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Freeze endangering crops and vineyards

BURLINGTON, N.C. — In a typical year, you could expect the small crew at GlenMarie Winery and Vineyards to be going all out to protect their grapes from the April frost but a harsh winter has made this an atypical year.

“Our grapevines have just started putting out new growth for this year so there is some green on these leaves,” said Jordan Walker, a GlenMarie winemaker

Because the grapes are just budding, the company is forced to take a wait and see approach with the freezing temperatures and its crops.

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, it got lucky.

“These grapes they look healthy and green. They just came out in the last couple of weeks there’s no frost damage on them at all,” said Walker.

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Woman admits to putting body in bin after it was left in bedroom for days

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A Burlington woman accused of killing another woman and placing her in a container told police she didn’t act alone and that the body was in a bedroom for several days.

According to warrants, Angela Bookout Frazier, 43, told investigators that Deedra Louise Washburn, 41, died in a bedroom at her house and was there for several days before Frazier moved Washburn’s body into a plastic bin.

Frazier also told police that a man helped her move the body.

The storage container, with the body inside, was found near the intersection of Bellemont-Mount Hermon Road and Southern High School Road.

The woman also admitted to setting her own house on fire, according to reports.

Frazier is charged with one count each of burning one’s own dwelling and concealment of a death. No one else has been charged.

Police bust marijuana growing operation, seize 76 plants in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Police arrested a man Monday in connection with a marijuana growing operation and seized 76 marijuana plants.

Officers executed a search warrant at a residence on Timber Trail around 6 p.m. on Monday.

Deputies seized 76 marijuana plants and also located several plastic baggies containing Marijuana packaged to distribute. The total weight of the marijuana seized was approximately 12.5 pounds.

Deputies also seized $5,000 in cash, multiple firearms and several quarts of non-tax paid alcohol.

The homeowner was present at the time of the search and was identified as 51-year-old Robert Wayne Nicks.

Nicks was charged with trafficking marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to sell/deliver, manufacture marijuana, maintaining dwelling for controlled substances, possession of non-tax paid alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicks was placed in the Alamance County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond.

LabCorp move could affect downtown Burlington businesses

BURLINGTON, N.C. — This time next year you may feel a difference in the amount of foot and car traffic in downtown Burlington.

LabCorp has announced it will move 975 jobs from five offices in the downtown area along South Main Street and East Davis Street to the Citi Cards building in Guilford County off Interstate 40.

“It will have an impact. I don’t know how big; I think it’s a little premature to speculate how much,” said Derek Spencer, owner of Paul’s Pastry Shop.

He said he saw his business spike three years ago when he moved to a downtown location. He’d like to see other businesses join him if LabCorp is willing to sell.

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Unresponsive woman crashes car into homeless shelter in Burlington

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A woman crashed her car into a homeless shelter in Burlington Sunday after she suffered from a medical condition, became unresponsive and lost control of the car.

Ashley Patrice Downey, of Burlington, was driving on Trade Street when she became unresponsive and crashed into the Allied Churches Homeless Shelter on Fisher Street around 9:43 a.m.

Officers later determined that Downey had suffered from a medical condition that caused her to become unresponsive.

Downey suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

No one inside the building was injured.

Damage to the building was estimated at $10,000.

Woman arrested in connection to house fire, body in container

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – Burlington police have arrested a woman in connection to a house fire and a body found in a container.

Angela Bookout Frazier, 43, has been charged with one count each of burning one’s own dwelling and concealment of a death.

The fire was reported at 1039 Washington St. in Burlington around noon Friday. Officers responded to investigate a suspected arson.

Police said they obtained information that two women possibly lived at the home, but neither one was there.

The police and fire personnel cleared the scene of the house fire at around 5:20 p.m. Friday, according to Burlington police.

On the same day, police said a highway maintenance worker found a storage container near the intersection of Bellemont-Mount Hermon Road and Southern High School Road, about seven-and-a-half miles from the house fire. A woman’s body was inside.

Authorities investigate possible link between house fire and body in container

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – Burlington police are investigating a possible link between a house fire and a woman found dead in a store contain, both reported Friday in Alamance County.

Officers responded to the home around noon Friday to investigate a suspected arson after a small fire broke out.

Authorities also said a partially decomposed female body was found in a “suspicious object” in a roadway just south of Graham.

Police say the body found in the container fits the description of a woman who lived in the house on Washington Street.

The body was found by a Department of Transportation maintenance worker around 9 a.m. Friday on Bellemont-Mount Hermon Road near the intersection of Southern High School Road, officials said. There was no identification on the body.

Melissa King lives on Washington Street and said she is worried the woman found could be her neighbors.