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  • Daryl Jerome Reed

    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 […]

  • Mocksville Police stock

    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 […]

  • Thedford Roy Rorie Jr.

    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 […]

  • Geronimo Medellin Juarez

    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 […]

  • Imani Louise Blache Stanley (L) and Alexander Perez (R)

    Woman convicted in crash that killed Forsyth County boy gets 16-month sentence

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — On the day Alexander Perez would have turned 11, the woman who killed him apologized to his family and said Tuesday was not about her — it was about Alexander’s family. Imani Louise Blache Stanley, 21, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, felony hit-and-run involving death and failure to maintain lane control — a traffic infraction — in Forsyth Superior Court. Prosecutors said that Stanley was driving 60 mph in a 25 mph residential zone when her […]

  • Nathaniel Cauthen (left) is convicted of murdering Chris Paul's grandfather in 2002. (Chris Paul image via Getty Images)

    Man convicted of murdering Chris Paul’s grandfather eligible for parole in new sentence

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man who received a life sentence for killing the grandfather of NBA star Chris Paul now has a chance for parole, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Nathaniel Cauthen, 29, was just 15 when he was charged along with his brother and three other teenagers with the death of Nathaniel Jones, who was found bound, gagged and beaten Nov. 15, 2002. Cauthen and his brother, Rayshawn Denard Banner, who was also a juvenile at the […]

  • Darryl Hunt

    Note left by Darryl Hunt set off search

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When Darryl Hunt disappeared, leaving a note at the home of his friend Larry Little, it set off on a search that ended more than a week later when Hunt’s body was found in Little’s pickup truck on March 13, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Little talked about the note during Hunt’s memorial service on Saturday, and afterward said it was clear that his friend was “frustrated and was just going to check out.” Police say Hunt […]

  • Aratporn Ruangrat (left), chef at the Thai Harmony restaurant, with her daughter, Nui Ruangrat, owner, in the dining room of their restaurant in downtown Winston-Salem. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Mother and daughter open new Thai restaurant in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A mother-daughter team is behind the newest Thai restaurant in town, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Thai Harmony is downtown at 102 West Third St., on the ground floor of the Liberty Plaza Building where Xia Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar used to be. Owner Nui Ruangrat, 38, has redecorated the interior, which has indoor seating for about 130 people. And she has a powerful force in the kitchen in the person of her mother, Aratporn Ruangrat, […]

  • Molly Martens Corbett, left, stands with her defense attorney, Walter Holton, during a court hearing. (David Rolfe/Journal)

    Woman accused in husband’s killing in Davidson County plans to appeal ruling

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — An attorney for Molly Corbett, who along with her father faces murder charges in the death of her husband, Jason Corbett, said Monday’s ruling ordering her to return items she took from the couple’s home is not supported by evidence and is an abuse of discretion. Bryan Thompson, attorney for Molly Corbett, filed a notice of appeal Thursday in Davidson Superior Court. He also filed a motion to stay Monday’s ruling. Brian Shipwash, the Davidson County clerk […]

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