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Mother of 16-year-old killed by flu in Alamance Co. speaks out

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — This flu season Alamance County has had one flu death — 16-year-old Robert Tate.

“I miss everything about him, his hugs, his laughter, his personality, his jokes, everything,” explain Robert’s mom, Tonya Jenkins.

Jenkins says last month her son wasn’t feeling well, although she didn’t think it was anything serious she took him to be checked out just in case.

“It just seemed like he had allergies. You know, seasons change and it was getting cold,” explains Jenkins.

Within a couple days Jenkins says her son got much worse.

“He was coughing really hard, I mean to the point where he’s losing his voice,” she said.

In the matter of two weeks Robert went from the doctor’s office, to Alamance Regional, to Chapel Hill, where he died from H1N1.

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Burlington teacher forced to leave US after delay in work visa

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Loved by her students and fellow staff at Burlington Christian Academy, fifth grade teacher Caroline Camons is saying goodbye.

Camons will be going back to her home in Cape Town, South Africa, after a delay in the processing of her visa is forcing her to leave the U.S.

“It’s hard,” Camons said. “I love my babies. These are my kids.”

She and her family are being forced to go back home next week.

“I don’t like it,” she said. “I don’t like to have to uproot my whole family and leave.”

Camons came to the U.S. in 2008 on a six-year visa. She applied to stay for another year but a delay in paperwork changed that.

Now, she has to leave before the end of February when her visa expires.

It’s news that has left a hole in the hearts of students like Luke Anderson.

Man changes life after heart attack; encourages others to learn from his story

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Doctors say monitoring your cholesterol is one of the most important ways of keeping your heart healthy.

Keith Miller, a Burlington resident, learned that lesson the hard way.

“People look at me and say, ‘You had a heart attack?’ I don’t believe it either; it’s been a year and I still don’t believe it,” said Miller.

Miller says he always considered himself the picture of health, even though high cholesterol runs in his family. However, that changed when he suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to the hospital.

“All I remember is 15 people around my gurney going down the hall. We went into the first big room, it was the whitest room I’ve ever seen. First thing I thought was, ‘So this is the big white room,’” said Miller.

After spending days hooked up to machines, Miller decided to change his lifestyle. That meant saying goodbye to some of his favorite foods.

Woman robbed in Burlington Walmart parking lot

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police are searching for a woman accused of robbing another woman in a Walmart parking lot early Monday morning.

Officers responded to the Walmart, located at 530 S. Graham-Hopedale Road, shortly before 1 a.m. in reference to the robbery.

Upon arriving at the scene, the victim told police she was walking to her car in the parking lot when the suspect approached her and demanded her pocketbook.

The victim complied and the suspect fled the scene in a gold colored vehicle, last seen traveling on North Mebane Street towards Sellars Mill Road.

The victim was not injured during the incident.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500 or Burlington/Alamance Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100.

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Elon developing plan to expand downtown

ELON, N.C. – The town of Elon is developing a downtown master plan to cater to people who are residents, not just Elon University students.

Alderman Davis Montgomery said the idea of a downtown plan has been on the minds of town officials for years but after a resident survey, they decided they needed to give the town its own identity.

“We had people come in from the community and say, ‘there really isn’t or we can’t figure out where downtown Elon is,’ so that kind of told us that we’re missing something,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery said Elon University was very supportive financially in splitting the $160,000 cost of hiring Kauffman Associates for the plan and in assisting with ideas.

Montgomery said the plan would boost the local economy and help existing business flourish during the summer months.

Two dead, one injured after police chase, crash near Mebane

MEBANE, N.C. – Authorities said two people are dead and another was hospitalized after a police chase ended in a crash early Sunday morning near Mebane.

Police have not released the names of the people involved, pending notification of the families.

Mebane police said they tried pulling over a vehicle suspected of impaired driving near U.S. 70 and Buckhorn Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officials said the driver refused to stop, leading police on a chase and eventually losing them.

Police said they found the vehicle had crashed as they approached the US 70 and I-85 Business Interchange near Efland.

Three people were apparently pinned inside, with two dead and a third taken to Duke University Medical Center, according to authorities.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol was requested to investigate the motor vehicle accident.

DOT crews now working on secondary roads across the Triad

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sunshine and favorable conditions Friday will help N.C. Department of Transportation crews continue to clear roads in and around the Triad, including many secondary roads.

Interstates and primary roads are clear in Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties. Crews will spend today and Saturday clearing secondary routes in these counties and treating any icy patches remaining on the roads.

All roads are expected to be plowed by Saturday evening.

In Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, crews have cleared interstates and primary roads and are now working on secondary roads. Crews will continue clearing the division’s secondary routes over the weekend, with all roads expected to be cleared by late Sunday afternoon.

More: Secondary roads database on the NCDOT website