The Durham Symphony Orchestra has raised the reward for information
about missing cellist Janine Sutphen.
Sutphen┬'s husband Robert Petrick told authorities he last saw her Jan. 21
when she left home for the Durham Arts Council downtown for an orchestra
rehearsal. Sutphen┬'s car was found the next day on the ground level of a
parking deck across Morgan Street from the Arts Council. Her cello and keys
Since then, several people have characterized the location of the car as
unusual. Symphony conductor Alan Nielsen said, for example, that Sutphen always
went to the upper level of the parking deck for safety reasons. He said it
would have been entirely out of character for her to park on the ground level.
An extensive search for Sutphen, including dragging a lake near the couple┬'s
Parkwood condominium in southern Durham, has turned up no results.
Petrick is being held at the Durham County Jail on a $50,000 secured bond on
fraud charges that investigators have said are related to the case. Police
dubbed the disappearance a homicide on Jan. 29.
The symphony board of directors is now offering a reward of up to $2,800
through CrimeStoppers for information on Sutphen┬'s disappearance.
"We continue to believe that someone, somewhere saw something and knows
something, and we hope this person will come forward," Ellen Dagenhart said in
a release. "We are very grateful for the impressive efforts of the Durham
Police Department and know they are working hard to find answers."
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Terry Mikels at 560-4440,
ext. 275, or CrimeStoppers at 683-1200.
Oxford Manor center wins award
DURHAM ┬-- The Oxford Manor Achievement School and Family Resource Center has
received a Human Services Award from the Carolinas Council Division of the U.S.
Office of Housing and Urban Development.
The award recognizes organizations or institutions that have offered quality
programs and activities to children and families living in public housing in
North and South Carolina. The center was one of three award recipients.
Founded by N.C. Central University in January 2002 and operated with help from
22 community, corporate and agency partners, the center offers reading,
writing, math, science and computer literacy instruction to those living in the
Oxford Manor public housing development. Adults can receive career counseling,
job training and prepare to take the GED.
Organizers say the center has helped raise the high school graduation rate of
Oxford Manor students. In spring 2002, eight students completed high school
compared to two students in spring 2001.
"Three of the eight students entered college, two attend Durham Technical
Community College and three have jobs," said Linda Love, project director,
adding that parents and teachers report that "attendance rates have increased,
behavior problems have decreased and academic performance is improving."
For more information on the center, call 530-7684.
Professor to talk about Little case
DURHAM ┬-- Genna Rae McNeil, professor of history at UNC, will speak on her
research into the murder case of Joan Little as part of the David W. Bishop
Lecture Series at N.C. Central University in the student union at 1 p.m.
In 1974, Little ┬-- serving a seven-to-10-year sentence for larceny -┬- was
charged with first-degree murder in the death of jailer Clarence Alligood in
Washington, N.C. Facing the death penalty, Little claimed she was defending
herself against a sexual assault. The case gained national attention as
feminists, civil rights activists and death penalty opponents supported her
McNeil specializes in African-American history and 20th-century history. Her
publications include "Historical Judgments Reconsidered," "African Americans
and the Living Constitution" (1995), co-edited with John Hope Franklin, and
"African Americans and Jews in the Twentieth Century: Studies in Conflict and
For information, call (919) 530-5390.
I figure it's' the husband, but it's not right to keep him in jail on a
"related" fraud charge. Fraud is not a violent crime, and he is not a
danger to the community, and there has been no evidence proferred to suggest
he would not appear in court (which is supposed to be the only consideration