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Juvenile shot in leg and dropped off at hospital

Winston-Salem police are looking for the driver who dropped off a juvenile gunshot victim Tuesday at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, authorities said.

Officers were dispatched to the hospital shortly after 4 p.m., police said, after two juveniles had been left there.

One had a single gunshot wound to his lower right calf, police said. Both juveniles refused to provide information to the officers about the circumstances that led up to the shooting.

Video surveillance indicated that the two were dropped off at the hospital in a dark color CRV-type vehicle, police said. The driver left the area before officers arrived on the scene.

The wounded juvenile was in stable condition at the hospital, and his injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers, either at 336-727-2800 or its Spanish line at 336-728-3904. Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County also is on Facebook.

Anonymous text tips, photos and videos can be submitted to Winston-Salem police at 336-276-1717.

Boonville woman faces multiple drug charges

A Boonville woman faces multiple drug offenses after she was arrested Friday at a motel in Yadkin County, authorities said Tuesday.

Michelle Diane Crouse, 45, is charged with two counts of trafficking in heroin, conspiracy to traffic in heroin and other offenses, the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office said. Crouse was being held Tuesday in the Yadkin County Jail with her bond set at $250,000.

Crouse is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 17.

On July 30, occupants of a motel near Interstate 77 and U.S. 21 noticed suspicious activity consistent with the use and sales of illegal drugs at that location, the sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office didn’t identify the motel.

Investigators then began its surveillance of the area that led to Crouse’s arrest.

Before she was arrested, Crouse was on probation for drug offenses in Yadkin and Guilford counties, the sheriff’s office said.

Advance tickets available for Carolina Classic

Advance discounted tickets are now on sale for the 2021 Carolina Classic Fair, which will be held Oct 1-10 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. The fair will feature new rides, fair foods, music, exhibits and competitions.

Tickets for opening day on Oct. 1 will be $5, fair organizers said in a news release.

Advance tickets and advance ride coupons are on sale through Ticketmaster, the fair website, carolinaclassicfair.com, and at the fair’s ticket office at 414 Deacon Blvd. in Winston-Salem. The tickets and ride coupons are available 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays until Sept 30.

Fair organizers will follow the city’s guidelines regarding masks during the 10-day fair, said Siobhan Olson, a fair spokeswoman. The city now requires anyone entering a city-owned building to wear mask amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Advanced Tickets and advance Strates Ride coupons offer the steepest discounts off regular priced tickets, said Cheryle Hartley, the fair director. “Purchasing through Ticketmaster or directly through our website or annex box office is the only way that you can be assured that you have authentic discount tickets.

“It’s the only way to save money and ensure that you, your family and friends will have a good time,” Hartley said.

Advance ticket prices are $8 for adults and $3 for children. Children under age 5 and senior adults age 65 and older with identification are free. Early bird admission before 4 p.m. Monday through Friday will be $5.

Advance sale ride cards are $15 for 40 credits. Fairgoers can exchange their ride credits for the ride card at the Redemption Center Tent as they enter the fair. Coupons are valid during the fair.

Online sales will be promoted via the fair’s social media links on Facebook, Twitter@CClassicFair and Instagram. Tickets can be purchased at the annex box office.

‘American Idol’ will hold online auditions Friday

North Carolina singers can audition live via Zoom on Friday for a chance to be on the next season of “American Idol.”

The first round of hopefuls can sign up to audition in front of producers and get real-time feedback, the reality TV show said Tuesday in a news release. Singers can also go online now and submit an audition video. Sign up at americanidol.com/auditions.

Singers must be at least 15-years-old as of Sept. 15.

The auditions are for “American Idol” season 5 on ABC, which is expected to air in spring 2022. It will be season 20 overall for the series, which first debuted on Fox.

This is the second year of “Idol Across America,” the live virtual nationwide search featuring audition days for all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. North Carolina shares its audition day with Georgia and South Carolina. There will also be an open casting call on Aug. 27.

Deadline reports that judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie are all returning for the new season, along with host Ryan Seacrest.

Congressman to attend 3 events in Forsyth County

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., will attend three events in Forsyth County on Wednesday.

McHenry’s 10th congressional district gained the suburban parts of western Forsyth County and a small piece of Winston-Salem with the 2020 redistricting. He also gained Rockingham, Stokes and Surry counties.

The first event will be at 10:15 a.m. when he will tour Clemmons Medical Center to observe COVID-19 pandemic efforts there.

At 4 p.m., McHenry will attend the Greater Winston-Salem Inc. public policy meeting at West Salem Public House, 400 S. Green St. in Winston Salem.

At 5:30 pm, McHenry will present an Assistance to Firefighters — Supplemental Grant check to the Lewisville Volunteer Fire Department.

Lewisville is one of 23 fire departments in North Carolina to receive such funding to purchase personal protective equipment for first responders during the pandemic. The presentation will take place at 216 Lewisville-Clemmons Road in Lewisville.

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