This dangerous tree removed from Alton Street

Top Picture This dangerous tree on Alton Street has been cut down by the City and removed.  Thanks to Tim for pointing this problem out.  Also the bottom picture denotes a problem with Ohio Avenue not being repaired.  This has recently been repaired temporarily until the spring brings weather for the City to buy asphalt. 

Do you want to find out if there has been any crime on your street?  It's easy!  Just type in Winston Salem police to citizen, than "click" on this web page.   Follow the directions and you have it!  It's great to know what is going on around your home.

What's Happening in 2019

January 3, 2019  Happy New Year!  We are working on getting Ohio Avenue patched where a part had been removed last year.  The City Manager, Mr. Lee Garity has been instrumental in making sure that the City follows through on this project.  Dr. Vivian Burke has also been a big help also.  Thanks to all.

February 19, 2019  The Ohio Avenue road broken pavement project has been completed.  There was a car theft on Old Rural Hall Road this month.  Please keep your car doors locked at night and report suspicious persons to the police.  The police have said that they want all communities to inform them so they can help stop crime.

April 11, 2019  We are looking very safe in our area this month.  There was a problem with a stolen car on Old Rural Hall Road.  The police suggests strongly to always lock your car and close the car windows.

May 4, 2019  There has been a car breaking and malicious property damage in an area of our community.  The police suggest to always call them for anything that is slightly suspicious.  They have told us that this is their job and they are happy to check in and make sure all is well in our community.

June 23, 2019  I met one of our new police officers that has been working in our area since January of this year.  His name is Officer D.A. Sojka.  Officer Sojka has been with the police department for about 10 years.  I spoke to him about our desire in the community to have a closer working relationship with the police department.  I also expressed that we want to see them patrolling our area when the police drive through our community instead of just driving with their head only straight forward.  We are looking and grading our police quality of work and I let him know this.  We appreciate the police in our community and look forward to working with Officer Sojka.

What's Happening in 2018?

January 2, 2018  We wish all a very happy New Year.  We continue to work with the City on the demolition of the house on Essex Road.  Several of the residents are upset that the City has taken so long.  The City says that the no trespassing sign has been the hold up.

January 29, 2018  In between our neighborhood watch and and our good friends at another neighborhood watch was drug activity that the police have moved in on a few days ago to stop.  Both neighborhood watches have been working with the police to stomp this type of activity out.  Thanks police and a special thanks also to those police dogs.  Our area including the area that is located in vacant territory between the two neighborhood watches are poor places to start illegal activities. 

February 21, 2018  I discussed our concerns and expectation with our new Police Captain and  Lieutenant this morning.  Their names are Captain William Penn and Lieutenant Rick Newden.  I was impressed by their interest they have shown for our community.  All of our Mineral Springs Neighborhood Officers will need to plan on attending our annual planning for this year on the things that we want to complete to help our community.  This meeting will be held on February 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church.

February 28, 2018   I would like to thank our street captains for their input at our officers meeting on February 27, 2018.  A special thanks to Sergeant Kevin Burns for his comments.  Our goals for this year is to make sure the rotten tree leaning over Alton Street gets cut down before someone gets badly injured.  We will work with the police to make sure that the former drug area near but outside of our community remains clean.  The burned house on Essex is to be completely demolished and grass planted.  The police are to work with slowing down speeders on Pleasant View Drive and also metering speed with an electronic device.  No parking signs are to be installed on Pine View Drive.  Speeders are to be stopped on Cecil Drive. The old store house problem with noise and dogs is to be remedied.   

April 19, 2018  The drug problem was removed from an area on Ogburn Avenue.  Though this area of Ogburn in not part of our Mineral Springs Neighborhood Watch Community we responded to their asking us for help to stop drugs and noise in their area.  We worked with those residents and the police and it has been stopped for several months now.  Those residents thank us and especially the police for stopping the cocaine distribution and noise.  Arrests were made.

May 8, 2018 Great news about the vacated burned house eyesore on Essex Road.  It no longer is there.  The City had it demolished and cleaned the property.  The residents in this area are very grateful.  Good job City!

May 23, 2018  OUR NEXT MEETING for the whole community will be Thursday May 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church located 1200 Pleasant View Drive. Our new District 1 Police Captain, Captain William Penn, will be present at our meeting for the first time.  I have been really impressed with the improvement he has and is making in our community.  Forsyth County Animal Control will send and officer to answer any questions.  City Services will be attending to answer questions as to regulations of the City that affect all of us.  Dr. Vivian Burke will have a representative attending.  For those who have never come I wish to extend a special invitation to you.  Dress is casual. We have a good time making a difference as you will see at the meeting.  Join us. 

June 1, 2018  We had a very good meeting. I had a good time speaking to several members of our community that had never been to our meetings. Captain Penn answered several questions about noise violations, speeders, and parking problems in our community.  Mr. Speaks addressed problems with high grass.  Officer Foster informed the community about rabies and animals running loose outside the owners property.  There was concern of a suspicious car in our community and the police will address this as a priority.

July 14,2018  Thanks to the authorities,some trouble makers that have hassled a family have now moved away.  It is a wonderful thing to live in peace in our community.  That is what our organization is all about.  The house that had caught fire over 1 1/2 years ago and was such a blight to this part of our community has now been demolished and grass planted.  It is now a pretty lot.  If you have a City street light not working or signs covered by limbs please report this to City Link at 336-727-8000.  Lets keep on working together to keep our community safe and clean.  Lets keep encouraging the City to do their job in a satisfactory manner and to our standards!

July 31, 2018  We have had several cars that have had things stolen from them on different streets in our community.  The cars were not locked.  These cars were opened during the night or early morning hours.  As the police remind us at our meetings"Please keep your cars locked." Probably this crime was done by teenagers.  Please report any suspicious persons that are walking by your house in the early morning hours to the police.

August 31, 2018  The City has completed their project for our community on Ohio Avenue.  They cut a 200 foot length of the right of way leading to the first street light and cut the branches and trees around this light also so that the light would shine for the residents in this area.  The City also removed the speed limit sign of 25 MPH so that the drivers of cars could see that we permit slower speeds in this part of the community due to children playing.

October 18, 2018  There will be an Officer Street Captains meeting tonight at 7:00 PM.  Anyone may join us for this planning meeting.

December 7, 2018  The community is looking very well.  However,  this is the time of year that we must take extra vigilance to report suspicious people walking and cars that seem to be lost by moving up and down our streets.  Please report any suspicious activity to the police with a description of what or who you saw.  Have a safe and Merry Christmas. God bless you all.  Dan Yarbrough


What Happened in 2017?

February 14, 2017  The burned mobile home on Voss Street has now been removed. This makes this area of our community look so much better.  We still have one house that was burned up, that is located on Essex Road , that needs to be removed.  This City is working on this.  Please report any graffiti that you see in our community to the City.  Let's work together to keep our community clean.

February 27, 2017  Graffiti on Old Rural Hall Road has been reported.  Let's continue to work together to keep our community clean.  There will be a Street Officers Meeting in March to discuss our objectives to improve our area.  The date and time is forthcoming.                                      

March 14, 2017  Our Street Captains Meeting will be held on Thursday March 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church.  We will be planning our objectives to complete for this year.  This is an open meeting, so if you wish to attend you are welcome to come.                                        

 March 17, 2017  We had an excellent Street Captain Meeting. Sgt. Alex Glenn with the Winston-Salem Police Department joined us and gave a good update.  He is new to our District and is very energetic with working in our community.  Sgt. Glenn said that the Police Department is on top of the problem dealing with the thieves that stole money at the J&B Grocery. Discussed at the meeting are our objectives to complete for the community for this year.  These include the demolition of a vacant burned house, which is an eye sore and a possible danger to children playing inside, brush and debris located on Old Rural Hall Road, the removal of a banked up dirt wall and the deep ditch on the former Oak Summit School property.  This is unsightly, and will cause standing water that will breed mosquitoes for our residents, a speeding problem on Winfield Drive, and a recent noise problem that is in the Cecil and Day Road area.  

April 18, 2017  We have visited several new families that have recently moved into our community and have given them information about our neighborhood watch program.  Welcome!

May 17, 2017    You are invited to our spring neighborhood watch meeting.  This is our 17'th year, so if you have not been at our meetings in the past please feel free to come.  I will be at the door to welcome you.  The meeting will be held at 1200 Pleasant View Drive on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  The Police Department and City Inspections and Enforcement will be attending.  Pastor David Harman will also be present. We will be discussing the objectives  that will improve our community this year.   Time for open discussion will also be allowed  to remedy any problems that you may have encountered.  Fliers regarding this meeting will be coming to your home soon.                                                       

 June 1, 2017  We had a very good spring meeting. Some of the items that were discussed were the following.  Pest problem at a senior citizens home ; tree problems that are over the roads and one diverting water onto the owners property; shoes across the power lines; tree debris on the corner of Old Rural Hall Road and Voss Street; demolition of a burned house on Essex Road; and a drug house near our community.  We want to welcome Mrs. India Blakely and her family to our community and enjoyed her first visit at our meeting.  We have new Street Captains for our organization for Ogburn Avenue.  They are Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Kandi Safford.  We enjoyed the special visit of Ms. Teresa Whittington form Neighborhood Watch Group 163. Thanks for helping us continue to improve our community.  

July 26, 2017   The City has started the landscaping project on Old Rural Hall Road on the old Ferguson School property.  They will also cover the ditches that are causing the mosquito problem for the citizens that live in this area.  This should be finished sometime before the mid part of August.

August 7, 2017 Great news! The landscaping project on Old Rural Hall Road has been completed.  The mosquito bearing trenches have been covered over which is great news for the residents living near this project.  A big thank you to the the Winston-Salem School System maintenance crews for an excellent job and making this area more beautiful.

August 15, 2017  There will be  a Community Information Fair and Movie Night on Saturday August 26, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds (enter Gate 9 off 27"th Street).  It is in the Neal Bolton Home and Garden Building.  Free hotdogs,chips, drinks and popcorn.  

August 18, 2017  The house that caught fire last September on Essex Road is scheduled for demolition the last of September 2017.  It will be a relief to get rid of this danger to children and an eyesore.

August 18, 2017  There was a break in at a house on Pleasant View Drive and the resident suffered some property loss.  We are sorry to hear this.  This is an area that we have tried in the past to encourage some of the residents to be more proactive in calling about suspicious cars and people they see walking that do not belong in the community.  All of us need to call the police when we see anything that looks out of place or suspicious.  It  works wonders and the police also encourage us to follow through on this to let them know.  Let's work together to prevent crime in our area.

September 17, 2017   Good news on the cleaning up of the burned house eyesore located on Essex Road.  Demolition was started yesterday to the relief of the the neighbors living near this property.  We are looking forward to seeing this property planted in grass after the removal of the remains of this house.   One of the neighbors that lived near this property informed me that children had been playing inside this house in the previous months. We are thankful that the demolition of this house will prevent any children from being injured from any collapse that might have taken place in the future. Thanks for everyone involved in this project.

September 20, 2017     Our community has been invited to our new Police Station opening and ribbon cutting on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at 10 A.M.  This building was funded by voter approved bonds.  Please join us for this event.

October 18, 2017  INVITATION TO OUR FALL MEETING:  Please join us for our fall meeting on Thursday October 26, 2017 at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at Pleasant View Baptist Church located at 1200 Pleasant View Drive.  Captain Miles will be joining us.  She is the Captain in charge of our side of Winston -Salem and will be able to answer your questions and resolve any problems.  The City services will have representatives present to assist us in fixing problems that have come up since our last meeting.  If you have never been to our meetings please join us and be a positive impact and support by your presence.   See you there! 

October 24, 2017 Warning to all ! Please be on the outlook for 2 black men in their 30's that drive a white car and leave the hood of their car up with the emergency lights blinking while they break in to steel.   One likes to carry a cooler evidently to put some smaller stolen things in.  Today they broke down a door about 11:00 AM while the owners were at work and stole a 55" TV.   Please call the police if you see this scenario happening .  Let's see if we can get them with the help of the police!

October 27, 2017 We had an excellent fall meeting.  Our City Council Member Dr. Vivian Burke was present as a special guest and gave us her future support.   Pastor David Harman gave an excellent message of support and as always lifted up the name of Christ as the water of life and to happiness.  He followed with a prayer for our community.  Captain Miles will be working on slowing down the traffic on Pleasant View Drive as well as finishing up on one more area of drugs that is outside of our community, but we know that needs to be stopped so it will not spread any further.  We have a 100% success of eliminating any drug problems inside or near our community thanks to the community working with the police. Mentioned for the City was the need to cut down the grass near a bus stop at the corner of Shouse and Old Rural Hall Road.  Our area is looking good, but there have been a few break ins of cars and houses in the past 4 months.  Let's stop people that want to take our things that we have worked hard for.  Please call about any suspicious cars or strangers in our area.  Bruce Bailiff with the City will follow up to complete the demolition of a burned house on Essex and the planting of grass for beautification of our community. Bruce will also work with one of our residents on location the dangerous tree that need to be cut down on Alton Street.  A special thanks for Dana Roeske for the delicious cookies that she baked for our meeting.  She is very talented.  A special thanks for Joesph and Marie Stafford for becoming the Captains of part of Ogburn Avenue. Finally, thanks to all that made it an important goal to support their community with their attendance. 

November 8, 2017   If your child has lost a bicycle, it may be located on the side of the road on Grove Avenue.  The bicycle is at least a 10 speed , purple, and the brand is Raleigh.


What happened in 2016?

February 1, 2016  Captain James has had the graffiti inspected by the police on Ohio Avenue and Essex Drive.  The city has made sure that the graffiti was removed.  It has been many years since we have had graffiti painted in our community.  Let's keep an eye out and report any more problems of this kind to the police.

February 29, 2016  There will be a special meeting of our street captains and the assistant captains on Thursday March 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church in the large meeting room at the back of the church.  This is for the purpose of the planning of our objectives to accomplish for this year.  This meeting is also open for others to attend if they wish.  There will be police representatives present.

March 4, 2016 The officers of our Neighborhood Watch met this evening.  Discussed as objectives to complete were the destruction of a burned house on Ohio Avenue and the planting of grass on this lot, the repair of the broken glass on a house on Old Rural Hall Road, and the general clean up beside of  our city streets.  We met our new Lt. Caldwell and we were very impressed with his experience and desire to help us keep those that want to engage in illegal activities out of our community.  He has a degree in criminology and over 10 years in the narcotics division.  We are blessed to have him in our district.  Lt. Caldwell praised the community for calling in suspicious activities.  The police are investigating illegal activities in a house in our community.  In short, it takes a foolish criminal to set up business in our neighborhood. We mean business.  My congratulations to all for making a difference by supporting your neighborhood watch.

April 18, 2016  There was a fire that completely destroyed a vacant mobile home on Voss Street.  The fire department was out and the police to make sure that the fire did not spread.

 Please join us for our Spring Meeting on Thursday May 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church.  The Animal Control, Police Department,  and  the City Services will be present and working with us to resolve the issues in our community.  We are looking forward to seeing you.   The meeting is informal and you can see what a difference we all can make in improving our community and making it a pleasant place to live.

May 27, 2016  We had a successful meeting. Discussed were a problem with a Pit-bull dog chasing people, 2 burned houses being scheduled for demolition, speeders on Old Rural Hall Road, the removing of graffiti near Pine View Drive, broken windows in a vacant house, and more police presence in our community.  The police encouraged the residents to call for any suspicious people passing on their streets.  The police gave the crime report for the last 30 days and there has been an improvement.  We had a great time with the meeting and speaking with others after the meeting.  If you have never been to our meetings I encourage you to join us in helping to make our community a safe and pleasant place to live.   

July 3, 2016  Graffiti has been removed in various places by the City.  The City is inspecting our community to make sure that that brush, debris, and bulk trash is being removed.

August 19, 2016  The tires and debris that was dumped on a vacant property of one of our members has been cleaned up.  Please help us keep our community clean.

September 1, 2016  There has been reported that there are some young kids getting inside unlocked cars on Winfield Drive.  Let's keep our cars locked up and valuables out of sight.

October 8, 2016  There has been a house fire on Essex Road in an unoccupied home.  No people were living in this home at that time.  Always report any suspicious people to the police.

October 21, 2016  You are invited to our fall Mineral Springs Neighborhood Watch meeting.  The meeting will be held on Thursday October 27, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church.  The church is located at 1200 Pleasant View Drive.  See you there!

October 28, 2016  We had a good turn out at our fall meeting.  Sgt. Mabe spoke about an Arson investigation that may pertain to our area, the crime statistics, and the investigation of some taking of tools from the back of a vacated house on Winfield Drive.  Sgt. Mabe also spoke to the 6 Community Officers that can help us with any special issues.   Mr. Kelly Speaks, City Conservation Officer, spoke to the completing of the burned house on Ohio Avenue and the planting of grass there, the old TV that will need to picked up on Winfield Drive, the cutting of weeds and brush pick up, and the preliminary work that is going on for the demolition of a burned trailer on Voss Street.  Mr. Chris Mack with City Community Services spoke to his office being always open to help and assist us on issues and praised our organization for a job well done.  He mentioned that we are invited to the Education Building at the Fair Grounds at 10:30 AM on December 3, 2016 to recognize our organization.  It was great to see new faces at our meeting.  A special thanks to Dana Behler for the delicious cookies that she baked for all of us.  We had a great time!

November 13, 2016  An agent for Travelers Insurance is working with the Police about a suspicious house fire on Essex Road.  This was an abandoned house at the time of the fire.   The police would like to encourage all  not leave valuables unlocked in your cars over night.  Several unlocked cars had valuables removed from them during the night on Winfield Drive.   The police, as always, encourage us to call about any suspicious people walking or driving through our community.

December 3, 2016 Our Mineral Springs Neighborhood Watch received the Certificate of Appreciation for volunteerism from Dr. Vivian Burke. 

December 20, 2016  We are working with the City to get a mattress removed that was thrown out on a vacant property on Ohio Avenue.  If you have any unsightly items in your area please call City Link to report this.  Let's keep our community clean.  Thanks.

December 30, 2016  The City has followed up and helped to correct an unsightly broken glass in a vacant house on Old Rural Hall Road.  It looks so much better.  This has been a great year with much accomplished. Thanks for all of your help in our community .  Thanks also for your attendance at our meetings.  May God bless you all in a special way this coming year.


                                                              What happened in 2015?

January 2015  We have been working with the Police Dept. to increase their presence in our community.

March 11, 2015  We are seeing an increase in police patrols around our community.  We wish to thank the police for this.

IMPORTANT! April 23, 2015  All Street Captains are invited to our annual planning meeting for this year.  This will be a brief meeting, but very important for deciding our objectives to accomplish this year.  Included in our attendance will be Captain James and one of the night supervisor sergeants.  Please make it a point of coming and having a chance to put in your valuable input. 

April 28, 2015 The street captains had their annual planning meeting.  Discussed as objectives were a continued vigilance to locate and report for the soon removal of any drug and prostitution activity in our community.  Lynn Wolverton suggested that there needs to be a revitalization of the appearance of the vacated old Gant store and old Bell Brothers store at Ogburn Station.  Tommy Yates suggested that the police record the names of any minor that is disturbing the community.  Captain James was in agreement with this.  Dan Yarbrough wants to remind everyone to encourage the City to cut the grass in our community.  We had a problem with this service from the City last year.  We were all in agreement that we have our community in very good condition.  We are planning on our large Neighborhood Watch meeting at the end of May or the first of June.  All of our community is invited.  Invitations will be sent out to all.  We are looking for a successful year and making improvements in our community.  Join us!!

June 17, 2015  Please join us for our summer Neighborhood Watch  Meeting.  It will  be held at Pleasant View Baptist Church on Pleasant View Drive on Thursday June 25, 2015 at 7 PM.  Our Police Department, and various City representatives will be attending to take notes of what needs to be accomplished in our area.   Some of the items that will be discussed are the status of two houses in our area suspected of illegal activities.  An empty house that has burned and needs to be demolished,  high grass that the City need to cut, illegal dumping in an area,  a house that has broken windows, and the discussion on some businesses in our community that have car junk that can be seen from the road.  We need to do some summer cleaning in our community. Come and work together with us as we continue to make a difference in the peace and well being of our neighborhood.  Let's make it happen!

June 29, 2015  We had a very informative meeting with objectives for the City to accomplish.  There is a continued investigation about a drug house.  More officers will be put out on the street from a graduating class this month.  More patrolling is requested from the community.  5016 Ohio Avenue is in need of being demolished after the fire.  Mr. Kelly Speaks asks that you call him  at 734-1273 if you know of any high grass.  There was some interest among two residents of an Operation Impact on Cox Blvd. and Pine View Drive and Cecil Avenue.  Mr. Kelly Speaks has referred the junk car problems of 3 businesses on Old Rural Hall Road to City Zoning.   There was some complaints about cars parking on the roads of Pine View Drive and Winfield Drive.  Mr. Chris Mack mentioned that there is an opportunity for the development of Ogburn Station from RUCA loans.  There was a complaint about dogs loose on Scenic Avenue.  We will hold the city to the satisfactory remedies to these problems.  Thanks to those who attended and help make a difference in our community.

July 24, 2015  There was a noise problem and a safety problem regarding a 4 wheeler riding around the community.  Several people called the police and this noise nuisance came to a loud skidding stop.  Don't wait for others to call about problems in our community.  Pick up the phone and make good things happen in our neighborhood.  Thanks for all that are helping to make our community safe and pleasant to live in.

August 13,2015  We appreciate Captain James personally patrolling our community this past week.  Captain James is our District Captain and has the direct responsibility for our peace and safety.  We applaud her leadership and wanting to see first hand what is going on in our community

September 23, 2015 The community has been very quiet, however there has been some problems in the surrounding communities.  Let's continue to be vigilant and call the police about suspicious sightings.  If you are in doubt the police say to call anyway.  The police say that usually when a person thinks something is not right they are usually right.  CALL!

October 29, 2015  We have worked with the City to have the 3 businesses that deal in junk cars to remove them from sight behind fences.  These are businesses that operate on Old Rural Hall Road.  Please continue to report any suspicious people or vehicles in our community.  Let's keep our area quiet and safe.

November 10, 2015.  We will have our fall Neighborhood Watch Meeting on Tuesday 11/17/2015 at 7:00 PM at Pleasant View Baptist Church.  Captain James, out district police Captain, will be present along with other of her staff.  Mr. Speaks and Mr. Mack with the City of Winston-Salem will be present.  Please make and effort to join us as we continue to make improvements where we live.

November 17, 2015 We had a successful fall meeting.  Discussed was a dog problem on Scenic Drive.  The animal control was called and some follow up will be necessary to stop this on going problem. Ogburn Station will have another restaurant moving into the old Bell Brothers building.  The police gave a favorable report for our community.  They will look into a rumor about a possible drug house on Voss Street and possible prostitution in this same house.  We have made great strides in putting a stop to these kinds of crimes.  If you even hear a rumor of any such problems, please call the police.  Thanks for all of you that were able to come to show your support for our community.  

December 9, 2015  We had an informative meeting about the renovation of our Ogburn Fire Department number 9.  A large bay and bedrooms will be added.  Also shower and bathroom facilities for the female fire fighters.  I liked very much to see a first aid room added to take care of minor injuries that may occur in our community.  The building of this renovation should start in March of 2016.  This fire station will have enough added room for another fire truck.  Our fire station was built about 1964, so it was due for some improvements.

December 23, 2015  The vicious dog problem on Scenic Drive has been remedied.   We will continue to check on this from time to time to make sure this problem doesn't return.

December 23, 2015 We are so pleased to welcome our good friend Gloria Morgan back into our community. Since her house was damaged by fire, she has made such beautiful repairs and improvements on her house.  

December 25, 2015 Merry Christmas from our community!



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