Priority Offender Arrested in Connection with Convenience Store Robbery

"GREENSBORO, NC (May 22, 2015) – A Winston-Salem man who was being monitored while awaiting trial for two previous robbery arrests was taken into police custody yesterday evening after investigation linked him to another robbery.

David Eugene Norman, Jr., 30, was arrested by the Greensboro Police Department’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Team approximately 15 hours after he allegedly robbed the Family Fare at 2300 E. Market Street at 2:10 am on May 21.

According to the convenience store clerk, Norman reached into the register as she was ringing up the sale of his soft drink and took money out of the till.

Detectives were able to connect Norman to the crime through witnesses, video, and Crime Stoppers tips. As a result, he is charged with Common Law Robbery.

The modus operandi for the robbery of the Family Fare matched the two previous robberies for which Norman was arrested. Norman is accused of robbing the C&C Market at 2800 Lawndale Drive on Nov. 8, 2014, and the CITGO station on 5511 W. Friendly Ave. on Nov. 11, 2014. In both instances, witnesses reported that the suspect reached into the cash register till and took money after pretending to pay for candy. In the robbery of the C&C Market, the clerk reported seeing a handgun.

No one was injured in any of the three robberies.

Norman is confined in the Greensboro Jail Central on multiple bonds."

- A Police Report

Crime Stoppers Tip Leads to Arrest in NewBridge Bank Robbery

"GREENSBORO, NC (May 22, 2015) – A Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of a man accused of robbing the downtown NewBridge Bank yesterday.

Patrick Jimel Hopkins, 47, is charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon for obtaining an undisclosed amount of money from the NewBridge Bank at 210 N. Elm St. in Greensboro.

Hopkins became a person of interest in the investigation following information provided to Crime Stoppers after the organization published a flyer containing security camera pictures of the person who passed a note to a teller demanding money.

Officials became aware of the robbery at approximately 1:40 pm on May 21 when the bank’s alarm monitoring service contacted Guilford Metro 911 about the incident.

Responding patrols, detectives, and K9, were unable to locate the suspect.

Hopkins was taken into custody without incident at approximately 12:30 pm today at a business on High Point Rd.

Hopkins is currently being processed into the Greensboro Jail Central."

- A Police Report  


Victims Identified in earling morning shooting at Jake's Diner

"The two people shot outside Jake’s Diner on 2206 S. Holden Rd. this morning have been identified as Phillip Rayshawn Wilkerson, 27, and Dexter Lavoy Pittman, 24.

Greensboro police officers responded to the parking lot of the 24-hour diner at approximately 4:07 am today, May 22, after Guilford Metro 911 received a call that someone had been shot.

Officers found that Wilkerson (address cannot be verified) had been shot multiple times in his midsection. Pittman, of 1510 Textile Drive, had been shot in the abdomen and right arm.

Wilkerson was transported by EMS to Moses Cone for treatment. Originally listed in critical condition, his status has been upgraded to stable.
Pittman was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle. He remains in stable condition.

A motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Press Release


"HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Fifth Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) is expanding to a two-day event, Sept. 5-6, during the Labor Day Weekend at Oak Hollow Festival Park.

“It was always our intention to move to a multi-day festival from the beginning,” said Joe Williams, co-founding member of the Friends of John Coltrane. Williams is the person in charge of talent acquisition and promotions and serves as the festival’s operations manager.  “For the growth of the festival we always felt like it was necessary,” he continued.  “The second day will give visiting guests more time to spend in our area, which will help support the local and regional economies.”

Jazz vocalist Patti Austin headlined the inaugural festival and Coltrane’s son, Ravi, an esteemed saxophonist in his own right, also christened the first event with his stellar performance. In the subsequent three years, many of the top names in jazz and blues have headlined the festival including Stanley Clarke, George Duke, the master of Latin Jazz - Poncho Sanchez, Al Jarreau, and the ultimate smooth jazz saxophone quartet led by Dave Koz which featured Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot. George Benson and Boney James headlined last year’s festival.

The festival has introduced the Piedmont to many up and coming artists including trumpeter Christian Scott, vocalist Morgan James and guitar phenomenon Andreas Varady.

The expansion to a two day festival is a celebration of its growth and stability.  The additional day will allow headlining artists more performing time.

“It is an opportunity to bring in additional artists, to expose a broader array of talent and to give artists adequate stage time,” Williams explained. “So we’re not pushing a lot of talent in one day -- it gives the festival the ability to breathe.”

The announcement next month of the line-up of artists for the 5th Coltrane Jazzfest will coincide with the new website launch.

About the Friends of John Coltrane:

            The Friends of John Coltrane, Inc. officially formed during the summer of 2009.  The committee is an outgrowth of the individuals who worked for several years to raise funds to commission the John Coltrane statue that was erected in High Point, N.C. in 2006 along with a kiosk in 2008.  In 2009, the group decided to work towards the creation of an annual International John Coltrane Jazz and Blues Festival. At that point, it was decided to file to become a 501(c)3 organization and to begin staging events to raise money and awareness.  In August 2010, the IRS recognized the organization as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization."

- A Press Release

GCS Students Donate More Than 1,000 Books to Local Elementary

Program provided every teacher with a
library of 40 or more books for their class

"Greensboro, N.C. – Teachers and students at Foust Elementary got a special surprise Friday morning when Southeast Middle students dropped off dozens of books in every classroom. It’s the conclusion of the Falcon Friend Care Club’s “Reading Rocks” project to make sure every classroom in the elementary school has a library.

“The generosity of Southeast Middle School will impact our classroom library tremendously and continues to support our students and their love for reading,” says Lauren Faucette, fifth-grade teacher at Foust.

“Our goal is to make a difference in our community one person at a time,” says Kelly Ingram, counselor at Southeast Middle and Care Club advisor. “Our Reading Rocks project helps to promote literacy in our schools, and we know that learning to love reading can change a child's life for the better!”

The middle school students collected more than 1,000 books over the year, allowing them to provide every teacher with 40 or more books for their classrooms. After making the donations, the middle school students met with their fifth-grade pen pals for a “Promising Pals” breakfast.

“The Care Club has helped me mature and open my eyes to the needs of people around me,” says Riley McAvoy, eighth-grader at Southeast Middle. “I plan to continue volunteering. I feel Care Club has helped me understand the needs in our community.”

This is the second year the club has partnered with Foust Elementary. Last year, they provided every student with a summer reading library."

- A Press Release

Open container turns in assault on officers and eluding police

Everette Vernard Young Jr.
"Winston-Salem Police Officer A. J. Boles and Officer B. J. Thomas were conducting an investigation into Everette Vernard Young Jr., 36, of 1243 Dublin Dr. in Winston-Salem, after they observed him with an open container of an alcoholic beverage in the 2500 Block of Greenway Ave. which is a violation of Winston-Salem City Ordinance.
Young and the Officers became involved in a physical altercation, which resulted in Young assaulting both officers with his hands and then physically resisting arrest.  Young was able to enter his vehicle (1997, GMC, K-1500, Sport Utility Vehicle) while continuing to struggle with Officer Thomas.   Young was eventually able to place the vehicle’s transmission in drive and accelerate from the scene.  Officer Thomas was partially inside of the vehicle struggling with Young as he sped away.  The vehicle dragged Officer Thomas down the roadway for a short distance before Officer Thomas was able to free himself from the vehicle moments later.

Officers spotted Young’s vehicle a short distance away and attempted to initiate a traffic-stop on the vehicle.  Young would not stop the vehicle for the officers and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.  The pursuit began in the area of Robinhood Road at Reynolda Road and came to a stop moments later at the intersection of Northwest Boulevard at North Hawthorne Road.  Young was then taken into custody without further incident.

There were no collisions or injuries that occurred during the vehicle pursuit.  The 200 block of North Hawthorne Road was closed for approximately 45 minutes while this investigation was conducted. 

Officer A. J. Boles is a 3 year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department.
Officer B. J. Thomas is a 5 year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department.

Young was treated and released for WFU Baptist Medical Center for injuries that are considered minor.  Neither Officer was injured during this incident.

Young is currently in the Forsyth County Law Enforcement Detention Center under $15,000.00 Secured Bond and charged with - (Felony) Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer. -Assault on a Government Official (Misdemeanor) - Speeding to Elude Law Enforcement Officers. -Possession of Marijuana

The Winston-Salem Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding this crime to please contact CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."

- A Police Report

GCS Students Reach One Million Hours of Service

Service learning gives students real-world experiences while bettering the community

"Greensboro, N.C. – Guilford County Schools (GCS) students have volunteered more than one million hours serving the community, providing an economic impact of about $21 million to the local community. On Wednesday, students, educators and community partners were celebrated for their work in reaching that milestone.

“Service learning takes what students are learning in class and applies it to the real world,” says Yvonne Foster, coordinator for character development and service learning. “It also helps instill pride in their community as they work to make it better.”

It’s all part of GCS’ Character Development Initiative, designed to give students the tools and motivation necessary to make a positive impact on the world. In the 2014-15 school year, The Middle College at Bennett was named a National and State School of Character; Brooks Global Studies and Joyner Elementary were also named State Schools of Character with nine others receiving honorable mentions; and another 16 schools were recognized nationally with Promising Practice awards by

GCS’ Character Development initiatives are also opening doors for students. Seven were invited to Washington, D.C., as presenters for the National Service-Learning “More Powerful Together” Conference, where they led discussions with educational leaders, policy-makers and other students from around the country on how their efforts have made a positive change in their community.

“GCS’ Character Development Initiative foster those important and sought-after skills like teamwork and interpersonal communications that will help them stand out and be successful as they enter colleges and the professional world,” says Charlos Banks, executive director of student services and character development. “We are so proud of all of our students who are working to make a difference in the world.”

The event on Wednesday also recognized individual service learning projects and community partners, including High Point Student Human Relations Commission, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation, The Greensboro Science Center, The Volunteer Center of Greensboro, NCCJ of the Piedmont Triad and Four Seasons Town Centre for providing students with service opportunities throughout the year.

To close out the event, Banks quoted Jane Goodall as a charge to students and staff to continue their good work. “Every individual matters, every individual has a role to play. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

The next celebration is the Cool to Serve event on June 28, which rewards the more than 1,000 students who have volunteered more than 100 hours of service during their high school career. Students who served more than 250 hours will have the chance to win new car!"

- A Press Release

John’s Run Affects Traffic in Downtown Greensboro

"GREENSBORO, NC (May 22, 2015) – “John’s Run” on May 30th will affect traffic in downtown Greensboro area  specifically; Center City Park, the Cultural Arts Center, the Central Library, the Children’s Museum and the Historical Museum, from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Vehicular traffic will be prohibited along:
• Davie St. between Friendly Ave. and Summit Ave.
• Summit Ave. between Elm St. and Lindsay St.
• Church St. between Lindsay St. and the entrance to the Children’s Museum

• Other streets along the route will experience intermittent closures as the race progresses to provide a safe route for participants.

Motorists are reminded that pedestrians have the right of way, and are asked to use caution where participants are present."

- A Press Release