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by Karen Phillips

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

CHAIN OF ARSONS IN DOWNTOWN WINSTON

On Aug. 28, the Winston-Salem Police and Fire Department responded to a possible fire on East 7th Street and North Main Street. The fire started beside the railroad tracks and burned up the hill to the lot behind the vacant NMR Textiles building.

The fire began to burn the ground cover and debris along the base of the north wall of the building, continuing to the roof before being extinguished. Because of how close the fire was to the Arts Based Elementary School on North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, the school was evacuated for precautionary measures.

This is the most recent of at least a dozen other fires that have occurred in or near downtown Winston-Salem in the past five months. All are characteristically similar in nature, and all have been ruled as arson.

LOCAL METH LAB SHUT DOWN

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office and the State Bureau of Investigation have finally been served a search warrant for a residence on Summit Avenue after a two-month-long narcotics investigation pertaining to the production of methamphetamine. When detectives searched the property, they found methamphetamine, as well as “precursor chemicals.”

Because methamphetamine labs are very hazardous, Guilford County HAZMAT team, EMS, Fire Station #32 and Environmental Health were all there to assist in the investigation. Steve and Tonya Kitchens are the suspects of this investigation. The Sheriff’s Office is pursuing charges of possession of precursor chemicals, manufacturing and trafficking methamphetamine for both Steve and Tonya.

STAB WOUND VICTIM IN GREENSBORO

On August 30, just before 6 p.m., police arrived on Bennett Street because they received a medical call. When they arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from a stab wound.

EMS arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment. The injury did not appear to be life threatening.

Although this investigation is still ongoing, the assault is believed to have occurred in the 1500 block of East Market Street. The reasons behind the assault are still unknown.

ARMED ROBBERY AT HANES MALL

Amanda Eversole and Diedra Powder, two employees from Buckle, a clothing store at Hanes Mall in Winston-Salem, were approached by a man with a man with a handgun as they were leaving work on Saturday, Sept. 1.

He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black sweatpants, and was described as approximately 20 to 25 years old, and about 170 pounds.

The man demanded the bank deposit bad and then left the scene on foot. He was last seen running toward a Days Inn.

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