Man shot and killed walking out of Club Lotus

"Greensboro Police Officers observed a disturbance in the Rail yard parking lot at the end of W. Lewis St. as patrons left Club Lotus.  As the officers approached the disturbance, they heard a gunshot and located the victim, Patrick Simmons, 19 of Ahoskie, NC, on the ground.  Officers performed first aid while awaiting EMS.  EMS transported Mr. Simmons to Moses H. Cone Hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Officers immediately developed suspect information and were able to locate and stop a vehicle leaving the scene.  Police have arrested Mr. Jermaine Marqel Couch of 704 Glendale Dr. and charged him with First Degree Murder.


At this time, investigators have not determined the reason behind the initial disturbance.  This investigation is continuing, anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Police Report

Animal Planet's Hit Television Series TANKED to Film in Greensboro


"GREENSBORO, NC -- Animal Planet's hit TV series, TANKED, will be installing a 1,000 gallon, custom-made Giant Pacific Octopus exhibit in the Greensboro Science Center's (GSC) aquarium from September 22 - 25. The installation will be filmed for a future episode of TANKED scheduled to air this fall on Animal Planet.

The stars of the show, Wayde King and Brett Raymer will unveil the new exhibit during the Center's See To Believe gala on Friday, September 25 from 7:00pm - 11:00pm. Filming for the show will continue that evening as VIP guests experience the new octopus exhibit for the first time. TANKED returns with new episodes on Friday, Sept.18 at 10/9c on Animal Planet."

- A Press Release

Police Looking for Man Who Exposed Himself to Young Girls

"GREENSBORO, NC (August 28, 2015) – Greensboro police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man who exposed his genitalia to two juveniles at a local department store last night.

The incident occurred a few minutes before 7 pm on Aug. 27 at the Target at 2701 Lawndale Drive.  The two juvenile girls were looking at school supplies when they say a man exposed his penis through his unzipped shorts and displayed it to them. The girls reported the incident to their mother who notified store personnel.

Police obtained video images of the man and the vehicle he was riding in from Target officials and are asking for anyone who can identify the man to call Crime Stoppers.

The subject is described as a white male, possibly in his late 30s, with dark hair. He was wearing eyeglasses at the time of the incident.

Police recommend that parents talk with their children and explain that it is inappropriate and unlawful for an adult to willfully expose his or private parts in a public place and in the presence of any other person. Should children witness this act, they should run away, make noise to attract attention to themselves and the suspect, and tell a trusted adult immediately. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000."

- A Press Release


102 Jamz morning show host teams up with Greensboro Police Department

B Daht with GPD Chief Wayne Scott.


Bridging the gap between cops and the community

GREENSBORO – Last week, Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin, host of the 102 Jamz morning show, “3 Live Crew,” and cast member on MTV2’s Nick Cannon presents: “Wild ‘N Out,” teamed up with the Greensboro Police Department and became a cop for the day.

Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott invited the radio personality to be the first citizen to undergo an abbreviated police training session and ride along with Officer Scott Davis to patrol the local community.

“Being exposed to a mere fraction of the situations police officers encounter daily was eye opening,” said B Daht. “Officers have about half of a second to make a decision that could alter the lives of themselves, a perpetrator, and local citizens. In addition to their obligation to protect and serve the community, they have an obligation to their families to get home safely. It’s a tough job, but I appreciate them for putting their lives on the line daily.”

“The Greensboro Police Department thoroughly enjoyed hosting B Daht as our ‘Officer for a Day’,” said Police Chief Wayne Scott. “Like many of our great citizens, he quickly learned about the many challenges police face every day as they serve the community. He was an excellent student and a fast learner. We are honored to have him join our ranks.”

Chief Scott also appeared on the 102 Jamz morning show, “3 Live Crew,” to discuss the ride along in more detail and respond to listeners who called in with a variety of questions from how extensive background checks are for being an officer to protocol for being pulled over.

Both Chief Scott and Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin hope to partner on future events that will continue to bridge the gap between the Greensboro Police Department and its community.





About Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin

Brian “B Daht” McLaughlin, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is an actor, comedian, entertainer, and radio show host. In 2009, B Daht and his colleague, Raeshard Mills, co-founded a comedic troupe known as the Freestyle Funny Comedy Show (FFCS). The FFCS consists of four comedians, including McLaughlin. B Daht is the host of WJMH 102 Jamz’s “3 Live Crew” Morning Show, where he leads a team of two other co-hosts. He also is a cast member on MTV2’s highest rated show, Nick Cannon presents: “Wild n Out.” McLaughlin is a devoted husband and father of two, beautiful children.

About Greensboro Police Department

The Greensboro Police Department is comprised of 785 sworn and non-sworn employees dedicated to the mission of partnering to fight crime for a safer Greensboro. We believe that effectively fighting crime requires everyone's effort.

On November 9, 1986, the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies awarded accredited status to GPD, making it the first law enforcement agency in North Carolina to be accredited. The process of self-examination and assessment by independent assessors served to strengthen all areas of the department and placed GPD in the forefront of police professionalism.

The department strives to be a national model for exceptional policing through our commitment to excellence, selfless public service, and effective community partnerships.  To find out more, visit www.gsopd.org.

- a press release

Miss Babe Ruth’s Retirement Party To Be a Red Carpet Night Grasshoppers will honor batgirl Saturday, Aug. 29

"(Greensboro, NC)  Fans will be met with glitz and glam as they approach NewBride Bank Park on SATURDAY, AUG 29. The night of celebration and commemoration will honor our legendary bat girl Miss Babe Ruth.  The red carpet affair centers on the Lifetime Achievement Award, being awarded to the local icon.

The Greensboro Grasshopper players will wear limited edition tuxedo jerseys and the first 1,500 guests will receive limited edition coasters with Babe’s retirement seal.  Search lights, paparazzi, spotlights, red carpets and more will make the evening a night to remember.

Gates open at 6:00 p.m.  Pre-game and in game festivities are planned for the red carpet event.  The post- game tribute will be a must see for all.

“It’s kind of sad to see Babe’s career coming to an end, so we want to send her off in a very special way,” said Donald Moore, the Grasshoppers President and General Manager, and also Babe’s owner. “She’s been such a huge part of our team and community that hopefully folks will want to come out and see her at least one more time.”
        
Since making her debut on August 2, 2006, Miss Babe Ruth has become the face of the franchise. She enjoys fetching bats, taking baseballs to the umpires and running the bases following Hoppers home games. Over the past several years, she has received increased recognition from both the Greensboro and national community.

“When we sent her retirement release this past April, I had no idea that there would be so much reaction but I guess she has become such an icon and a legend,” Moore said. “It’s hard to believe time’s gone by this quickly because it seems like just yesterday she was a little pup coming back from the trainer.”

Miss Babe Ruth will officially conclude her career Wednesday, Sept. 2, having appeared in 649 consecutive games. Her brother, Master Yogi Berra, and her niece, Miss Lou Lou Gehrig, will carry on the family tradition of entertaining Grasshoppers fans.


The Greensboro Grasshoppers encourage fans to support Miss Babe Ruth by cheering her on at the game Saturday, Aug. 29. For ticket information, please call 336-268-2255 or go to www.gsohoppers.com."

- A Press Release

U.S. Masters Chess Championship to be Held August 27-30 in Greensboro



WHAT: Tournament play for 2015 Greensboro Chess Festival begins tomorrow! The U.S. Masters Chess Championships begin Thursday, August 27th. One of the United States’ top chess tournaments, the U.S. Masters features the U.S. Open Champion Alexander Shabalov, as well as 28 players with the title of Grand Master or International Master, the two highest titles in chess, competing for more than $17,000 in prize money. Players from 14 different nations will compete in the event, being held at the Embassy Suites Hotel located at 204 Centreport Dr. in Greensboro. Attendance for spectators, which will run through August 31st, is free.

Play begins with the first round on Thursday, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Tournament play continues over the weekend with rounds at noon – 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and also from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday. The final round will be held during the final session Sunday evening.


WHERE:        Embassy Suites Hotel
                        204 Centreport Drive
                        Greensboro, N.C., 27409

WHEN:          Thursday, Aug. 27th:    7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                        Friday, August 28th:     12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                            7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                        Saturday, August 29th: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                            7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                        Sunday, August 30th:   12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                            7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
                     
INFO: The 2015 Greensboro Chess Festival is being held August 22-31, 2015 at locations throughout Greensboro. Sponsored by The YMCA of Greensboro and VF Corporation, with additional sponsorships from the Greensboro Chess Club, Bank of North Carolina, The City of Greensboro, Cemela Corporation, the Greensboro Symphony and Stearns Financial, the Greensboro Chess Festival features a series of events designed to educate and expose adults and children to the game of chess. Chess has been shown to improve reading and math skills and expand strategic thinking important to other athletic sports and life in general. The festival culminates August 27-31 with the U.S. Masters Chess Championship, the North Carolina Open on August 28th, and the North Carolina Scholastic Open on August 29th.

- a press release

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Celebrates 10 Years




BURNSVILLE – The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, which encompasses more than 50 open and ticketed events, takes place Sept. 10-12 in downtown Burnsville.
            This year’s theme is “Our Earth … Our Time … Our Space.” All authors and presenters relate in some way to this earth-based focus. About 25 writers will participate, representing a variety of genres, such as fiction, nonfiction, memoir, art and poetry.
The festival began in 2006 and celebrates its 10th year by releasing a special anthology of authors who have appeared at the event. The book, titled Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Anthology: A Celebration of Ten Festivals, is $15 and will be sold exclusively at the festival.
            The festivities begin Thursday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. with the world premiere screening of First in Forestry: Carl Schenck and The Biltmore Forest School. The documentary, produced by Paul Bonesteel of Bonesteel Films in Asheville, examines the impact that America’s first forestry school had on our nation.
            On Friday, workshops, readings, discussions and signings begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. A ticketed banquet follows at 7 p.m. with keynote speaker Jay Erskine Leutze, author of Stand Up That Mountain. Leutze wrote the book about his experience working with a community to protect land along the Appalachian Trail from a mining company.
Workshops and sessions continue Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Author Marci Spencer leads a midday hike to Green Knob Fire Tower to discuss her book, Pisgah National Forest: A History. The closing event, “In Conversation with Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett,” is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Kingsolver received the National Humanities Medal in 2000. Patchett is an award-winning author of six novels and three books of nonfiction.
            “The diversity of the authors who come makes the festival special,” says Kathy Weisfeld, program chair. “Authors say it is the friendliest festival they attend. They read, go to other sessions and mingle with the attendees.”
            Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is headquartered at Burnsville Town Center, but events take place throughout town. For the complete list of participating authors and schedule of events, visit www.cmlitfest.org. For lodging info, go to www.ExploreBurnsville.com.
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- a press release

Clay Howard to release new single, “Bottle Down” on September 18 Release date marks the 20th anniversary of singer’s sobriety

"Greensboro, NC, August 21, 2015Long Time North Carolina musician Clay Howard today announced a new single, "Bottle Down," to be released on September 18, 2015.

The date was chosen to mark the 20th anniversary of sobriety for the singer, and the song matches the event.

“I wrote the song as part of a songwriting group I am in. The challenge was to write about an event that changed your life,” said Clay Howard. “My producer, Brynn, and I were working on some other tunes at the same time and he said he wanted to work on a rocker, so out came this little tune called “Bottle Down. Clay continued, "When I realized that the 20th anniversary of my quitting drinking was just around the corner- I thought releasing the song would be a great way to celebrate that event.”

“Bottle Down” will be available at all online outlets on September 18, but a teaser clip of the song can be heard here now: https://youtu.be/6mqAK2XfY4k  

The single will also be a part of Clay's new EP to be released in late Fall/ Winter 2015.

Clay released the 10 song collection entitled, Who the Hell is Clay Howard, in the spring of 2015.The album spent 6 weeks in the Top 15 best sellers in classic rock on Amazon. It is available at all the usual online retailers, as well as via either of Clay's websites: www.clayhoward.com or www.thesilveralerts.com."

- A Press Release