Carrboro considers seizing house

tgrubb@newsobserver.comJanuary 28, 2014 

— A Wesley Street house involved in a fatal December break-in could be targeted for seizure following the latest string of reported crimes.

Carrboro Police Capt. Chris Atack said the department is weighing its options but hasn’t made a decision yet. State law allows local governments to take the owner of a nuisance property to court. If the judge agrees the property is a nuisance, the owners could be ordered to fix the problems, pay a fine or forfeit their house.

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools would receive any proceeds from the property under state law.

Orange County tax records show 105 Wesley St. is owned by Eddie, James and Roy Atwater.

On Dec. 20, David Lee Goodman of Durham was killed just before 2 a.m. in an armed break-in at the house. An unidentified resident was reportedly shot in the head but treated at UNC Hospitals for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Carrboro police have few details about a second man who fled on foot and is wanted in connection with the break-in.

The shooting is among more than 50 police calls to the house since 2007. The house sits just a few hundred yards from a daycare, The Community School for People Under Six.

In 2013, police responded to roughly 20 calls, including the break-in, reports of assault inflicting serious injury, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by pointing a gun, assault on a female, discharging a firearm and communicating threats.

Court records show the Atwaters have court dates scheduled over the next few months:

• Roy Larue Atwater, 64, has a hearing Thursday on a charge of assault by pointing a gun

• James Henry Atwater, 63, has a Feb. 10 hearing on charges of assault on a female, communicating threats, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury, discharging a firearm, felony maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for controlled substances, felony maintaining, selling, distributing or possession of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school, felony sell or deliver cocaine, and felony possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine.

He also has a Feb. 14 hearing on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a stolen firearm. He is being held in the Orange County Jail under $600,000 bail.

• Eddie Green Atwater, 60, has a March 4 hearing on charges of felony possession of a firearm by a felon, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm.

Grubb: 919-932-8746

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