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Winston-Salem family displaced by house fire

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A family of three has been displaced after their home was destroyed by a fire early Tuesday morning in Winston-Salem.

Crews responded to the fully engulfed house fire around 4:18 a.m. at 712 E. Devonshire St.

The fire displaced an adult and two children — all  got out safely.

Red Cross is assisting the family.

The cause of the fire is believed to have started as a result of unattended food on the stove.

Estimated damage was $26,000.

Women’s basketball putting Salem College on the map in NCAA

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Salem College is the oldest college for women in the country, founded in 1772.

It is the 13th oldest college overall in the United States, but its athletic program is drastically younger by comparison.

The school only started playing NCAA Division Three athletics in 2006.

The girl’s basketball team is having unprecedented success, but the players hope it is only the start.

Winston-Salem bank robbed, 2 arrested

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested two people in connection with a bank robbery Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded to Capital Bank at 3151 Peters Creek Parkway at 1:19 p.m. in response to a reported robbery.

Upon arrival, officers learned that a man entered the bank and produced a note demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount of currency and fled the scene to a gray Saturn waiting outside. The vehicle was driven by a female.

Not long after the incident, officers stopped the suspect vehicle in the 700 block of Woodcote Drive. The two people in the vehicle were determined to be connected to the robbery.

Robert Michael Meo, 45, and Melissa Dawn Bara, 44, both of Winston-Salem, have been charged with common law robbery.

Anyone with further information on the suspects is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

National Anthem auditions to be held March 1 for Winston-Salem Dash game

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — If you can carry a tune and you know the National Anthem, Winston-Salem wants to hear you sing.

The Winston-Salem Dash and Winston-Salem Journal are teaming up for this year’s National Anthem tryouts.

The tryouts are March 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hanes Mall.

Registration is already open and only 150 people are guaranteed an audition.

For more information, visit carolinamediagroup.net/digital/contests/nationalanthem/signup.html

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Suspect surrenders, ending 29-hour standoff at Winston-Salem motel

Christopher Shane Jenkins

Christopher Shane Jenkins

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A man holding a 16-year-old hostage inside a motel on University Parkway surrendered around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday following a 29-hour standoff, nearly two hours after he released the hostage.

Christopher Shane Jenkins surrendered to police without incident at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, two hours after a 16-year-old hostage walked out of the motel room.

Jenkins is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

Silver Alert canceled for missing Winston-Salem woman

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Silver Alert for a missing Winston-Salem woman has been canceled.

Brenda Gail Holebrook, 41,  was last seen near Lansing Drive in Winston-Salem. She is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Holebrook is described as 5’8″, 182 pounds, with blonde shoulder-length hair and hazel eyes.

Forum in Winston-Salem discusses ways to prevent crime

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Last year was a violent one in Winston-Salem. City officials hope the same will not be said about 2014.

A community forum was held Saturday night at the Anderson Center on the campus of Winston-Salem State University to discuss crime in the city and ways to prevent it.

A panel with varied members – everyone from convicted felons to college professors, community activists and city officials – answered questions from the moderator City Councilman James Taylor and members of the audience.

The goal, Taylor said, was to come up with solutions to the city’s violent crime, especially gun violence.

“It’s not secret there was an uptick in homicides,” Taylor said.

While property crime and violent crime fell in 2013, the homicide rate nearly doubled — from eight in 2012 to 15 last year.

Dontae Ross, 21, was one of those victims. His mother, Monica Ross, sat on the panel Saturday night.