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Paul Choate joined the FOX8 family as a web producer in October 2013.

He moved to FOX8 from High Country Press, a newspaper in Boone where he worked first as a general assignment reporter and later as the managing editor.

Originally from the small mountain town of Sparta, Paul has called North Carolina “home” his entire life and loves living in the Piedmont Triad.

Paul is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

When he is not finding and creating content for MyFOX8.com and our social media platforms, Paul is probably cheering on his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves.

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  • Alexa Nicole De Armas and Julian Luis Mathena

    Teens accused of running high school prostitution ring

    SARASOTA, Fla. — Two high school students are accused of trying to organize a prostitution ring with students from multiple high schools. Alexa Nicole De Armas, 17, was arrested Friday and charged with human trafficking a person under the age of 18. Julian Luis Mathena, 15, was arrested Tuesday and charged with human trafficking. At least one act of prostitution took place, police told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, leading to the arrest of 21-year-old John Michael Mosher. Mosher allegedly paid $40 and a […]

  • Hope Nicole Vinson

    Woman arrested for assaulting bus driver with knife in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A woman is in custody accused of assaulting a bus driver with a knife on Wednesday morning. Hope Nicole Vinson, 26, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and disorderly conduct by violence. Officers responded to the Clark Campbell Transit Center, located at 100 W. Fifth St., in reference to a stabbing call at 10:18 a.m. Investigation revealed that Vinson got on WSTA bus No. 1049 and started yelling out a window because […]

  • Henry Herman Blankenship

    Rowan County man charged with trafficking opiates

    ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — A man is in custody accused of multiple offenses of trafficking opiates. Henry Herman Blankenship, 69, of Salisbury, is charged with three counts of trafficking heroin/opium, three counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver oxycodone and two counts of sell/deliver oxycodone. Blankenship was arrested on Friday following a delivery of 150 dosage units of oxycodone to an undercover investigator with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to the incident, Blankenship had also sold oxycodone to the […]

  • Edna Mae Overman

    72-year-old Alamance County woman charged with rape of a child

    ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A woman is in custody in connection with multiple sex offenses involving a juvenile. Edna Mae Overman, 72, of Liberty, is charged with felony child abuse – prostitution, first-degree rape of a child, two counts of first-degree sex offense and indecent liberties with a minor. On Nov. 25, detectives with the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office Juvenile Investigations Unit arrested Overman. The charges stem from an investigation initiated several weeks ago following a report filed by the family […]

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    Winston-Salem man shot during home invasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are searching for two suspects following a home invasion where a man was shot Monday afternoon. Officers responded to 521 Forest Hill Ave. at 2:42 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located Cedric Sonata Jones inside his home suffering from two gunshot wounds. Jones told officers two men broke into his home and began assaulting him. During the assault, one of the suspects shot Jones twice. The suspects then fled the scene. No items were reported stolen. Jones […]

  • Cathy Delynn Vasser

    SC woman tries to poison mother-in-law with flea killer in wine

    UNION COUNTY, S.C. — A woman is in custody accused of trying to poison her mother-in-law and a friend who lives with her. Cathy Delynn Vasser, 32, was arrested Friday and charged with attempted murder. The charges stem from an incident that happened last June. Vasser was not charged until after investigators received a lab report in October, WYFF reported. Investigators then had to pick Vasser up from where she had moved in Florida after receiving the lab report. Vasser’s […]

  • Dustin Aaron Wilson

    Wanted NC father accused of hurting 2-month-old son captured

    SWANNANOA, N.C. — A wanted North Carolina father accused of hurting his 2-month-old son has been captured in Buncombe County. Dustin Aaron Wilson, 23, of Rowan County, was taken into custody in Swannanoa on warrants for felony child abuse. Authorities said they started investigating late last month after the child was being treated for injuries by the Rowan Regional Medical Center. Detectives said they determined the injuries happened in the Kannapolis area and were consistent with a physical assault. Specific details […]

  • Ronald Bysem Santiago

    Man arrested for robbing woman at ATM in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a man accused of robbing a person at an ATM. Officers responded to a robbery report at 3015 Waughtown Street on Nov. 13. Upon arrival, officers learned the victim was obtaining money from a Cash Points ATM located in the Parkview Shopping Center parking lot when a man approached the victim, forcefully removed the money from her hand and fled. Following an investigation, officers determined that the suspect was Ronald Bysem Santiago, 33, of […]

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    Woman injured in accident on Business 85 in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A woman was injured in an accident on northbound Business 85 Friday afternoon. The accident happened near the South Main Street exit. A vehicle merging caused her SUV to sideswipe a guardrail, go down a ditch and hit a tree. The extent of her injuries is not clear. Business 85 is currently down to one lane.

  • Former LAUSD teacher Mark Berndt appears next to his attorney in court on Nov. 15, 2013, when he entered a no contest plea on 23 felonies. (Credit: pool)

    Families of students to get $140M in semen-laced cookies settlement

    LOS ANGELES — A settlement worth nearly $140 million was announced Friday between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the families of 82 victims of a former elementary school teacher who fed semen-laced cookies to his students. Mark Berndt, 63, who worked at Miramonte Elementary School from 1979 to 2011, pleaded no contest last year to 23 counts of lewd conduct upon a child and was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to KTLA. Shortly after plaintiffs attorneys announced the […]

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    Man charged with breaking into multiple Randolph County homes

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — A man is in custody in connection with multiple residential break-ins in Randolph County. Emilio Adames Garcia, 23, is charged with four counts of felony breaking and entering, three counts of felony larceny, three counts of felony possession of stolen goods and two counts of obtaining property by false pretense. On Wednesday, deputies responded to 3347 Providence Church Road in reference to a break-in. The victim told 911 he had confronted an unknown person exiting his […]

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    High Point University removing Bill Cosby’s name from Board of Advisors

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point University is removing Bill Cosby’s name from its Board of Advisors amid growing sexual assault allegations. “In the best interest of all parties, we are removing his name from our Board of Advisors until all information on this matter is available,” said HPU Director of Media Relations Pam Haynes. Cosby spoke at the 2007 HPU graduation ceremony based on his numerous professional accomplishments. Former supermodel Janice Dickinson is the most recent in a handful of women who […]


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