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BODY FOUND AFTER PAWN SHOP BURNS

Police in Greensboro are working to identify a body found in a pawn shop on Randleman Road that caught fire early Monday morning.

Firefighters responded to USA Pawn, located at 2010 Randleman Road, about 8:45 am after several people called 911 to report visible smoke and flames coming from the building. After battling the flames for a few hours, firefighters were able to enter the building. During the search they found a body inside.

Greensboro police and fire officials are working the investigation together. The badly burned body was unable to be indentified. Because the manner of death and the cause of the fire are both unknown, police are treating this as a crime scene.

GANGS TAG EASTON PARK

A Winston-Salem park ranger found gang graffiti on basketball courts, signage and landscaping at Easton Park off Tyler Drive on March 28.

After the ranger consulted with the WSPD gang unit, police were able to identify four men ages 16 to 22 as the vandals. All four were arrested in the 700 block of Clemmonsville Circle.

Police identified the suspects as members of the Autumn Oaks Surenos and Flores 13.

TASK FORCE TARGETS RECENT SHOOTINGS

Winston-Salem police have joined with community volunteers to launch a Violent Crimes Task Force Response related to two recent shootings.

Christopher Thompson was shot and killed on March 23 on Gilmer Ave. while Christopher Jones was found shot to death five days later on North Cleveland Ave.

Police hope to develop investigative leads by canvassing the neighborhoods near where the shootings took place. The outreach is designed to let the community know the investigation is occurring and to encourage residents with information to come forward and help solve the cases. After gathering at Union Baptist Church on Trade Street, teams walked the affected communities in order to keep these crimes fresh in the public’s mind. !

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