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Neighbors deal with speeding issues in Greensboro neighborhood

GREENSBORO, N.C. - It's not that hard to miss. It's covered in red, has eight sides and is at the corner of Cascade and Watagua drives. However, Officer A.D. Reed says some drivers still fail to see the stop sign and abide by this rule to come to a complete stop. → Read More

Off-duty firefighters help rescue a woman from Burlington apartment fire

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Every day is different for Robert Layton and Andy Koczak. "Another day in the life you know," said Layton, who is a Carrboro firefighter. Their full-time job consist of battling scorching flames as firemen. → Read More

Mother of man killed in Greensboro double homicide speaks out

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The pain of losing one child is almost unbearable for Lakesha Johnson. "I don't want to lose any more kids to Greensboro streets," she said. "I'm sad that I'm not going to see or talk to my baby again". → Read More

Groups working to curb stray, feral cat problem in the Triad

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Dozens of city and county neighborhoods all have the same problem: stray and feral cats roaming the streets and living around homes. The Davidson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control unit just rescued 15 from a house on Turner Road. → Read More

Reidsville man dies after being crushed by falling tree

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – It was an alarming knock at the door for Daryl Chapman around noon on Sunday. He lives on Cart Drive just one mile down the dirt road where investigators say a tree came crashing down on a 24-year-old and took his life. → Read More

One week after drowning, emergency officials pass out life safety vests

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Wildlife officials are making it their mission to make sure safety comes first. This comes after 22-year-old Taylor Hepler drowned in High Rock Lake after falling off a personal watercraft one week ago. Investigators say he wasn't wearing a life jacket at the time -- a good reminder safety experts want us all to remember this summer. → Read More

Officials promote water safety after drowning at High Rock Lake last week

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Wildlife officials are making it their mission to make sure safety comes first after the drowning at High Rock Lake last week. Taylor Hepler, 22, drowned after falling off a personal watercraft one week ago. → Read More

Western Alamance High softball equipment vandalized

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. -- Scott Bell knows what it's like to dust yourself off after being down but not out. He instilled this mindset for the past three years as the Western Alamance High School softball head coach. → Read More

Local firefighters help with evacuations in Hawaii

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- What was once a friendly neighborhood in Hawaii is now a field filled with oozing lava. It was a heart wrenching sight for Greensboro Fire Department Captain Joel Wood -- one that he'll never forget. Wood is part of the A-team. → Read More

Community speaks after 22-year-old killed in watercraft crash on High Rock Lake

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- There was a wave of emotions in Buddle Creek on Sunday as boats hit the water and fisherman filled the docks. "Especially in a place where I call home down here," said Tommy Leonard who enjoys his Sunday afternoon near the water. → Read More

Thomasville business owner who was stabbed by bank robbery suspect speaks to FOX8

THOMASVILLE, N.C. – A Thomasville business owner who was stabbed by a bank robbery suspect after a police chase has been released from the hospital. Wes Anderson was released from the hospital Friday and spoke to FOX8 about the incident. → Read More

Multiple bear sightings have been reported in Forsyth County in the last few days

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Multiple bear sightings have been reported in Forsyth County within the last few days. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office says it has received seven bear sighting calls, the latest being shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday. → Read More

Police warn drivers to be careful after razor blade found taped to gas pump in Archdale

ARCHDALE, N.C. – Police are now encouraging drivers to double check the gas pump handle before filling up. Officers encountered a razor blade at the BP Gas Station on Main Street Saturday afternoon. That's when store manager Patricia Breese started to be skeptical. → Read More

Crews continue to investigate fire at Elk Furniture Plant in Lexington

LEXINGTON, N.C. – It took a matter of seconds for firefighters to jump into action. Chief Phillip Hartley said they arrived at the Elk Furniture Plant Saturday morning just after 9 a.m. and immediately saw heavy smoke and flames shooting through the roof. → Read More

Fire caused by lawnmower destroys home in Davidson County

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- Firefighters responded to a fire ripping through a home on Friendship-Ledford Road Thursday afternoon. The smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. "I would say at least 50 to 60 feet in the air," said Fire Marshal Jacob Thompson. → Read More

Vigil held for woman killed during robbery in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Dozens of family members and friends came together to celebrate the life a woman they loved dearly Wednesday. Between 50 to 60 people showed up at Northeast Guilford High School to pay tribute to Pamela Hooks. → Read More

‘Suspicious’ apartment fire that displaced 13 people in Winston-Salem may be arson

WINSTON SALEM, N.C. – Police believe the apartment fire in Winston-Salem that displaced 23 people on Saturday morning could be arson. Officers were called to Salem Gardens Apartments at 23 Salem Gardens Dr., Apt. D in reference to a housebreaking call shortly after 6:30 a.m. Saturday. → Read More

Man speaks out after being victim of road rage in Davidson County

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A man is speaking out after being the victim of road rage in Davidson County. Jacob Greenleaf was driving on Old Highway 52 around 1 a.m. Friday. He just dropped off his friend and was on his way home. → Read More

City leaders to take closer look at Summit Avenue apartments after fatal fire

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It took a tragedy to make a group of refugees feel empowered enough to make their voices heard. This comes after five kids died following an apartment fire on Summit Avenue Saturday morning. Their concerns were heard Wednesday night when they met with city officials. → Read More

Alive After Five music concert kicks off Lexington summer concerts

LEXINGTON, N.C. -- The Lexington Chamber of Commerce expects a huge turnout for their Alive After Five music concert. "Between 500 and 1,000 people here tonight," said Lexington Chamber of Commerce CEO Kent Beck said. This event kicks off their summer concerts. → Read More