Forsyth County sheriff in talks with state leaders to halt evictions amid coronavirus state of emergency

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Forsyth County Sheriff Bobby Kimbrough says he wants to find a way to help people who must be evicted during the coronavirus state of emergency.

He said his deputies legally must serve eviction notices, but some in the community are asking the sheriff’s office to put a hold on evictions amid the state of emergency.

“My personal opinion is that that’s not something we should be doing right now,” he said about evictions.

Kimbrough has spoken with state officials and in conversations to try to suspend evictions.

“This is above my paygrade,” he said. “Way above my paygrade.”

The sheriff said there are 76 people that must be evicted in Forsyth County.

Other local law enforcement agencies have had to make similar calls to suspend certain legal actions during the state of emergency.

For example, in Winston-Salem, police are no longer handling minor traffic accidents.

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