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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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]

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    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 […]