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Cookies couldn't curb woman's temper

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
ROCKWELL — An intoxicated China Grove woman broke into a Rockwell home Friday night, raided a cookie jar and fell asleep in the homeowner’s bed, authorities say.
A Rowan County Sheriff’s Office report said Martha Birtch called the authorities when she found 26-year-old Ashley Sedalia Haithcock in her bed at 2005 Green Field Lane at about 10 p.m.
The report said Birtch noticed the sliding glass door was open and a cookie jar inside the home was broken.
When Birtch walked inside, she heard a woman’s voice and found Haithcock in her bed, under the covers.
Haithcock, 328 Maple Ridge Circle, had gone missing about 7:30 p.m. when her grandfather Arnold Hardwick called 911.
Hardwick told officers that Haithcock had been staying with him for the weekend, but got upset Friday night when he prohibited her from drinking.
Hardwick said he found her drinking wine in the home and said she has a drinking problem, the report said.
Authorities said Haithcock disappeared from the 104 Sage Lane home after becoming upset with her grandfather.
Deputies could not find the woman and calls to her cell phone went unanswered.
As officers traveled to the Birtches’ residence to take Haithcock into custody, the woman became aggressive and began arguing with Birtch and her daughter.
The report said Birtch’s daughter was assaulted by Haithcock in the incident.
After being taken into custody, Haithcock continued being uncooperative, the report said, and kicked three deputies as they attempted to speak with her.
She was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering, misdemeanor simple assault, misdemeanor assault on a law enforcement officer and misdemeanor injury to personal property.
Haithcock was given a $10,000 bond and was in jail on Monday.

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