by Jeff Sykes

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


A weekend shooting in Winston-Salem left one man with critical injuries and sent another to a local hospital.

Police say it went down just before 5 a.m. Sunday in the 1000 block of Charles Street. Police arrived to find the victim, Corey Bernard Crouch, 28, slumped over the driver’s seat in a 2014 Toyota Camry. Police reported his condition as “grave.” About an hour later, Cary D. Crowder, 22, arrived at hospital in Greensboro seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. Police there assisted WSPD in determining that Crowder’s injuries were related to the Charles Street incident. Police charged Crowder with felony assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


A man who unsuccessfully tried to break into a local CVS drug store later came back and robbed the store of prescription drugs. Winston-Salem police were able to apprehend Rickey Tyrone Cook, 55, a homeless man, before he got out of the CVS on Peters Creek Parkway. Police responded to an “unknown trouble” call just after 7 a.m. Tuesday. He had confronted a store employee while armed with a knife and taken possession of an undisclosed amount of perception drugs.

Detectives determined he had tried to break into the store that morning.


Greensboro police arrested two more men in connection with a shooting death that occurred Sept. 2. That’s when police found 32-year old Kevin Millner shot to death in his car behind the Holiday Inn Express on Big Tree Way. A passerby discovered the man locked in his vehicle. Police charged Colby Wade Watkins, 29, of Danville, Virginia on Sept. 22 with conspiracy to commit robbery. He was locked up in Aiken, South Carolina at the time. Since then police have arrested Craig Deonte Hairston, 25, also of Danville, and Montray Debrois Price, 21, of Greensboro on charges of first degree murder. Hairston was locked up in Danville, but Price was at home when arrested. Police intend to extradite Watkins and Hairston.

Robbery appears to be the motive for the murder, police said. !