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  • Singer and Winston-Salem native Chris Murrell dies at 61

    Chris Murrell, a Winston-Salem native whom Tony Bennett described as “one of my favorite singers,” died on Sunday, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. He was 61. Murrell is best known for his work with the Count Basie Orchestra and singers such as Bennett, but he also performed locally for many years, and the music community is mourning his loss. Murrell’s late mother, Bernice Murrell, encouraged his singing. “She forced me to go to a Saturday children’s choir rehearsal at age […]

  • 3 with ties to App State football charged after player stabbed in fight

    BOONE, N.C. — The Boone Police Department on Friday announced three additional arrests in connection to an early May fight that led to a felony assault charge against Malik Jaleel Simpson, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Simpson, 23, was charged with one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury after Appalachian State football player Teh’Ron Fuller suffered a stab wound. Boone Police have charged Ke’monte Tayvon Hayes, Isaiah Diontae Lewis and Marlin Lamar Johnson with misdemeanor assault […]

  • Paralyzed defendant grateful Winston-Salem officer shot him, apologizes to the man in court

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County man was sentenced to prison this week for pointing a shotgun at a Winston-Salem police officer, causing the officer to shoot him when he wouldn’t drop the gun, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Marshall Alan Wiggins, 38, pleaded guilty in Forsyth Superior Court on Monday to assault with a firearm on a law-enforcement officer and misdemeanor violation of a domestic-violence protective order. Judge John O. Craig of Forsyth Superior Court sentenced Wiggins to one […]

  • Man whose body was found in Peters Creek ravine died of neck injuries

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man, whose body was found in the Peters Creek ravine in January, died from blunt force injuries to his neck, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Winston-Salem Journal. Phillip Eugene Clement Jr., 38, was found dead on Jan. 22 with his body face-down on a slab of concrete near the creek, according to the autopsy report. Clement, who was last seen alive Jan. 10, was found near the Budget Inn on Peters Creek […]

  • Winston-Salem woman convicted for role in killing, burial of two men at Clemmons house

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem woman was convicted Monday for her role in one of Forsyth County’s most bizarre murder cases — the brutal killing of two men and burial of their bodies in the backyard of a house in Clemmons. Krystal Nicole Matlock, 30, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. She had initially been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Matlock is the last of three […]

  • Quarterback Kearns dismissed from Wake Forest University

    Quarterback Kyle Kearns has been dismissed from the Wake Forest football team for a violation of team rules, the Winston-Salem Journal reported. Coach Dave Clawson confirmed Kearns’ dismissal Wednesday morning. He declined to identify the nature of Kearns’ violation. “I’ve said it from day one, that there will be standards in our program regarding how players act in our program, how they conduct themselves academically and how they conduct themselves socially,” Clawson said. “If a player chooses not to live […]

  • Clemmons man charged with having videos of young girls performing sex acts

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — A Clemmons man was indicted Monday on charges that he possessed child pornography, including a video of a nude girl engaging in sexual activity with a dog, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. Zachariah Mark Smith Lawrence, 42, of the 5700 block of Marty Lane, was indicted by a grand jury on six counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. The alleged incidents happened on Aug. 18, 2016. According to the indictments, Lawrence is accused of possessing […]

  • Community mourning after founder of Skippy’s Hot Dogs in Winston-Salem dies

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem restaurant community is mourning the loss of Mike Rothman, the founder of Skippy’s Hot Dogs, who died Friday morning after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. He was 54, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. “Mike was a hard-working entrepreneur who was passionate about his pretzels,” said his friend and local restaurateur Will Kingery. Rothman’s father, Edward Rothman, said his son died at Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, where he was admitted Wednesday. Rothman abruptly closed Skippy’s, […]

  • 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 […]