by Jordan Green


Detectives with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Christopher Hardy, 38, of Winston-Salem on Feb. 3 after chatting with an undercover detective whom he believed to be a 13-year-old girl. Authorities said that on numerous occasions Hardy “attempted to take immoral, improper and indecent liberties with the fictitious girl. He was charged with three counts of attempted indecent liberties with a child, taken before a Greensboro magistrate and given a $35,000 bond. Hardy’s court date is set for March 3.


Winston-Salem police officers responding to a reported shooting on the 700 block of Aureole Street at 10:29 p.m. on Feb. 3 found Jose Luis Piñeda Rodriguez, 32, of Lillington, lying in the street with three apparent gunshot wounds. Piñeda told police he had gotten out of his vehicle when an unknown man with a handgun, described as short, built large and Hispanic, pulled out a gun and shot him several times before running away. Piñeda was taken to Baptist Hospital and treated for his injuries. The next day 34-year-old Yoel Flores Gomez was arrested in connection with the shootings. Flores has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.


Guilford County sheriff’s deputies dispatched to a residence at Liberty Oaks Drive in response to a reported stabbing found Alan Dale Atkinson, 48, in the front yard with apparent stab wounds to the chest and found the wounded man’s roommate, Michael Wade Nidifer, 43, rendering aid at 10:55 p.m. on Feb. 3. Authorities determined that Atkinson and Nidiffer had been in an ongoing argument. Nidiffer surrendered himself without incident, and was taken to the Guilford County Jail, where he was held on a $500,000 bond and charged with manslaughter.


Winston-Salem police officers responding to a call at Hanes Mall found 58-year-old Andrea Grant Durham of Thomasville “engaged in a loud disturbance” with mall personnel in the upper level food court area near Dillards at 6:12 p.m. on Feb. 5. The police and mall security asked Durham to leave, and she reportedly began cursing loudly and making violent threats. Authorities said that as officers attempted to arrest Durham, her 30-year-old son, Jody Ryan Durham, also of Trinity, stepped in and assaulted police Cpl. ED Branshaw, 32. Police said Andrea Durham joined the affray by kicking Branshaw, but the officer was not injured. Officers took the angry mother to the ground resulting in injuries to her face, hand and leg. Andrea Durham was taken to Forsyth Medical Center, treated and charged with assault on a government official, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Her son was charged with assault on a government official.


An employee of 24/7 Tire on O. Henry Boulevard in Greensboro yelled to coworkers that the business was being robbed when three black males, one of them armed with a shotgun, approached him demanding money, on Sunday. Greensboro police located two suspects, Dominique Demmod Menser and King Justice Allah Wray and took them in for questioning. Menser was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a minor and attempting to commit a felony. Wray had not been charged at latest report.