The best and worst of Triad police blotters

by Jordan Green

Not for the love of donuts

There are some crimes that are shocking beyond belief. Some establishments are so sacrosanct that there should be enhanced sentencing guidelines to make sure that criminals get the message that they have crossed an inviolable line. I’m talking about Donut World. What on earth was 21-year-old Ashley Nicole Freeman thinking when she (allegedly) walked into the West Market Street store in Greensboro armed with a knife at 10 a.m. on Dec. 20? Incomprehensibly, she came not for the delicious apple fritters but with the apparent intentions of taking money. She reportedly left with neither when she fled in her tan-colored vehicle. The police arrested her at her Aspen Drive home, charging her with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Indoor marijuana farm shut down

Officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department’s street crimes unit showed up at the home of 48-year-old Sherry Forrest Miller and 44-year-old John Arnold Brimmer at 8 p.m. on Dec. 20 to investigate possible violations of the state’s controlled substance act. Miller and Brimmer reportedly cooperated with the search, and police uncovered an elaborate marijuana grow operation, including artificial lighting, dedicated ventilation, hydration and independent climate control. The authorities seized 33 marijuana plants, 862 grams of marijuana, $700 in cash, 12 grams of hashish and equipment, the total of which exceeded $101,000 in value. The two have been charged with multiple felonies.

Consumerist anarchy at Hanes Mall

Winston-Salem police showed up at Hanes Mall at 5:01 a.m. on Dec. 23

Busted cont’d to deal with a large crowd that was becoming unruly. Between 350 and 400 people were waiting to buy Nike Special Edition “Air Jordan” basketball shoes at Foot Action and Kids Foot Locker. A security officer opened a main door to the mall and a number of people ran past him without permission. Police met with store personnel, and a “firstcome-first-served” ticketing system was devised to create order. Everyone without a ticket was asked to leave. All complied except one William Brian Ellison, 22, who reportedly became belligerent with officers and was taken into custody after a brief struggle. With about 25 officers on the scene, Ellison was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest.

Death of a security guard

Christopher Mason, a 28-year-old parttime security guard at Greensboro College, had only recently been hired when he won a drawing for a poinsettia at the college’s faculty-staff brunch on Dec. 19. Mason failed to show up for work at midnight as Christmas Eve began. Police visited his Charles Street home in response to a welfare check call.

They found him dead from a gunshot wound. The criminal investigation division is investigating the death as a homicide. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.