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Teen charged with kidnapping, robbery

A Salisbury teenager was charged with first-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon in an arrest made Thursday by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office.
Reports said William Harley Hodges, 18, of 135 Dunnsview Drive kidnapped a Rockwell boy under the age of 16 and robbed him of $60 with a handgun.
The juvenile was transported by Hodges from one place to another without his or his parents’ consent, leading to the kidnapping charge.
Hodges was placed under $40,000 bond. The incident occurred Sunday. C.M. Brown of the Sheriff’s Office made the arrest.
In other reports from the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office Thursday, Brad Terrence Simpson of 311 N. Long St., Salisbury, was charged with possession of 2.7 grams of cocaine and simple possession of marijuana.
He was placed under $25,000 bond.
China Grove Police charged Nelson Joel Atkinson, 31, of 142 Third Ave., China Grove, with resisting a public officer and failure to appear in court in Bertie County for non-support.
Atkinson allegedly fled on foot from Officer N.J. O’Brien of the China Grove Police Department while he was trying to arrest him on the outstanding warrant for non-support.

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