Kernersville News Briefs

  • On Monday, December 23, 2019, at approximately 4:30am, the Kernersville Police Department (KPD) responded to a report of an armed robbery of an undisclosed amount of U.S. currency at Fun Zone, located at 723 East Mountain Street. In addition, it was reported that a security guard was shot during the armed robbery. On April 8, 2021, the KPD arrested Leighanna Terry for Conspiracy to Armed Robbery and Attempted First Degree Murder for her involvement in the robbery and shooting of a security guard at the Fun Zone Sweepstakes in 2019. She is currently being held in the Forsyth County Jail under a $750,000 secured bond. Anyone with information is asked to contact KPD at 336-996-3177.For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.
  • The City/County Utility Commission (CCUC) is conducting repair work near the intersection of South Main Street and Harmon Lane. This work is expected to take two weeks to complete. South Main Street will remain open south of Mountain Street to allow access to Salisbury Street. Through traffic on South Main Street may be diverted to Cherry Street to reduce traffic congestion between West Mountain Street and the split at Cherry Street. In addition, Duke Energy is replacing utility poles along West Mountain Street. Work is currently being done on West Mountain Street between Cherry Street and Oakhurst Street. This work is expected to take 4 – 6 weeks to complete. Lane closures will occur during this time. Duke Energy has plans to replace the utility poles along Mountain Street through Kernersville over the next 12 to 18 months. This work will be done in sections to minimize traffic issues as much as possible. If you have any questions, call 336-727-8000 for CCUC (City of Winston-Salem Water Department). Call 800-777-9898 for residential customer service with Duke Energy.
  • Having started his career in the fire service at Walkertown Fire Department, Ross Flynt is looking forward to his new role as the department’s chief. Flynt grew up in Walkertown with his parents and younger brother, Austin Flynt, who currently serves as the fire inspector at Kernersville Fire Rescue Department. He explained that his interest in the fire service started due to some of his friends that were in the fire service when he was younger. “I had a friend in the volunteer fire service while I was growing up. He talked about it all the time and I thought it sounded interesting,” he said. For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.
  • The attorney for a Kernersville man accused of helping plan the riot in the U.S. Capitol on January 6 filed a motion Friday, April 9 to continue a detention hearing originally scheduled for that same afternoon. Charles J. Donohoe, 33, was arrested by FBI agents in Kernersville on March 17. Winston-Salem Attorney Lisa Costner filed the motion to continue the detention hearing in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Donohoe’s behalf after being unable to locate where her client was being detained. Costner was appointed to represent Donohoe on April 6. For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.
  • Forsyth County officials announced Tuesday that it has paused all use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following guidance from the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. The move affects distribution of the single-dose vaccine by the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Novant Health and Wake Forest Baptist Health. Last week, there were reports of several individuals in Wake County who experienced adverse reactions after receiving the vaccine at a Raleigh vaccination clinic, but public health officials maintained that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tested and safe for use and a mass clinic planned for Saturday went ahead as scheduled. For more, see the Thursday, April 15, 2021 edition.