BUSTED: Best of the blotters

by Amy Kingsley

Caged Byrd

Brandon Lamar Byrd, a suspect in the July 16 murder of 27-year-old Donte Garner, turned himself in to Greensboro police last week. Garner was shot several times on Eugene Street and admitted to Cone Hospital in critical condition. He died from his wounds. Byrd is the second suspect to be charged in connection to the crime, he is currently incarcerated in the Guilford County Jail pending charges of first degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Gang fight

Nearly a dozen Parkland High students between the ages of 15 and 17 assaulted a 15-year-old classmate outside the Dutch Village Apartment complex in Winston-Salem on Friday. Witnesses, who called police at 11:20 a.m., told police they saw several car loads of students circling the parking lot, and then stop and assault the student en masse. The victim was taken to Baptist Hospital, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police located the suspects, and took all the boys and girls age 16 and over into custody. Students 15 and younger were released to their parents.

A Scooby snack

Winston-Salem police — led by the noses of K-9 officers — tracked attempted burglar Kenneth Eugene Smith, 40, to a creek bed behind Beeson Dairy Road, where he was apprehended without incident. Smith had attempted to enter a house a quarter mile away from where he was found, but was not successful. He was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Facility under a $25,000 bond for attempted first degree burglary.

Water landing

A combination of alcohol and wet weather may have contributed to an accident on Battleground Avenue that caused a car to crash into the water, leaving an infant with critical injuries. Aimee Cediel was driving a Mazda 3 on Battleground Avenue when she lost control of her vehicle, which struck a tree and flipped over a retaining wall into a spillway from Lake Higgins. William Cediel, the infant, was ejected from the vehicle, suffered life-threatening injuries and was transported to Baptist Hospital. Aimee Cediel and her 3-year-old daughter Lily sustained minor injuries and were treated at Cone Hospital.


On Sept. 7, Winston-Salem police found Jonathan Benton, 30, dead inside an apartment on North Glendare Drive. Investigators ordered an autopsy, which showed that Benton died of a gunshot wound. The revelation touched off a manhunt that led to Jennifer Marie Tronson, who was involved in a domestic relationship with the victim according to a police press release. Asheville police located Tronson, who was also deceased, in their jurisdiction and determined that her death was a suicide.

An investigation into Benton’s death by both departments is currently ongoing.