Stalker back in custody
After waiving his right to fight extradition back to North Carolina, Harold Nichols, 48, was transported from Joliet, Ill. to the Forsyth County Jail on April 15. Nichols is currently under $52,500 secured bond and faces charges of extortion, probation violation and communicating threats against Forsyth County Sheriff William Schatzman. In 2008, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office charged Nichols with misdemeanor stalking. Nichols was found guilty of the crime in January. In March, authorities allege that Nichols began making threatening statements directed toward Schatzman. The Forsyth County District Attorney’s office subsequently authorized Winston-Salem detectives to conduct the investigation. Detectives determined that Nichols was living in Illinois, and on April 2 the Joliet Police Department served the outstanding warrants at Nichols’ home. His court date is set for May 1.
Carjacking in the Gate City
Greensboro police responded to a call of a carjacking in the 2700 block of Patio Place at 6 a.m. on April 18. Upon arrival, Shanta Powell, the 32-year-old victim, informed officers that two male suspects wielding handguns approached her boyfriend as he was sitting inside her 2000 Plymouth Breeze warming the engine. The suspects then fled in the vehicle. No injuries were reported. The Greensboro Police Department requests that anyone with information about this crime call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000. Stabbing under investigation
Greensboro police responded to an assault call from Music City in the 7700 block of Boeing Drive early Sunday. Upon arrival, officers located 22-year-old Shawn Dewayne Pressley, who was the victim of an apparent stabbing. Pressley suffered life-threatening injuries in the assault and was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. Greensboro police detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000 or the criminal investigation sivision at 336.373.2255.
W-S police warn of senior-citizen scam
The Winston-Salem police are reporting a scam that is currently targeting elderly residents and those in retirement communities. In a press release, the police department said the scam is part of a wider trend, and the recent activity in the city is described as a “grandparent scam.” Typically, someone describing themselves as a grandchild or family member contacts the victims via telephone, saying they are in need of immediate financial assistance. The caller then requests the victim to wire money to the caller to address the emergency need. The Winston-Salem police hope to raise awareness of these incidents to help prevent future scams of area senior citizens. Anyone who believes they might be a victim of this type of scam is asked to immediately call the department at 336.773.7700. Arrest made in cold case
After a six-month investigation, Winston Salem police detectives arrested Fred Goins Miller III on April 17 and charged him with attempted second degree rape, felony breaking and entering, and felony larceny in connection with a October 2008 incident in the 4700 block of South Main Street. The 64-year-old victim described her assailant as a 19- to 25-year-old male, 5-9 in height and weighing 180 pounds at the time of the assault. The victim told police she had returned home, where the suspect attacked her and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim told police she fought the suspect and he left the residence. Forensic analysis conducted by both the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab and LabCorp helped lead to a break in the case. Miller was arrested without incident on April 17 and transported to the Forsyth County Jail, where he was placed under $250,000 bond. His court date has been set for May 8.
Silver alert issued
Winston-Salem police issued a Silver Alert on April 15 for Alfred Lorenzo James, 43, of 4210 Brownsboro Road in Winston-Salem. James was reported as a missing person to the Winston- Salem Police Department. He was last seen at his home around noon on April 10. James reportedly suffers from a cognitive impairment and is without his medications. The Winston- Salem police encourage anyone with information regarding James’ whereabouts to call 336.773.7700.