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Blotter: Police charge Salisbury man with cocaine possession

Police charged a Salisbury man with cocaine possession following a late Saturday night traffic stop. Authorities also seized cash during the incident.

Eric Lamonte Fair, 26, was charged with felony cocaine possession. He was issued a $1,500 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

A Salisbury Police officer stopped Fair’s Ford Crown Victoria at East Innes Street and Faith Road because he had a headlight that was out. Upon stopping the vehicle, Fair told the officer he knew about the light and was heading to exchange cars with his girlfriend.

Fair told the officer he did not have a license on him, but the car was registered to him. The officer could smell burnt marijuana coming from the car.

Fair and the vehicle were searched.  The officer found four crack cocaine rocks. The officer placed the drugs on the top of the car. When the officer tried to handcuff Fair, a report said, Fair jerked away and lunged for the drugs. The officer placed Fair in a bear hug-type hold and got Fair to drop the cocaine.

Fair told the officer he just bought the pants at Concord Mills mall and the cocaine must’ve been inside the pants, said Police Capt. Shelia Lingle.

Police also seized $170 in cash from Fair.

Fair was convicted of felony marijuana possession, possessing a controlled substance on jail premises, felony possession of schedule II, misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury, disorderly conduct, carrying a concealed weapon on multiple occasions.

In other police reports:

• A man reported on Friday someone took items from his property in the 400 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

• A woman reported on Saturday a larceny occurred in the 300 block of Maupin Avenue.

• Lowe’s reported on Saturday someone ran out of the store with two DeWalt drills without paying.

• A man reported on Saturday shots were fired into a vehicle in the 700 block of West Monroe Street.

• Police responded on Saturday to a traffic stop for an illegal tag bracket and charged Malik Lamar Dwight with marijuana possession.

• A man reported on Sunday someone entered his garage through the garage door that had been left open. The thief took a handgun and magazines from an unlocked vehicle in the 200 block of West 13th Street.

• A woman reported on Sunday someone threw an urn through her front window in the 200 block of Ann Street.

• A man reported on Sunday someone pointed a gun at him in the 300 block of Harrel Street.

• A woman reported on Sunday a larceny occurred in the 300 block of Maupin Avenue.

• A woman reported on Sunday someone shot into her property in the 1500 block of Old Wilkesboro Road.

• Police responded on Monday a report of a rape that occurred Monday.

• Anthony Steven Lomax, 40, was charged on Friday with unlawfully foiling or defeating a drug/alcohol screen test while at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office.

• Tina Marie Clemons, 53, was charged on Saturday with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer in the 200 block of Faith Road.

In sheriff’s reports:

• A woman reported on Thursday she was the victim of an assault in the 100 block of Red Pine Road, Gold Hill.

• Duke Energy reported on Thursday someone took copper wire from the property in the 700 block of East Ritchie Road.

• A man reported on Thursday a larceny occurred in the 100 block of Shadow Springs Lane.

• A woman reported on Thursday a larceny occurred in the 1900 block of High Rock Road, Gold Hill.

• A man reported on Thursday the neglect of an elderly male in the 13200 block of Statesville Boulevard, Cleveland.

• A woman reported on Thursday she was punched in the face in the 100 block of Courtney Lane.

• Stephanie Amaris Horne, 38, was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon in the 200 block of Suncreek Lane.

• Jose Luis Acevedo-Hernandez, 39, was charged on Thursday with misdemeanor assault on a female in the 200 block of Suncreek Lane.

• April Rene Spencer, 31, was charged on misdemeanor simple assault in the 200 block of North Main Street.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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