by YES! Weekly staff

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled


Winston-Salem police were dispatched Sunday to S. Main Street over I-40 in reference to subjects throwing objects from the bridge. Officers responded to the area and located the juveniles, ages 15 and 14, walking along the bridge with large sticks in their hands. While speaking to the suspects, the victim arrived on the scene. He said that he was heading East on I-40 in the far right lane when an unknown object struck the roof of his vehicle. Upon stopping his vehicle and noticing the damage, he responded immediately to bridge location in an attempt to locate those responsible. One of the juveniles’ admitted to targeting the vehicles and striking the victim’s vehicle with a bottle. They were preparing to throw the large sticks when encountered by police. The odor of marijuana was detected and one of the juveniles’ was found to be in possession of marijuana. Both subjects were released to their parents.


A North Carolina man was arrested by the United States Marshals in Springfield, Ill. on Feb. 3 in connection with a 2002 Greensboro murder that had turned cold. Stanley Frederick Westphal, 49, was arrested at a home on Jefferson St. and charged with First Degree for the death of Anthony Demetrius Coates. New evidence linked Westphal to the murder. Coates was found stabbed to death in a Greensboro hotel on Dec. 21, 2002. Police were called to the Lodge America at 1200 Lanada Rd. that Saturday afternoon when a guest in a nearby room heard someone calling for help. Police located Coates in the bathroom. Coates, then 44, was originally from Florida and had been staying in the hotel for several weeks before his death.

Greensboro detectives continued to work the case throughout the years, interviewing people who knew Coates along with possible suspects. Evidence collected from the crime scene was recently re-analyzed and produced an investigative lead that garnered enough probable cause against Westphal for the murder charge.

Westphal is currently confined in Illinois, and is awaiting extradition. !