Wake Forest looks to honor enviromentalists

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Urban Forestry Board is requesting nominations for the 2014 Green Medal Awards of Excellence. The Green Medal awards recognize individuals, groups and businesses that promote good environmental stewardship and excellence in service, while...

N.C. charitable giving stressed last year

RALEIGH — North Carolinians dialed back their charitable giving in 2013, while still giving more than during the worst of the recession several years ago, according to new statistics from the N.C. Secretary of State’s office. The just released 2012-13 North Carolina Secretary of...
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Can this stream be saved?

RALEIGH — If you have a stream on your property in or near an urban area, the odds are the stream is under stress. Urban areas have a lot of paved, built-upon, or impervious areas that prevent rainwater from infiltrating the soil. When rainwater fails to infiltrate it runs off...

Wake Forest Police Reports 1-23

Reported Jan. 10-16, 2014   •Carlos Andres Mata, 30, 367 Winding Acre Way, Knightdale, operating vehicle with no insurance, other unspecified violation. Jan. 15, 12:05 a.m. •Scott Franklin Reel, 33, 534 E. Elm Street, passing stopped school bus. Jan. 15, 7 a.m. •Brandon...

Rolesville police reports 1-23

Incidents •Janice Heard, DDS, reported an attempted breaking or entering and criminal damage to property at 310 S. Main St., Jan. 20, 8:03 a.m. •Rainbow Garden reported an attempted breaking and entering at 407 S. Main St., Jan. 18, 2:35 p.m. •Food Lion reported an attempted...

Franklin County sheriff’s reports 1-23

Arrests •Demario Terelle Melton, 27, 11734 Equine Lane, Spring Hope, was arrested at home by Officer B. Lester and charged on warrants for fleeing to elude arrest with motor vehicle (Nash County), breaking and entering and felony larceny (Union County). He was taken to Franklin...

Franklinton police reports 1-23

Arrests •Rufino Ensiso Gonzalez, 35, 20 Wade Moore Drive, Louisburg, was arrested at Winston Street at Chicken Farm Road by Officer B. Manson and charged with driving while impaired. Manson performed a traffic stop after Gonzalez drove on the wrong side of the road on Winston...

Wake crime 1-23

Reported Jan. 5-17. All arrests made by law enforcement personnel in Wake County. Falls •Fraud was reported at a restaurant on the 1100 block of Falls River Avenue, Raleigh, in Falls. Jan. 15, 3:49 p.m. •Akin Anane Sotunde Young, 22, 12708 Lindley Drive, Raleigh, was arrested by...

Wake Forest High student killed in hit-run

RALEIGH — A Wake Forest High School student died after a hit and run accident in Raleigh last night (Thursday). Eleventh grader Justice Yasmeen Smith, 16, of Courtney Lane, Raleigh, was crossing North New Hope Road at Water Oak Drive at 9:40 p.m. when she was struck by a 2005...

Police arrest Wake Forest man on heroin trafficking

WAKE FOREST — Following an extensive multi-agency investigation, Wake Forest Police have arrested a 32-year-old East Oak Avenue resident on numerous heroin trafficking charges. Late Thursday evening, the Wake Forest Police Department’s Tactical Service Unit arrested Henry Edward...
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Sudden squall claims life

Trees downed, one woman killed, after heavy winds sweep area. By David Leone A Falls woman was killed and thousands in Wake and Franklin counties lost power after a swiftly moving storm knocked trees and limbs down onto electric lines, homes and roads Saturday. With winds...
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Disturbance leads to statutory rape charges

ROLESVILLE — Officers dispatched to a disturbance call just before midnight Jan. 6, were tipped off by the alleged trespassers to a more serious crime. It turned out the group causing the trouble at 227 Lightbreeze St. were relatives of a 13-year-old girl and wanted to confront...
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Gymnastics: a growing sport in high schools

By Becky Kimbrell-Norris WAKEFIELD — The gymnastics scene in local high schools has evolved over the last few years. More gymnasts are seeing that the competition in high school can be fun despite the long practices and performances the sport entails. The gymnastic programs at...
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Parks and Rec open house Jan. 24

WAKE FOREST — The Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department hosts an open house Friday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N. White St. Area residents are invited to attend and meet parks and recreation staff and class instructors who will...
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Essay writer wins violin

YOUNGSVILLE — Aubrey Pratt, 12, wrote an essay to win a handcrafted violin made by fellow Youngsville resident and musician Mike Anderson. Anderson wanted to give away one of his handcrafted violins to a deserving youth for Christmas, and held the writing contest to find a...
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New charter schools will offer more choice in fall

By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Taking the General Assembly up on 2011 legislation that removed the 100-school cap on charter schools, 26 applicants planning to open in the fall gained approval from the State Board of Education Jan. 9. Included in that number are four Wake County...
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Sun glare blamed for crash at busy intersection

WAKE FOREST — Afternoon traffic was rougher than usual Tuesday afternoon when a section of South Main Street was shut down for about an hour following a four-car collision at the intersection with Ligon Mill Road shortly after 4:30. Wendy Yulen Perez, 35, 123 Selsey Drive, told...
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Late artist remembered for generous spirit

Cheryl Harrison died following Saturday’s storm. By David Leone ALLS — Only one dead. That’s how the news, and the public, tend to view storms like Saturday’s. A temporary inconvenience for drivers as they are rerouted around downed trees. People unable to check their web status...

Heavy storms cause wastewater bypass

FRANKLIN COUNTY — Franklin County Public Utilities experienced a bypass of untreated wastewater from a pump station located on Chavis Street in Franklinton Dec. 29. The spill occurred after the area received more than two inches of rain during the morning hours. The main cause of...
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Business Briefs – Jan. 16, 2014

Horse farm open house Sunday Serenity Grace Farm in Franklinton will host an open house Sunday, Jan. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The farm, founded by A.J. and Courtney Schneller, offers therapeutic horseback riding, as well as cart and wagon driving for all ages. Visitors will learn...
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Hall-Wynne makes generous donation

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton Baptist Church was the grateful recipient of a $20,000 Ahlborn-Galanti Angelus organ, donated over the holidays by Hall-Wynne Funeral Services. When Mark Higgins, president of Hall-Wynne, learned the the church’s previous organ had become obsolete, he...
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High tech comes to the rescue – On Patrol – Jan. 16, 2014

By Clellie Allen WAKE FOREST — The ‘big brother’ actions of Internet giant Amazon worked in a Raleigh woman’s favor, Jan. 4, allowing Wake Forest Police to recover a stolen Kindle Fire and make an arrest in the theft. Kashena Cloyd Alexander, 36, 603 E. Pine Ave., was arrested by...
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Old bank repurposed

YOUNGSVILLE — The Hair Vault, aptly named as they are occupying a historic building that once housed the Youngsville bank, celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting Jan. 4. “We are so thrilled to be here,” said owner and cosmetologist Jessica Stapleton. “We’ve lived here 13...
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This Week in History – Jan. 16, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1924 •Approximately $17,000 in U.S. Treasury certificates were sold at the Wake Forest post office in 1923, according to Postmaster C.Y. Holden. The certificates are short-term...