Police log: Durham murder victim identified
Durham murder victim identified
DURHAM – Police on Thursday identified Shontina Nakeisha Williams, 37, as the woman found dead on Rocky Creek Trail this week.
A passer-by discovered Williams’ body on the trail near Shepard Middle School about 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday.
According to state Department of Corrections records, Williams served time for attempted assault and felony breaking and entering.
Investigators want to talk with anyone who saw her Tuesday or early Wednesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator A. Cristaldi at 919-560-4440, ext. 29322, 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.
Sheriff’s bust nabs heroin, pills
DURHAM – The Durham County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday arrested a man staying at the Carolina Duke Inn on drug charges.
After a month-long investigation, deputies executed a search warrant for Room 214. Inside, investigators said, they recovered 213 bags of heroin, 25 Adderall pills in an unmarked bottle, $371 cash and drug paraphernalia.
Richard Levi Spencer Jr. was charged with trafficking heroin, possession with intent to manufacture, sell or distribute a Schedule II controlled substance, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, possessing, selling or distributing controlled substances within 1,000 feet of Westover Park and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies also charged him with misdemeanor child abuse for leaving two children alone in the room with access to narcotics.
He was held in the Durham County Jail under $2 million bond.
Raleigh man charged with kidnapping
DURHAM – Police on Wednesday arrested a Raleigh man in connection with two crimes reported in late March.
Jason Marvin Nichols, 44, is accused of grabbing an elderly woman outside the Food Lion grocery store on West Main Street in Durham on March 27. Investigators say he first approached her car and asked for money. When she said she had none, Nichols allegedly opened her car door, covered her mouth as she started to scream and put a gun to her side.
A witness heard the scream and came to help. Nichols drove away without taking anything, police said.
An hour later, police got a larceny call at Friendly Jewelry and Pawn on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. There, investigators say, Nichols snatched a Rolex watch.
On Thursday, he was held in the Durham County Jail on charges of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and larceny. His bond was set at $250,000.