by YES! Staff

Duo charged with mortgage fraud

Winston-Salem police arrested Sherman Leon Simmons, 42, of Equity Mortgage Company, and Mary Chambers Minor, 53, of 4785 N. Cherry St. last week, and charged them with false pretense and residential mortgage fraud. The arrest caps a four-month investigation by the criminal investigations division that began when police received a report of a false pretense at the Branch Banking & Trust at 2825 Reynolda Road on Nov. 14. With assistance from the NC Office of the Commissioner of Banks, police determined that Simmons and Chambers-Minor had misappropriated $62,000 from a mortgage loan. They were both placed under $1,500 secured bond with a trial date set for Friday.

Traffic fatalities in Greensboro

Recent traffic accidents in Greensboro resulted in two deaths. On March 20, a 2000 Nissan Xterra driven by 24-year-old Vivier Molina hit an unidentified pedestrian between 16 th Street and Cone Boulevard on northbound US Highway 29. The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by Guilford County EMS. Police are withholding the victim’s identity pending the outcome of the investigation. On Sunday, a fatal collision at the intersection of Bennett and East Bragg streets took the life of Kay Myatt Harris. Harris’ daughter, a passenger in the vehicle, was treated at Moses Cone Hospital for her injuries and released. The police investigation is ongoing.

Group hold-up

Eight to 10 Hispanic males were approached by two male suspects armed with handguns in the 3800 block of Gentry Street in Greensboro on March 21 and robbed four of the victims of their wallets, according to police reports. The suspects then fled in a black mid-to-late 1990s model vehicle that was waiting for them. The victims chased after the suspects, who were last seen going westbound on Interstate 40, west of West Wendover Avenue.

Winston-Salem police investigate burglaries

Winston-Salem police are investigating two first-degree burglary cases in the 700 block of Highland Avenue and the 700 block of Carl Russell Boulevard involving elderly victims. The first incident took place when a 92-year-old victim answered her door in the early morning hours of March 14. During that incident a tall male suspect forced his way inside the victim’s home took her purse while a second male suspect waited outside. Both suspects fled the area on foot. The second incident took place when 76-year-old victim answered her door in the early morning hours of March 17. The suspects’ descriptions and method of operation appeared to match the March 14 incident. Anyone with information about the reported incident is asked to contact the Winston-Salem police or CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.

Spate of convenience store robberies

Winston-Salem police recently responded to two armed robbery calls of area convenience stores. Officers responded to an armed robbery call at the Fast Track store located in the 5900 block of University Parkway on March 16. An armed suspect, described as 5-5 in height and weighing 150 pounds and wearing a dark coat with fur collar, gray hat, dark pants, entered the store and demanded money from the cash drawer. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene in a black sedan. Winston-Salem police responded to an armed robbery call at the Exprezit convenience store in the 100 block of Linville Road on March 17. Police reports indicate an armed male suspect, described as 5 feet tall and weighing 150 pounds, demanded money from the cash drawer, seized the money and fled in a black compact car headed toward US Highway 421. Winston-Salem police encourage anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.