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  • Robert Taylor Downey

    Winston-Salem man convicted in crash that killed a brother and sister

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was convicted Wednesday on charges that he drove drunk, ran a red light and slammed his car into another vehicle, killing a 63-year-old man and his sister, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Robert Taylor Downey, 50, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to two counts of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and obtaining the status of habitual felon. He is accused of causing the crash […]

  • Melissa Zimmerman

    Winston-Salem woman convicted of animal cruelty charges; 15 cats found dead on property

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A volunteer for a Forsyth County animal rescue group was convicted of multiple animal cruelty charges in connection to 15 dead cats found on her property last year. Melissa Zimmerman, 49, pleaded guilty Jan. 19 in Forsyth District Court to 15 counts of felony animal cruelty and five misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, according to court papers obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal. The charges came after Forsyth County Animal Control officers discovered the bodies of 15 […]

  • Ernie Donnell Pinnix II, 43, of Gibsonville

    Man gets at least 22 years in sexual abuse of 15-year-old Forsyth County girl

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Gibsonville man was sentenced to at least 22 years in prison after a Forsyth County jury convicted him of only one out of multiple sex offenses involving a 15-year-old girl, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Ernie Donnell Pinnix II, 43, had been on trial since last week on allegations that he sexually abused a girl from April 2013 through March 2015. He also was charged with abduction, accused of taking the girl from Mebane to South […]

  • Amber Burch and Krystal Matlock.

    Two women indicted in connection to skeletal remains found in Clemmons home in 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Forsyth County grand jury indicted Amber Nicole Burch, who, along with her late boyfriend, Pazuzu Algarad, are accused of killing and burying two men in 2009 in the backyard of their Clemmons house. Burch, 27, was indicted Monday on charges of murder, armed robbery and accessory after the fact to murder, according to court papers. Krystal Nicole Matlock, 31, was indicted Monday on accessory after the fact to murder, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The armed […]

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    Classic ’80s arcade with full-service bar coming to downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Reboot Arcade Bar is expected to open in mid-February in downtown Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The business is a classic ’80s arcade, providing more than 60 1980s and 1990s arcade and pinball machines as well as a full-service bar featuring craft beers and cocktails. The arcade’s most recent game is from 1993. Among its classic arcade game offerings are Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede and Mario Bros. Reboot is going into 3,700 square feet previously occupied […]

  • F. Ross Johnson (Journal file photo)

    Former Reynolds CEO Johnson dies, leaves controversial legacy

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — F. Ross Johnson, the former top executive of RJR Nabisco and perhaps the most vilified businessman in local history, died Thursday of pneumonia at age 85, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Johnson’s death was confirmed by a spokesman, multiple media outlets reported Saturday. Johnson came to Winston-Salem in 1985 as part of selling Nabisco Brands Inc. to R.J. Reynolds Industries Inc. for $4.9 billion. Soon after he took over as RJR Nabisco’s chief executive in January 1987, […]

  • (Jenny Drabble/Winston-Salem Journal)

    Atelier bakeries in Winston-Salem abruptly close

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The two Atelier bakeries in Winston-Salem have abruptly closed, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Atelier Bakery on Trade and Atelier Bakery on Meadowlark closed in the last few days. It’s unclear if the closings are temporary or not. A sign on the door of Atelier Bakery on Trade, N. Trade St., said, “Regrettably closed until further notice. We sincerely apologize, but we are currently unable to operate.” The sign included an email for inquiries. An email sent […]

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    UNC School of the Arts receives $10 million gift to start Institute for Performance Innovation

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — UNC School of the Arts has received an anonymous gift of $10 million that will be used to establish the Institute for Performance Innovation, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. This is the largest gift the school has received from an individual donor, Chancellor Lindsay Bierman said Thursday. The Institute for Performance Innovation will support the creation of a graduate animatronics program in UNCSA’s School of Design and Production and advance a graduate program in gaming and virtual […]

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Vivian Joiner, left, and Stephanie Tyson of Sweet Potatoes with their sweet potato corn muffins.

    Owners to move popular local restaurant down the street, open second restaurant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Sweet Potatoes restaurant will be getting a new home next year, but it’s only moving down the block, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. As part of the move, owners Stephanie Tyson and Vivian Joiner will open up a second, smaller restaurant next door. Tyson and Joiner have been trying to find a way to expand for several years now, and moving turned out to be their best option. Construction is set to begin this month in the […]

  • Krispy Kreme stock image.

    Krispy Kreme sued for false advertising, accused of selling fruit doughnuts that don’t have real fruit

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is being sued for false advertising in federal court, accused of selling blueberry, maple and raspberry-filled doughnuts that don’t contain any real fruit or maple syrup. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the lawsuit was filed Nov. 9 in the Central District of California by a law firm — Faruqi & Faruqi LLP — that specializes in consumer class-action cases. The Winston-Salem company has not filed a response to the complaint by Jason Saidian, […]

  • Jefferey Stuart Sneed

    Winston-Salem man convicted of breaking into a woman’s house, shooting at her

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was convicted Thursday of breaking into a woman’s house and then shooting at her while she tried to get away, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Jeffrey Stuart Sneed, 25, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to attempted first-degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle, breaking and entering and larceny. Judge Brad Long of Forsyth Superior Court consolidated the charges and sentenced him to about 13 years to 16 years in prison. Assistant […]

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    Wildfire sparks near Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A wildfire sparked near West Academy Street and Peters Creek Parkway in Winston-Salem on Monday afternoon, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The blaze spread across an overgrown area near the Budget Inn. The fire started at about 2:45 p.m. and was out in about 15 to 30 minutes, according to Winston-Salem fire. It is unclear what started the fire.