Busted; Best of the blotter

by Amy Kingsley

Crash course

A school bus collided with a Jeep Cherokee at 7:30 a.m. on May 6, sending three passengers to the hospital with minor injuries. The Jeep was stopped at a red traffic light on South Stratford Road when the bus struck it from behind. The bus, which was from the private Summit School, was carrying one student who was not injured in the accident. Winston-Salem police cited bus driver Terrill Bowman, a white female, with failure to reduce speed.


Winston-Salem police responding to a trouble call early last week located two bodies – one female and one male – inside a house at 1871 Meadowbrook Drive. They identified the deceased as Amy Messick Paynter and Roger Earl Cherry, both of Winston-Salem, and ruled it a murder-suicide. Cherry, who was involved in a relationship with Paynter, is alleged to have shot his lover before turning the gun on himself. Paynter is the city’s fifth homicide victim of 2008.

Un-Friendly Shopping Center

A 27-year-old man working at the Sharon Luggage store in Greensboro’s Friendly Shopping Center was attacked by a blade-wielding mugger at 10:30 p.m. on May 5. The victim, who was taking out the trash at the time of the incident, sustained several cuts to his upper body. He was transported and treated at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He described the suspect as a white male with long hair wearing blue jeans and a blue shirt. Police ask anyone with information about the crime to call Crimestoppers.


Winston-Salem police closed two center lanes of US Highway 52 on May 11 after a two-car collision caused by severe weather sent vehicles skidding into the concrete divider. Wong Shing was driving his Mitsubishi truck on the highway when he hit a patch of water, hydroplaned and flipped. His truck hit another car, driven by Daniel Kiger, as it overturned. Kiger came to rest in the breakdown lane and Shing stopped on the center divider, which was badly damaged. Neither driver has been charged.

Shoot ’em up

Two people parked on Van Wert Street near Lee Street suffered a scare on May 10 when two men fired on their vehicle, lodging bullets in the rear quarter panel and passenger side door. The suspects, described as black men wearing dark clothing, approached the red Pontiac Sunfire just after midnight and fled on foot after the shooting. Neither of the victims was injured.