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by Karen Phillips

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled

1990′  HOMICIDE CASE CLOSED

Michael Miller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and seconddegree rape on Dec. 18 in Winston- Salem. He was sentenced to 36 years in state prison and must register as a sex offender. The Winston-Salem Police Department responded to a call on Lakeview Boulevard where they found Thressa Nicholson dead at the scene on Aug. 4, 1990. An autopsy revealed that Nicholson died from strangulation. Officers were unable to identify a suspect in the initial investigation. The case remained unsolved until 2009, when DNA samples collected during the original investigation led to Miller’s arrest.

ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY

WEAPON IN WINSTON-SALEM

Officers responded to the Forsyth Medical Center in reference to a reported shooting on Dec. 20. When they got there, they discovered that Edward Stewart was dropped off near the emergency room after receiving a gunshot wound to his torso. Stewart was immediately taken to surgery. The Winston-Salem Police Department’s criminal investigations division responded and assumed the investigation.

UPDATE: SUSPECTS CHARGED IN MURDER

Victor Ortiz was charged with firstdegree murder and Shahd Clark was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder on Dec. 20, in connection with the death of Anthony Person, 19, who was shot on Wanda Way in Winston-Salem on Dec. 9.

THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS

The war against Christmas came to Greensboro when thieves stole wooden figures from Natalie K. Sander’s nativity scene at her home on Carlisle Road. The pieces were hand-carved by Sander’s grandfather about 70 years ago. Sander told police that someone stole cutouts of Mary and Joseph, several extension cords and the backdrop of a crèche on Dec. 17. Then, on Dec. 23, the thieves stole an 18-inch flat-board image of a sheep from the manger scene.

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