Yadkin, Davie men get prison terms

A federal judge in Greensboro sentenced a Yadkin County man and a Davie County man to prison Wednesday after they pleaded guilty to federal drug offenses, authorities said Friday.

Judge Catherine C. Eagles of U.S. District Court sentenced Alfredo Arias Bello, 53, of Yadkinville to five years in prison and Rodolfo Vargas-Benitez, 37, of Mocksville to six years in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement. Bello and Vargas-Benitez pleaded guilty to distributing 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in Rowan and Yadkin counties in 2018.

Bello is accused of selling 9.5 ounces of meth to an undercover drug officer from January through April last year, the Justice Department said. Vargas-Benitez is accused of possessing a small amount of meth and storing meth in a vehicle in June 2018.

Eagles also placed Bello and Vargas-Benitez on supervised parole after they complete their prison terms, the Justice Department said.

John Hinton

Shots hit unoccupied home

Police were on the scene Saturday afternoon of a reported shooting in Winston-Salem, according to WGHP/Fox 8, the Journal’s newsgathering partner.

The shooting happened in the 1000 block of North Cameron Avenue near New Walkertown Road. No injuries were reported.

The shots hit a home on the street, which was not occupied during the incident.

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School board to meet on superintendent hunt

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The board will go in closed session to discuss the ongoing search for a superintendent, which is considered confidential personnel matters.

The meeting will be held in the WS/FCS Education Building at 4801 Bethania Station Road in Winston-Salem.

Fran Daniel

Coastal Carolina celebrates black bear

PLYMOUTH — An annual festival celebrating the black bear that’s plentiful in coastal North Carolina is being held for the fifth year.

The North Carolina Black Bear Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday in Plymouth, a town of about 3,800 people that could hold as many as 30,000 this weekend.

Organizers say coastal North Carolina has the world’s largest black bears.

Organizer Tom Harrison says attendance has grown from 7,000 visitors the first year to about 30,000. Last year, he says, people from 18 states and four foreign countries attended the festival.

This year, the festival will feature more than 30 educational and bear-themed activities, including an area where visitors can make their own bears.

Charlotte police officer charged

CHARLOTTE — Detectives with a North Carolina police department have charged a police officer with false imprisonment.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say in a news release on Friday that the detectives were notified last Friday that 26-year-old Officer Joseph Carranti was involved in a domestic-related incident while he was off duty. According to the investigators, Carranti intentionally and unlawfully restrained an unidentified person without their consent.

Police said detectives presented the case to a magistrate, and a warrant was issued. Carranti was then arrested.

Also, police said a Mecklenburg County District Court judge granted a domestic violence order, which prevents Carranti from having any contact with the victim for 10 days.

Carranti, a four-year veteran who works with the department’s DWI task force, is on unpaid administrative leave.

Police: Man died trying to stop fight

Police in North Carolina have filed charges against a man who they say shot another man trying to break up a fight at an intersection.

High Point police said in a news release that investigators determined the brother of 38-year-old Rayshun Terry had been involved in the fight he was trying to stop early Friday.

Investigators said the suspect fired multiple shots into a crowd which had gathered in the road, and one of the shots hit Terry, who died at a local hospital.

The U.S. Marshals Joint Fugitive Task Force arrested 19-year-old Cinciere Turner and charged him with first-degree murder.

Turner was to be taken before a magistrate on Friday for a bond hearing and a court date. It’s not known if he has an attorney.

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