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  • Winston-Salem woman gets up to 16 years for forcing 12-year-old girl into prostitution

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman was sentenced to a maximum of 16 years in prison on charges she forced a 12-year-old girl into a life of prostitution. The girl was raped by men, became pregnant at 14 and ended up getting an abortion and contracting a sexually-transmitted disease, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Flora Riano Gonzalez, 39, was sentenced by Forsyth Superior Court Judge Richard Gottlieb on Friday to a total minimum of 11 years and 10 months and […]

  • Winston-Salem woman on trial on charges she forced 12-year-old into prostitution

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman forced a 12-year-old girl into prostitution over a two-year period, driving the girl to adult men at houses and apartment complexes so she would have sex with them, a Forsyth County prosecutor said Wednesday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Flora Riano Gonzalez, 39, of the 1800 block of East 25th Street, is charged with human trafficking, sexual servitude and two counts of felony child abuse involving prostitution and sexual acts. Assistant District Attorney Kia […]

  • Siblings from High Point star in comedy special streaming on Netflix later this week

    The Lucas Brothers, siblings from High Point known for their off-the-wall, deadpan comedy style, will star in a stand-up special on Netflix being released this week, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “Lucas Brothers: On Drugs” will be available Tuesday on the streaming cable service. The 49-minute special was shot in Brooklyn and addresses such topics as police, race relations and the war on drugs. The brothers, Kenny and Keith Lucas, have previously starred in their own animated series, “Lucas Bros. […]

  • Kalvin Michael Smith is “doing well” after shooting, his father says

    Kalvin Michael Smith, who was released after serving 20 years in prison for an assault he and his supporters say he did not commit, is doing much better after he was shot about a week ago, his father, Augustus Dark, told the Winston-Salem Journal Thursday. “He’s doing well,” he said. “He’s progressing a lot quicker (than doctors thought).” On March 31, Smith, 45, was found lying on the sidewalk in the 900 block of North Jackson Avenue just before 9 […]

  • Man takes credit for puzzling new Business 40 billboard in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Maryland man has taken credit for the latest message in a series of controversial billboards on Business 40 that have sparked outrage for what some have deemed misogynistic views. The latest in the series near the Linville Road exit, posted Friday morning, reads: “Real men don’t use coupons.” In fine print below, it says: “Our coupons have pictures of dead presidents and statesmen and are good anytime anyplace.”  The billboard also lists a website, which identifies […]

  • Science teacher’s prestigious award will help Winston-Salem school rebuild

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If Brad Rhew were looking for a reason to stay in teaching, he just got one — or 25,000, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. To his credit, the science teacher at Cook Literacy Model School said he wasn’t planning to leave the profession anytime soon. But, if the notion struck him anytime over the next five years, $25,000 might make a person reconsider. Rhew is one of five teachers in the state to receive the prestigious Burroughs […]

  • Aldi reopens store off University Parkway in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Bernice Whitley was one of the first early morning shoppers to visit the Aldi grocery store off University Parkway on Thursday for its official reopening, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The store at 5622 Hanes Mill Road is one of three in Forsyth County that are being renovated as part of Aldi Inc.’s $1.6 billion nationwide plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 locations by 2020. “The changes are great,” said Whitley, a frequent Aldi shopper, […]

  • New Japanese steakhouse, sushi lounge opens in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — UMI Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge opened this week at 1280 Creekside Way, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. UMI joins a handful of restaurants in the Shoppes on Little Creek off Hanes Mall Boulevard that includes Firebirds Grill and Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza. UMI is owned by two Chinese cousins, Ryan Li and Vince Li. Ryan Li, who runs the Gd Seafood wholesale business in Winston-Salem, enticed his cousin Vince Li to come down from Toledo, Ohio, to […]

  • Controversial billboard in Forsyth County replaced with new message

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A billboard that raised eyebrows was replaced Saturday by one that has some people scratching their heads, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The new 39-word sign, just off Business 40 near the Linville Road exit, reads: “Much Ado About Nothing. A social experiment that brought forth those so immersed in their own insecurity that in the mirror they could only see an angry victim of their incorrect interpretation of a silly billboard — Bless their hearts.” “Who’s […]

  • Maxburger Burger Bar and Grill opens in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Maxburger Burger Bar and Grill has opened at 3450 Old Salisbury Road, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The restaurant is just over the county line in Davidson County off N.C. 150. Maxburger is next to Breakfasttime in the former 13 Bones location. Maxburger is a gourmet burger concept by owner Teddy Kazakos, son of Andreas Kazakos, who owns Breakfastime next door. (Another son, Alexander Kazakos, owns a Breakfastime in Clemmons.) Teddy Kazakos said that Maxburger has […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]