Three arrested after blast at home
DURHAM – Early Monday, someone set off a homemade explosive device on the front porch of a house on Medford Road.
Police responded about 1 a.m. to a report of possible shots fired and discovered minor damage caused by the device. Minutes later, officers stopped a vehicle and arrested the three occupants.
Grant Michael Demarest, 17, of Durham was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and injury to property. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $20,000 bond.
Two other teens – Madison Reed Rust, 17, of Durham and William Carson Bonner, 18, of Durham – were each charged with conspiracy to possess a weapon of mass destruction. They were held in the Durham County Jail under $5,000 bond.
Woman injured in shooting
DURHAM – A 33-year-old woman standing in a stairwell near Building 17 at 322 Junction Road on Sunday night was struck in the thigh after several shots were fired, police said.
Durham police got a report of the shooting about 10:35 p.m. The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment. The suspect was described as a man in dark clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Feskanich at 919-560-4281, ext. 29123 or CrimeStoppers at 919-683-1200. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in felony cases and callers never have to identify themselves.
In other news:
• Rashaad Bellamy, 22, of Lindmont Avenue in Durham, was arrested Sunday and charged with cruelty to animals. Police say he struck a dog’s snout with a machete. The dog’s injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $2,500 bond.
• Brook Lamar Goode, 32, of Briggs Avenue in Durham, was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. He was held without bond in the Durham County Jail.
• Decarus Lashan Smith, 34, of Clayton Road in Durham, was arrested Sunday and charged with manufacturing, selling or delivering a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school (Kestrel Heights) and maintaining a place for controlled substances. Smith had been among several suspects sought in the wake of a Durham police drug investigation in the Southside community. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $500,000 bond.
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