by Amy Kingsley

Cookin’ the colonel

A suspect entered the Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Bessemer Avenue in Greensboro on July 22 and demanded money by threatening to blow up the business if the clerk did not comply. The clerk said she could not open the register and the suspect left without discharging any kind of explosive device. The man was described as a white male, about 5 feet 5 inches tall with short black hair, a goatee and tattoos on both arms. He left in an old Chevy or Buick with a damaged passenger side. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Greensboro Police Department.

Hot for teacher A former Guilford County schools drama teacher assigned to the Weaver Academy in Greensboro turned herself into the Guilford County Magistrates Office on July 23 after five warrants were issued for her arrest for allegedly having sex with a student. Leanne Elizabeth Macklin was jailed under a $25,000 bond. The case was opened when the Greensboro Police Department received a complaint on July 1. A department news release indicated that the case remains under investigation, and “Ms. Macklin is suspected of having sex with only one student at this time.”

Summertime blues Ice cream vendors plying their trade on July 23 in the 1200 block of East 26 th Street in Winston-Salem were attacked by three suspects who leapt into their truck through an open door. The suspects wrestled with the vendors over some cash and then ran off in the direction of Piedmont Circle. None of the victims were hurt during the robbery. The suspects were described as three black men between the ages of 20 and 28. Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 336.727.2800.

Great escape Winston-Salem police responded to an armed robbery call on July 24 at Willow Oak Drive. Two of the five victims had jumped from a second story balcony, sustaining minor injuries including lacerations and a fractured ankle. The incident began with a knock at the door, which the victims answered. Two black teens brandishing handguns rushed into the apartment and stole cash and cell phones. The suspects fled on foot toward Glenn Avenue.

Danger on two wheels The city of Winston-Salem recorded its seventh traffic fatality this week when scooterist Billy Ray Hester, 48, succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on July 27. Police found Hester unconscious beside Jonestown Road in the middle of the day and transported him to Baptist Hospital. They were unable to identify the injured motorist because he was not carrying identification and had not registered his scooter with the state Department of Motor Vehicles. The Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating the incident and has said that neither speed nor alcohol appears to have been a factor.