For the Record: Police Blotter for November 21

The following information was provided by the Winston-Salem Police Department and is public record.


Silver Alert issued for missing Winston-Salem woman

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ms. bernard

The Winston-Salem Police Department is currently investigating and actively looking for Ms.. Marshema Bernard. Ms Bernard was last seen at her group home at 2740 New Walkertown Road on Thursday night, November 17, 2016. Ms. Bernard is a 24 year old black woman, 4’11’ in height, weighs 155-165 lbs with black hair and brown eyes. There is no clothing description provided.

Ms. Bernard suffers from a cognitive impairment.

Anyone with information about the reported incident or the location of Marshema Bernard is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department or CrimeStoppers at 727-2800.

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ms bernard

One dies, another injured in single car crash on Silas Creek Parkway

On November 20th at 5:40 am, Officers with the WSPD responded to the 400 block of Silas Creek Parkway on the report of a single vehicle crash. The preliminary results of the on-scene investigation indicate that a Ford Fusion operated by Mr. Kedrick Oaks was traveling west on Silas Creek Parkway when the vehicle crossed left of center, exited the roadway and struck two trees.

The vehicle’s passenger, Mr. Leonard Tillman, died at the scene as a result of his injuries sustained by the crash. The driver, Mr. Kedrick Oaks was transported to a local hospital where he is being treated for his non-life threatening injuries.

The Winston-Salem Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement unit assumed the investigation. The 400 block of Silas Creek Parkway was shut down for approximately 6 hours.

Next of Kin has been notified.

Oaks and Tillman were listed as residing in the same apartment on Burke Village Lane in Winston-Salem. Oaks is 35 years old and Tillman was 29 years old.

This crash resulted in the 20th fatality for 2016 as compared to 20 at this time in 2015

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.


Multiple vehicles vandalized and one stolen in early morning rampage on Countryside Drive

At 5:45 am on November 19th, Officers with the WSPD responded to the 200 Block of Countryside Drive in regards to multiple reports of vehicles being damaged overnight.

Several residents reported hearing noises outside in the early morning hours of November 19th and observed the suspect damaging vehicles parked nearby. The suspect was kicking vehicles and using a large piece of concrete to damage the vehicles as well.

Several residents ran outside and began to chase the suspect. The suspect ran to a 1998 Silver Dodge Caravan (NC Plate PDX-4742) parked nearby, which was unlocked and running due to the owner letting it warm up. The suspect jumped into the driver’s seat of the unoccupied van and left the area. At this point, the stolen van has not been located.

In total, the suspect damaged 13 vehicles at this location. The investigation is continuing. We are asking the community for their help in locating this suspect and/or the stolen Dodge Caravan.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s with facial hair. He was wearing a gray sweatshirt and shorts at the time of the incident.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or similar crimes is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800. En Español: (336) 728-3904.


Dog fight leads to dog being shot and killed, second dog dies of injuries

Just after 2pm on November 20th The WSPD responded to the 5900 Block of Odenton Lane on a reported discharging firearms call. Once officers arrived, the investigation revealed the following details.

Ms. Dalenna Maloney (the dog walker but not the owner) was walking a yellow Labrador Retriever, who was blind and on a leash along the 5900 Block of Odenton Lane. While on the walk, Ms. Maloney and the yellow Labrador Retriever traveled past a house in the 5900 Block of Odenton Lane. Another dog, a Yorkshire Terrier, which was not on a leash, ran from its nearby residence and out into the street at the yellow Labrador Retriever in the roadway.

Ms. Maloney attempted to pull the yellow Labrador Retriever back but she was not successful. The yellow Labrador Retriever then began to bite the Yorkshire Terrier. Mr. Rusty Hale, the owner of the Yorkshire Terrier, ran over and tried to end the dog fight. During this process, Mr. Hale was bitten by the yellow Labrador Retriever while attempting to separate his dog from the yellow Labrador Retriever.

At this point, Mr. Hale produced a handgun and began yelling at Ms. Maloney get back away from the dogs. Mr. Hale then fired one shot, killing the yellow Labrador Retriever. Ms. Maloney remained 10 to 15 feet away when the shot was fired.

By the time the shot was fired, the dogs along with Ms. Maloney and Mr. Hale were approximately 3 feet into Mr. Hale’s front yard. The Yorkshire Terrier also died from injuries sustained during the attack.

Forsyth Animal Control was contacted and responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. Forsyth Animal Control charged (cited) Mr. Rusty Hale with a city ordinance violation of the leash law and seized the yellow Labrador Retriever for a routine quarantine. The yellow Labrador Retriever’s owner, Ms. Kalah Mueller, was contacted and responded to the scene. No one else was injured during this incident.

This investigation remains open and is continuing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident or similar crimes is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800. En Espanol: (336) 728-3904


On November 21st 2016, investigating officers presented the facts of this case to the Forsyth County District Attorney, Mr. Jim O’Neill. At the conclusion of his review, it was determined there was probable cause to charge Mr. Rusty Hale with the following violations in this matter.

The Winston-Salem Police Department charged Mr. Hale with the offenses listed below:

Misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals
Discharging a Firearm within the City Limits

The court date was set for January 9th 2017. No further information is available at this time.