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THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS

by Keith Barber

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THE BEST AND WORST OF TRIAD AREA BLOTTERS

Caught in the crossfire

An altercation between a 13-year-old boy and a 38-year-old man resulted in the shooting of the boy’s mother during a Dec. 9 incident in Winston-Salem. Police responded to a call of a shooting in the 4100 block of Morningside Drive at 6:39 p.m. They arrived on the scene to find Jawanna Yolanda Spease, 39, suffering from a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Spease was transported to Baptist Hospital where she was listed in stable condition. James Davis Williams was later arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to police reports, the victim’s 13-year-old son intervened during a physical altercation between Spease and Williams. The suspect then allegedly drew a gun and shot Spease in the abdomen. After his arrest, Williams was transported to Forsyth County Jail where he is being held without bond.

Police search for murder suspect

Greensboro police are still searching for the killer of Melvin Hargraves, 24. On Dec. 10, Greensboro police responded to a call of a shooting in the 2000 block of Everitt Street. Upon arrival, officers discovered Hargraves shot and called EMS. Hargraves was transported to the nearest hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 336.373.1000.

Dodge vs. Chevy

Winston-Salem police responded to a four-car collision in the 3300 block of Kernersville Road on Dec. 12. While traveling northeast on Kernersville Road, a Dodge pickup truck driven by James Farrow crossed the center line and sideswiped a Chevy pickup truck driven by Jose Manuel Navarrette-Melo. The Dodge began to rotate in a counterclockwise motion and was knocked into the southeast lane of Kernersville Road, colliding with a Honda Passport driven by John David Muldrow. Parts and debris from Farrow’s vehicle collided with a fourth vehicle, a GMC truck being driven by Ronald Ziglar. Farrow, Muldrow and passenger, Keirdre Blackmon, were transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment. Neither speed nor alcohol appears to have been a factor in the crash, according to police reports. The police investigation into the incident continues.

String of armed robberies

The city of Winston-Salem has suffered a string of armed robberies in recent weeks, including two incidents at neighboring businesses. On Dec. 4, Winston-Salem police were dispatched to the scene of an armed robbery of the $1.50 Cleaners franchise at 134 Beau View Court. A store employee informed police that two armed male suspects wearing bandanas over their faces and armed with a handgun entered the store, demanded money and fled on foot. On Dec. 10, two male suspects reportedly robbed the Waffle House located at 150 Beau View Court at gunpoint. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 336.727.2800.

W-S police identify suspects

The Winston-Salem police have outstanding warrants on Bridget Louise Cuthbertson and Keirra Chivona Lewis in connection with an armed robbery and kidnapping incident on Dec. 13. After receiving a report of an armed robbery in the 1000 block of Louise Road, officers arrived to find the victim, LaToya Ormsby, who claimed three female suspects entered her residence, stole her purse and began assaulting her. Ormsby informed police the suspects kidnapped her and placed her inside a green Ford Explorer. The victim said she managed to escape and call 911. Ormsby was taken to the Forsyth Hospital emergency room and treated for non-life threatening injuries. Police later arrested Crystal Cuthbertson at her home without incident. Cuthbertson was transported to the Forsyth County Jail where her bond is set at $75,000. Warrants are still pending on Bridgett Cuthbertson and Keirra Lewis. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 336.727.2800.

Brinks driver shot and robbed on Friendly

Greensboro police are investigating the fatal shooting of Brinks Armored Car employee, which occurred on Monday in the 3100 block of West Friendly Avenue. The armored car employee later died as a result of injuries sustained in the shooting, according to a police reports. Officers received the shooting call at 10:02 a.m. Monday and arrived on the scene to find the injured Brinks employee. The shooting suspect is described as a black male, 5-10 to 6 feet in height, wearing a shoulder length dark red wig, teal colored surgical scrubs, a short sleeve white printed surgical top with a long sleeve white shirt underneath and white tennis shoes. The suspect reportedly left the scene in a black vehicle. Police say the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.

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