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Cookies couldn’t curb woman’s temper

By Nathan Hardin
nhardin@salisburypost.com
ROCKWELL ó An intoxicated China Grove woman broke into a Rockwell home Friday night, raided a cookie jar and fell asleep in the homeownerís bed, authorities say.
A Rowan County Sheriffís Office report said Martha Birtch called 911 when she came home about 10 p.m. and found 26-year-old Ashley Sedalia Haithcock in her bed at 2005 Green Field Lane.
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 womanís voice and found Haithcock in her bed, under the covers.
Haithcock, 328 Maple Ridge Circle, had been reported missing by her grandfather Arnold Hardwick around 7:30 p.m.
Hardwick told officers that Haithcock had been staying the weekend at his 104 Sage Lane home, but got upset and left Friday night when he prohibited her from drinking alcohol there.
Deputies could not find the woman, and calls to her cellphone went unanswered.
As officers traveled to the Birtchesí residence to take Haithcock into custody, the woman became aggressive and began arguing with Birtch and her daughter.
The report said Haithcock assaulted Birtchís daughter.
After being taken into custody, Haithcock remained uncooperative, the report said, and kicked three deputies as they tried 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 received a $10,000 bond and remained in jail Monday.

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