  Prospective voters in North Carolina have until 5 p.m. Friday, April 13th to meet the regular voter registration deadline for the May 8th primary election; however, you cannot change your party affiliation

10. Provided Voter Registration Forms in English and in Spanish; Absentee Ballot Request Forms, Sample Ballots, etc.

11. For more information, also visit: http://www.dconc.gov/government/departments-a-e/board-of-elections

 Durham City Council (Reported by Council Charlie Reece)(PAC 3)

1.  Provided information on the budget development process for this year

2.  Background on “Coffee with Council” and why it was cancelled

3.  Launched a series of community conversations and partnerships (replacing Coffee with Council) between the City of Durham, County of Durham, and Durham public school system whereby there was a three (3) topic focused community conversation jointly run by district government entities. The 3 topic focused community conversation groups consisted of: 1) public safety; 2) housing, transportation and health, 3) education and economic development. These sessions were comprised of a series of roundtables in a large space of 8 to 10 people at each table. Each table had an elected member of one of the 3 boards (School Board, Board of County Commissioners, and City Council), relevant department heads for the topic area, and another city staff member. The rest of the table was made up of citizens who came forward to talk about their budget priorities. Over the course of these 3 community conversations, 350 Durham residents participated and over 1,600 comments collected with regard to the direction of the budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

4.  Encourages feedback on the cancellation of “Coffee with Council” and wants to hear back from each PAC about where the next fiscal year budget is headed. Forward your concerns via email: charlie.reece@durhamnc.gov or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharlieReeceDurhamCityCouncil/ or Twitter: https://twitter.com/CharlieReece


A.  Attendee shared what she liked about “Coffee with Council” and would like to see it continued

B.  Attendee shared what she liked the “Community Conversation” and would like to see it continued

C.  Attendee encouraged the City Council not to decrease the Police Department’s budget and to continue the assistance that the Police Department is lending to the District Attorney’s Office as she “really believes in law and order in Durham!”

D.  An attendee stated that Coffee with Council and Community Conversation both have their advantages; therefore, alternate every other year (one year local, the next year city)


A record number of men and women are running for federal, state, and local political office, many for the first time, in the 2018 midterm elections. Numerous candidates attended the PAC2 meeting and were allotted 2 minutes to introduce themselves and state why they should be elected/re-elected. There was a Q&A time period after each candidate’s presentation.

[NOTE: The following information was obtained from a news article in The Herald Sun entitled, “Who’s running for office in Durham in 2018 and why,” dated March 12, 2018. For information on additional candidates, please read more here: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article199959384.html]

 Durham Board of Education (District 4)

Natalie Beyer (Incumbent)
Age: 49
Address: 2206 Hayfield Drive Durham, NC 27705
Email: Natalie.Beyer@gmail.com
Occupation: Preschool Teacher

Political experience: Since 2010 I have been honored to serve the Durham community as the District 4 representative on the Durham Board of Education. I was elected by Durham voters in 2010 and again in 2014.

Other experience: I was a student in Durham Public Schools and my three children all attended DPS from kindergarten through high school. I have been a long-time parent, community and school volunteer. I served as PTA President in two DPS schools and served on a DPS school improvement team as an elected parent representative. I volunteer as a Board Member for Public Schools First NC, a non-partisan statewide education advocacy non-profit and as a court appointed guardian ad litem. I serve on the Board of Directors for Project Graduation, the DPS Arts Advisory Committee and Duke University’s Secondary Teacher Preparatory Program Advisory Committee.

Why did you decide to seek re-election to this office? During my service on the Board of Education the district has made improvements but we must accelerate this progress and bring families and community members together so that all Durham students can realize their dreams and goals; I am a thoughtful leader dedicated to excellence and equity for all students; and I visit schools, attend community events and fulfill the behind-the-scenes school board duties. As our Board, Dr. Pascal Mubenga, and community stakeholders develop a strategic plan for our district, my experience as a school board member, parent and volunteer is critical to focus our progress in Durham Public Schools.

Antonio Jones
Age: 37
Address: 3002 Cardinal Lake Dr Durham, NC 27704
Email: jones4schoolboard2018@gmail.com
Occupation: Financial Management Analyst II at Duke University
Political experience: Former Chair, Durham City/County Planning Commission (2010-2014)

Other experience: Board of Directors Uplift Project Inc (2018-Current), Community Advisor, Larry Thomas Leadership Academy (2018-Current), Keeper of Finance, Beta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc (2015-Current), former chairman, Board of Trustee, Kyles Temple AME Zion Church (2007-2014).

Why did you decide to seek election to this office?
As a former Durham Public Schools employee and advocate for public schools, I will bring a unique perspective to the board. As a school treasurer, I had the task of managing a school budget to include federal, state, local and grant funds. In this role, as I navigated the ever changing educational landscape of dueling priorities, I witnessed our students and educators receiving the short end of the stick which led to decreased student enrollment, high teacher turnover and persistent low test scores. For the past few years DPS has lost a significant amount of talented educators and operated without a clear strategic plan to address the many issues facing our schools. My campaign’s theme is “Students First.” Safe Schools, Equity, Accountability and Transparency (S.E.A.T.) will be the lenses through which my decisions will be made as a member of the school board. My vision is for DPS to intentionally invest in every child’s education in a holistic manner (academically, socially, emotionally, and mentally) from Pre-K so that all students become productive members of our community upon graduation while effectively addressing the needs of all our employees. Despite our graduation rates remaining flat at 81% since 2013-2014 and an unacceptably low 46.4% test proficiency rate, we have an obligation to ensure all students are college or workforce ready when they leave our schools. We can no longer afford to accept status quo and persistently low performing schools while Durham County is rich in resources. As a member of the Board of Education I will advocate for unleashing the potential of our students and educators.

Angela Starke
Age: 42
Address: Bahama, N.C.
Email: AStarke4Durham@icloud.com
Occupation: I am a volunteer at Durham Public Schools and within the community. I am also in the process of continuing my own education at Durham Tech in the summer.

Political experience: None.

Other experience: I started my first job flipping burgers and working at the movie theaters while in high school. I then proceeded to a secretary position that led to my career at the local phone company that was called GTE. My career at the phone company consisted of order entry, then billing and the last 13 years as a central office technician, maintaining and working on equipment that provided dial tone and high speed internet. My husband and I chose to end my career with the phone company, three years ago, so that we could provide the guidance to our children that neither of us received growing up. They are now our focus and the future. I have always been active in community outreach and assisting those in need. I have also been an entrepreneur, investing in myself to also provide for my family. I am currently a PTA member and volunteer regularly in my children’s school.

Why did you decide to seek election/reelection to this office? As a parent of two children, of elementary and middle school ages, a volunteer, a class parent and chaperone in Durham Public Schools, for several years, I have witnessed firsthand a systemic failure to educate our children throughout general studies. Elementary kids are currently being taught vocabulary words with zero focus on the spelling of those same words in fourth grade and up. I have also witnessed and/or been made aware of discrimination, indoctrination and failure of providing safety for all children in schools on multiple levels. Because I have been able to be as active as I have in the school system, working with multiple teachers, other administration and PTA on a regular basis, I have come to realize that there is little control over what decisions can be made on a school level and that the issues at hand, need to be addressed higher up. We need individuals that are willing to advocate for our children, our future, to assist them into becoming the smart independent, accountable and responsible achievers they can be.

 District Attorney

Roger Echols (Incumbent)
Age: 45
Address: 605 Wellwater Ave.
Email and website: reelectrogerecholsda@gmail.comelectrogerecholsda.com

Occupation: Durham County District Attorney, Sept. 1, 2014-present

Political Experience: Durham County District Attorney, Sept. 1, 2014-present

Relevant experience: Durham County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, January 2015-present; Chairperson January 2017-present

Why did you decide to seek re-election? Over the last three and a half years, my staff and I have brought stability to the Office of the District Attorney through hard work and by working with other agencies and organizations inside and outside of the criminal justice system to find solutions to crime and the effects of crime to the benefit Durham. I am running for re-election for District Attorney because I want to use my 20 years of prosecutorial experience in a way that keeps the public safe and protects the rights of victims through the fair and equal administration of justice.

Daniel Allen Meier
Age: 45
Address: 100 E. Parrish St., Ste. 300
Email; website: daniel@meierlegal.com;www.meierforda.com

Occupation: Attorney, Meier Law Group PLLC, 2004-present

Political experience: None

Why did you decide to seek election or re-election to this office? Having been a practicing criminal and civil attorney in Durham for 15 years, I feel that I have a working knowledge of our county’s legal process successes and shortcomings. I feel that being elected will assure that ALL Durham citizens and the cases on both sides of the legal process will be handled with equality, efficiency, impartiality that the people of Durham deserve.

 House & Senate Representatives, Judges, Council Members

N.C. Senate District 22
Mike Woodard (incumbent)

Age: 59
Address: 2009 Woodrow St., Durham, NC 27705
Email: mike@mikewoodard.com

Occupation: Administrator, Duke University and Health System, 1996-present

Political experience: N.C. Senate, 2013-present; Durham City Council, 2005-2013

Other experience: Durham Arts Council President, 2015-present; Board of Trustees, 2002-present; along with service on more than a dozen other nonprofit boards and community groups.

Why did you decide to seek re-election to this office? I wish to continue serving the people of Durham and Person counties, along with Granville County, as we work to bring good jobs to our region; offer affordable and quality healthcare to all residents; increase investments in our children; develop sustainable infrastructure and innovation; and provide clean air, water, and energy. My experience, knowledge, and strong work ethic make me a first-rate advocate for the people of the 22nd District.

N.C. House District 30
Marcia H. Morey (incumbent)

Age: 62
Address: 2 Middlesborough Court, Durham
Occupation: Retired Chief district court judge

Political experience: 18 years as district court judge in Durham.

Other experience: Served on criminal justice advisory committee and Misdemeanor Diversion Project.

Why did you decide to seek election to this office? Durham deserves a passionate voice for equity, fairness and inclusion. I want to work for justice and the common good.

 District Court Judges

Judge Frederick S. Battaglia, Jr.
The Honorable Frederick S. Battaglia, Jr. was elected to the District Court bench in 2014 and sworn in on January 1, 2015.

Judge Battaglia received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC and his law degree from North Carolina Central School of Law in Durham, NC.

Prior to joining the District Court bench, Judge Battaglia was in private practice in Durham for 29 years.

Judge Battaglia is a past President of the Durham County Bar Association. His memberships include the North Carolina Bar Association and the N.C. Historical Society.

Judge Battaglia is the judge assigned to preside in Durham County Family Court and Drug Treatment Court.

Judge Doretta L. Walker
The Honorable Doretta Walker was elected to the District Court Bench in 2010 and was sworn in January 1, 2011. Judge Walker is a native of Durham County and a graduate of Northern High School. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the District Court bench, Judge Walker was an Assistant District Attorney for 13 and a half years, serving as the supervisor of Property and Fraud Cases in Durham County. She also served as a judicial clerk at the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1994 through 1997.

Judge Doretta Walker presides over Abuse, Neglect and Dependency; Juvenile; Criminal; First Appearances; and Traffic Courts. She also has presided over Family, Child Support, and Civil Court.

 Durham County Sheriff

Mike Andrews (Incumbent)
Age: 60
Address: 6108 Wake Forest HWY, Durham, NC 27703
Email: mandrews@durhamsheriff.org
Occupation: Durham County Sheriff

Political experience: Sheriff since January 2012

Relevant experience: Co-Chair for the Officers In-Service Training Committee

Why did you decide to seek re-election? I am striving to protect vulnerable populations, meet our workload demands and recruit and retain a modern workforce. I am committed to improve the mental health needs inside the detention facility, education and prevention regarding opioid abuse and strengthening our community through active engagement.

Clarence F. Birkhead
Age: 57
Address: 212 El Paso Ave.
Email, website: clarencebirkhead@gmail.com, BirkheadforDurham.com
Occupation: Driver license examiner, September 2016-present

Political experience: None.

Relevant experience: Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, 2014-present

Why did you decide to seek election? I decided to seek election for the sheriff’s office because I care about Durham and I want to create an environment where all residents feel safe and live free of fear. Progressive and proactive law enforcement is needed now in Durham and with my experiences I will bring that level of innovation to the office of sheriff.

Source: Read more here: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/durham-county/article199959384.html#storylink=cpy

Unfinished Business

Issue: None to report



Complete By:


None to report


May 14th, 2018 (DPS Traning Facility)

The meeting adjourned at 7:55 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Netty Chandler, Secretary on 04/13/18. If you have corrections or comments, feel free to e-mail Ginger Blubaugh, Co-facilitator, directly at snaps494@yahoo.com.