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Dirt bike rider
critically injured

A man driving a dirt bike was thrown off his motorcycle and critically injured on Sunday when his bike collided with a sport utility vehicle in the intersection of First Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem police said.

The injured man was identified as Bryan Vivas, 22, who lives on Linville Road in Kernersville.

Police said the accident occurred at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, as Vivas traveled north on King Drive approaching First Street. Witnesses reported Vivas was speeding, police said.

April Smith, who lives in Winston-Salem, was driving a Dodge Journey south on King Drive and entered the intersection to make a left turn onto East First Street, police said.

The motorcycle collided with the Dodge and Vivas was thrown onto the roadway, police said. Vivas was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with critical injuries, police said.

Authorities said the accident remains under investigation. Police said anyone with further information should call CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.

— Wesley Young

Police investigate
armed robbery 

Winston-Salem Police are investigating an armed robbery early Sunday at the Speedway on 3600 S. Main St.

Police responded at 1:05 a.m. on a reported armed robbery. A suspect entered the business and threatened the use of a handgun while demanding money, police said. The suspect then fled the business in a white Ford Flex with money from the cash register.

The Winston-Salem Police Department requests that anyone with further information regarding this incident contact CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800. You can also view “Crime Stoppers of Winston-Salem Forsyth County” on Facebook.

— Journal staff

Portion of Country
Club Road to
close temporarily

The 2700 block and 2800 block of Country Club Road in Winston Salem will be closed to through traffic today. Lusk Tree Service will be removing hazardous trees for the City of Winston-Salem.

— Melissa Hall

Tribe won't impose
new virus limits

RALEIGH — The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina won't implement Gov. Roy Cooper's new executive order on virus restrictions.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the tribe's Principal Chief Richard Sneed announced Friday the tribe won't adopt Cooper's latest order at the Qualla Boundary in the western-most corner of the state.

Sneed wrote in a statement on Facebook that he has worked with tribal public health officials to enact social distancing measures to protect tribal citizens and guests while balancing the financial position of the community.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has reported a total of 652 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, 58 of which are active. Health officials say just two people are currently hospitalized.

The tribe slowly began to reopen businesses in May, including its two casinos.

Cooper's order went into effect at 10 p.m. Friday. Under the modified stay-at-home order, alcohol sales are banned after 9 p.m. and most businesses must close by 10 p.m. Grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations are an exception.


— The Associated Press

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