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  • 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 […]

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    DMV error costs thousands of North Carolina drivers their licenses

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Thousands of drivers in Forsyth County and across North Carolina have lost their license because the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles didn’t update its records, Forsyth County Clerk of Court Susan Frye said, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “We’ve had people lose their jobs over this,” Frye said Friday. In an emailed statement, DMV Commissioner Kelly Thomas said the DMV has been dealing with a backlog of court actions that need to be added to DMV […]

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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 […]