by David McGee

The best and worst of Triad area police blotters, as compiled by David McGee

First W-S homicide of 2010

Winston-Salem police responded to a Forsyth County Emergency Services call for assistance on Monday and discovered Dwight Adair Smith, 57, dead in his home. Smith was found to have lacerations on his body and his death is being considered a homicide. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 336.727.2800.

Commercial robbery

Greensboro police arrived at Lel Buen Vusto Market on Muirs Chapel Road at about 5 a.m. following an alarm call on Jan. 9. When they arrived an officer saw a suspect fleeing the area on foot carrying a large amount of merchandise. The officer arrested 28-year-old Santo Jiron without incident.

Auto break-ins warning

The Greensboro Police Dept. has noticed an increase in automobile break-ins since Christmas and would like to remind the public to remove valuables and electronics before locking their vehicles.

Thieves are breaking windows, grabbing items and fleeing quickly.

False use of 911 leads to arrests

Greensboro police went to West Terrell Street on Jan. 6 after receiving calls from what they thought was a suicidal man claiming to have taken pills and wanting to kill himself. When they arrived at the scene, another call was received saying that unless the police left, the subject would begin shooting. Later, police determined the incident was a hoax constructed by Sheila Neal White, 41, and Baretta Adams, 32. Each has been charged with multiple counts of misuse of 911, communicating threats and resisting, obstructing and delaying a law enforcement officer.