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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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We do not have pictures of all the defendants.

This is Michael Hewlett, who wrote the story. Federal court officials do not provide photos of criminal defendants. That is why we do not have photos of James and Jamie Gandy. We had photos of S. Wayne Patterson and Everette Witherspoon because they were public figures -- Patterson with t…

This is Michael Hewlett, the reporter who did the story. Thank you for pointing that out. It's in the story that they were teenagers but you make a good point that the headline could have reflected that fact as well.

This is Michael Hewlett, a reporter who covered the hearing. There is a lot of dispute between prosecutors and defense attorneys about whether this was self-defense. It wasn't clear when staffers called police but it was apparently before the shooting. One of the critical differences betw…

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