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    Bear struck and killed on Business 40

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A young black bear was struck and killed by a vehicle on Business 40 East in Winston-Salem earlier this week. The 125-pound bear was hit on the highway near the Hasting Hill Road overpass, said James Tomberlin, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Tomberlin received a call from a Winston-Salem police officer about the incident at 11 a.m. Sunday, he said. The bear was likely hit on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. “The bear […]

  • (From left) Jacqueline Hairston, Tamara Conrad, Aili Harris, and others line up to sign up in support of a lawsuit during a community service meeting held by the NAACP and Forward Together organizations at the Rising Star Baptist Church, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    More than 100 people sign up to support NAACP fracking lawsuit

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — More than 100 people concerned about environmental injustice signed up Wednesday night to be part of a possible lawsuit that the Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. NAACP, said the civil-rights organization is planning to file. “We are in serious negotiations with lawyers right now about looking at legal actions,” Barber said. Later, after asking Stokes County residents at the meeting to join as parties to the lawsuit, he said: “It doesn’t need to be […]

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    Blue Cross of NC seeks rate increase for Affordable Care Act customers under 65

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of N.C. is requesting a near doubling of the rate increase for individual customers under age 65 with coverage through the Affordable Care Act. The state’s largest health insurer made public Monday its proposal to the N.C. Insurance Department for an average rate increase of 25.7 percent for 2016. The request also requires federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) approval. The rates were filed May 15. By comparison, Blue Cross was […]

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    Winston-Salem man charged in fatal shooting previously convicted in 1993 murder

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man charged with first-degree murder in a killing last week was convicted of murder as a teen and spent 16 years in prison, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. The killings were 21 years apart but occurred less than a mile from each other. Anthony Ordell Abran, 37,  was arrested last week and charged in the shooting death of 26-year-old Delmorio Lamontae Blockson. A second man, Sierras Deshan Cobb, 39, was charged late Monday night in connection to the fatal […]

  • Left: Andrew Menjivar looks out the window of a police cruiser as he is taken away from the scene during the final hours of a standoff at a motel on University Parkway Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Lauren Carroll/Journal File Photo) Right: Christopher Shane Jenkins

    ‘Hostage’ in 29-hour standoff told authorities ‘he sat on the bed and smoked marijuana’

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — The brother of a Forsyth County man that authorities initially thought was being held hostage in a nearly 29-hour standoff last year at a hotel was sitting on a bed and smoking marijuana during the incident, according to a court document filed in federal court, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Christopher Shane Jenkins, 33, of Belgrove Drive in Tobaccoville was arrested in February 2014 after he surrendered two hours after he released his brother, Andrew Jovanni […]

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Members of the King American Legion Post 290 listen to a Memorial Day service in King.

    Community remembers at Memorial Day weekend service in King

    KING, N.C. — Michelle and Robert Scicli came Sunday to the Memorial Day service at Veteran’s Memorial at King’s Central Park to remember their son, Christopher Joseph Scicli, who served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2006 and went to Iraq. Christopher’s best friend died in Iraq, and Christopher died two years after returning home, Michelle Scicli said. It wasn’t suicide but Scicli declined to talk publicly about what led to her son’s death. She said that her son […]

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    Daughter of WSSU administrator dies in Israel; dehydration suspected as cause

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Briana McHam was looking forward to spending another summer with family members in Winston-Salem, her father said, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. She was excited, too, about her internship with the Winston-Salem Police Department, another step in the journey toward her goal of joining the FBI. Instead of planning for her arrival next month, however, Lemonte McHam is planning for his daughter’s funeral. Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal

  • Elena Cecchini (center, black jacket) of Italy and the Estado de Mexico team took part in the 2014 Winston Salem Cycling Classic Criterium women's race in Winston-Salem. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

    Elite cycling events will bring top athletes to Winston-Salem next week

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Professional men and women cycling teams based in the U.S., Canada, Latin America and Europe will make their way here over the next few days to compete in the third edition of the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic on May 30-31, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Total prize money: $50,000. Lots will be happening on both Saturday and next Sunday. Simply put, pro and amateur criterium racing, a long-distance fun ride, and live music will happen Saturday. On Sunday, […]

  • Jason Andrew Cash, 24, of Spartanburg, S.C., and Steven Richard Lewis Jr., 29, of Greensboro.

    South Carolina homicide suspects arrested in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police and Guilford County deputies early this morning arrested two men who were wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in Spartanburg, S.C., according to The Greensboro News & Record. Steven Richard Lewis Jr., 29, of Greensboro, and Jason Andrew Cash, 24, of Spartanburg, both face charges of murder in the shooting death of  40-year-old Carey Michael Mauldin near Chesnee, S.C., according to warrants. Police and sheriff’s deputies arrested the men early this morning at Lewis’ […]

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    Local radio station changes its format

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A local radio station has changed its tune, switching from the Triad’s New Rock Alternative to The Triad’s New Choice for Rock, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. WVBZ-FM 105.7 will now feature rock music programming with artists like Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Nirvana, AC/DC, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Linkin Park. The radio station previously played a mix of ’90s and new alternative rock artists like Jane’s Addiction, Young the Giant, Incubus and Walk the Moon.

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    Pazuzu Algarad transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh for safekeeping

    RALEIGH, N.C. — Pazuzu Algarad has been moved from the Forsyth County Jail to Central Prison in Raleigh, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Algarad is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a man whose skeletal remains were found in the backyard of the house where he lived. The 36-year-old has been at Central Prison since May 13, according to Keith Acree, a spokesman for the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Algarad was transferred for safekeeping, according to the […]

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    Winston-Salem woman pleads guilty to tax evasion

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Linda Duerler Finch of Winston-Salem has pleaded guilty to evasion of payment of trust fund taxes as part of an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service. According to federal court documents filed May 12, the IRS accused Finch of attempting to evade $578,926 in trust fund recovery penalties between 2003 and 2009. Finch faces a maximum prison term of five years, supervised release of up to three years, and a maximum fine of $250,000. She also faces […]


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