by Amy Kingsley

In stitches: A knife-wielding mugger on Maplewood Lane in Greensboro approached Manuel Vasquez on the night of Aug. 23 and demanded his money. He then slashed Vasquez on the left arm and took his cash, leaving the victim with a wound that required several stitches. He was transported by private vehicle to Wesley Long Hospital for treatment of the non-life threatening injury. Vasquez described his assailant as a six-foot tall black man wearing a white T-shirt and a blue and yellow hat.

In a pickle: A Flint, Mich. trucker by the name of Scypion Pleasant overturned a tractor trailer carrying a load of cucumbers southbound on US Highway 52 in Winston-Salem on Aug. 23. Pleasant sustained minor injuries that required on-the-scene treatment by EMS. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and the ramp on which the accident occurred was closed for several hours for towing and cleanup. After an initial investigation, traffic investigators determined that excessive speed may have contributed to the crash.

Mean girls, part 2: Winston-Salem police officers converged on the 1000 block of Thurmond Street on Aug. 21 in response to a reported stabbing and found Karen Pledger bleeding from the neck. She had been injured by Kimberly Bennett, a 21-year-old female who was tracked by canine unit to the 1100 block of Shrub Street, where she was arrested. Pledger was treated at Baptist Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Bennett was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and placed in Forsyth County Jail under $65,000 bond.

Heavily armed: Three women entered the Tropical Hispanic Connection in Winston-Salem on Aug. 22 and brandished an arsenal that included one rifle and two handguns, which they trained on the clerk. After they received cash from the register, the women fled in a Nissan Maxima driven by Shaniqua Potter, 18. The vehicle was spotted by patrol cars and Potter was arrested alongside Jennifer Lee King, 30, and Twakeylla Williams, 16, at the intersection of Willard Road and Selma Street. Police seized the stolen money and the weapons used in the robbery.

Greensboro tragedy: Elio Charcon Anderson II, 22, died on Aug. 21 after an altercation with Scotty Lamont Bryce, Jr., 18, on Acorn Road turned deadly. Bryce fatally stabbed Anderson in a driveway and fled. He had not been located by press time. Anyone with information about the crime is encouraged to call the Greensboro Police Department or Crimestop pers.