A prominent Wilkes County doctor is accused of trying to blackmail a nurse into having sex with him. According to a federal lawsuit, Dr. Jon Wesley Thompson told the nurse he had potentially damaging audio and video recordings of her that he would release if she did not agree to have sex with him for one hour, twice a month, for a year. The woman is seeking more than $525,000 in damages.
The family of a woman shot to death by her then-87-year-old neighbor has settled a lawsuit for $575,000, with $100,000 of that going to the woman's grandson. The man, Hermon Lowell Aycoth, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of 54-year-old Karla Ragsdale Essick, but the charge was dismissed and he was involuntarily committed after a judge determined that he was mentally incompetent to stand trial.
Charles Donohoe, local Proud Boys leader from Kernersville, has joined a motion to dismiss filed by a co-defendant, Ethan Nordean. Nordean argues that the criminal charges against him are based on misapplied federal statutes. Federal prosecutors allege that Donohoe played an active and integral role in helping plan the Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C.
A Wilkes County woman said in a lawsuit that Tyson Foods officials fired her after she complained of harassment and assault by a manager. She said the manager repeatedly asked her to have sex with her and that after she complained, she was subjected to verbal abuse by him and another manager. She is seeking more than $5 million in damages.