Authorities raid illegal casino in Greensboro
GREENSBORO — Authorities raided an illegal casino Friday, according to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
Federal, state and local authorities seized currency, documents and several illegal slot machines from R and R Business Center.
The business office in Randolph County was also raided.
Guilford County Sheriff Danny Rogers was at the raid and asked ALE’s Gaming Section to help with the investigation after receiving numerous complaints from the community. Felony charges are expected.
The investigation is ongoing.
Burlington man faces murder charge
BURLINGTON — A 56-year-old Burlington man has been charged with first-degree murder in the Friday afternoon shooting death of a 49-year-old woman he was dating, police said.
Officers responded at 4:10 p.m. to a reported shooting in the East Village shopping center parking lot at 2459 N. Church St, according to a police news release. They found Rocio Gonzalez, address unknown, lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds, police said. She was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Jose Ramon Pedraza of 1051 Wyatt Road was charged in her death and is being held without bail in the Alamance County Jail.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at 336-229-3500 or Alamance County-Wide Crimestoppers at 336-229-7100.
Police arrest 3rd suspect
in woman’s slaying
MONROE — A third suspect has been arrested in the killing of a North Carolina mother who was fatally shot during a botched home invasion.
The Charlotte Observer reports that 30-year-old Kristen Chambers has been charged by the Monroe Police Department in North Carolina with conspiracy to commit burglary and being an accessory to first-degree murder in the July 12 killing of 29-year-old Lucero Sosa Capote.
Chambers, a resident of Marshville, was jailed on a $500,000 bond.
Capote was a married mother of five children.
Police previously charged 25-year-old Byron Blair Watkins and 19-year-old Antwan David Sturdivant in Capote’s murder. Police arrested Watkins in Cayce, S.C., after a two-day manhunt.
Groups advise tenants
to get legal aid
CHARLOTTE — Legal advocacy groups are advising residents of a North Carolina apartment complex that’s closing to seek service before signing any documents.
The North Carolina Justice Center and Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy say residents of Lake Arbor Apartments who have been told to move out; asked to sign a release or been offered an incentive package from the company can call 919-856-2169 for free legal advice.
The Charlotte Observer reports tenants are being told they must leave within months or even weeks. The residents typically pay rent of below $900 a month, but the apartments had cleanliness and safety problems, including rats and unsafe wiring.
The property owner’s attorney has told the Observer it’s too expensive to improve the apartments in phases, prompting the decision to remove all residents by Dec. 31.