by Jordan Green

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


Winston-Salem police officers arrested 21-year-old Ciera Shelton, 16-year-old Derrion Shelton and 16-year-old Brandon Burns on March 17 as they were leaving the scene of a reported breaking and entering, and recovered stolen coins. Police said the initial arrests lead to the arrests of three more people and the clearing of 13 separate cases. The crimes all involved one of the perpetrators knocking on the doors of houses during daylight hours, and when there was no answer they would typically kick in the back or side doors before stealing from the houses. The police also arrested 17-year-old Kedrick Burns, 18-year-old Trosean Richardson and 41-year-old Angela Brayboy. The haul from the 13 charged crimes included electronics, jewelry, a handgun, household items and $50.77 worth of coins.


Deputies with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, accompanied by employees of the animal shelter and animal control served a search warrant at Rush Kennels in Pleasant Garden on April 7. The three agencies had reportedly received multiple complaints from people who had purchased dogs from the kennel, including some stating that the dogs had been diagnosed with a range of health problems and in many cases had died. Prior to the raid, an undercover officer had purchased a dog from the kennel and it died soon after. Deputies and other personnel took away 98 dogs from the kennel, and two went into emergency surgery on the same day. Owner Sheila Marie Savage and caretaker Robert Lee Landreth each face a dozen charges of felony cruelty to animals.


Claudia Hernandez, 21, was leaving work at about 10:30 p.m. on April 7 when 19-year-old Judith Perez Hernandez, 20-year-old Eduardo Jacob Castruita and 22-year-old Victor Gabriel Casilla — all of Winston-Salem — reportedly forced her to stop her vehicle on Edwardia Drive in Greensboro. Police said the trio kidnapped Claudia Hernandez at gunpoint and took her to Winston-Salem, where they held her until she was able to escape at about 9 a.m. the next day. Claudia Hernandez contacted the Winston- Salem Police Department. Meanwhile, her cap- tors had reportedly demanded a large ransom from her father, 44-year-old Edgar Ruiz Castoreria. The Winston- Salem Police Department reportedly contacted the Greensboro Police Department, and the two local law enforcement agencies worked together with the FBI to track down the captors, who were charged with first-degree kidnapping, extortion and felony conspiracy.


Vernia Womack, 75, was in the parking lot of SunTrust Bank on Summit Avenue at about 11:30 a.m. on April 9, when she was reportedly approached by a short black man in his midforties with a gold tooth and a deep Southern accent. The man asked Womack for a ride, and she drove him to Food Lion on East Market Street, where they picked up another black man in his mid-forties, only this one was tall and wore glasses and a dark golf hat, and carried a briefcase. The men made Womack go to the State Employees Credit Union, where the tall man went into the bank and forced her to withdraw a large amount of cash. The two men then forced Womack to drive them to the intersection of Summit and Bessemer avenues, and fled with two rings and a watch that they took from her.


A 17-year-old girl told police at Baptist Hospital in Wisnton-Salem that she had been raped at a residence on Grove Street at about 11:40 p.m. on Sunday by two acquaintances — young black men, ages 19 and 21. The girl was treated for sexual assault. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.