by Jordan Green

Homicide No. 1

Greensboro police officers, responding to the 2400 block of Phillips Avenue in response to a shooting at about 1 a.m. on Jan. 22, found 27-year-old Octavius Orlando Wilson wounded. Wilson later died at Moses Cone hospital. Police say the investigation continues.

Homicide No. 2

Greensboro police received word on Jan. 22 that a body had been found in an apartment on Overland Heights. They found Rhonda Ann Wall dead there at about 10:15 p.m.

Second homicide this year

Winston-Salem police responded to a shooting at Colony Place Apartments on Jan. 23 at 10:23 p.m., and reportedly found Ernest Cameron suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Cameron was transported to Baptist Hospital and died soon after. The police say that Cameron and Deyton Devon McDonald, 29, were visiting the residents of the apartment when and argument broke out between the two, and McDonald shot Cameron. McDonald reportedly fled the apartment. McDonald was charged with first-degree murder, and surrendered to the police two days later. Cameron’s death marked Winston-Salem’s second homicide in the new year.

Crack kidnapping

Brittany May Power, 17, said she drove in the parking lot of TJ Maxx on High Point Road in Greensboro on Jan. 24 at about 6 p.m., when 34-year-old Robert David Levan made her let him into her vehicle. Levan reportedly forced Power to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash, told her to call her place of employment to say she could not come to work, and made her drive to the Landmark Inn, where he bought and smoked crack. Then Levan reportedly pressured Power to go back to the ATM for more cash, but the girl told him her account was withdrawn. Levan reportedly got angry and shook Power, and then got out of the vehicle in the parking lot of Spring Valley Shopping Center. After being taken to jail, Levan reportedly assaulted an officer.

Handbag decoy

Kristie Teague, 35, was sitting in her vehicle at the BP Station on Guilford College Road in Greensboro at about 2:27 a.m. on Sunday morning, when someone described as a white man in his twenties with dirty blond hair, a white T-shirt and a dark-colored sweat suit and armed with a handgun, tried to open her door. When that failed, he reportedly pointed the handgun in Teague’s face and demanded her purse. Teague reportedly handed the man a white travel bag that was empty. He took the bag and ran towards the Clarion Hotel.

Third homicide in a week

On Sunday morning at about 3:35 p.m. Greensboro police officers reportedly responded to 805 Homeland Avenue near NC A&T University in Greensboro, and found 22-year-old Dennis Stewart Hayle dead from gunshot wounds. Police say the investigation continues.

Puppies don’t fly

Greensboro police officers were dispatched at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday to the Heritage House apartments on West Meadowview Road in response to reports of animal cruelty. One caller had reportedly advised that a puppy had been thrown from an upstairs apartment into the courtyard. The police located a suspect, Emily Wiggins and charged her with animal abuse and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.