by Karen Phillips

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Natasha Smith and Jonathan Bowles got into an argument at the Winston Motel in Winston-Salem on Oct. 23. Bowles left the motel on foot, and Smith followed him in her 1998 Chrysler. She intentionally hit him with her car while he was walking down Reidsville Road. Winston-Salem police officers located Smith at the Winston Motel and arrested her. She was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting injury and placed in jail with no bond. Bowles was transported to Baptist Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Between Sept. 24 and Oct. 23, there have been 24 smash-and-grab burglaries, the Greensboro Police Department reports. Suspects are using large planters, bricks or rocks located in front of the buildings to break the storefront glass of local businesses. Business owners are advised to remove these items from in front of their stores. The department also suggests that local businesses remove cash over night, leave the cash register open and empty, place a sign near the entrance that says “No Cash On Premises After Hours” and post signs indicating the business has an alarm system or is under surveillance.


Curtis Porter, 49, was found dead in a secluded, heavily wooded area behind the Miracle Temple Apostolic Church on Kinard Drive on Oct. 24. Porter had been missing from his home since Sept. 22. He suffered from a mental impairment, walked with a limp, and used a walker. The Winston- Salem Police Department’s special operations division and criminal operations division along with volunteers from Forsyth County Emergency Management Services conducted a massive ground search for Porter on Oct. 24. So far, police say there is no indication of foul play. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh positively identified the remains as those of Curtis Porter.