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

He came 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 and our social media platforms, Paul is probably cheering on his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves.

Paul lives in Greensboro with his fiancée, Kristina, and their rambunctious dog, Jack.

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    Arrest made in Winston-Salem East 25th Street homicide

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man is in custody in connection with the murder of a man in Winston-Salem on Wednesday. Authorities obtained an arrest warrant charging 37-year-old Anthony Ordell Abran with first-degree murder. Abran was apprehended in Greensboro at about 8 p.m. Thursday. Officers responded to the 1600 block of East 25th Street at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located 26-year-old Delmorio Lamontae Blockson deceased inside a vehicle. Police said the investigation remains active and […]

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    Former Duke player says police approached him ‘guns drawn, yelling, no questions asked’

    DURHAM, N.C. — A former Duke University basketball player took to social media Thursday to express his anger over how he says he was treated by Durham police officers. Nolan Smith claims he was pulled over and officers approached his vehicle yelling with their guns drawn. Smith went on to say he has tinted windows, but rolled them down “right away” to show that he was “harmless.” “Soon as they relaxed and asked questions.. They became fans… Chill you not […]

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    Surry County attorney attacked in office with pickaxe

    DOBSON, N.C. — An attorney was attacked by a man wielding a pickaxe on Wednesday morning, according to The Mount Airy News. James Grayson Hall, 52, of Mount Airy, is charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. The incident happened at the office of Hugh Mills, located at 121 W. Atkins St., at about 10:45 a.m. Dobson Police Chief Shawn Meyers told The Mount Airy News that Hall and Mills had some sort of relationship, though […]

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    Graduating class gives senior trip money to principal battling cancer

    BETHLEHEM, N.H. — A graduating class at a New Hampshire high school gave the money they raised for their senior trip to their principal who was recently diagnosed with cancer. After four years of hard work raising money for the trip, the class instead decided to give Principal Courtney Vashaw nearly $8,000 for medical care, according to WMUR. “We decided to not go on our senior class trip this year and donate all of our funds to [her] cause,” said senior Ian […]

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    Piedmont Triad city makes list of America’s ‘most overlooked small cities’

    A city here in the Piedmont Triad made a recent list of “America’s 8 Most Overlooked Small Cities.” Thrillist created the list by looking at cities with populations between 100,000 and 300,000, and then picking out eight “that, for one reason or another, just haven’t gotten the national love and attention they deserve.” Winston-Salem made the list based on its beauty. Thrillist highlighted Wake Forest University, Old Salem and the Art-o-Mat machine. Here is what they had to say: “Originally formed when […]

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    Suspect sought for Summerfield bank robbery

    SUMMERFIELD, N.C. — The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a bank robbery that occurred on Tuesday evening. According to Sheriff B.J. Barnes, a suspect robbed the Bank of Oak Ridge, located at 4423 U.S. 220 North, at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect entered the bank armed with a handgun and demanded cash from the tellers. He fled in an unknown direction with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a black male, 5 feet 6 […]

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    Cornerstone Living Center in Winston-Salem has license suspended by state

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An assisted living facility in Winston-Salem is having its license suspended by the state, according to a letter from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Cornerstone Living Center, located at 2900 Reynolds Park Road, was notified Tuesday that its license to operate will be suspended no later than 5 p.m. on June 2. The suspension is based on the agency’s findings and information from the North Carolina Division of Public Health that conditions at the […]

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    Business 220 in Seagrove reopens after accident

    SEAGROVE, N.C. — A vehicle accident closed Business 220 in both directions in Seagrove Tuesday evening. The accident happened near the intersection of Business 220 and East King Avenue. NCDOT said the road was closed in both directions at 5:10 p.m. and reopened at approximately 7:30 p.m.

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    2 sustain life-threatening injuries in Davidson County accident

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Two people sustained life-threatening injuries in a two-vehicle accident in Davidson County near High Point. The accident was reported at 1:46 p.m. on Wallburg-High Point Road near West Lexington Avenue Extension. A white Chevrolet van, operated by Shana Grady, 36, of High Point, crossed the center line and struck a blue Dodge pickup truck, operated by Layton Tucker, 66, of High Point, head on. Both Grady and Tucker sustained life-threatening injuries and were taken to Wake […]

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    High Point woman injured in fatal SC wreck

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, S.C. — A crash on Highway 151 near Jefferson, S.C., Monday morning killed one person and injured two others, according to WSOC. The accident happened around 8 a.m. Officials said a North Carolina family was returning from the beach when they lost control of their vehicle. The SUV rolled several times and landed upside down, officials said. The woman killed in the crash was identified as Aiyana Nicole Boyd, 21, of Charlotte. The two people injured were identified […]

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    Man accused of carrying concealed gun at Winston-Salem city pool

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a man accused of carrying a concealed gun at a city pool. Nigel Denard Johnson, 35, of Winston-Salem, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed gun, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, trespassing in a city park and resisting/delaying officers. Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun at Kimberly Park Pool, located at 620 Burton St., at 3:29 p.m. Monday. At the scene, officers located […]

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    Kids injured when waterspout uproots bounce house on Florida beach

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Multiple children were injured after a waterspout lifted a bounce house into the air in Fort Lauderdale, according to WFOR. Editor’s note: Video contains some graphic language. Cellphone video from people on the beach shows the waterspout came in off the water, traveled across the sand, toppled a canopy and then hit a large bounce house. The house initially tumbled over multiple times but was then lifted approximately 15 feet in the air before slamming back […]


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