Busted: Best of the blotter

by Amy Kingsley

Keepin’ it unreal

Three black men entered the Great Stops on West Market Street in Greensboro at 3:45 a.m., produced what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money. The suspects, who were all dressed in black, fired at the clerk and fled without any loot. Fortunately for the clerk, the handgun was a cap gun.

The suspects headed east on foot. No injuries were reported.

No good deed goes unpunished

Virginia State Police arrested Timothy Hartford Jr. and Ashley Kristine Smith, both of Kernersville, for the murder of two senior citizens on April 24 in Winston-Salem.

Robert Wayne Denning, 64, and Edith Anne Magness, 77, were both killed when a break-in at Denning’s home on Jonestown Road turned bad. Edith Magness and husband William Craig Magness were delivering food to Denning for Meals on Wheels when they were shot. William Craig Magness was transported to Baptist Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Hartford and Smith surrendered after a five-hour standoff with police. Their one-month-old child was in the back of their SUV during the car chase and ensuing negotiations. The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the couple agreed to trade the baby to authorities for a Coca-Cola but then surrendered before the deal was sealed.

Both are also being charged with attempted first degree murder for shooting Craig Magness.

Frightening the apron strings

Winston-Salem police responded to a reported shooting on East 26th Street last week and found two men with gunshot wounds apparently inflicted by the mother of the victim.

Police charged the other man who suffered a gunshot wound, Everette Henderson, with assault with a deadly weapon. According to the shooter, Terri Hill, Henderson was attacking her son Tory Edwards with a knife when she retrieved her gun.

Henderson continued to attack her son, so Hill shot twice, injuring both men. Edwards was treated and released from Baptist Hospital and Henderson was admitted for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Small potatoes

Employees of a car wash on High Point Road reporting to work on April 26 discovered that two change machines had been ripped violently from the wall. The money inside the machine was also missing.

According to Greensboro police, two suspects, described as a black male and a white female, wrapped a chain around the machines and pried them from the building. The suspects were reported to be driving a late model Chevy Camaro with body damage and tinted windows.

Mountains and molehills

A verbal altercation between Debbie Phillips and her husband Steven turned dangerous last week when he pointed a firearm at her and engaged in a standoff with Winston-Salem police.

After Steven Phillips brandished the gun, Debbie Phillips fled the house and called police. After they arrived, Steven Phillips refused to leave the house and patrol officers activated the special enforcement team. Those officers stormed the house and confronted Steven Edwards.

He was subdued and treated at Forsyth Medical Center for abrasions. He was also charged with assault by pointing a firearm.