by Keith Barber

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

Rough ride

In the early morning hours of Sept. 6, Winston-Salem police responded to a call of a fight in progress at the intersection of Yadkinville Road and Shattalon Drive. Officers arrived on the scene to find James Gregory Swafford, 27, lying on his stomach in the middle of the intersection with several stab wounds to his upper body. The police investigation revealed Swafford sustained his injuries while he was a passenger in a Willard Cab. Police are still investigating what caused Swafford’s injuries. The victim was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he is being treated for his injuries. At last report, he was listed in critical, but stable condition. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Winston-Salem Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.

Arrest made in Burger King hammer robbery

On Sept. 4, Winston-Salem police detectives arrested Marcus Andrew McDonald, 18, and charged him with two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the armed robbery of a Burger King in the 400 block of Jonestown Road two days earlier. On Sept. 2, police arrived at the Burger King and were advised by restaurant employees that two suspects entered the business, one armed with a handgun and one armed with a hammer, and stole an undetermined amount of money before fleeing on foot. One suspect, Tyrece Golphin, was captured shortly thereafter with the help of the department’s K9 unit. On Sept. 4, McDonald was arrested at 61 Luzelle Drive and placed in the Forsyth County Jail under a $30,000 secured bond. His court date is slated for Sept. 25.

Former Children’s Home employee arrested

OnSeptember 4, John Ammons, a former employee of the Children’s Home inWinston-Salem, surrendered himself to police after he was charged withfive counts of taking indecent liberties with a minor. Ammons wasplaced under a $60,000 secured bond and he is currently being held inthe Forsyth County Jail. The arrest stemmed from an April 15 reportissued by the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services allegingsex abuse of a 9-year-old girl that occurred on the property of theChildren’s Home, located at 1001 Reynolda Road. During the course ofthe investigation the 9-year-old revealed that she was molested byAmmons over a period of two years while visiting him. The victim wasnever a resident of the Children’s Home. The investigation revealedthat Ammons is not related to the victim but was a longtime familyfriend. The findings of the investigation were presented torepresentatives of the Forsyth County District Attorney’s office. Atthe time of the alleged incidents, Ammons was employed by theChildren’s Home as its Director of Planned Giving. His trial date isset for Sept. 25.

Punched in the face

OnSept. 5, Greensboro police responded to a robbery-of-person call in the2700 block of Patio Place. Officers arrived to find the victim, whosaid he was visiting a friend in the yard of his home when alight-skinned black male punched him in the face and stole his moped.Another black male took the victim’s helmet and hopped on the back ofthe moped before the two suspects fled the scene, according to thevictim. Police are searching for a light-skinned black male, 5-7, 100pounds and second black male wearing a white T-shirt and baggy pants.The Greensboro Police Department requests that anyone with informationabout this crime call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

City manager makes debut

NewGreensboro City Manager Rashad Young addresses the media at a pressconference after being confirmed by city council 8-1, the lonedissenter being outgoing District 4 Councilman Mike Barber. Youngpreviously workes as City Manager of Dayton, Ohio. (photo by JordanGreen)