Three indicted after raid
By Shavonne Potts
Three people arrested following an October raid on a home where officials found guns and drugs have been indicted by a Rowan County grand jury on a number of charges.
Investigators raided the home of Charles Brown Aydelette Sr. at Mainsail Road after a six-month investigation. Authorities seized eight rifles and shotguns, in addition to Xanax and Hydrocodone pills, and syringes.
Aydelette, his son, Charles Brown Aydelette Jr. and Dana Ward Winstead were all identified as the main dealers.
The grand jury indicted the following:
• Charles Brown Aydelette Sr., five counts trafficking opium or heroin, possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance, three counts possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule III controlled substance, two counts felony maintaining a dwelling to keep, store and sell a controlled substance and two counts conspiring to traffic opium or heroin.
Dana Ward Winsted, felony sell of cocaine, two counts felony possession with intent to sell or deliver a schedule III controlled substance, two counts sell of a schedule III controlled substance, possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two counts trafficking opium or heroin.
Charles Brown Aydelette Jr., conspiring to traffic in opium.
• Jennifer Porter Alexander, 22 counts obtaining property by false pretenses and one count felony financial card theft.
The incidences occurred in July, authorities said, and of those counts, 18 charges for obtaining property by false pretenses were with the Salisbury Police and four were with the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office while the financial card theft was with the sheriff’s office.
Authorities said Alexander was house-sitting for a couple, activated a credit card they’d received in the mail and spent money at Starbucks, paid some bills and used it at a Granite Quarry gas station multiple times.
• Juanita Lorraine Byars, felony intimidating a witness.
Byars was originally charged in August with felony indecent liberties with a child. Authorities said she forced a 7-year-old boy to perform sex acts and allowed him to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol at her Airport Road home. Several weeks later while out on bond, she was charged with threatening to kill the child and his mother.
• Edward Lamont Cathcart, felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Miguel Angel Urrutia, felony attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Cathcart and Urrutia were suspects who authorities said tried to rob a man in October at gunpoint at a West Innest Street automated teller machine. The man fought back eventually taking the gun from one of the suspects.
• Gary Wayne Dixon, felony indecent liberties with a child.
Police say a December 2009 investigation into a physical assault led officers to charge Dixon with taking indecent liberties. He eluded authorities for nine months and was finally was arrested in September.
• Timothy Lawarren Downs, felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises.
Downs was taken to the Rowan County jail in November for robbery and deputies found two bags of marijuana hidden in his underwear once inside the jail.
• Leah Faw, felony possession with the intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, felony trafficking opium or heroin and two counts felony possession with the intent to manufacture sell or deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.
She was originally arrested for shoplifting and authorities found her to be in possession of an array of prescription drugs in September.
• Steven Wayne Fiddler, felony assault serious bodily injury and first-degree burglary.
Fiddler was found hiding inside a closet in a Kannapolis home in October. Police had been searching for him since August when his girlfriend told authorities he went to her home, beat her, sending her to the hospital for brain hemorrhaging and bone fractures around her eye.
• Eric Lamont Graham, felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance.
Graham is one of two people arrested during an undercover sting operation targeting drugs, prostitution and break-ins across East Spencer. Authorities said two large crack cocaine rocks were found in his pockets.
• Vernon Mitchell Hall, felony first-degree burglary.
Authorities thwarted a robbery of a Salisbury home while the homeowner saw the suspect approach. The owner told deputies she locked herself in her bedroom while the suspect tried to force his way inside. He was still on the scene when authorities arrived.
• Sammy Travis Hartsell, felony breaking and enter, felony larceny, possession of cocaine and felony safecracking.
When he caused a disturbance at a gas station and refused to pay for the gas, police ran his license and discovered he had outstanding warrants for breaking into a Salisbury business and a Mooresville business. Many of the stolen items were found in his vehicle.
• Matthew Wayne Price, four counts felony breaking and entering. Jack Clint Robertson, one count felony breaking and entering, two counts felony breaking and entering a motor vehicle and two counts larceny.
Authorities said in July, Price and three other teens took appliances from a mobile home park at Ferrell Drive.
• David Reece Hinson, seven counts felony possession of stolen goods and 13 counts felony larceny.
Hinson and another man took utility trailers from Rowan, Cabarrus and Iredell counties. Authorities said in August the stolen property was being taken to Florida and sold.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.