• 41°

Salisbury man convicted as habitual felon

Jackie Ovester Mitchell of Salisbury was convicted March 14 in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Mitchell admitted to his status as a habitual felon and was sentenced to a minimum of 87 months to a maximum of 117 months in prison by Judge Joseph N. Crosswhite.

On Jan. 1, 2015, officers with the Salisbury Police Department stopped a vehicle at North Long Street for no tag light. Once the vehicle stopped, officers made contact with the driver, and the passenger was identified as Mitchell. A K9 unit responded and the driver said he had a set of digital scales in the vehicle and gave consent to search the vehicle.

An officer noticed the passenger, Mitchell, had what appeared to be a handgun concealed in the waistband of his pants. Officers seized the handgun, which was a .380 caliber semi-automatic. Mitchell told officers the driver handed him the handgun and asked him to hold it.

Mitchell had previously been convicted of two separate offenses of felony common law robbery and felony habitual larceny, among other convictions.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said she appreciated the efforts of Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler and the Salisbury Police Department in removing another repeat offender from the community. Cook stated her office will continue to aggressively prosecute convicted felons who illegally possess firearms.

Comments

Local

Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes

News

Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds

Local

Salisbury Station one of several ‘hot spots’ included in NCDOT rail safety study

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, school considering options

News

Iredell County votes to move Confederate memorial to cemetery

Nation/World

Lara Trump may have eyes on running for a Senate seat

Local

Rowan among counties in Biden’s disaster declaration from November floods

Local

PETA plans protest at Salisbury Police Department on Friday

Education

Essie Mae Kiser Foxx appeal denied, charter revoked

Coronavirus

29 new positives, no new COVID-19 deaths reported

Crime

Blotter: Woman charged with drug crimes

News

Nesting no more: Eagles appear to have moved on from Duke’s Buck Station

Business

The Smoke Pit leaving downtown Salisbury for standalone building on Faith Road

Education

Shoutouts

High School

High school football: Hornets’ Gaither set the tone against West

Local

Salisbury to show off new fire station

Education

Livingstone College to host virtual Big Read events this month

Local

City makes some appointments to local boards, holds off on others to seek women, appointees of color

Education

Education briefs: RCCC instructor honored by Occupational Therapy Association

Local

Second quarter financial update shows promising outlook for city’s budget

Columnists

Genia Woods: Let’s talk about good news in Salisbury

Local

City attorney will gather more information for Salisbury nondiscrimination ordinance

Education

North Hills planning to hold May fundraiser in person

East Spencer

Developers aim to transform former Dunbar School site into multi-purpose community development