by Jordan Green

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled | by Karen Phillips

Pot bust

Two Winston-Salem police officers observed Randy Howard riding a moped without a helmet and driving the wrong way down a one-way street. They followed him as he pulled behind a residence on North Patterson Avenue to question him about his traffic violations. As the two officers approached the house, they also came across Micah Hughes, who was smoking marijuana. The officers detained him for the rest of the investigation. The officers found an “outside marijuana grow operation” between the property and the adjacent property. The officers seized all marijuana plants and obtained consent to search both residences, but no more marijuana was found in the homes. The officers seized 36 marijuana plants valued at $90,000, one and a half ounces of marijuana worth $300, and money and paraphernalia valued at $1,000.

Child porn scandal

David Rich, a high school history teacher at Westchester Country Day School, admitted to possessing child pornography to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies seized and searched Rich’s laptop and found “multiple images depicting child pornography,” according to a press release. On July 20, Rich turned himself into the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office on July 20. Rich resigned the next day from Westchester Country Day School. Rich was charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. According to the school and the sheriff’s office, none of the allegations involve any of the current or former students, and do not involve any of Rich’s activities at the school.

Arson on Marsh Street

Greensboro police and the fire department responded to a residential fire on Marsh Street after 9 p.m. on July 21. When they got to the property, they determined that the house had sustained approximately $35,000 in damages.

Gladys Shipman, the owner and landlord of the property, was not on the premises during the time of the fire, nor was the current tenant. The fire department determined that the fire was started intentionally, and they are searching for further information. Gladys Shipman, president of Shipman’s Family Care in Greensboro, has been in the news recently for owing the state and federal governments millions of dollars in Medicaid overpayments, and for not paying some of her employees accurately or in a timely manner. The investigation is ongoing.

Murder in Harbor Freight Tools parking lot

Greensboro police responded to a report of a shooting in the parking lot at the Roses and Harbor Freight Tools on Farmington Drive sometime after 3 p.m. on July 20. Three people in a white vehicle started exchanging gunfire with a fourth person. One of the passengers in the vehicle, 34 year-old Rashad Hayes of Winston- Salem, was killed. The driver, Levar Graham, was shot in the arm and the third person in the vehicle, Christopher Holder, was unharmed. The fourth person in the incident, Labrent Crews, was not in the vehicle and was also uninjured. Crews has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with this case, as well as assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling. He is currently confined in the Guilford County Jail without bond. Holder is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling. He is being held on a $100,000 secured bond. Graham is charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling or vehicle. He is confined on a $75,000 secured bond. Police still do not know why this altercation occurred, or how the men might know each other.