Man assaults female, then hides in attic until arrest

"On Nov. 25 at 10:18pm, officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department responded to 1502 E. First St. on report of a male subject that had forcibly entered the residence of Deanna Moshay Cotton, 27, and was assaulting her.
Upon officers arrival they heard screams for help from Cotton and entered the residence. The suspect, later identified as Kenyatta Agbara Walters, a 36-year-old male, of 1617 Shady Mount Ave. in Winston-Salem, could not be located in the primary portion of the residence and was believed to be hidden in the attic.

The Winston-Salem Police Department SWAT team was activated and responded to the scene.

They located Walters hidden in the attic. Walters was taken into custody without incident. He was charged with Felony Breaking and Entering, Assault on a Female, Assault by Strangulation, Malicious Injury to Property and Resist/Delay an Officer. A bond and arrest photograph is pending at this time."

- A Press Release

NC NAACP Seeks Preliminary Injunction to Halt Photo ID Requirement before Midterm Elections

"WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Today the legal team representing the North Carolina NAACP and individual plaintiffs filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to halt the implementation of a restrictive photo ID requirement prior to the upcoming March primary elections. While other provisions of North Carolina’s monster voter suppression law, H.B. 589, were brought to trial in July, the photo ID portion was tabled due to last minute amendments by the legislature. In a victory for the plaintiffs, Judge Thomas D. Schroeder denied the state’s motion to dismiss the NAACP’s challenge to the ID requirement, and set  trial on the photo ID claim beginning on January 25. The challenge to H.B. 589 – including the preliminary injunction motion – was brought by the national racial justice organization Advancement Project, the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and attorneys Irving Joyner and Adam Stein on behalf of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP and individual plaintiffs. The groups today released the following statement:

“North Carolina’s voter ID requirement remains an undue and unlawful burden on voters of color,” said the Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP. “The legislature’s desperate attempt to mask the discrimination embedded in this law by altering – yet not removing – the photo identification requirement shows they knew it would not withstand the weight of constitutional review. Even with these alterations, North Carolina officials have yet to satisfactorily educate the public, poll workers and other state officials on the provisions of the law with its amendments. A preliminary injunction would ensure democracy is not disrupted for eligible voters of color.”

 “In a democracy, it is imperative to preserve access to the ballot,” said Attorney Irving Joyner. “With a trial date in January, the timespan before the March elections is rapid. Halting North Carolina’s photo ID requirement before the primary elections is necessary to ensure that the right to vote is not compromised for any eligible voter.”

 “The state has not sufficiently updated education and training on the law’s provisions, and there is simply not enough time before the primary election cycle begins to ensure voters can be properly educated on how to participate this March,” said Advancement Project Co-Director Penda D. Hair. “That is why a preliminary injunction is needed. Any practice that results in African Americans and Latinos having less access to the vote than other members of the electorate is a violation of the Voting Rights Act. North Carolina’s photo ID requirement does just that. It is imperative that voters do not lose access to the ballot this March – or ever – due to unjust and unfounded requirements.”

“As long as photo ID is on the books, it will have a discriminatory impact on voters of color,” said Attorney Daniel Donovan of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. “We are seeking a preliminary injunction to alleviate this confusion at the polls and ensure the midterm elections remain free, fair and accessible to all.”"

- A Press Release

Roads in and around Downtown Affected by the Holiday Parade

"GREENSBORO, NC (Nov. 24, 2015) – The “Holiday Parade” on Saturday, December 5th, will affect traffic in and around downtown from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
Vehicular traffic will be prohibited on:
·         East Market Street from Eugene St. to Church St.
·         Murrow Boulevard from Greene St. to Lindsay St.
·         Greene Street from Market St. to Fisher Ave.
·         Fisher Avenue from Murrow to Greene St.
·         Murrow Boulevard from Greene St. to Lindsay St.
·         Elm Street from South Park Dr. to February One Pl.
·         Smith Street from Battleground Ave. to N. Elm St.
·         Lindsay Street from Paisley St. to Murrow Blvd.
·         Bellemeade Street from Commerce Pl. to Summit Ave.
·         Friendly Avenue from Greene St. to Murrow Blvd. 
·         Davie Street from February One Pl. to Summit Ave.

Motorists can expect intermittent closures along the route (see map) from 8:00 am. - 3:00 pm to allow parade participants to safely pass through the route.  Motorists are also reminded that pedestrians have the right of way, and are asked to use caution where parade onlookers are present."

- A Press Release



"HIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 24, 2015 — The Piedmont Triad Film Commission (PTFC) has opened a satellite office at the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) Regional Visitors Center, located at 1634 N. Main St.  Headquartered in Winston-Salem, the High Point office enables the PTFC to research and compile new inventory, while working closely with the HPCVB sales and marketing team when scouting locations for upcoming film productions.

            “This arrangement is instrumental in bringing movie productions to the Triad, and more specifically, to High Point,” says Tim Mabe, CEO of the HPCVB. “It’s important to show our partnership and support of the film industry so they can experience everything that the greater High Point area has to offer.  It’s a natural fit because the PTFC already works closely with several High Point organizations located here at the Regional Visitors Center.”  

            Most recently, the PTFC brought the filming of The Longest Ride to the Piedmont Triad, generating an economic impact of $23.3 million for North Carolina, with the film crew booking 1,800 local hotel rooms.
            “Partnerships like this are the reason the Regional Visitors Center exists,” says Nancy Bowman, HPCVB director of sales and marketing. “We serve the needs of the community and surrounding areas to promote High Point as a comprehensive resource, allowing us to build year-round tourism and generate even more traffic.”

            The HPCVB has supported PTFC efforts in greater High Point with more than $80,000 in grants from the Arts & Tourism Grants Program since 2000.

About the High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau:

            The High Point Convention & Visitors Bureau (HPCVB) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and encourage economic development in High Point through travel and tourism. The HPCVB works closely with meeting planners to bring events to High Point and to enhance their experience here, providing white glove assistance with event planning tasks including registration, transportation, and coordination among various venues. These services ensure that every group event will be successful down to the last detail because we want each visitor to make yourself at home. Established by state legislation in 1984, the HPCVB is an independent 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization funded by a self-imposed three percent room occupancy tax on local hotels. No taxpayer funds – city, county or state – are used to fund the HPCVB. The Regional Visitors Center is located at 1634 N. Main St., High Point, N.C. For more information, visit"

- A Press Release

NC Fresh Catch visits The Big Winston for the 1st annual "Catch On Trade", Sat., Dec. 5

"The Big Winston warehouse on Trade Street will be the scene for the first annual "Catch on Trade" event set for Sat., Dec. 5 from 1-7pm.

The family-friendly event will be the perfect time to celebrate the holiday season with live local Jazz, R&B, Soul, Funk, and Rock 'n Roll plus smoked and steamed oysters, seafood gumbo, BBQ by Camel City BBQ Factory, local beer, wine, and complimentary tours and tastings from participating Big Winston Warehouse businesses throughout the day.

Enjoy drinks and live music from 1-7pm from Mason Via, Groove Food, Eyes Eat Suns, Melva Houston, and the Hump Day Players and fresh seafood and BBQ from 1:30 on. The event takes place under roof and throughout the parking lot of the Big Winston Warehouse and Open Market at 772 N. Trade Street, Winston Salem.

Tables and chairs are provided plus burn barrels to help keep warm!  Please bring lawn chairs for extra seating. Tickets are $8 advance and $12 at the gate.

All food and drink is sold separate and while supplies last. Kids 12 and under are FREE.  Event is rain or shine.  Event details and tickets at www.ncfreshcatch/winston."

- A Press Release

Two armed men rob A and N Tobacco on Coliseum Blvd.

"At 6:57 p.m. on 11/23/2015—Police responded to A and N Tobacco located at 1937 Coliseum Boulevard reference a robbery from business.  Two black-males entered the business, brandishing a handgun.  They took an undisclosed amount of cash and several cartons of cigarettes before leaving.

Both suspects were wearing hoodies and ski masks.

The suspects left in a vehicle going Southbound on Coliseum Boulevard towards Freeman Mill Road.

The investigation is ongoing.

The name and address of the victim is being withheld temporarily."

- A Police Report

Crossing Guard victim of Hit and Run

"The victim,  Patrice Heard, 33, femaile, of 4302 Country Club Rd in Winston Salem is the school crossing guard at South Fork Elementary school. On Nov. 23 at around 2:50 PM Ms. Heard was performing her duties in front of the school when she was struck by a tan in color minivan which was traveling west on Country Club Rd. The driver of the van continued west on Country Club without stopping. Ms. Heard suffered minor injuries to her left leg and was transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment. There is no further description on the driver or any occupants of the suspect vehicle.

Anyone with information on this crime is requested to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.

Investigation continues. "

- A Police Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters Children Visit with Santa at Miracle on Burke St. Event

"WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - On Sat. Nov.21, Susan G. Komen Northwest NC and Dummit Fradin Law Firm gave approximately 20 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters a chance to visit with Santa Claus at Miracle on Burke St.

Susan G. Komen Northwest NC and Dummit Fradin made it possible for children at Big Brothers Big Sisters to spend an afternoon with Santa and his elves. They were able to make crafts, play games, as well as watch a movie. Santa also sang songs with the children. As a keepsake each of the children had a professional photo made with Santa Claus.

“We are grateful to Susan G. Komen and Dummit Fradin for putting on this event for our kids. This is a wonderful childhood memory they will treasure for a lifetime, stated Shawan Gabriel, President/ CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact Big Brothers Big Sisters directly at 336-724-7993 or at  You can start a child on the path to success within the communities where you live and work by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters."

- A Press Release