Morning News Briefs: Tuesday, January 7th, 2020
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Snow In The Forecast For High Country Tuesday
The High Country is under a winter weather advisory and a high wind watch with snow in the forecast for Tuesday.
The National Weather Service in Blacksburg, Va. says a vigorous upper-level disturbance will move across the region. In the mountains, where temperatures will be below freezing, that will bring snow to some areas.
The Boone vicinity is expected to see accumulations of one to three inches, but some areas in the High Country could get up to four.
It will be a relatively quick storm. What will start in the northwest North Carolina mountains is expected to end late in the afternoon.
Daughter Of Late Redistricting Guru Reveals More Of His Work
Thousands of formerly confidential documents and emails held by a late Republican redistricting consultant have been made public in North Carolina.
The documents belonging to Thomas Hofeller were posted on a website by his daughter over the weekend. Stephanie Hofeller says she found the files while visiting her parents' North Carolina home in 2018 shortly after her father's death.
All of the documents made their way to plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit accusing Republicans of partisan gerrymandering when redrawing state legislative districts. A small number were used by the lawyers, while the rest had been deemed confidential until recently.
Mexican Agency Assists Winston-Salem Police In Kidnapping Case
Authorities in Winston-Salem have requested help from the Mexican Consulate in the effort to find a man who police say was kidnapped during a December home invasion.
Winston-Salem Police Capt. Steven Tollie said at a news conference that 21-year-old Diego Daniel Quintero Fregozo was last seen Dec. 16 being forcefully removed from a home that is suspected to have been involved in illegal drug activity. Police officials said three others, including a 15-year-old, were tied up and assaulted.
Tollie told news outlets on Monday the department is working with Mexican officials to locate a family member of Fregozo.
Downtown Winston-Salem Roadway To Permanently Close
A downtown Winston-Salem roadway is set to permanently close to make way for new development.
The Winston-Salem City Council voted Monday to close and abandon Brookstown Avenue off West Second Street and North Broad Street.
The closure was requested by Brookstown Development Partners. The firm is planning to build a multi-million dollar apartment complex known as The Easley on the site. The project also includes new pedestrian walkways and a small park.
One resident spoke in opposition to the closure, saying public spaces shouldn’t be closed for private use. John Larson was the only council member to vote against the plan.
Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines told WFDD the street will close when construction begins, as soon as later this year.
Good Samaritan Stops Man Accused Of Trying To Kidnap Girl
A good Samaritan stopped a man who police say attempted to kidnap an 8-year-old girl inside a Greensboro restaurant.
55-year-old Timothy Jon Fry tried to grab and take the girl as she came out of the restaurant's bathroom last month.
Police say another customer confronted Fry and he let go of the girl and left the restaurant. The customer took pictures of Fry and his truck as he drove away. Police say those photos helped them identify the suspect and arrest him.