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Crews getting Winston-Salem streets ready for Cycling Classic

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — As hundreds of cyclists get ready to whip through city streets this weekend for the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, local shops and city departments are making sure roads along the route are rider ready.

“We want it to be as safe as possible,” said Ken Putnam, owner of Ken’s Bike Shop.

With cyclists going at speeds of 30 to 40 miles an hour, Putnam will be putting down foam barriers to buffer falls against the hard asphalt.

“These cyclists aren’t going to have pads or anything,” Putnam said. “They’re just going to have a lycra suit and a really fast bike.”

He has a U-Haul truck full of padding for street lights, fire hydrants, curbs and any other potentially dangerous objects along the seven mile route for professional cyclists and two mile route for amateur riders.

Six of his employees will put the barriers up Friday morning.

Witness says Bailey never saw 11-year-old in road

FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — Billy Roger Bailey, the driver accused of passing a stopped school bus and hitting and killing East Forsyth Middle School student Hasani Wesley, told law-enforcement officers at the scene that he never saw Wesley in the road.

In the third day of testimony, the prosecution played a video recording of an interview that state troopers recorded at the scene on the day of the accident.

In the video, Bailey stated that knew he had hit something but did not know what it was. Bailey said he never saw Wesley.

Trooper Brian K. Palmiter of the N.C. Highway Patrol testified that Bailey was going about 46 mph in his Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle hit Wesley, who was 11 at the time.

Based on witness statements, Palmiter said that Hasani was hit by the car and thrown about 125 feet, landing behind the school bus that he was trying to catch about 6:50 a.m. Dec. 19, 2012.

Suspect sought in armed robbery of Winston-Salem business

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly robbed a Winston-Salem business Thursday afternoon.

Officers responded to the Fairway One Stop, located at 2120 S. Martin Luther King Blvd., around 12:40 p.m. in reference to a report of an armed robbery.

Employees of the business said a suspect entered the business, displayed a small black handgun and demanded money. The suspect stole an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene south on foot.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s, wearing a white tank top, blue jeans and tan Timberland boots at the time of the incident.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 336-727-2800.

Kernersville man accused of striking boy with car ‘didn’t hit brakes,’ trooper says

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — Billy Roger Bailey was going about 46 mph in his Jeep Cherokee when the vehicle hit Hasani Wesley, a sixth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School, Trooper Brian K. Palmiter of the N.C. Highway Patrol testified Wednesday.

Based on witness statements, Palmiter said that Hasani was hit by the car and thrown about 125 feet, landing behind the school bus he was trying to catch about 6:50 a.m. Dec. 19, 2012.

Billy Roger Bailey stands during a break in his trial. (Andrew Dye/Journal)

Billy Roger Bailey stands during a break in his trial.
(Andrew Dye/Journal)

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40 people arrested across NC for human trafficking

55-year-old woman arrested at this home in Greensboro (1825 Bouldevard St.) and charged with maintaining a dwelling for prostitution.

55-year-old woman arrested at this home in Greensboro (1825 Bouldevard St.) and charged with maintaining a dwelling for prostitution.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Police said 40 people have been arrested for human trafficking in North Carolina, including 30 in Winston-Salem.

The arrests come after an investigation that started in 2009 in response to allegations of organized prostitution in Winston-Salem, according to police.

Ex-CEO Susan Ivey Cameron returning to Reynolds

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Susan Ivey Cameron is returning as Reynolds American Inc.’s top executive on May 1, succeeding her successor, Daan Delen.

Cameron, 55, retired as Reynolds’ chairwoman in December 2010 and as its chief executive and president in February 2011, at which time Delen assumed both roles. Cameron said at that time she stepped down to spend more time with her husband and family, and on philanthropic efforts.

Delen, 48, said in a letter submitted Wednesday to Reynolds’ board that he is retiring voluntarily April 30, and also resigning from the company’s board of directors. He has agreed to serve as a management consultant for two years. Reynolds said Delen will receive a lump sum payment of $13.4 million on June 16.

Cameron first renewed her ties with Reynolds in December when she rejoined the board. Reynolds said there are no plans to have Cameron replace Thomas Wajnert as its chairman.

BB&T to raise dividend after posting $501 million profit

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Another solid quarterly performance, spurred again by significant improvements in its loan portfolio, led BB&T Corp. to a $501 million profit in the first quarter, the bank reported today.

It also was the final piece of evidence management needed to recommend a 1 cent raise in the quarterly dividend, to 24 cents, to the board of directors.

BB&T, as well as most of the nation’s larger banks, gained Federal Reserve Bank permission March 26 to raise its dividend. Some analysts had projected BB&T would increase its dividend by 2 to 3 cents.

Likely with those expectations in mind, Kelly King, the bank’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement that “we continue to have one of the highest dividend yields and payout ratios in the industry.”