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Blotter: Teen charged in bank robbery found with sharpened toothbrush in jail

By Shavonne Walker


A teen already jailed and accused of the July 5 robbery of F&M Bank was charged Friday after having a sharpened toothbrush handle in the jail that officials said could’ve been used as a weapon.

The 16-year-old, Merak Patrick Siles, also known as Merak Silas, who lives on Eaman Avenue, was originally charged in late July with common law robbery.

He now faces felony possession of a weapon by a prisoner. He’s received an additional secured bond of $10,000.

In other arrest warrants:

• Jennifer Layne Saylor, 39, of the 1200 block of Chez Charolais Drive, was charged on Saturday with felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance. According to warrants, Salisbury Police found her in possession of Tramadol. Saylor was issued a $1,000 secured bond.

• Bradley Tyrone Spratt, 34, of the 600 block of Leonard Avenue, Kannapolis, was charged on Saturday with misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer; misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun, misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor communicating threats and felony possession of a firearm by a felon.

According to an arrest warrant, Rowan authorities said he assaulted a woman by punching her in the face with a closed fist and threatened to kill her. The warrant said he was in possession of a Taurus .380 semi-automatic gun. He was convicted in 2014 in Mecklenburg County of drug trafficking.

The warrant said the resisting charge comes after he refused to get into the patrol car once under arrest.

• Delontaj Scott, 29, of the 1200 block of Don Castle Court, Concord, was charged on Sunday by Salisbury Police with first-degree burglary and felony possession of cocaine. He remains jailed under a $20,000 secured bond.

He broke into a home on Old Plank Road that was occupied by a woman and her two children.

• Jonathan Ross Hedgepeth, 35, was charged by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office with felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering as well as felony obtaining property by false pretenses.

He was issued a $15,000 secured bond and remains in the Rowan County jail. He’s accused of breaking into a building in the 100 block of Tanglewood Drive, Kannapolis, that was used as a workshop.

According to the warrant, a number of tools were stolen including a weedeater, generator, chainsaw, air compressor and other miscellaneous hand tools valued at $3,000.

The incident occurred on July 21. After the break-in, officials said Hedgepeth obtained $40 from EZ Pawn and Jewelry for the stolen items.

• William Joseph Jones, 27, of the 600 block of Milford Hills Road, was charged on Saturday with misdemeanor interfering with emergency communications, misdemeanor resist, obstruct, delay an officer and misdemeanor assault on a female.

According to a warrant, Jones is accused of knocking a phone out of a woman’s hand while she tried to call 911. He allegedly hit the woman in the face and, when arrested, kicked an officer. He was issued a $7,000 secured bond.

• Andrew Edward Paskiewicz, 34, of the 700 block of South Fulton Street, was charged by Salisbury Police with felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a child under 12.

According to the warrant, he struck a 4-month-old who was in his mother’s arms when she was being assaulted. The woman had bruises around her neck.

He remains in the Rowan County Detention Center without a bond due to the domestic nature of the case.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.



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