Written by: Caitlin Owens

Two addictions, two recoveries

By Caitlin Owens

April 10, 2013

Editor’s note: TROSA partners with the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide assistance to veterans in Durham. Two recipients are Herman Williams, a TROSA staff member, and William Touchstone, a current program participant. For at least 15 years, Herman Williams drank his breakfast in a yellow, 11-ounce tumbler. He filled the tumbler three-quarters full with […]

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Y.E. Smith students take D.C.

By Caitlin Owens

March 28, 2013

As Donald visited a Wright brothers exhibit, he made an important realization. Donald, a fifth-grader at Y.E. Smith Elementary School, learned the Wright brothers invented a lot of things before finally making the world’s first successful airplane. The exhibit quickly became his favorite part of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Samantha […]

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Panhandling ordinance making life harder for homeless

By Caitlin Owens

February 20, 2013

As Tammy Kobani peeled apart the folded, soggy piece of white paper, she saw that some of the words had become illegible. However, one number remained intact: $213, the fine she must pay. Coincidentally, the piece of paper got wet as she engaged in the same behavior that earned her the ticket. Despite the rain […]

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Durham tries to suppress third-generation gang membership

By Caitlin Owens

February 6, 2013

Although not in a gang herself, one teenage girl has seen several of her peers choose to join a gang in search of acceptance. Money, drugs and relationships with members of the opposite sex serve merely as bonuses. The ultimate prize is the attention and the recognition given to teens by gang membership, said Eleycia […]

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Barriers hinder access to necessary mental health care

By Caitlin Owens

As national attention focuses on whether or not mental illness contributes to violence, Durham mental health care officials have found that violence—among other kinds of trauma—may contribute to mental health challenges. Although the Northeast Central Durham area suffers from many of the same mental health issues as the rest of the country, trauma plays a […]

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Choices for felons are critical and difficult

By Caitlin Owens

January 22, 2013

The choice a felony offender must make once he or she leaves prison seems simple: either earn a living in an honest, legal way or resort back to crime.  However, a perceived lack of options can compel a felon to make the wrong choice and continue a life of crime, according to justice department officials. […]

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Gangs’ use of social media on the rise

By Caitlin Owens

November 13, 2012

Gang members’ use of social media sites goes beyond reflecting their identities and gang-related behaviors. It helps create them, Durham gang prevention officials said. Many young gang members actively use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. The effects of social media sites on gang activity are increasing, said Chad Martin, staff member of the resident services […]

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Reporting crime is part of the crime-solving puzzle

By Caitlin Owens

October 22, 2012

Sometimes bullet holes in the wall of a house serve as the only indication that a crime has occurred. Although Durham officials encourage community members to call the police when a crime is committed, both parties claim that incidents frequently go unreported. Victims often fail to report violent crime in particular. This results from either […]

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