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Two store managers arrested on gambling, drug charges in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two people were arrested after police searched a Greensboro business that has been under scrutiny for more than a month on allegations of criminal activity.

Siphonexay Phongsavanh, 45, and his wife, Sengnalone Phongsavanh, 41, both face charges after police searched the Phonesavanh Oriental Market at 1810 Coliseum Blvd. on Thursday.

Police said the couple manages the business, which is allegedly connected to illegal gaming and betting.

Greensboro police said they began executing the search warrant after having established probable cause that illegal gambling may be occurring there.

Officers said they gathered sufficient evidence to arrest the suspects from the warrant.

The suspects both face charges of illegal sports betting, maintaining a dwelling for schedule I and schedule VI narcotics, felony conspiracy, possession of schedule I narcotics, possession schedule VI narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Natty Greene’s considering expansion options, including outside Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Natty Greene’s Brewing Company is in the initial stages of searching for another brewing location, which includes locations outside of Greensboro, according to the Triad Business Journal.

According to the report, Natty Greene’s has become the second-largest craft brewery in the state and distribution expansions into South Carolina and Virginia will increase production levels to 20,000 barrels by the end of this year.

Additionally, the brewery is looking at further expansion of distribution into Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland and beyond by the end of 2015.

Developers interested in Ole Asheboro neighborhood in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Developers have contacted Greensboro’s Redevelopment Commission in reference to the 1.5-acre lot on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Douglas Street.

Councilman Jamal Fox said the lot has been vacant for about 20 years and said he is excited that a developer has come forth willing to pay for the property.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the city is holding a community meeting at 414 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to discuss what type of development the community would like to be built.

The name of the developer and cost has not yet been released.

Man robbed, assaulted by five men in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A man suffered minor injuries when he was assaulted and robbed in Greensboro Tuesday night.

Officers responded to Clifton Road around 11:27 p.m. where the victim said five men approached him at his home and demanded money.

The victim said one of the men struck him. The men then fled the area in a black SUV and were last seen heading towards West Wendover Avenue.

The victim suffered a minor injury and was treated on scene by EMS.

The investigation is ongoing.

PTI Airport Director Kevin Baker talks fares, flights, jobs and Starbucks

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kevin Baker has one of the most multi-dimensional jobs in the Piedmont. He’s part construction superintendent, designer, marketing director and travel agent – just to name a few.

But he just narrows it down to two: making sure the Piedmont-Triad International Airport’s both an air travel destination and a job-creator.

He’s been the airport’s executive director since October 2010 after having worked for the consulting company that helped the airport successfully persuade FedEx to build its package hub here. It’s a hub everyone thought would generate 1500 jobs. But because of changes in that industry and the economy, it only employs several hundred. Baker says he’s not disappointed.

“No, I wouldn’t use the term disappointed,” he said. “I think they are a jewel to have here. I think the fact FedEx is here led to other businesses locating here such as Honda.”

FDA proposal could affect Triad brewers, farmers

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new regulation that could make it more difficult for brewers to give spent grains to farmers.

Mike Rollinson, Director of Pub Brewing Operations at Natty Greene’s in Greensboro, says spent grains are the by-product of the brewing process.

“We create 2,500 to 4,000 pounds of spent grain every week,” said Rollinson.

For brewers, spent grain is trash. But for farmers, it’s food for livestock.

“It’s a source of protein that I would have to buy,” said V. Mac Baldwin, owner of Baldwin Beef.

Baldwin raises grass-fed steer, but he picks up spent grains from Natty Greene’s twice a week to feed female breeding cattle.

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