by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department assisted the city’s fire department in response to a house fire on Rockbridge Court on April 16. Police helped locate homeowner Angela Cockman at work to notify her of the fire. During the initial investigation, the Winston-Salem Fire Department’s fire investigator concluded that the fire was set intentionally, later collaborating with the police’s arson task force to determine that Cockman’s husband, Kenneth, started the fire. Kenneth Cockman, 48, was not initially present at the scene, but later returned, where police arrested him and charged him with second-degree arson, burning of personal property and felony cruelty to animals.


On April 17, just two days after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Greensboro Police Department responded to two separate pieces of luggage suspiciously left unattended near downtown. Shortly after 1:30 p.m., a motorist notified 911 of an abandoned backpack on the corner of Patton Avenue and South Elm-Eugene Street.

The hazardous device team used a robot to ensure the safety of the bag before examining it, discovering it to be empty and deeming it to be of no public threat. At about 10 p.m., officers responded to a suspicious activity call at the corner of Friendly Avenue and Commerce Place, where they found an unattended suitcase. As with the backpack, the hazardous device team inspected the suitcase and found it to be empty.


Greensboro police reported to the eastbound lanes of Wendover Avenue between Walker and Market streets shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday in response to a car crash that left three dead. 22-year-old Louis Myner Jr. of Smyrna, Del. was the driver of a Ford Taurus that collided with a Dodge Neon occupied by 21-year-old driver Alan Stewart of Elizabeth City, NC and passenger Fatima Weaver, 19, of Greensboro. EMS workers pronounced the occupants of both cars dead on the scene. The police department’s crash reconstruction team is further investigating the collision.