by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Shortly before 3 a.m. on Aug. 8, Greensboro police officers arrived at Fat Dog’s Grille & Pub on Spring Garden Street in response to a report of an attempted armed robbery. Employees Sarah Sadler, 27, and Brandon Casten, 32, were closing the business for the night. And 37-year-old John Player was also inside the business, waiting for the employees to finish closing when he noticed two suspects, one of whom was armed with a handgun, approach the restaurant’s side door. After Player locked the side door, the suspects attempted to open the other side door, as well as the front door, both of which were locked. The suspects then tried to rob Sadler, who had stepped outside just before they arrived. Because she didn’t have any property on her, the suspects fled the scene without obtaining anything. The suspects were described as two black males dressed in all dark clothing with their faces covered. They were last seen fleeing south from the restaurant on foot.


Winston-Salem police arrived to the 2700 block of West Mountain Street shortly before 11 a.m. on Aug. 13 in response to a reported pedestrian lying in the roadside grass. The pedestrian, identified as Richard Bernard Byers Jr., had visible head injuries. At the time of the police report, Byers was in the intensive care unit at the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, listed in critical condition. No witnesses or suspect vehicles were found at the scene, which was examined by Forensic Services.


A 1994 Infinity Q45 sedan was travelling northbound on US 29 in Greensboro on Aug. 11 when the driver, 20-year-old Willie B. Cornwell III, lost control of the car, which veered off the road and crashed into two trees. The front passenger, Jasmine Rose Harris, 18, died at the scene from her sustained injuries. Cornwell and the rear passenger, 17-year-old Gabriel Trevond Edwards, both suffered critical injuries and were transported to Moses Cone Hospital for treatment. Cornwell was charged with careless and reckless driving, along with misdemeanor death by vehicle.