by Alex Ashe

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Greensboro police were dispatched to Carroll Street shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 13 regarding a suspicious vehicle. A witness informed officers that an unknown man had just jumped the fence behind his residence before running into nearby woods. Additional officers and a K-9 unit arrived to establish a perimeter and track the suspect. Police observed a signal from an electronic monitor worn by 33-year-old Bobbie Frederick Walls Jr. They connected Walls to a breaking and entering on Carroll Street, and then located and arrested him on Erwin Street. The monitor had been placed on Walls in November 2012 after he was released from the central jail on charges stemming from the Oct. 15 fatal shooting of Alkhaafid Nariz Shumate. Police charged Walls with breaking and entering, larceny and possession of stolen property. It remains unknown as to whether Walls forgot about the monitor or considered it a bluff.


Greensboro police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Phillips Avenue and Barto Place at 5:25 p.m. on Aug. 17 in reference to a car crash. Upon arrival, they located an unoccupied Blue Bird taxi that had struck a natural gas line after running off the road. There was no leak from the gas line. A short time later, the officers located the cab driver, 37-year-old Charles McMurray, in the 1700 block of Boone Street. McMurray stated that an unknown assailant stabbed him while he was driving, causing the crash. He sustained a serious, but non-life threatening injury and was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.


Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department were working off-duty at Club Secrets on Northwest Boulevard shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 16. As they were clearing the parking lot, officers heard gunshots from a nearby parking lot on Northwest Boulevard. As the officers approached the parking lot, they observed a man in a silver Chevrolet Camaro suffering from a gunshot wound. The man, identified as 40-year-old Larry Lamont Hatcher, was pronounced dead at the scene. Aaron Markel Carroll, a second gunshot victim, was located nearby, and transported to Baptist Medical Center, where he is listed in stable condition.