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  • FILE PHOTO: Joshua Mack, 21, holds a life-size poster of Kalvin Michael Smith during a rally in Raleigh. (Journal photo by Bertrand M Gutierrez.)

    MTV documentary will look at controversial Winston-Salem case

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A controversial case from Winston-Salem will be one of the subjects of a new serialized documentary series coming next month to MTV, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The case of Kalvin Michael Smith will be one of three stories examined in “Unlocking the Truth,” which will make its debut on MTV Aug. 17. In the series, Ryan Ferguson, who was exonerated in 2013 after spending 10 years in prison, travels around the country with an investigator from the Exoneration […]

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    Gabe’s store to open today on Peters Creek Parkway

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Gabriel Brothers Inc. will open a Gabe’s store today at Brewer Crossing Shopping Center in Winston-Salem, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The store, at 2690 Peters Creek Parkway, is in a portion of the former Kmart, next to Planet Fitness. Gabe’s sells brand-name apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men, juniors, young adults and children. Other items include home decor, electronics and toys. The retailer said that all merchandise is up to 70 percent off department store […]

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    Winston-Salem police chief: Officers prepared for Saturday’s Black Lives Matter march

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are prepared for Saturday’s Black Lives Matter march in downtown Winston-Salem to protest police killings in Louisiana and Minnesota, police Chief Barry Rountree told the Winston-Salem Journal Friday. “Based on what we know, we will have appropriate personnel on hand for people to exercise their right to protest,” Rountree said. Rountree talked about the march in the wake of at least one gunman shooting five police officers and wounding seven others Thursday night in Dallas […]

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    Winston-Salem woman admits to faking bomb threat at church

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman convicted Thursday of faking a bomb threat at a downtown church told authorities that an Arab man delivered a suspicious package and threatened her with a knife, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. But the story Daniella Patricia Diaz, 28, told was not true, even though it led to police blocking streets and evacuating more than 200 people from First Baptist Church on Fifth Street on Jan. 4, a Forsyth County prosecutor said. Diaz of […]

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    Winston-Salem man convicted of crashing into house, killing man

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man accused of crashing into a Winston-Salem house and killing a man was convicted Wednesday in Forsyth Superior Court, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Quante Hashim Rucker, 38, of Winston-Salem, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and driving while impaired in connection with the death of Tommy Leon Curry. Rucker was sentenced to 15 years and five months to 19 years and six months in prison, the Journal reported. The accident happened on Sunday, June 12, 2015. Police […]

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    Winston-Salem man sentenced up to 15 years for 2014 fatal shooting

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man has been sentenced up to 15 years in prison for his role in the 2014 death of 28-year-old Corey B. Crouch. According to the Winston-Salem Journal, 24-year-old Cary D. Crowder was sentenced Tuesday after pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is expected to serve at least 11 years and eight months in prison. On Sept. 21, 2014, Crowder and an unidentified man attempted to rob Crouch. When they did, Crouch […]

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    Warrant reveals charges after driver arrested at Bowman Gray

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A warrant obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal reveals the charges a driver faces after hitting someone with his race car at Bowman Gray over the weekend. Joe Ryan Osborne, 20, of Huntersville, is charged with two counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, accused of assaulting Randall Scott Smith and David Odell Hill by spinning the tires of his car and doing donuts in the crowded pit area. The warrant said Smith was struck by Osborne’s car […]

  • The site of the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill on Hanes Mall Boulevard is being renovated for a Twin Peaks restaurant. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Twin Peaks to open restaurant near Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Twin Peaks restaurant is going into the former Romano’s Macaroni Grill off Hanes Mall Boulevard, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The building is being renovated at 1915 Hampton Inn Court by a Twin Peaks franchisee based in Atlanta, Ga. The franchisee could not be reached for comment. Twin Peaks, based in Dallas, Texas, describes its locations as sports lodge restaurants. It is known for its mountain sports lodge setting and waitresses called Twin Peaks Girls who […]

  • Law enforcement officers from several local departments fanned out across the Bohannon Park Circle and 23rd Street neighborhoods in Winston-Salem on Tuesday. Officers knocked on doors and spoke with residents in an effort to glean new information about two recent homicides. David Rolfe/Journal

    Police canvass two Winston-Salem neighborhoods for leads in fatal shootings

    More than 130 local, state and federal law enforcement officers canvassed two neighborhoods Tuesday, looking for witnesses to two fatal shootings. Investigators gathered leads on the killings from their efforts, authorities said. Winston-Salem police officers and detectives gathered in the parking lot of Union Baptist Church on Trade Street with officers from about dozen other agencies. From there, they proceeded to the neighborhoods in and around Bohannon Park Circle and East 23rd Street. The effort is part of the Violent […]

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    Police look for three men involved in shooting of Wake Forest University student

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are looking for three men in connection with Saturday’s shooting of a student at Wake Forest University, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Plato Collins Barwick IV, 20, of Wakefield Drive was shot and wounded during an off-campus robbery, police said. Officers found Barwick about 2:30 a.m. lying near the intersection of Brookwood Drive and Polo Road. He had a gunshot wound to his torso. Barwick was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he is […]

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    Winston-Salem man convicted of sexually abusing, impregnating teenage girl

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was convicted Thursday of charges that he sexually abused a teenager more than 10 years ago and got her pregnant, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. George Lamont Byrd Sr., 45, of Butterfield Court, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court to four counts of statutory rape and four counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Judge Anderson Cromer of Forsyth Superior Court consolidated the charges into one count and sentenced Byrd to 25 years […]

  • Winston-Salem police respond to a report of a shooting near the Gateway YWCA off Main Street in Winston-Salem Thursday night. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

    Shots fired near officers pumping gas in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have detained three or four people after shots were fired near officers pumping gas at City Yard on Thursday night, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. No officers appear to be injured, but the shots struck a building at City Yard on Rams Drive. As many as 10 to 15 shots were fired in the incident, which occurred about 8:45, police said. Police have seized three weapons, officials said. Police quickly converged on the area, blocking off […]