Nov. 12, 2008 12:00

The best and worst of Triad area blotters, as compiled by Jordan Green

Gunfire dramatic, but bad for business Young people looking to get a start in the drug business might consider that gunfire draws unwanted attention, but that lesson was apparently lost on Thomas Vincent Kelly, 22, and Jared Nicholas Polanco, 19. Police showed up at a house on Sherwood Street in Greensboro on the afternoon of Nov. 8 after receiving a call about someone discharging a firearm.

During their investigation, the police found an AK-47 assault rifle, several spent shell casings, nine marijuana plants and a number of drug paraphernalia items. Kelly and Polanco were arrested and charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintain a dwelling for controlled substances, possession with intent to sell and deliver, and discharging a firearm in city limits.

Fatal shooting in Greensboro Responding to a shooting at 1704 Hidden Forest Drive, Greensboro police officers found 20-year-old Matthew Lamarkus Brown suffering from a gunshot wound at 5 p.m. on Nov. 8. Brown later died after being transported to Moses Cone hospital. Rashawd Terrell Welch, 17, is wanted for first-degree murder. Welch, who is black, is described as 5 foot 8, 240 pounds, and last seen wearing a long white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Beauty store owner maced An unidentified black woman reportedly left A’s Beauty Supply on West Meadowview Road in Greensboro without paying for some merchandise on Nov. 6. Police said the store owner chased the woman to a green, four-door car, where the suspect sprayed the owner with mace. The perpetrator is described as being in her early twenties with a medium build, and wearing a black jacket with a fur-lined hood, a light colored shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Creek Ridge Road home invasion David Thomerson, who lives in an apartment at 643 Creek Ridge Road in Greensboro, said he heard a knock on his door at about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 6. When he opened the door, three black males with bandannas over their faces and armed with handguns reportedly forced their way into his residence and made him go into a closet. The suspects stole property before fleeing, but left Thomerson unharmed. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Winston-Salem woman slain Winston-Salem police officers responding to a report of two people fighting on Nov. 3 found Linda Munoz-Rivera, 42, lying on the couch at a house on Chestnut Trail with wounds to her upper torso and her husband, 38-year-old Alfredo Garza Ayala, also suffering from wounds to his upper torso. Munoz-Rivera was pronounced dead at the scene by Forsyth County Emergency Medical Services personnel, and Ayala was transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Upon release from the hospital on Nov. 5, Ayala was taken into custody after being charged with first-degree murder in his wife’s death.

Power of prayer Kathy Headen, 39, said she was retrieving books from the backseat of her car in the parking lot of Vance Chavis Library in Greensboro when an unknown black man approached her with a handgun, and demanded her cell phone and handbag. Headen began to pray aloud, prompting the would-be robber to ask her to conduct her pleadings more discretely. Then the suspect apparently lost nerve and walked away without taking any of Headen’s things. Anyone with information on this incident is requested to call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

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