• 52°

Blotter: Intoxicated hotel patron charged with marijuana possession

SALISBURY — An intoxicated man was charged with marijuana possession after he refused to leave a hotel, authorities said.

John Edward Kushwara, 38, of the 2800 block of Enoch Church Road, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor injury to personal property, misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing.

The staff at Econo Lodge told police that Kushwara refused to leave the hotel after checkout. A police officer noted that Kushwara was intoxicated. He was searched, and police found 3.1 grams of marijuana.

He was issued a $2,000 secured bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

In other Salisbury Police Department reports:

• A boy was assaulted Tuesday in the 300 block of American Drive.

• A fraud/counterfeit incident was reported Tuesday in the 1900 block of West Jake Alexander Boulevard.

• Sprint reported Tuesday that an employee created fake accounts and gave phones to people at 910 E. Innes St.

• A man on Tuesday reported larceny and fraud while at IHOP, 275 Bendix Drive.

• A juvenile on Wednesday reported an attempted burglary in the 900 block of Pine Street.

• A woman on Wednesday reported fraud while at Big Lots 711 E. Innes St.

• Speedway on Wednesday reported an embezzlement at 3410 S. Main St.

• A man reported Thursday someone took items from his vehicle in the 200 block of East Horah Street.

• A man on Thursday reported a breaking and entering in the 900 block of North Jackson Street.

• Tan’s Properties LLC reported vandalism Thursday at 713 Park Ave.

• Police are investigating a report of soliciting crimes against nature in the 300 block of North Shaver Street.

• Ashley Jermaine Black, 33, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury in the 1400 block of East Innes Street.

• Brian Ezra Saulters, 58, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor possession of a marijuana in the 1100 block of North Main Street.

• Dwayne Melvin Coward, 34, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor assault on a female in the 100 block of East Liberty Street.

• Latisha Dion Gladden, 37, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor crimes against nature in the 300 block of North Shaver Street.

In Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports:

• Demorrius Lamar Perryman, 21, was charged Wednesday with felony possession of a firearm by a felon in the 70000 block of Interstate 85 South.

• Travis Wayne Kiziah, 17, was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor possession of marijuana in the 900 block of Sides Road and Eastland Drive.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



City officials differ on how, what information should be released regarding viral K-9 officer video

High School

High school basketball: Carson girls are 3A champions


High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


With jury trials set to resume, impact of COVID-19 on process looms

Legion baseball

Book explores life of Pfeiffer baseball coach Joe Ferebee


Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education to receive update on competency-based education


Biz Roundup: Kannapolis expects to see economic, housing growth continue in 2021


A fixture of downtown Salisbury’s shopping scene, Caniche celebrates 15th anniversary this month


Slate of new officers during local GOP convention; Rev. Jenkins becomes new chair


Landis officials narrow search for new manager to five candidates; expect decision within a month


Together at last: High school, college sweethearts marry nearly 50 years later


Rowan-Salisbury Schools sorts out transportation logistics in preparation for full-time return to classes

High School

Photo gallery: Carson goes undefeated, wins 3A state championship


Europe staggers as infectious variants power virus surge


Biden, Democrats prevail as Senate OKs $1.9 trillion virus relief bill


Senate Democrats strike deal on jobless aid, move relief bill closer to approval


Duke Life Flight pilot may have shut down wrong engine in fatal crash


Two NC counties get to participate in satellite internet pilot for students


PETA protesters gather in front of police department


UPDATED: Eight new COVID-19 deaths, 203 positives reported in county this week


Sheriff’s office: Two charged after suitcase of marijuana found in Jeep


Thomasville officer hospitalized after chase that started in Rowan County


Board of elections discusses upgrading voting machines, making precinct changes


Lawmakers finalize how state will spend COVID-19 funds