Three sought in armed robbery at Village Tavern

Winston-Salem Police responded early Sunday morning to a report of an armed robbery at the Village Tavern restaurant at 2000 Griffith Road, off Hanes Mall Boulevard.

According to the WSPD, officers were told by business personnel that three male suspects in black clothing and wearing black ski masks entered the business shortly about 12:36 a.m., coming in through the rear kitchen door.

They went to the office area while brandishing handguns, according to the police, and demanded cash. The suspects were given an undisclosed amount of money before leaving through the rear door. No injuries were reported.

The Winston-Salem Police Department request that anyone with information regarding this incident contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800. CrimeStoppers may also be contacted via “CrimeStoppers of Winston-Salem Forsyth County” on Facebook.

Tim Clodfelter

Man wins big lottery prize for a second time

MORGANTON — Lottery luck has smiled on a North Carolina man for the second time in seven years.

Donald Hildebran won $250,000 after buying four 20X The Cash scratch-off tickets at a convenience store in Morganton on Tuesday, the North Carolina Education Lottery said in a news release.

It wasn’t the first time Hildebran has hit it big in the lottery. In 2013, he won $200,000 in the Extreme Cash game.

Hildebran, a retiree from Connelly Springs, told lottery officials he spent some of his first prize on a beach trip and plans to do the same with his new prize.

“I’m going fishing,” he told lottery officials. “I’m going to the beach!”

He claimed his prize on Wednesday, taking home $176,876 after taxes, according to the release.

The game launched the day Hildebran won. Five top prizes of $250,000 remain.

Body found near N.C. highway intersection

CLAYTON — Police in North Carolina are investigating after a body was found near the intersection of North Carolina Highway 42 and Interstate 40.

Johnston County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jeff Caldwell told WRAL-TV that the body was found on Saturday.

Officials said a large homeless population is located near where the body was found. Early indications are that there was no foul play.

The sheriff’s office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol are investigating the death.

The Associated Press

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