Three Police Beat Stories

In-class writing exercise by Lily Hamilton. All reports are fictional. 

Burlington woman reported missing, according to police

Rosa Rodriguez, 86, was reported missing late Saturday night, according to Burlington Police Lt. Latawnya James.

“Her son indicates Rodriguez possibly wandered away from home and couldn’t find her way back due to Alzheimer’s,” James said. Rodriguez’s son, Ricardo, said he last saw his mother at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to James.

It was reported that she left her home at 416 Front St. Burlington Tuesday morning Ricardio said she must have slipped out the kitchen door after an argument and did not return, police said.

Rodriguez weighs 150 pounds and is 5 feet 4 inches tall. She has brown hair, brown eyes and a scar on her right cheek. She was last seen wearing white shoes, a black shirt and blue slacks. Rodriguez also goes by nickname Lula.

Anyone with information on Rodriguez’s whereabouts should contact Lt. James at 555-6620.


Woman shot in front of home Wednesday, police say

Burlington resident Jane Lincoln, 51, called the police Wednesday morning after an armed robber shot her in front of her home, according to Burlington Police Capt. Billy Bob Johnson.

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Lincoln reported the incident happened after she returned home from her job as a night-shift supervisor at Walmart on Huffman Mill Road, Johnson said. She is now in critical condition at Alamance regional Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesperson.

“Lincoln told officers she had arrived home from work at 6 a.m. today, parked her car in the garage and walked toward the house,” Johnson said. “A stranger — a male — approached her and demanded money.” Lincoln said he man shot her in the arm, grabbed her purse and fled on foot down Driftwood Drive after she told she didn’t have any money. Lincoln told police she then struggled inside her home to call for help.

Johnson will appoint a special detail, headed by Lt. Akesha Suleman, to look at a robbery string in Burlington. In 2010, Burlington reported only 10 assault/robberies for the entire calendar year, but three robberies with assaults have already been reported in 2016 in the Burlington area.

Anyone who has any information on the assault should call Burlington police at 555-3624.


Burlington car wreck leaves two in critical condition this morning

Colby Richardson, 22, and his passenger Guadalupe Rivas, 20, are in critical condition after a head-on collision at the intersection of Church Street and N.C. Highway 87, according to UNC-Chapel Hill Medical Center spokesperson.

Richardson and Rivas, both from Burlington, collided with Brenda Gee, 32, in front of McDonald’s and Jefferies Auto Supply at 7 a.m., according to Burlington Police Capt. Juanita Ramirez.

Richardson’s vehicle burst into flames for a short time after the collision, according to Ramirez.

Burlington fire, rescue and police vehicles responded, and arrived on scene within minutes of crash. Richardson and Rivas were airlifted to UNC-Chapel Hill Medical Center for specialized burn treatment.

Gee was accompanied by her children Luke, 10, and Laura, 5. All three are in good condition at Alamance Regional Medical Center, according to a hospital report.

“The children in this situation were saved by the correct use of safety harnesses and their placement in the back seat,” Ramirez said. “It’s a lesson for everyone.”

No charges have been filed and the wreck is still under investigation.


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