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    Downtown Winston-Salem bar gets new name, new owners

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Downtown Brody’s Bar, 249 W. Fourth St., has new owners and a new name, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Norb Cooper and Will Kingery are taking over the bar and calling it The Bar on Fourth Street. The two already own Willow’s Bistro, Silo Bistro and Bar and King’s Crab Shack — and the latter is just two doors down from the new bar. “We’ve been wanting to get into the bar business for a while, and […]

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    Jury rules in favor of former Mocksville police officers; awards $4.1 million in damages

    MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — A jury awarded a total of $4.1 million in damages to three former Mocksville police officers who said that the police chief and the town manager fired them in 2011 because they reported allegations of corruption in the department to state officials, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The verdict came at the end of an eight-day trial in U.S. District Court in Winston-Salem and a nearly five year legal fight. The officers — Maj. Ken Hunter, Lt. […]

  • The company behind Gold’s Gym closed its fitness center at Fourth and Marshall streets Wednesday but didn’t say why. The building’s owner, who is not involved with the gym, is in the process of converting the upper floors into luxury condominiums. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Gold’s Gym in downtown Winston-Salem closes

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem is down to just one Gold’s Gym, as the company’s popular downtown location closed Wednesday for reasons that were not disclosed, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The gym at 400 W. Fourth St. was owned by the Gold’s Gym corporation. It opened under a different name and owner in fall 2008. The gym was on the main floor of a building being converted into 21 luxury condominiums that will be known as Twin City Lofts. GEMCAP […]

  • Julian and his mother, Allison Wilson, talk about his colorblindness. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Special glasses allow local 12-year-old boy to see colors

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – For his entire 12 years, Julian Wilson saw his world as muted brown, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. But when he put on his new EnChroma glasses in mid-April, he saw green trees and blue sky. For the first time he realized that he lived in a red-brick house. “These glasses help me a lot,” he said. “I had no idea that bricks were red.” “Everything was muted,” said Julian, a sixth-grader at the Arts Based School. […]

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    Winston-Salem/Forsyth County teacher suspended for spanking student

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A teacher at Carter High School, which serves Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools’ special-needs students, has been suspended with pay following allegations she spanked a student, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Kristen Woody was suspended April 14 after another teacher said she saw Woody spank a nonverbal student, “making a loud noise and causing the student to cry.” The incident, which occurred April 13, was described in statements from Woody and the other teacher in a series of emails […]

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    Winston-Salem man charged with killing 2-year-old now faces death penalty

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County judge approved a request to seek the death penalty against a Winston-Salem man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy. Daryl Jerome Reed, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Corey Joseph Plater on Aug. 12, 2014. On Monday, a Rule 24 hearing, in which prosecutors formally ask for the death penalty, was held. Judge Stuart Albright of Forsyth Superior Court granted the prosecutor’s request. Assistant District Attorney Belinda Foster said […]

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    Fired Mocksville police officers’ case goes to federal court

    MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – A federal judge ruled Friday that some evidence about claims of racial discrimination will be allowed in a lawsuit involving three Mocksville police officers who allege they were fired for reporting allegations of corruption in the police department, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Former Maj. Ken Hunter, Lt. Rick Donathan and Detective Jerry Medlin filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in 2012 against the town of Mocksville, former Police Chief Robert Cook and current Town Manager […]

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    N.C. Supreme Court upholds new trial for Forsyth County man convicted of raping 6-year-old girl

    The N.C. Supreme Court upheld a decision Friday ordering a new trial for a Forsyth County man convicted in 2013 of raping a 6-year-old girl. Thedford Roy Rorie Jr., 38, was convicted in July 2013 of first-degree rape, three counts of sex offense with a child and taking indecent liberties with a child. Judge A. Moses Massey of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Rorie to 57 years and six months to 71 years in prison. But in August, the N.C. Court of […]

  • Rhonda Lea Byrd and Charles Dewayne Washington

    Triad man, woman accused of stealing $3 million from employer

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem businessman was bilked out of $3 million by two former employees, including his bookkeeper, according to indictments handed up Monday and a federal lawsuit filed eight years ago. The businessman was Bobby Slate, who owns Slate Marketing Inc. and La Casa Real Estate and Investment LLC. The two employees were Rhonda Lea Byrd, 56, of Boulder Court in Davidson County, and Charles Dewayne Washington, 52, of Clement Street in Winston-Salem. A Forsyth County grand jury […]

  • Mike Rothman works the grill at Skippy’s in 2010. (Journal File Photo)

    Winston-Salem restaurateurs to reopen Skippy’s Hot Dogs for fundraiser

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A handful of local restaurants are banding together to help support Mike Rothman, the owner of Skippy’s Hot Dogs, who recently found out he has brain cancer, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Local restaurant owners and staff members will be donating their time to re-open Skippy’s from April 23 through 30. Skippy’s, at 624 W. Fourth St., abruptly closed after Rothman was hospitalized Feb. 25. He had surgery to remove brain tumors. And now he will undergo […]

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    Forsyth County man convicted of killing girlfriend’s son says son was abusive

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Geronimo Medellin Juarez had finally had enough of Brian Braulio Castellon, his girlfriend’s son. Juarez’s attorney says Castellon had for years assaulted his own mother and had struck Juarez in the eye with a blunt object. That’s why on June 28, 2015, Juarez went into his house, grabbed a gun and shot Castellon once in the chest, the bullet piercing Castellon’s aorta and lungs. On Thursday, Juarez, 43, of Pineview Drive, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court […]

  • Daryl Jerome Reed

    Man accused of killing 2-year-old to get new lawyer; could face the death penalty

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy in 2014 will get a new attorney in what will likely be a death penalty case. Daryl Jerome Reed, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Corey Joseph Plater on Aug. 12, 2014. A Rule 24 hearing, which would have determined whether prosecutors could ask for the death penalty, was scheduled for Wednesday in Forsyth Superior Court, but Julie Boyer, Reed’s attorney, asked that it […]


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