Reports state Police arrest man in connection with string of robberies

"Authorities with the Criminal Investigations Division of the Winston-Salem Police Department have made an arrest in a series of robberies that occurred on July 28th and July 29th.   At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 28, 2014, two suspects entered the Tobacco Shop and Cigars store located at 1159 Silas Creek Parkway and confronted the clerk, Mr. Mohamed A. Abdulla.  One of the suspects produced what appeared to be a large handgun and threatened Mr. Abdulla while the second suspect monitored the entrance to the business.  A struggle ensued between Mr. Abdulla and the armed suspect, during which Mr. Abdulla was able to gain control of the weapon.  The suspects fled the store on foot and obtained no property.  Further examination of the handgun revealed that the weapon was actually an Airsoft Pistol designed to replicate a handgun in appearance.  Mr. Abdulla was not injured during this incident. 

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on the same evening Mr. Tommy Taylor was conducting a transaction at a Wells Fargo ATM located at 740 Coliseum Drive, when he was approached by a suspect who displayed a handgun.  The suspect confronted Mr. Taylor and struck him with the firearm before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of currency and personal property belonging to Mr. Taylor.  Mr. Taylor received minor injuries during the incident.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on July 29th, Mr. Robert Sneden was attempting a transaction at the same Wells Fargo ATM when he was approached by two suspects. One suspect pointed a handgun at Mr. Sneden and demanded money.  Both subjects fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency and personal property belonging to Mr. Sneden. 

As a result of further investigation into these incidents, authorities have charged Darion Darell Gist with participating in all three crimes.  In regards to the attempted robbery of the Tobacco Shop and Cigar store, Darion Gist has been charged with Attempted Common Law Robbery.  In regards to the robbery of Tommy Lee Taylor, Darion Gist has been charged with Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon.  In regards to the robbery of Robert Chandler Sneden, Mr. Gist is charged with Common Law Robbery.

Darion Darell Gist, 24, is being held in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $50,000.00 secured bond and a court date of August 21, 2014 has been set in this matter.  The investigation of these incidents and attempts to identify the second suspect in these matters continues by authorities. Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800."
Gist resides at 2029 Thurmond Street Winston-Salem, NC 


Mohammed Ali Abdulla 23 / MTommy Lee Taylor 49 / M

Robert Chandler Sneden 44 / M

2808-D Teakwood Ct.
811 Gray Avenue
1806 Sussex Lane
Location of Offense:
1159 Silas Creek Parkway  
740 Coliseum Drive
740 Coliseum Drive
A Police Report

30th Annual National Night Out to be Held Aug. 6

"Neighborhoods throughout Winston-Salem are invited to join with thousands of communities nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 5, for the 31st annual National Night Out for crime and drug prevention.
        From 6 to 9 p.m., residents in neighborhoods throughout Winston-Salem and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police.
        Local observance of National Night Out will begin at 6 p.m. at 612 McCreary St., where Mayor Allen Joines, members of the City Council, city officials, police officers, and local residents will kick off National Night Out.
        Throughout the city, participating neighborhoods plan to hold such activities as block parties, cook-outs, visits with police officers, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies.
        National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Winston-Salem Police Department. Last year’s National Night Out involved more than 37.8 million people in 16,242 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.
        National Night Out is a community-building activity designed to: heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
        For more information about National Night Out, call Cpl. Scott A. Boak at

A Press Release

Social Justice Advocate Dr. T. Anthony Spearman Returns to Greensboro

Dr. T. Anthony Spearman is seen
holding the Champions for Children's Award
he received from the North Carolina Foundation
for Public School Children in April 2014.  
"Well known social justice advocate Dr. T. Anthony Spearman is returning to serve in Greensboro after leaving 17 years ago to pastor in the AME Zion denomination in Salisbury and Hickory, N.C. Dr. Spearman was assistant to the Reverend Dr. (now Right Reverend/Bishop) Michael A. Frencher, Sr., pastor of Trinity AME Zion Church in Greensboro from 1995 to 1997, and is returning as senior pastor of St. Phillip AME Zion Church. 

Dr. Spearman is the third Vice President of the NC NAACP. He is a key leader in the Moral Monday and Forward Together Movement that has brought national attention to the broad coalition of social justice organizations that are working together to change recent legislation in N.C. such as denying the expansion of Medicaid, significantly reducing access to early voting, eliminating Sunday voting, cutting unemployment benefits to long term unemployed people, and budget cuts that reduced the number of teachers in public schools. 

The Rev. Cardes Brown of Greensboro, pastor of New Light Baptist Church, and Chairman of the NC NAACP Committee on Religious Affairs describes his appreciation for Dr. Spearman's courageous work in the modern day civil rights movement this way, "Rev. Dr. Spearman is an inspiration to me because of his steadfast stand for social justice. He is a well respected man who is articulate in his communication, and astute in his comprehension of the complex issues that face us today. His many accomplishments in Hickory and the state of.N.C. are well known. We know we will benefit by his return to Greensboro, a city of historic civil rights accomplishments. We are eagerly anticipating Dr. Spearman becoming a part of our community again. ".  

During his time in Greensboro in the 90's, Dr. Spearman was a member of the Pulpit Forum, a group of primarily African-American ministers who stood in solidarity with Greensboro K-Mart workers who were asking for wage parity with other K-Mart employees in other states as well as an increase in paid holidays, and more sick days. He participated In civil disobedience then, and was willing to go to jail in support of the K-Mart workers' request for justice. Dr. Spearman is still willing to stand against injustice with civil disobedience. He was arrested May 24, 2011 as he and six others rose to oppose the budget cuts in the General Assembly gallery during Governor Beverly Perdue's administration. He was arrested again on April 29, 2013 during a NC NAACP Moral Monday protests. Dr. Spearman is a regular fixture at Moral Monday protests all across the state. 

The Rev. Nelson Johnson, Executive Director of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro has worked with Dr. Spearman since the days of the K-Mart workers' rights struggle, and is thrilled about his return to Greensboro saying, "I am delighted that Dr. Spearman is returning to Greensboro. I know him as a man of strong character, integrity, and commitment who has the warm heart of a pastor, and the vision and courage of a prophet. We worked together shoulder to shoulder in the K-Mart struggle, and we helped to forge a faith and labor school in4  Memphis Tennessee. We have worked together as part of a broad coalition to resolve the nearly 15 year old struggle of workers at the Smithfield Plant in Tar Heel, N.C. Dr. Spearman is a welcome addition to the Greensboro community" The Beloved Community Center is a social justice organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to envision and work toward social and economic relations that affirm and realize the equality, dignity, and potential of every person. 

In Hickory, Dr. Spearman served on the Hickory City School Board for three years, and is a strong advocate for public schools. On April 24, 2014 the North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children awarded Dr. Spearman the Champions for Children Award for his many years of advocating for quality education for all children in public schools, and for the future of public schools. 

Dr. Spearman has won many other awards including the NC NAACP Minister of the Year, and the Hickory Spirit of King Award. 

Dr. Spearman has a Bachelor of Science Degree Summa Cum Laude from Mercy College in Yonkers, N.Y. in 1995; a Master of Divinity Degree Magna Cum Laude from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury, N.C. in 1998; and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio in 2013. He is proficient in Greek, Hebrew, and Spanish. 

The Rev. Alphonso McGlen, pastor of Bethel AME Church and President of the Greensboro Branch NAACP is looking forward to the contributions Dr. Spearman will make in the local NAACP. "On behalf of the Bethel AME family and the Greensboro NAACP, I am delighted to welcome Dr, Spearman to Greensboro and the mission here, knowing that his passion, his preparation, his mission, and his prophetic assignment will advance the cause of righteousness and reconciliation."     
 Dr. Spearman is excited about his return to Greensboro as senior pastor of St. Phillip AME Zion Church which is located near several public housing programs. His parents lived in public housing when he was born, and because his mother had the mumps at the time of Dr. Spearman's birth, she was not allowed to go to the hospital, so he was born at home. When his father's income went slightly over the limit for public housing, he was forced to leave their home, but Dr. Spearman sees that as the catalyst that propelled his father forward in life to do more. 

He is looking forward to working with the neighbors of his new church who live in public housing, hoping he will be a spiritual catalyst, propelling them to do more with their life as his father did. Dr. Spearman is the founding Executive Director of a nonprofit organization called Clinton's Corner. He plans to develop community based programs that will alleviate poverty, and improve the quality of life for families and children within his circle of influence. "I am always searching for diamonds in the rough. While I accept the mantle of a prophet in the social justice movement, I am most comfortable in helping people realize their potential in life."  

- A Press Release

Uptowne Market and Krispy Kreme Family Fun Day Celebration

HIGH POINT, NC (Aug 2nd, 2014) – Krispy Kreme and the Uptowne Market located at 901 North Main Street, High Point, NC will host a Family Fun Day. This event is free and open to the public.

Join us this Saturday for a special Family Fun Day presented by Krispy Kreme and the Uptowne Market! To celebrate our Family Fun Day, we will be having live music, food trucks, children’s crafts, games, and prizes! Krispy Kreme will have a bounce house starting at 10:00am. We’ll also be raffling off an Uptowne Market and Krispy Kreme gift baskets. Entry fees for the raffle are $2.00 per person.

Moms, dads, grandparents, and children are encouraged to come! This day is designed to give everyone in the family a fun opportunity to get active and encourages play and learning together. There will be a large array of information, ideas, and ways to make the whole family feel special!

What: Family Fun Day
When: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Where: Uptowne Market, 901 N Main -­ 7:30AM -­ 1:00PM
Krispy Kreme, 917 N Main -­ 10:00AM -­ 3:00PM

Entertainment, Food & Fun

The Uptowne Market and Krispy Kreme would like to thank the following sponsors: The City Project, The High Point Public Library, the City of High Point and The Support Local High Point Initiative

If you have any questions please contact Uptowne Market Manager, Nic Covington at 336-­883-­8512 or email

- A Press Release

Arrest Made in 2010 Fatal Shooting

"GREENSBORO, NC (July 30, 2014) –  Nearly four years after Rodney Len Frazier was found fatally shot on his front porch, police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for his murder.
Brandon Tyrone Curtis, 25, was taken into custody at his home at 715-B Sparta Drive at approximately 1:30 pm today by detectives from the Greensboro Police Violent Criminal Apprehension Team.

On Dec. 28, 2010, Frazier, then 40 years old, struggled with two men who forced entry into his home at 923 Omaha Street. The men physically assaulted Frazier and his older brother, Michael Anthony Frazier, before shooting the younger Frazier and fleeing.

Police have identified the second man believed to be involved in the incident, and are withholding his name to further the investigation. The arrest comes after extensive interviews and forensic evidence linking both men to the scene.

Curtis attempted to flee from officers while he was being admitted into the Greensboro Jail Central. Police took him back into custody before he left the premises. In addition to a First Degree Murder Charge, he now also faces a charge of Prison Breach and Escape from a County or Municipal Confinement Facilities or Officers. He is confined without bond.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective A.R. Hinson at 336-574-4004, or Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous."
- A Police Report

U.S. News & World Report Ranks High Point Regional as one of the Best Hospitals in the Piedmont Region

"HIGH POINT, N.C. - High Point Regional has been recognized by U.S News & World Report as one of the best hospitals in the Piedmont region and one the Best Hospitals in the Greensboro/Winston-Salem metro area.  High Point Regional was also designated as a "high performer" (representing the top 25 percent of hospitals in their specialty nationally) for the following services:
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology
The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
"We are proud to be recognized as one of the best hospitals in the region. This speaks to the exemplary staff we have and to our commitment of providing exceptional health care services," said Ernie Bovio, President and CEO of High Point Regional. "For more than 110 years we have been committed to providing the best health care to the High Point community and we will continue to focus on that in the years ahead."
For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

"The data tell the story - a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," says U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients."

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings are freely available at and will appear in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals 2015" guidebook, available in August.


About High Point Regional Health
High Point Regional Health, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care organization with more than 2,200 staff. High Point Regional offers 351 private beds for medical and surgical patients serving over 120,000 patients each year. High Point Regional has its foundation in six primary service areas: Carolina Regional Heart Center, The Hayworth Cancer Center, The Neuroscience Center, The Esther R. Culp Women's Center, The Emergency Center and The Piedmont Joint Replacement Center.

High Point Regional's mission is to provide exceptional health services to the people of this region. For more information, visit"
- A Press Release

Winston-Salem Chamber Announces Presenters for the 13th Annual Tech Briefing

"The Tech Council of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce ten presenters for the 13th Annual Tech Briefing, which will open the Chamber’s Business & Innovation Expo on September 18, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. in the Benton Convention Center.

The 2014 presenters are: 2ndLifeTech, The Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability at Wake Forest University; Champion Industries; Cook Medical; Elemance; Human Analogue Applications; N2 Medical Solutions; Piedmont Craftsmen; Rock Tenn; and Tereo.  

“After 13 years, we continue to be amazed at the new and variety of innovations being developed right here in Winston-Salem, said Gayle Anderson, President and CEO of the Chamber. “The Tech Briefing always leaves me excited about Winston-Salem’s future and the talented people who have chosen our community as a place to develop their ideas. We encourage business leaders, students, and any members of the public to attend and learn about our transforming economy.”

“Innovations are increasingly interdisciplinary,” said Bret Marchant, the Chamber’s Director of Strategic Economic Development and Research. “More and more, we see local inventors, researchers, and companies collaborating across industries to make their creations better and more marketable. That exchange of knowledge is positive for our local economy and is a trend reflected in this year’s lineup.”

The Tech Briefing is an entertaining, informative, and fast-moving event open to the public and appealing to a broad audience. It features ten presenters who each speak for just five minutes about their innovative technologies, designs, and products. These presenters include a diverse range of local companies and organizations, from new start-up ventures to long-established existing companies. The Tech Briefing is free to attend and open to the public, though registration is required at"

A Press Release

Police Investigating Death of Pedestrian Hit by Train

"Detectives from the Greensboro Police Department and an official from the Norfolk Southern Railway Police Department are currently investigating the death of man hit by a train on the 4700 block of Hilltop Road.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:14 this morning as a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train was approaching the intersection in the vicinity of 4727 Hilltop Road near the D.H. Griffith Corporation.

A witness related that the adult male circumvented the drop arm bar at the railroad crossing and stepped on to the tracks as the train approached. The man has not yet been positively identified. No other persons were involved or injured in this incident.

Hilltop Road is closed in both directions from Fairfax Road to Stanley Road while the investigation continues.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous."
- A Police Report