Winston-Salem police announced additional arrests last week in three murders dating back to 2007. On April 7, members of the US Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force nabbed Rodney Lamont Fraley, 34, for the murder of Leon Denard Conrad on Nov. 9, 2007. Two other men had already been arrested in Conrad’s death – he died from several gunshot wounds to the chest. Fraley was arrested without incident in Statesville.
Three days later, Winston-Salem police apprehended Nicholas Alexander and charged him with first-degree murder for the Dec. 2, 2007 stabbing death of Tony Edward McGriff. Alexander was doing time in the Davidson County Jail on unrelated charges when Winston-Salem police tracked him down. He has since been transferred to Forsyth County Jail where he is being held without bond.
Another one of Winston-Salem’s most wanted turned up in Guilford County Jail on April 11. Kwame Audley Johnson was the third man arrested in connection with an armed robbery and murder at the Paper Moon last summer. Two victims were injured and another killed during the incident. Corrections officers transferred Johnson to Forsyth County jail, where he awaits trial without bond.
Girls gone wild
Police in Winston-Salem arrested Samara Gordon, 32, a few minutes after midnight on April 8 for stabbing Karen Crowell, 50. The two women had been arguing, and then fighting, before their disagreement escalated and Gordon stuck Crowell twice with a knife. Crowell was treated at Baptist Hospital for non-life threatening injuries and police booked Gordon in Forsyth County Jail, where she was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
In Greensboro, five victims sustained injuries on the evening of April 8 in two drive-by shootings perpetrated by assailants in a green sedan. The first incident happened on Burbank Street at half past eight, when the car stopped in front of a house and the passenger unloaded on a group of teenagers. Three suffered non-life threatening injuries. Less than two hours later, a car fitting the same description passed a couple walking down Ogden Street and turned around. This time the driver shot at the two victims, who received non-life threatening injuries.
A tragic end
A driver piloting a 1989 Honda ran off the road early on April 13, collided with two trees, sailed out of the vehicle and died. The car was heading north on South Main Street when the driver lost control, ran off the road to the right, slipped back across the road and into a pair of trees on the other side. The impact split the vehicle in half. The driver, 34- year-old Calletano Calleja Renteria, was ejected and died at the scene. Police are investigating whether alcohol contributed to the crash.
Winston-Salem police cited a man who hurled himself in front of an oncoming train last week with trespassing on railroad property. Employees of Norfolk Southern Railroad saw the man – Alfred Lorenzo James, 42 – step into the locomotive’s path but were unable to stop the train before it hit him. An ambulance transported James to Baptist Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. His trespassing trial is scheduled for June 24.
An unidentified man crashed his red Kymco scooter into a guardrail on Summit Avenue early on April 11. The driver suffered critical injuries and was transported to Moses Cone Hospital. Police are investigating the circumstances of the accident.