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Arrest made in Waughtown Market armed robbery

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Winston-Salem business Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the Waughtown Market, located at 67 Waughtown St., around 10:20 a.m. in reference to an armed robbery.

The store clerk told officers a man entered the store and asked to purchase a cigar. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect produced a handgun and reached over the counter, taking an undisclosed sum of currency.

After an investigation, the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division identified the suspect as Anthony Morrison, 25, of Winston-Salem. 

Morrison was arrested without incident in the 700 block of North Cherry Street.

Silver Alert issued for woman missing from Winston-Salem

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 34-year-old Teresa Gail Fink.

Fink is described as being a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 110 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was wearing black pants, a grey North Face jacket and black Nike shoes at the time of her disappearance.

Fink is believed to be traveling in a red 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier with North Carolina registration CJE-2238.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Fink, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Anyone with information about Fink is asked to call Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department at 336-727-2112.

Prosecutors say 11-year-old hit, killed at bus stop was no accident

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hasani Wesley’s death was a tragedy but it wasn’t an accident, Assistant District Attorney Matt Breeding said in closing arguments this morning in the trial of Billy Roger Bailey.

Bailey, a pastor of Cross Roads Ministry in Walkertown, has been on trial the past week on charges of involuntary manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus in connection with Hasani’s death on Dec. 19, 2012. Hasani, a sixth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School, was hit while crossing the southbound lane of Old Hollow Road on his way to catch a school bus. Bailey was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee south on Old Hollow Road and hit Hasani about 6:50 a.m. that morning.

“It is dismissive and deceptive to call it an accident,” Breeding said. “Hasani Wesley no longer exists as a direct result of this defendant’s choice.”

Bailey told authorities that the bus’ yellow warning lights were on when he hit Hasani.

Suspect sought in armed robbery of Winston-Salem business

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are searching for a man in connection with the robbery of a Winston-Salem business Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the Waughtown Market, located at 67 Waughtown St., around 10:20 a.m. in reference to an armed robbery.

The store clerk told officers a man entered the store and asked to purchase a cigar. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect produced a handgun and reached over the counter, taking an undisclosed sum of currency.

The suspect fled the scene on foot east on Waughtown Street. K-9 track was not attempted due to heavy foot traffic in the area.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build, wearing a white T-shirt, black baseball cap and tan or yellow work boots at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

 

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Closing arguments in case of bus stop accident that killed 11-year-old

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The trial of a pastor accused of passing a stopped school bus, hitting and killing an 11-year-old boy could go to the jury Tuesday.

Billy Rodger Bailey is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of 11-year-old Hasani Wesley on Dec. 19, 2012.

Monday a defense expert told the court the school bus was stopped 20 seconds before the flashing red lights came on and the stop arm came down.

The prosecution pointed out that the expert based his finishing on GPS data and never examined the bus or Bailey’s vehicle. Prosecutors also called several witnesses, including the school bus driver, who testified that the bus’ red lights were flashing and the stop arm was out before Hasani crossed the road.

Bailey testified last week he only saw yellow lights and didn’t think the bus had come to a stop. Prosecutors also argue, with the yellow lights flashing, Bailey may have been going too fast for the conditions.

It’s official: Winston-Salem is ‘City of Arts and Innovation’

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem officially became the City of Arts and Innovation during Monday’s meeting of the city council, as the council voted unanimously to choose the words that will appear on highway signs leading into the city.

Hours before the vote, residents approached downtown seemed to like the idea:

“Otherwise it’s, you know, beer and doughnuts,” quipped Randy Sheppard, who was walking down Fourth Street. “And cigarettes. So arts and innovation sounds pretty good.”

Winston-Salem City Council will support extending NC film tax credit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Rebecca Clark, Executive Director of the Piedmont Triad Film Commission, says the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem is a popular location for movie and television production.

“I’ve been very successful. I’ve got Leatherheads to shoot here. It is such a wonderful building, historic building.”

The Winston-Salem City Council wants to keep filmmakers coming back. If it’s approved, the City Council will support a resolution extending North Carolina’s 25 percent film tax credit.

Susan Ruskin, dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, says cities like Winston-Salem should express support for the tax credit because the incentive is needed to keep North Carolina’s film industry going.

“Students are going to be developing those projects. It’s important to me that Winston-Salem is a community that will support them.”