City Edition February 2017

Police Seeking Information on Unsolved 2015 Homicides
Vote for Winston-Salem’s Great Places Nominees
City Black History Month Events Scheduled
“Cops vs. Docs” Charity Hockey Game Scheduled for Feb. 11
Mayor Seeks Applicants for Advisory Panels
Winston-Salem Motorcycle Officers to Offer Free Motorcycle Skills Training
Community Development Director Announces Retirement
Council Member Adams Appointed to the NLC Committee

Police Seeking Information on Unsolved 2015 Homicides

The Winston-Salem Police Department is hoping to get new investigative leads in five unsolved homicides from 2015 with an Internet advertising campaign focused on selected areas of Winston-Salem. Police are looking for new leads in the unsolved homicides of Marcus T. Covington on June 6, 2015; Rayshawn L. Hickson on July 25, 2015; Kendrick “Rocco” Smith on Aug. 9, 2015; Jonathan Rosales on Sept. 14, 2015; and Johnnie Mae Crockett on Oct. 4, 2015.

The core of the campaign consists of advertisements on Facebook that feature a 10-minute video about the homicides. The advertisements will appear on Facebook pages of men and women ages 18 to 30 who live in the zip codes where the five homicides occurred. READ MORE

Vote for Winston-Salem’s Great Places Nominees

City leaders are encouraging all citizens to show their community spirit by voting for Winston-Salem’s nominees in two categories of the 2017 Great Places in North Carolina Awards. The renovation of the Reynolds Building into a hotel, restaurant and apartments is a finalist in the Great Historic Rehabilitation category, and Salem Square is a finalist in the Great Public Space category. The awards are sponsored by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Voting is now open and will end at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Each person may vote once every 24 hours for each category. In order to discourage vote hacking, a Facebook account is required to vote. Links to the voting pages are posted at READ MORE

City Black History Month Events Scheduled

The city’s Police, Fire, Human Relations and Recreation and Parks departments will hold events during February to mark Black History Month. On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Police and Fire departments will honor select retirees, and the winners of the Black History Month coloring and essay contests, during the 4th annual Public Safety Black History Month Celebration. The celebration will be held at 3 p.m. at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 4129 Northampton Drive, Winston-Salem. The public is invited.

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Human Relations Department will hold its 5th annual Black History Month Showcase of Song at 12:30 p.m. in the James A. Gray Auditorium of the Old Salem Visitor’s Center, 900 Old Salem Road. READ MORE

“Cops vs. Docs” Charity Hockey Game Scheduled for Feb. 11

The Police Department will have its annual “Cops vs. Docs” ice hockey game to benefit Special Olympics Forsyth County at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Fairgrounds Annex. A team of Triad law enforcement officers and local players will play a team of doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. There will also be door prizes and activities for children. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Special Olympics athletes will receive free admission.

Mayor Seeks Applicants for Advisory Panels

Mayor Allen Joines is accepting applications from city residents interested in serving on the Minority/Women’s Business Enterprise Advisory Committee, the Citizens’ Police Review Board, the Community Agency Allocation Committee, the Commission on Ending Homelessness, the Human Relations Commission, the Public Assembly Facilities Commission and the Zoning Board of Adjustment Application forms are available through the Boards and Commissions link at, or by calling the Mayor’s Office at 727-2058. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 10 for consideration during Feb. 20 meeting of the City Council. READ MORE

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Winston-Salem Motorcycle Officers to Offer Free Motorcycle Skills Training

Police officers assigned to the Winston-Salem Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit will hold free motorcycle rider skills training in March, April and June as part of the BikeSafe NC initiative to improve motorcycle safety. The day-long training includes classroom sessions and on-the-road skills assessment and coaching.

Rider Skills Days in Winston-Salem are scheduled for March 17, April 21 and June 16. Additional days may be scheduled. Space is limited. For more information and to register go to

Community Development Director Announces Retirement

After serving for more than 31 years as the community development director for the city of Winston-Salem, D. Ritchie Brooks has announced his retirement effective Dec. 1, 2017. Over the course of his career, Brooks has been instrumental in the city’s transition to a pro-active approach toward neighborhood services and community development. During his tenure, the department received three Department of Housing and Urban Development John J. Gunther Blue Ribbon Best Practices Awards for Program Requirements, Suitable Living Environment and Decent Housing. READ MORE

Council Member Adams Appointed to NLC Committee

Council Member Denise D. Adams has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2017 Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC’s federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal bonds and capital finance, municipal management, antitrust issues, citizen participation and civil rights, labor relations, Native American sovereignty and municipal authority. READ MORE

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Allen Joines

City Council
Vivian H. Burke, Mayor Pro Tempore
Denise D. Adams
Dan Besse
Robert C. Clark
John C. Larson
Jeff MacIntosh
Derwin L. Montgomery
James Taylor, Jr.

City Manager
Lee D. Garrity

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