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Blue Cross and Blue Shield, WFBMC launch new center

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have teamed up to form the Center for Healthcare Innovation aimed at improving the quality of health care and the health of people in North Carolina.

“This collaboration allows us to think creatively about transforming the way patients receive care, doctors and hospitals provide care, and insurance companies pay for care,” said Dr. Susan Weaver, vice president of health delivery redesign for Blue Cross. “Technology and data are rapidly changing the way we live and work but health care has been slow to harness these tools.”

Weaver said that there is a need for more investments in new business models that are value-based and patient-centered.

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Arrest made in Waughtown Market armed robbery

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested a man in connection with the robbery of a Winston-Salem business Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the Waughtown Market, located at 67 Waughtown St., around 10:20 a.m. in reference to an armed robbery.

The store clerk told officers a man entered the store and asked to purchase a cigar. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect produced a handgun and reached over the counter, taking an undisclosed sum of currency.

After an investigation, the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division identified the suspect as Anthony Morrison, 25, of Winston-Salem.

Morrison was arrested without incident in the 700 block of North Cherry Street.

Morrison was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $150,000 secured bond.

Update: Silver Alert canceled for Forsyth County woman

UPDATE: A Silver Alert for a missing Forsyth County woman has been canceled, officials said early Wednesday.

The alert for the woman, Teresa Gail Fink, 34, was issued late Tuesday.

No other information was available.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, 34-year-old Teresa Gail Fink.

Fink is described as being a white female, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 110 pounds, with long brown hair and green eyes. She was wearing black pants, a grey North Face jacket and black Nike shoes at the time of her disappearance.

Fink is believed to be traveling in a red 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier with North Carolina registration CJE-2238.

Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Fink, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.

Prosecutors say 11-year-old hit, killed at bus stop was no accident

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Hasani Wesley’s death was a tragedy but it wasn’t an accident, Assistant District Attorney Matt Breeding said in closing arguments this morning in the trial of Billy Roger Bailey.

Bailey, a pastor of Cross Roads Ministry in Walkertown, has been on trial the past week on charges of involuntary manslaughter and passing a stopped school bus in connection with Hasani’s death on Dec. 19, 2012. Hasani, a sixth-grader at East Forsyth Middle School, was hit while crossing the southbound lane of Old Hollow Road on his way to catch a school bus. Bailey was driving a 1999 Jeep Cherokee south on Old Hollow Road and hit Hasani about 6:50 a.m. that morning.

“It is dismissive and deceptive to call it an accident,” Breeding said. “Hasani Wesley no longer exists as a direct result of this defendant’s choice.”

Bailey told authorities that the bus’ yellow warning lights were on when he hit Hasani.

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Suspect sought in armed robbery of Winston-Salem business

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are searching for a man in connection with the robbery of a Winston-Salem business Tuesday morning.

Officers responded to the Waughtown Market, located at 67 Waughtown St., around 10:20 a.m. in reference to an armed robbery.

The store clerk told officers a man entered the store and asked to purchase a cigar. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect produced a handgun and reached over the counter, taking an undisclosed sum of currency.

The suspect fled the scene on foot east on Waughtown Street. K-9 track was not attempted due to heavy foot traffic in the area.

The suspect was described as a black male in his early 20s, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall with a medium build, wearing a white T-shirt, black baseball cap and tan or yellow work boots at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.

 

Man armed with shotgun robs Winston-Salem convenience store

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem police are looking for a man they say robbed a convenience store at gunpoint early Tuesday  morning.

A clerk who works at Adams Market on Northampton Drive said a unknown man came into the store, pointed a shotgun at her and demanded money.

After she gave the man an undisclosed amount of money, he fled the store and got into a black vehicle, possibly a Mitsubishi Eclipse or Ford Mustang.

The suspect drove off towards Walkertown.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a dark colored hoodie with an unknown blue design on the chest and a red shirt underneath.

The suspect was believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s and about 160-180 pounds with dark hair, mustache and a scruffy face.

Anyone with information on this crime is requested to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 727-2800.

MTV’s ‘Faking It’ touches on Winston-Salem native’s life

PASADENA, Calif. — Carter Covington’s latest TV show is based a bit on his time at Reynolds High School — but filtered through a lens of wish fulfillment.

Covington is the executive producer of “Faking It” (10:30 p.m. Tuesday on MTV), a comedy about two nerdy high school students who have long been ignored by their classmates.

But then the student body mistakenly comes to believe the two best friends are actually a lesbian couple.

Since many of the students pride themselves on being politically correct and progressive, the girls being “outed” results in them suddenly becoming campus celebrities.

Covington, who is from Winston-Salem, attended Reynolds High in the late 1980s and early ‘90s, graduating in 1991. He is now openly gay, but wasn’t back then.