by Eric Ginsburg

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

Does this group fit the definition of a gang?

Greensboro police have arrested nine suspects in a string of robberies of internet sweepstakes businesses. Zebedee Brown, 25, Gary Lamont Smith, 19, and Tamarquis Tashea Merritt, 19, have been charged with robbery with a firearm and other dangerous weapons in the Sept. 12, 2011 robbery of a sweepstakes business on Randleman Road. The trio was also arrested in connection a Sept. 17 robbery at the East Cone Biz Center and a Sept. 27 robbery of Lucky 9 Sweepstakes on East Cone Boulevard on Sept. 27. The trio allegedly robbed Click It Internet Sweepstakes on Rehobeth Church Road wearing Halloween masks and armed with handguns. Briana Shea Holt, 19, Shakela Annette Stinson, 19, and Kenneth Edgar William Jarrett Jr., 26, are also charged with robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapons in connection with the same incident. Brown, Smith, Merritt and Holt are also charged in connection with the robbery of the Internet Station Sweepstakes at East Wendover Avenue, along with Candace Denys Smith, 25, Latoria Carolyn Smith, 25, and Brandon Christopher Banks, 27.

Former county commissioner victimized in armed robbery

Beaufort Bailey, a 78-year-old former Forsyth County commissioner, was reportedly confronted at his front door by three black males, all armed with handguns on the evening of March 17. The three suspects forced their way into Bailey’s house on Glenhaven Lane and demanded money. After Bailey gave them the cash they locked him in an interior room while they gathered electronic items from the house before disappearing. Bailey was uninjured. The Winston-Salem police continued to investigate and request that anyone with information about the armed robbery contact CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.

It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt

Derek Stallings, 35, and four others were celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with beer beneath the 9th Street bridge on railroad property in Winston-Salem when three Winston-Salem police officers arrived on the scene to break up the party. While officers were conducting checks for outstanding warrants, Stallings told them he had a knife and reportedly consented to a search. As officers attempted to remove the knife, Stalling broke away. His escape attempt ended when he fell eight to 10 feet off the bridge ledge onto the railroad tracks, striking his head and ending up unconscious. Fire department and emergency medical services personnel reportedly treated Stallings on the scene and conducted a “high-angle rescue to retrieve him from the steep embankment leading to the railroad track bed” and took him too Baptist Hospital. Stallings was reported as being in critical condition. Police learned that he has an outstanding warrant for second-degree trespass in Guilford County and was holding drug paraphernalia.

Man dies from gunshot wound at hotel

Greensboro police officers responding to a firearm discharged call found 20-yearold Jeremy Powell suffering from a gunshot wound at the Studio 6 extended stay hotel on Veasley Street at about 10:45 p.m. on March 17. Powell was taken by ambulance to Cone hospital, where he later died. The police department’s violent criminal apprehension team arrested Terrel O’Neil Tillman, 18, at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Pennsylvania Avenue and charged him with first-degree murder on Sunday at 8:55 a.m.

Man shot in leg at strip club

Winston-Salem police responded to a reported shooting at the Baby Dolls strip club at 2:42 a.m. on Tuesday and found that Steven Lee Brookshire of Tobaccoville had been shot in the leg. Brookshire was taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital and treated for his injuries. Police continue to investigate the incident and ask that anyone with information about this crime contact CrimeStoppers at 336.727.2800.


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