Month: September 2017

Wake Forest man charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

Wake Forest Police have arrested and charged a 46-year-old man with having child pornography images on his personal computer.

Earlier today, Delston Sean Suggs, 3010 Charles Forest Road, Apt. 10, turned himself into police and was charged with three counts of second degree exploitation of a minor.

He is currently being held in the Wake County Detention Center.

The investigation is ongoing.

UPDATE: Argentine Tegus (not Gila monsters) reportedly on the loose in Bowling Green

UPDATE: Wake County Animal Control has confirmed that the lizards on the loose in Bowling Green, which were initially reported to be Gila monsters, are in fact non-venomous Argentine Tegus.

According to Wake County officials, a Wake Forest resident captured a photo of one of the lizards and sent it to Wake County Animal Control, which forwarded it to a local veterinarian who specializes in reptiles. The veterinarian identified the lizard as an Argentine Tegu, which are not venomous and pose no danger to the public.

However, the Argentine Tegu cannot survive cold weather. Any that remain loose need to be captured and placed back into captivity. Anyone who spots one is urged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-856-6911.

The information below was released on Sept. 29 at 9:24 am

The Wake Forest Police Department has learned that three Gila monsters recently escaped from a residence in the Bowling Green subdivision. No police report was filed concerning this incident, but several area residents have reported seeing the escapees on social media.

According to the National Park Service, Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards in the world. However, they move very slowly and will first try to escape if a predator comes near. They bite only as a last resort. Although the bite is painful to humans, it is rarely fatal.

Most human bites occur when someone purposely aggravates or tries to handle a Gila monster. If left alone, they are harmless.

Anyone who spots one of the lizards is encouraged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-856-6911.

Gila monsters reportedly on the loose in Bowling Green

The Wake Forest Police Department has learned that three Gila monsters recently escaped from a residence in the Bowling Green subdivision. No police report was filed concerning this incident, but several area residents have reported seeing the escapees on social media.

According to the National Park Service, Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizards in the world. However, they move very slowly and will first try to escape if a predator comes near. They bite only as a last resort. Although the bite is painful to humans, it is rarely fatal.

Most human bites occur when someone purposely aggravates or tries to handle a Gila monster. If left alone, they are harmless.

Anyone who spots one of the lizards is encouraged to call Wake County Animal Control at 919-856-6911.

Truck is stuck on train tracks on Brick Street

UPDATE: The truck has been removed and the roadway is now open.

An 18-wheeler is stuck on the railroad tracks on Brick Street in the vicinity of North White Street.

Wake Forest Police are on the scene and have advised the railroad company to hold all train traffic until the truck can be towed off the tracks.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area and take an alternate route.

Traffic Alert – North Taylor Street, South Main Street & East Jones Avenue

Beginning Monday, Oct. 2, through Wednesday, Oct. 4, drivers should expect delays along the following roads from 9a.m.-6 p.m. each day:

  • 700 block of North Taylor Street

  • 1200 block of South Main Street

  • 500 block of East Jones Avenue

Weather permitting, Froheling & Robertson, Inc., a private contractor working on behalf of the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, will at various times reduce these roads to one lane with intermittent two-way traffic, so crews can sample soil and rock in advance of water and sewer line installations.

Signage and flaggers will be in place to safely direct traffic through the work areas. Delays are expected, so motorists are urged to avoid these areas if possible and take an alternate route.

For more information, contact Town Engineer Eric Keravuori at 919-435-9441 or ekeravuori@wakeforestnc.gov.

To receive email notifications concerning road closures and traffic alerts in Wake Forest, sign up for E-Notifier at www.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

The Town of Wake Forest provides this information as a public service. Planned road closures and restrictions are necessary to allow for a variety of work. Motorists are encouraged to use the information to help plan their route and move safely through the work area. Weather and unforeseen circumstances occasionally prevent work from being completed as scheduled and make it unsafe to reopen lanes or streets when planned. When this occurs, town staff works with contractors to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and reduce impacts to the traveling public.

When traveling through a construction area, drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians are asked to be patient, proceed with caution, and obey flaggers at all times. Drivers should get in the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. Drivers are also urged to double their following distances.

Inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festival is Saturday

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Wake Forest Arts to present the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festivalon Saturday, Sept. 30, at E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road.

This free event will feature national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community and beyond, including Greensboro’s Theatre of Movement, Durham’s Gaspard & Dancers and Renay Aumiller Dances, and Charlotte’s Movement Migration. Several former dancers with the Martha Graham Dance Company and Carolina Ballet will also participate.The event will also showcase local rising advanced dance performers from Dance Attic, Destiny Dance Institute, Franklin Academy, Get in 5th Productions, Wake Forest Academy of Fine Arts, and Meredith College.

The Sept. 30 festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with an educational “Technical Rehearsal,” followed by the “Tour in Motion” from 1-4 p.m.

During the day, mini dance performances, showcasing various dance styles, will take place in select areas of Joyner Park.Genres will include classical ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz and world.

The event will culminatewith the “Festival Concert” from 5-6:30 p.m. The staged performance will include a presentation of the iconic and celebrated solo “Lamentation.” Choreographed by Martha Graham, the dance will be performed by guest artist Miki Orihara. The Festival will also feature “Serenata Morisca” a solo choreographed in 1916 by the modern dance pioneer Ted Shaw, which will be performed by Masha Dashkina Maddux.

The Wake Forest Dance Festival will pay tribute to long-time Wake Forest dance instructor Elizabeth “Betty” Hunt Holding and her dance legacy. Having studied ballet under famed Russian choreographer George Balanchine and performed with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, Holding arrived in Wake Forest in the 1940s. She opened Wake Forest’s most historic dance studio, The Holding School of Dance, in her home where she taught dance to students for more than 30 years until her death in 2007. Continuing the legacy of her great grandmother, Millie Kerr will perform to celebrate the lineage of dance of the Holding family and the Wake Forest dance community.

For more information about the Wake Forest Dance Festival, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “dance festival” or contact Wake Forest Arts’ Pamela Stevens at pamelastevens313@yahoo.com.

Monday is National Night Out

The Wake Forest Police Department (WFPD) is encouraging area residents, neighborhood groups and homeowners’ associations to show their support for police-community crime prevention partnerships by attending this year’s National Night Out (NNO) on Monday, Oct. 2.

The WFPD is marking this special occasion by hosting a National Night Out “Parking Lot Party” from 5-7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

The free event promises something for everyone, including a DJ, food and special prizes, and fire, police, and EMS vehicle displays, along with a variety of booths highlighting crime prevention and safety.

Wake Forest Police officers will be on hand distributing information on topics such as vehicle security, home security, and personal safety. The police department will also offer a K-9 demonstration and D.A.R.E. presentation and share information on Neighborhood Watch, Special Olympics and much more.

NNO teams law enforcement agencies with citizens, community leaders, civic groups and local businesses to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods. The NNO observance is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

NNO is offered nationally on the first Tuesday in August, but the Wake Forest Police Department schedules its event in the fall to take advantage of cooler temperatures.

For more information on National Night Out, visit wakeforestnc.gov and search “National Night Out” or contact Officer Scott Grahamat 919-761-3132 or sgraham@wakeforestnc.gov.

Taylor Street Park Sprayground to close Saturday for end of season

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources (PRCR) Department will close the Taylor Street Park Sprayground for the season Saturday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m.

The sprayground will reopen in May 2018.

Located at 416 N. Taylor St., Wake Forest’s first sprayground is adynamic, zero-depth aquatic play area that provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. The sprayground combines the sensations of different water movements – flowing, misting, and jetting – with diverse features for an unequaled aquatic play adventure.

For more information, contact the PRCR Department at 919-435-9560.

Buy one ticket, get a second ticket free for Miki Orihara’s performance at Renaissance Centre

International dancer Miki Orihara will present two professional modern dance performances at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre on Friday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Advance tickets for each performance are $10 plus tax for adults and $8 plus tax for students and seniors. As a special offer, call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458, buy one ticket over the phone and get the second ticket free. Please note: Anyone who has already purchased a ticket, will be offered a second ticket free.

A principal dancer in the Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City, Orihara will explore the continuity and linkage between modern and contemporary dance, as a new generation of artists begin to create work and inspire the next phase of modern dance.

She will perform the works of various choreographers, both re-staged and new, including Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Martha Clarke, and Adam Barruch with original score by Senri Oe.

For more information, visitwww.wakeforestrencen.orgor call the Renaissance Centre Box Office at 919-435-9458.

To receive email notifications concerning special events and programs at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, sign up for E-Notifier atwww.wakeforestnc.gov/enotifier.aspx.

Free 2017-18 Wall Calendar Now Available

The Town of Wake Forest is again making it easy for area residents to keep track of popular Town events with its 14-month wall calendar.

Now available at several area locations, the free calendar offers a comprehensive listing of Town events scheduled between November 2017 and December 2018. The calendar also lists the various holidays the Town of Wake Forest will observe during that period.

The calendar is filled with dozens of photos featuring area residents enjoying local festivities ranging from the Mardi Gras Street Festival and Meet in the Street to the Halloween Spooktacular and Wake Forest Christmas Parade – and everything in between.

Town staff will distribute the calendars while they last at upcoming community events, but the free calendars are also available at the following Wake Forest locations:

  • Lowe’s Foods, 932 Gateway Commons Circle

  • Lowe’s Foods, 12524 Capital Blvd.

  • Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave.

  • Northern Wake Senior Center, 235 E. Holding Ave.

  • Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce, 350 S. White St.

  • Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St.

  • Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main St.

  • Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

  • Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.

Please note: The Town of Wake Forest made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the event listings in the 2017-18 calendar. However, event dates sometimes change following publication. Residents planning to attend an event listed in the calendar event are urged to verify the event date and time by consulting the Community Calendar on the Town’s website at www.wakeforestnc.gov/communitycalendar.aspx.

The 2017-18 Wake Forest Wall Calendar aligns with several objectives outlined in Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community, including Objective C: Ensure citizens are well-informed about community activities; Objective D: Build citizen participation in the community; and Objective E: Enhance the sense of connection of all neighborhoods to the town.