Busted: Best of the blotters

by Amy Kingsley

Losing your load

A dump truck headed west on Shattalon Drive in Winston-Salem collided with a BMW sedan at Bethania Station Road on May 30, overturned and spilled its load of sand onto the busy roadway. The accident, which happened at 8 a.m., closed the street for almost two hours while city crews cleaned the mess. Investigators from the Traffic Enforcement Unit determined that Derrick Haile, 48 and the driver of the BMW, ran a red light prior to the wreck. Both drivers were transported to Baptist Hospital. Haile, who suffered life-threatening injuries, was reported to be in critical condition.

Wrong place, wrong time

A Winston-Salem police officer on routine patrol near the 1200 block of East 29th Street on May 23 saw one Lonnie Lee Nesmith, 47, inappropriately touching a small child. The officer arrested Nesmith on the spot. He was charged with indecent liberties with a child and with delaying arrest for giving the officer a false name. Nesmith’s bond was set at $50,000.

Bates Motel

Greensboro police responded to a stabbing at Homestead Lodge room 410 early on the morning of May 29 and found the victim suffering from several stab wounds to the head and lower torso. Officers found the suspect, 43-year-old Thomas Edward Presley, in the parking lot and arrested him without incident. Presley was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and placed in county jail under a $30,000 bond. The victim was transported to Moses Cone Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Country club mugging

A group of residents relaxing at the Adams Farm Swim and Tennis Club at 2:30 a.m. on May 31 were mugged by more than a dozen white males who poured out of a white SUV. The suspects assaulted one man and took his wallet, and then fled in their vehicle. The victim was transported to Moses Cone, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Greensboro police invite anyone with information about this crime to call the department or Crimestoppers.

Physical evidence

An alarm alerted Greensboro police of a break-in at Massas Mart on Smith Street early on the morning of June 1. Police located a blood trail in the store, which they followed to suspect Elliot Lamonte Hayes, 39, who was found with beer, cigarettes and a fresh cut on his arm. He was arrested without incident.