by Charles Womack

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Winston-Salem police are searching for a black man who entered the Wilco Hess on Reynolda Road and pulled a gun on the store employee. Reports state that the robbery took place at about 4:10 a.m., and the suspect fled the business on foot with an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register. The suspect is described to be between 5-feet-6 and 5-feet-8, and 20-35 years of age. The clerk was not injured during the incident. The matter has been referred to the Winston-Salem Police Department’s criminal investigations division for further investigation.


Officers from the Greensboro Police Department responded to a residence on Willard Street on Monday about an individual who was injured during a dispute with his brother. At about 9:57 p.m., officers arrived and found the victim, 24-year-old Derek Deontay Blacknall suffering from apparent wounds and requested Guilford County EMS to respond. EMS responded and transported the victim to a local medical facility where he was later pronounced dead. The victim’s brother, 30-year-old Darren Broderick Blacknall, has been arrested and charged with 1 st -degree murder. The brothers lived together.


Greensboro Police Officers responded to a robbery call from the Wal-Mart Supercenter off of South Elm-Eugene Street on Dec. 6. According to reports, prior to law enforcement’s arrival the store’s loss prevention officers approached two subjects that had taken property from the business. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and pointed it at the loss prevention officer, while he was trying to catch them. The suspects then fled the scene. Greensboro police officers and K9 circulated the area. They recovered the stolen property, but were not able to locate the suspects. The armed suspect, described as a black man, 6-feet-4, was wearing black baggy clothing, and weighed about 300 pounds. The second suspect, a black woman, 5-feet-5 and heavyset, was wearing a skirt and colored contact lenses. There were no injuries in this incident. !