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A Winston-Salem man was charged with felonious cruelty to animals on Wednesday for allegedly allowing a dog to starve and die during the extremely cold weather the area experienced in early January.

Hiram Renard Goins Jr., 29, of New Walkertown Road, was charged with the felony after he allegedly allowed a pit bull dog to “starve and wither away” in sub-freezing temperatures while tethered, causing the dog’s death.

According to the warrant, the dog’s death took place sometime between Jan. 3 and Jan. 4. According to weather records at the National Weather Service office in Raleigh, the high at Piedmont Triad International Airport on Jan. 3 was 30 degrees and the low was 12.

Authorities set a secured bond amount of $10,000 on Goins’ release. Forsyth County Jail officials said Goins was not in custody Wednesday night.

A Winston-Salem man was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon on Wednesday after he allegedly used a handgun to threaten a woman and take almost $8,000 in cash from her on Nov. 26, 2017, according to a warrant on file at the Forsyth County Magistrate’s Office.

Michael Johnson McMillan, 23, of Page Street, was charged with the alleged robbery of the woman on that date.

According to the warrant, McMillan used a handgun to threaten the woman and take $7,964.58 from her.

McMillan was placed in the Forsyth County Jail with bond set at $45,000. He has a court appearance scheduled for March 1.

UNC system President Margaret Spellings and the UNC Board of Governors will visit Winston-Salem State University on April 4.

Spellings was originally scheduled to visit WSSU on Jan. 31, but a widespread power outage that affected much of the campus the day before her visit caused the rescheduling.

A final itinerary for the visit has not been set yet, said Jay Davis, a spokesman with the university.

Two people were injured following an altercation at Ambercrest Apartments on Tuesday night, police said.

Officers were called to the 5100 block of Ambercrest Drive about 7:45 p.m. about a shooting. A man reported to police he was inside his apartment when a person broke in and demanded items from the apartment and cash at gunpoint, police said.

When the victim refused, the robber hit him in the head and fled on foot, police said.

The victim told police he then got his own handgun and went outside to confront the robber and the pair exchanged gunfire in the parking lot. Several parked cars and apartments were struck by bullets, police said.

While law enforcement was at the apartment complex, a person arrived at an area hospital for gunshot wounds that are not life-threatening, police said.

A man walked into the convenience store at 653 Akron Drive about 7:55 p.m., police said. Showing a handgun to the clerk, the man demanded money from the register.

After getting an undisclosed amount of cash the robber left the store on foot heading north, police said.

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that a bill on his desk fixing an upcoming public school class-size dilemma and expanding fully pre-kindergarten for at-risk children will become law next month.

But the Democrat decided to neither veto nor sign the bill because of other items attached to it by the Republican-controlled legislature. Those provisions targeted Cooper by altering the state elections board composition — currently the focus of litigation — and a natural gas pipeline agreement that has the governor dismissing GOP allegations of conflicts of interest.

RALEIGH — A daughter of former four-term North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt now also wants to serve in Raleigh by getting elected to the state legislature.

Rachel Hunt is one of Jim and Carolyn Hunt’s four children. Jim Hunt was first elected governor in 1976 and served through 1984. He then was elected to two more four-year terms through 2000.

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