by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

Items from across the Triad and beyond 


One-stop/early voting results in Forsyth and Guilford counties indicate that a higher percentage of registered Republicans took advantage of early voting than registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters. In both counties, Democrats hold a significant advantage in terms of sheer numbers, but a greater percentage of Republicans made it to the polls during the early voting period, which ended Oct. 30. In Guilford, more than 45,000 residents took advantage of early voting, nearly tripling the total number of early ballots cast during the 2006 midterm election.

Of the 45,162 votes cast this year in Guilford during early voting, 15,895 ballots were cast by Republicans, equating to 15.7 percent of registered Republicans in the county. Democrats cast 23,236 ballots during early voting, which equals 13.4 percent of Democratic voters in Guilford. Unaffiliated voters cast 5,963 votes during early voting, which equates to 8 percent of unaffiliated voters in Guilford. That same trend could be seen in Forsyth County’s early voting results. Republicans accounted for 9,733 of the more than 25,000 total votes cast during early voting at eight polling sites around Forsyth, which equates to 13 percent of the total registered Republicans in the county. Democrats cast 11,673 ballots during early voting, which equals 11.3 percent of total registered Democrats in Forsyth. Unaffiliated voters accounted for 3,615 early votes, which equals 7.5 percent of registered unaffiliated voters in the county. The grand total of more than 25,000 votes is a tremendous increase over the 2006 midterm elections, when only 5,544 Forsyth voters took advantage of onestop/early voting. — KTB


The Greensboro Police Department hosts four community forums this month. Chief Ken Miller will review departmental changes, including mission and core values, restructuring and discipline process revisions, while command staff and patrol sergeants are expected to provide crime statistics. The first forum, focused on the Southern Division, takes place Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Trotter Recreation Center, located at 3906 Betula St. The Eastern Division forum is scheduled for Nov. 10, the Western Division forum for Nov. 11 and the Central Division forum for Nov. 16.

Meanwhile, former Capt. Charles Cherry disclosed on Monday through an internal memo obtained by YES! Weekly that City Manager Rashad Young has upheld his termination.

Cherry is the highest ranking police officer to be pushed out of the department this year, and held command authority over the Eastern patrol division up to the time he was placed on administrative duty status in June.

Cherry quoted Young as describing a grievance that Cherry authored on behalf of another officer in September as being “yet another example of your continued inability or unwillingness to behave in an appropriate or effective manner as a commander in the GPD.” Cherry responded that he wrote the document as a private citizen after being officially terminated; that department directives require that all allegations of misconduct, including from third parties be investigated; and that Young assured protection for such activities in an Aug. 12 statement reading, “I also want to address the issue raised that employees are subjected to negative repercussions if they avail themselves to the grievance or complaint process.”

Cherry’s recent memo references a community meeting scheduled on a night that conflicts with the department’s series of official community forums.

“Citizens will discuss police accountability and professionalism, among other things” at Bethel AME Church on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., Cherry said. — JG