by Keith Barber

Grisly discovery at apartment complex

The cause of death of a body found in a Winston-Salem apartment complex dumpster has been ruled a homicide by the NC Medical Examiner’s Office. The victim has been identified as Constance Edwina Hall, who was reported missing on Nov. 14. Last week, a resident disposing of garbage at Plaza Apartments in the 900 block of Manly Street made the grisly discovery. Hall was last seen leaving her home on Oct. 28. A police investigation into her disappearance has been ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336.773.7700 or CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.

Winston-Salem police investigate 15th homicide of 2011

Winston-Salem police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 4200 block of Traceview Drive in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 to find the body of Derrick Hasten Russell, 47, lying in the parking lot. Police later arrested Shanta Shamell Pitts, 34, and charged him with first-degree murder. The police investigation revealed that the two men were involved in an ongoing dispute related to Pitts’ relationship with Russell’s estranged wife. Russell’s death marks the 15th homicide in the city this year. Anyone with information concerning this incident is requested to contact the Winston Salem Police Department or Crimestoppers at 336.727.2800.

Armed robbery of Wilco station

Greensboro police responded to an armed robbery call at the Wilco gas station in the 3600 block of West Wendover Avenue on the evening of Nov. 28. After speaking to station employees, police determined that one suspect entered the store with a handgun, demanded money and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male, age 20, dressed in a grey hooded sweatshirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Greensboro Police Department or call Crimestoppers at 336.373.1000.

Drive-by shooting at McElveen Court

Greensboro police responded to a call of shots fired in the 3600 block of McElveen Court in the early evening hours of Nov. 19. Upon arrival, they found the victim, Carlton Wall, who had been shot in the lower extremities. Wall informed police he was standing in his front yard when he heard a gunshot as a vehicle drove past. Upon realizing he was injured, Wall called 911. He was later transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.

Home invasion near Bridford Parkway

Greensboro police responded to burglary call on the night of Nov. 19 in the 1500 block of Bridford Parkway. Upon arrival, police officer spoke with the victim who said two black male suspects kicked her door in. When the victim confronted the suspects, they fled on foot towards Hilltop Road, according to police reports. The police department’s K-9 unit responded but the suspects eluded the authorities. No suspect descriptions are currently available, but anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 336.373.1000.