by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Winston-Salem police have charged Henry Clifford Byrd Sr. on charges of first degree rape of a child and indecent liberties with a child. The charges followed an investigation that began on March 23, when police responded to the New Bethel Baptist Church on Trade Street, where Byrd had allegedly raped a minor. During the investigation, police discovered Byrd’s status as a registered sex offender. Authorities charged and arrested Byrd at his Beeson Dairy Road home on April 2, then placed him in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.


Ohio’s Warren Township Police Department contacted Greensboro Police at 8 p.m. on April 5 in reference to a homicide suspect from that jurisdiction possibly being in Greensboro. An alert was put out for Patrick Lawson Heltzel, who was also wanted for larceny of an automobile. Shortly before 9 p.m., police conducted a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle at on Hilltop Road and served Heltzel warrants for possession of a stolen automobile and a fugitive warrant for first degree murder. Heitzel, 20, was taken into custody and is currently being held in the Guilford County Jail.


Winston-Salem police arrived at a house on Don Avenue on the afternoon of April 4 in response to a disturbance call. A gunshot was reportedly fired inside of the house as police were arriving, immediately before they observed Jesse Brown, 29, escaping the house through a bedroom window. Brown’s father, Walter remained in the house, reportedly intoxicated and responsible for the gunshot. Officers surrounded the house and requested that the elder Brown exit the house, but to no response. Shortly after the Winston- Salem Police Department’s SWAT team arrived on the scene, Brown exited the house and surrendered. Although no injuries were reported, police requested a temporary evacuation of homes on the neighboring blocks of Don and Ada avenues, which were also closed for about an hour. They charged Walter Brown, 59, with assault with a deadly weapon, communicating threats, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.