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TRUCK STRIKES GAS MAIN

by Jeff Sykes

The best and worst of Triad police blotters, as compiled

TRUCK STRIKES GAS MAIN

A tractor trailer crashed and burst into flames in Winston-Salem on Monday when it swerved to avoid stopped traffic on U.S. 52 near Liberty Street.

The furniture truck was traveling south on the highway when it came upon stopped traffic from another crash. The truck and its 53-foot trailer swerved to avoid running into stopped traffic, but instead struck a gas main and then Liberty Butcher Shop in the 2800 block of Liberty Street.

Police believe the damaged gas main caused a fire, which spread to the tractor and the butcher shop.

The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries but the butcher shop was heavily damaged.

THREE SHOOTINGS OVERNIGHT

Greensboro police are investigating a string of shootings that occurred in a six-hour period overnight Saturday. The first incident took place about 10:20 p.m. Near Ogden and Doak streets. The 18-year-old victim approached police and said he had been shot, though his injuries were not life-threatening. The two suspects fled in a white Dodge Neon toward West Lee and South Eugene streets.

The second incident took place when a man told police he was walking on Castlewood Drive and heard gunshots about 2:20 a.m. He noticed he had been struck.

About an hour later, officers were called to Magic’s Gentlemen’s Club on Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and found four gunshot victims upon arrival. One of the victims was listed in critical condition.

MASKED MAN HOLDS SEVEN AT GUNPOINT

Winston-Salem police are investigating a home invasion robbery that went down on Monday. A 28-year-old woman told police she was in her garage when she heard a knock at the door. After opening the garage door she said a muscular man dressed in camouflage and wearing a mask forced his way in and pointed a gun at her.

After taking her to the main part of the house, she said the suspect tied her up and bound another woman and a man in the house. Four children were in the house, police said, but were not harmed in the incident.

Police did not say if anything was stolen in the home invasion. No one was injured. !

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