The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


A large crowd of teens seemed to appear from nowhere Friday night in Winston-Salem, catching police off guard when a few small fights went down among a crowd estimated at 300 people.

Two people were charged with disorderly conduct, an additional four teens detained and released to parents, and a whole lot of pepper spray released into the air sometime after 8:15 p.m. near Winston Square Park on Marshall Street.

Police said the gathering began about 8 p.m. along Fourth Street between Marshall and Cherry before spreading to the park. Police began receiving reports of fights in the area, causing the bike patrol, augmented by regular patrol units, to respond.

The incident resulted in traffic congestion downtown. Police stayed on scene at Winston Square Park for about two hours, until closing the park down as teens left the area. No injuries were reported.


Police in Winston-Salem responded to a traffic accident near Business 40 that left a car hanging over the guardrail with a driver trapped inside.

The incident went down about 1:15 p.m. Monday at an on-ramp from Cherry Street onto the highway, also known as US-421. Police determined that a car traveling north on Spruce Street failed to yield at a stop sign and struck the victim’s car on the driver’s side, causing it to careen out of control and come to rest dangling from a guardrail.

Firefighters were able to stabilize the car so the driver could escape.

Both northbound lanes of the highway were blocked while the accident scene was active. The incident took about 20 minutes to remediate. Police do not believe that alcohol or speed were factors in the accident.


A gunman forced is way into a home on Lynette Drive in Greensboro on Saturday after posing as a salesman.

Greensboro police reported the incident took place about 8:30 p.m. A woman answered a knock at the door to discover a man dressed in a red shirt. The man claimed to at the door selling insurance, but then brandished a rifle and forced his way inside. !