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by Eric Ginsburg

The best and worst of Triad police blotters

57-YEAR OLD WINSTON-SALEM MAN SENTENCED IN OFFICER SHOOTING CASE

Daniel Roy Smith of Winston-Salem was sentenced on June 14 for attempted murder of officer Guilford Sheriff Mcpl. JW Mecham on Aug. 29, 2009. On June 15 the department released a video of the incident. Smith was sentenced for 313-385 months in state prison, which will be served after a federal prison sentence. He is also serving time for a bank robbery charge.

‘DON’T GET IN THE CAR WITH STRANGERS’

Greensboro police responded to Green Point Drive on June 18 in response to someone being tied and gagged around 11:15 p.m. The victim said he voluntarily entered the car with people he met at the Super Jam concert at the Coliseum the previous night. The suspects robbed him, drove him to an abandoned residence and drove away in a newer model gold Toyota Camry.

TREND OF TARGETING PIZZA PLACES CONTINUES

Three suspects covering their faces in blue bandanas allegedly approached Papa John’s employees at the Spring Garden Street location around closing time and forced them back inside, taking an undisclosed amount of cash around 3 a.m. on June 17. They fled on foot. Police have not made any arrests.

VICTIM FOLLOWS SUSPECT, POLICE MAKE ARREST

Someone called Greensboro police to report they were robbed at knifepoint at a club on Washington Street on June 18 around 3:40 a.m. The victim followed the suspect, and police arrested Lewis Rawls near the intersection of Medley and Martin Street.

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