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Synthetic Pot a Concern for Winston-Salem Police

A legal, synthetic form of marijuana being sold at some local tobacco shops and gas stations has Winston-Salem police concerned.

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, Police Chief Scott Cunningham will discuss the dangers of the synthetic marijuana, known as K2 or Spice, at a briefing on Wednesday.

Synthetic cannabinoids can cause symptoms such as hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rate, increased blood pressure and vomiting, according to the paper. Dr. Anthony Scalzo, a toxicology professor at St. Louis University, told the paper the synthetic marijuana can sometimes cause people to suffer tremors and seizures.

Cunningham will discuss whether he and other police chiefs may lobby state legislators to pass a law to ban the drug, which is legal in many states, including North Carolina. There also are no statistics in North Carolina regarding the drug's use because it's not an illegal controlled substance, according to the paper.

Teen Charged With Contributing To Delinquency Of a Minor

A 19-year-old has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, according to police.

Deputies said they received a report of an alleged sexual assault on Sept. 29. Following an investigation, authorities arrested Dale Stultz, 19, of Winston-Salem.

He was arrested on Friday and was given a $10,000 bond.

No other details about the case were provided by officials.

North State Communications Scam

North State Communications is warning customers about an e-mail requesting confirmation of e-mail addresses and passwords. The company says the e-mail is fradulent and should be ignored and deleted.  North State is reminding customers never share your e-mail password with anyone.

Man Shoves Store Cashier During Robbery

A man pushed a convenience store cashier during a robbery on Monday evening, according to police.

Around 8:14 p.m., the man entered the Kangaroo Express at 289 South Stratford Rd. and demanded money. The suspect then allegedly pushed the cashier toward the cash register. The suspect then reached inside the register and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The man fled the store on foot toward Business I-40.

The suspect is described as a black male, 35-45 years old and between 5'10" and 5'11". He weighs between 215 and 220 pounds. He was wearing a dark shirt, dark pants a glove and a towel over his head during the robbery. He also has a gold tooth, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact Greensboro Crimestoppers at 373-1000.

Winston-Salem Student Found with Loaded Handgun in Class

Sheriff’s officials took a Winston-Salem 14-year-old student into custody after he was found with a loaded handgun in class at the Kennedy Learning Center. 

At approximately 3:10 p.m. on Friday, the school’s resource officer heard a tip that the student was carrying a gun. 

The officer, along with school administration, immediately went to the student’s classroom and escorted him to the school’s office. 

The officer found a loaded .22 semi-automatic handgun in the student’s pocket while talking with him in the office. 

According to Major Brad Stanley with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department, the student is meeting with Juvenile Court counselors and it could take several hours before they decide what to do with the student.   

Update: Woman Shot, Found Dead in Road

A woman was shot to death late Sunday night in Winston-Salem.

Officers responded to the 1100 block of Waughton Street around 9:18 p.m. in reference to a shooting. Police found Taneisha Williams' body near the intersection of Waughton St. and Hoover St.
Police said it is unclear who shot Williams.

On Monday, detectives arrested Percy James Stewart, Sr., in connection with Williams' death.

Stewart was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under $500,000 bond. His court date is set for November 10.

This is the 8th homicide in Winston-Salem in 2010, compared to 12 homicides in the same time period in 2009.

Drug Trafficker Arrested, Held on $1 Million Bond

Winston-Salem police arrested a man Saturday for trafficking at least 400 grams of cocaine.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Dace Lavon Glenn, 25, of Winston-Salem, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine and maintaining a 2008 Dodge Charger for the purpose of selling drugs.

Glenn was transported to Forsyth County Jail Saturday night and held on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 4.

State Department of Corrections records show that in March 2009, Glenn was sentenced to three years' probation on drug possession charges.