The best and worst of Triad area blotters, as compiled by Keith T. Barber.

by Keith Barber

The best and worst of Triad area blotters, as compiled

Man dies after getting caught in wood chipper

A 45-year-old Randleman man died after suffering severe injuries related to getting caught in the augers of commercialsize wood chipper while working for a landscaping company in Winston-Salem on Nov. 29. Police reports indicate that Thomas Guy Rayle got entangled in one of the augers that grinds mulch and subsequently died at a job site located in the 4000 block of Patterson Avenue shortly before noon. Police notified Rayle’s next of kin, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials were dispatched to the scene. Forsyth County’s on-call medical examiner authorized the body be removed to Baptist Hospital. Greensboro police nab Steak ‘n’ Shake suspects

The Greensboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division announced it had arrested five subjects in the Oct. 19 robbery of a Steak ‘n’ Shake restaurant located at 2647 Lawndale Drive. Police said that at 11:20 p.m., an employee of the Steak ‘n’ Shake was exiting the front door of the business and was forced back inside by two armed suspects. A manager was struck in the back of the head before the suspects fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. On Nov. 26, detectives arrested James Edward Richardson, 41, of 3004 E. Lawndale Drive; Lamont Troy Dunbar, 22, of 3206-D Lawndale Drive; Bradley Fuller, 19, of 5008-H Turnbridge Circle in Brown Summit; and Zane Smith, 16, of 3001 Lawndale Drive. The fifth suspect is a juvenile, whose name was not released. The suspects have been charged with one count of robbery with a dangerous weapon and are being held at the Guilford County Jail on a $50,000 bond. Greensboro detectives are continuing the investigation. They ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 336.373.1000.

Cash and carry

Greensboro police responded to an armed robbery call just after midnight on Nov. 29 in the 700 block of Milton Street. A delivery person from a local pizzeria was robbed at gunpoint and the suspect fled on foot toward Brice Street after stealing the victim’s cell phone and wallet, according to police reports. The police department’s K9 unit was deployed but the track was lost in the area of Brice Street. No injuries were reported in the incident. Victim thwarts bandits

Greensboro police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 1400 block of E. Washington St. on Nov. 29. The victim informed police that she was approached by two men, 5-9 to 5-10 in height, slimbuild, 17-20 years of age, wearing dark clothing with black bandanas covering their faces and one suspect armed with a handgun. One of the suspects demanded money. The victim stated she didn’t have any money and started screaming. The suspects then fled on foot without taking any of the victim’s property. No injuries were reported in the incident. Trade Street robbery On Nov. 28, Winston-Salem police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 1200 block of Trade Street. The victim told police he was walking north on Trade Street around 10 p.m. when he was approached by three men wearing dark clothing. One of the three suspects brandished a knife, assaulted him and demanded money. After the robbery, the suspects fled on foot in a northwest direction. No injuries were reported in the incident. Missing senior citizen

The Winston-Salem police issued a missing persons report for Charles Dean Tullock, 62, after he walked away from the Dogwood Family Assisted Living facility on Nov. 20. Tullock was reportedly seen by an acquaintance on Nov. 23, according to police reports. Tullock has walked away from the facility for several days on numerous occasions in the past two years, and has most often been located on North Patterson Avenue or North Liberty Street. Police indicate Tullock has also been known to walk around the downtown area. He was last seen wearing a blue coat, grey or black sweatshirt, and a knit cap. He is 5- 3 and weighs approximately 125 lbs. Police encourage anyone with information to call the police department at 336.773.7781.