by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


While traveling on Northwest Boulevard shortly after 9 a.m. on May 1, Winston-Salem Police Officer C. Dorville observed Ronald Moore, 60, and Daniel Pratt, 27, arguing and preparing to fight. When Officer Dorville stopped to investigate, Pratt fled the scene on a moped. Moore stated the man who fled on the moped had attempted to rob him. Officers located the suspect minutes later riding the moped on West 27 th Street near Shorefair Drive, but when they tried stopping him, he refused and continued fleeing. The man switched traffic lanes during the pursuit, often traveling against traffic on West 27 th Street, Coliseum Drive and East Kent Road. After overcorrecting, he tipped over the moped on the 1600 block of Reynolda Road and tried to flee on foot, but was quickly arrested. Police charged Daniel Pratt, 27, with attempted armed robbery and possession of cocaine, as well as multiple traffic violations. At least he’s not a litterbug, I suppose.


Administrators at Glenn High School learned of allegations of an inappropriate relationship between a student and a teacher of the school on May 1. The Winston-Salem Police Department proceeded to investigate the matter, and the next day, arrested Glenn teacher Joseph M. Hester on charges of indecent liberties with a child, statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a student. Hester, 24, was placed in the Forsyth County Detention Center under a $500,000 bond.


On the evening of May 1, Greensboro police received an anonymous call regarding a suspected sighting of Jose Alberto Hernandez-Hernandez, who escaped from the High Point Jail on March 16. Police subsequently arrived to the Home Depot on West Wendover Avenue, where the caller had reportedly spotted Hernandez. Upon arrival, the officers located a man who matched the suspect’s description and detained him without incident. The man was positively identified as Hernandez, arrested, and confined to the Guilford County Jail, where home improvement is not an option.