by Jordan Green

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled | by Jordan Green


Patrol officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department received information that a child had been repeatedly molested over a period of several months. Police identified 39-year-old Kenneth Dwayne Crowell, a friend of the child’s family, as the suspect. Crowell was arrested on June 28 for two counts of statutory sexual offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a minor. He was placed in the Forsyth County Detention and held on a $1 million bond. Crowell’s first court appearance is scheduled for July 13. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.


Peggy Wafford, 52, had been sitting on the front steps of her apartment at 504 Savannah St. in Greensboro at about 8 p.m. on June 28 when she was hit by one of several gunshot rounds from the back of one of the buildings in the complex. Wafford was taken to Cone hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The suspect, who is described as a black man with dreadlocks wearing a black mask and a black T-shirt, was reportedly seen running away from the scene. Officers canvassed the area for suspects without apparent success. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.


Guilford County sheriff’s deputies located 37-year-old Richard Umstead Slade of Gibsonville in a Greensboro hotel on the morning of June 29, and arrested him for robbery with a dangerous weapon. Slade is accused to robbing NewBridge Bank in Jamestown on May 25. Slade was held at the Guilford County Jail on a $150,000 bond. Slade’s first court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 1.


Winston-Salem police got wind of a monster party on Carver School Road where more than 400 people, mostly juveniles, were celebrating on June 30. They knew to call 19-year-old Tia Shults and her mother, Betty, who is 48, because Tia had attempted to obtain a block party permit from the city’s parks and recreation department for that time and place. The permit had been denied based because Carver School Road is a main thoroughfare. The police told the Shultses they should make sure the road was not blocked and prevent drug and alcohol violations from occurring. At about 12:20 a.m. on Sunday neighbors complained that the partiers were smoking marijuana. After confirming that marijuana was indeed being smoked, the police got a search warrant and raided the party. Police said they found that alcohol and drugs were being consumed inside and outside the house and found juveniles “in various states of intoxication and sickness.” Forsyth County Emergency Services were called in to assist. As a result of the massive over indulgence of hundreds of youngsters, Betty Shults was arrested and charged with multiple counts of giving alcohol to a person under 21, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of violating the Controlled Substances Act. Tia Shults was cited with multiple violations of aiding and abetting giving alcohol to a person under 21, not to mention consuming alcohol herself as a person under 21.