Sheriff: Pills, weapons seized during traffic stop

Published 11:50 am Monday, February 23, 2015

Rowan authorities seized pills and a weapon late last week after a driver was seen speeding and passing a car on Sherrills Ford Road.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Jesse Dean Ciancimino, 30, of the 1200 block of Miller Street, China Grove, with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, aggressive driving, speeding, two counts of misdemeanor possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

Passenger Toni Victoria Nofi, 28, also of the 1200 block of Miller Street, China Grove, was issued a citation for misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and allowing an unlicensed driver to drive.

Deputy D.P. Myers saw a sport utility vehicle traveling at about 70 mph cross over a double yellow line and pass a Ford Taurus on Sherrills Ford Road, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

The deputy turned around and pulled the SUV over. A short time later, the driver of the Taurus turned around and told the deputy someone in the car had waved a handgun at them at the stop sign back up the road.

The SUV driver, later identified as Jesse Ciancimino, got out of the vehicle and became argumentative with the deputy, the report said. Myers told Ciancimino he was being arrested and, as the officer tried to handcuff the man, Ciancimino pulled his arm back.

Myers found an expandable baton in Ciancimino’s pocket. Inside the baton was an acetaminophen pill bottle containing morphine, alprazolam and methadone, according to the report.

Nofi, who had a North Carolina driver’s license, was found with a concealed carry permit from Pennsylvania. The report said she had a Ruger semi-automatic pistol in her purse.

There were two children in the car, officials said.

Ciancimino was issued a $10,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Ciancimino was convicted of driving while license revoked in 2007, 2008 and 2009. He’s also been convicted of a seat belt violation.

He also has pending driving while license revoked charges in Randolph and Cabarrus counties and a speeding infraction in Cabarrus. Ciancimino also has pending 2014 Rowan County charges for driving while license revoked and speeding.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.