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Extra Police On Duty New Year’s Eve to Promote Safe Celebrations

More than 30 additional police officers will be in the downtown Greensboro area and throughout the city Thursday night to encourage revelers to welcome in the New Year safely.

“Greensboro – especially our downtown area – is a great place to celebrate the start of 2016, and we are expecting large crowds,” said Deputy Chief James Hinson. “We want to make sure that people have an enjoyable evening, and that everyone celebrates responsibly.”

Uniformed officers on Segways, bikes, foot, and in marked and unmarked vehicles will be patrolling the central business district to maintain the peace, and assist people when needed. Other officers will be assigned throughout the city where celebrations are known to occur.

The officers report for duty at 9 pm and will work approximately seven hours. The plus up is a result of adjusting shift hours for most officers, and overtime for approximately five officers.

“Safety is our number one priority,” stressed Hinson. “We are there to prevent people from getting into harm’s way. We will be paying special attention to areas where large crowds are likely to gather, and to people who may be unfit to operate a motor vehicle.”

Police are encouraging people throughout the city to celebrate responsibly by having a plan to get home safely before heading out to party and certainly before consuming alcohol. “And, take care of each other,” advised Hinson. “If your buddy has had too much to drink, don’t let him drive. If you see tempers start to flare, walk away and take your friends with you. Everyone plays a role in keeping our city safe.”

Second Arrest made in Double Homicide on Bragg Street

A second teen has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of two men on Bragg St. on Dec. 2.

Elijah Naitron Valentin, 19, was taken into custody without incident by officials from the Federal Bureau Investigation on Dec. 24 at a relative’s home in Cobb County, Georgia. Valentin is charged with two counts of First Degree Murder in connection with the homicides of Ernest Lemark Cuthbertson, 23, and Jeffrey Devine Hampton, 44.

Valentin’s arrest is the result of an extensive joint investigation involving the FBI, local law enforcement officials from Georgia, and the Greensboro Police Department. He is currently being held in Cobb County Jail located in Marietta, Georgia pending extradition back to NC.

Valentin was an acquaintance of Ernest Cuthbertson. Valentin had no previous contact or encounters with the second homicide victim, Hampton.

Chauncey Jamal Slade, 17, of 1413 Bellevue St., was the first teen arrested in connection the double homicide. He was served two warrants for First Degree Murder on Dec. 18 while confined in the High Point Jail for stealing property from several automobiles three days earlier. He is also charged with Shooting into an Occupied Dwelling for the Dec. 2 incident.

At approximately 11 pm the night of the shooting, Greensboro police officers were in the Ray Warren neighborhood on an unrelated call when they heard shots fired. Upon locating the crime scene near 1008 E. Bragg St., they found Cuthbertson, whose last known address is 407 E.

Washington St., fatally shot. Hampton, of 1511 Avalon Dr., was also shot in the incident. He was transported to Moses Cone Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Detectives have learned that the shooting followed a dispute among Slade, Cuthbertson and Hampton (who are cousins), and others. The nature of the dispute, along with any motive for the shooting, remains unclear. Police have determined that Slade knew Cuthbertson before the shooting.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000 or text the tip to 274637 using the keyword badboyz. All calls to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous, and may result in a reward up to $2,000.