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Greensboro man charged with murder

GREENSBORO — A Greensboro man was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in an assault that occurred on Saturday, according to a news release from Greensboro police.

Jairo Alberto Lopez Gonzalez, 21, is accused of killing 22-year-old Darwin Adonis Martinez-Hernandez of Greensboro, police said.

The assault occurred in the 2300 block of Randleman Road and the investigation is ongoing. Further details were not immediately available.

Lee Newspapers

Man hit by car

dies from injuries

HIGH POINT — A man died after he was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in High Point, according to a High Point Police Department news release.

At about noon on Saturday, 59-year-old John Wesley Daniel, of High Point, was riding a bicycle across North Main Street, near the High Point Public Library at 901 N. Main St.

Lorenzo White Jr., 30, of Randleman, was driving a 2010 Honda Civic north on North Main Street.

Police say Daniel did not stop for traffic and rode into the path of the Honda Civic. The crash left Daniel in critical condition, and he died the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center on Friday.

Several people ran across the street to help Daniel before he was taken to the hospital.

Other people followed the Honda Civic who did not stop at the scene.

Police were able to find the Honda and White Jr. a block away.

White Jr. has been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while license revoked, no insurance, felony hit and run and felony serious injury by motor vehicle.

White Jr. was released on a $20,000 unsecured bond.

The investigation is ongoing.



Labor Day closings and changes

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, the following closings and changes have been announced:

  • Winston-Salem city offices and Forsyth County offices will be closed today.
  • The Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools will be closed today.
  • All state offices will be closed today.
  • All federal offices will be closed today.
  • ABC stores will be closed Monday.
  • The Winston-Salem Transit Authority buses will not operate Monday.

All yard-waste and recycling collections will be postponed one day. There will be no change in garbage collections.

Compiled by Melissa Hall


Chase leaves 3 injured, 1 arrested

NASHVILLE — A man accused by authorities of firing gunshots at random cars on Interstate 95 is in custody after a high-speed police chase began Saturday in North Carolina and ended in Virginia, leaving two people and a deputy injured.

Officers began pursuing the suspected shooter in southern North Carolina's Nash County after receiving calls Saturday evening about an erratic driver firing a weapon on the interstate, Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said during a news conference Sunday. The chase continued through Halifax County before heading across the North Carolina-Virginia state line.

Stone said speeds at one point reached 110 miles per hour (177 kph). The pursuit ended in the area of Emporia, Virginia, after the suspect lost control, collided with the median and partially rolled the vehicle.

Stone identified the driver as Franklin Joseph Dangerfield, 34, of Ladson, South Carolina.

Stone said Dangerfield shot at multiple cars and injured two people. A 70-year-old woman was shot in the shoulder, and another woman suffered injuries from shattered glass that punctured her. Both victims were taken to hospitals in North Carolina.

Stone called the situation "very alarming" and said authorities have not identified a motive.

A Nash County deputy suffered injuries that weren't life threatening during the chase and was treated at a hospital in Emporia, Virginia. He has been released from the hospital.

Stone said Dangerfield was found in possession of a sawed-off shotgun and multiple shells were recovered from his car. He is at a hospital in Richmond, Virginia.

Stone said the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating the shootings. He said charges against Dangerfield in Virginia include DUI and reckless driving. He will also face charges in North Carolina.

Body of Montana man washes ashore 

CASWELL BEACH — Law enforcement authorities say the body of a Montana man washed ahore on a North Carolina beach Friday.

The Caswell Beach Police Department in a statement said beachgoers found the body on Caswell Beach, news outlets reported Sunday. The man was identified as Jon Eden, 78, of Bozeman, Montana.

Authorities said Eden frequently visited Caswell Beach, a small seaside community in southeastern North Carolina, but they were unaware of other connections to the area.

Police said the cause of death has not been determined. The medical examiner will conduct an autopsy.

The Associated Press


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