Wake Forest Police Reports — Jan. 23, 2014

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 — Jan. 23, 2014

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 — Jan. 23, 2014

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 — Jan. 23, 2014

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 — Jan. 23, 2014

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...

Franklin County Schools ready for kindergarten registration

Franklin County Schools is gearing up for kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year. Here is a list of registration dates and times for each elementary school: Bunn Elementary, March 26, 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Edward Best Elementary, April 10, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Franklinton...
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Franklinton High student competes in oratory

FRANKLINTON — Franklinton High School sophomore Karla Rebollar, pictured above with Oratorical Chairman Neil Weintraub, will represent American Legion Post 52 in the District 5 Oratorical Contest Saturday. The contest is sponsored annually by the American Legion in which high...

Open Auditions for Godspell Jan. 25-26

LOUISBURG — Louisburg College has scheduled open auditions for the musical sensation Godspell this Saturday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 26, in the Norris Theatre. Auditions will begin at 2 p.m. both days. Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and...

Wake schools superintendent to hear from public

Cary — Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) Superintendent James Merrill is inviting WCPSS employees, parents, and the public to share their thoughts, concerns, and priorities for WCPSS in a series of community input events entitled Superintendent’s Direct Line. The first...
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Heritage fourth grader wins spelling bee

WAKE FOREST — Heritage Elementary School held their annual spelling bee Jan. 13, with fourth grader Brandon Major out-spelling all the others and winning with the word, ventriloquy. Prior to the great spell-off, each classroom held a spelling bee to be able to advance one speller...

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...