Police blotter: Couple nabbed on multiple charges; deputies arrest woman burglary suspect

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 2, 2019

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office and Kannapolis Police Department have charged a Kannapolis couple with taking and trying to cash checks made out to numerous churches and a preschool.

The cases against the couple go back to March 15. Nicusor Diamant, 41, was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $515,000 bond Friday. Authorities set the bond for Mariana Firu, 32, at $525,000.

Nicusor Diamant

Mariana Firu

The couple each face charges of larceny, obtaining property by false pretenses, identity theft and possession of stolen goods.

The charges stem from checks written by various parties to Genesis Baptist Church, Sharon Baptist Church, Good Shepherd Preschool, Catawba Baptist Church and Church of Christ that ended up in the couple’s possession, authorities said.

The couple allegedly also tried to deposit checks not belonging to them at a Wells Fargo Bank in Kannapolis.

Teri Lynn Covello

In another report, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Teri Lynn Covello, 34, with first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering early Saturday morning.

She is accused of breaking into a home in the 6000 block of Old Concord Road between midnight and 1 a.m. Saturday. The home was occupied at the time by a couple and their four children, reports said.

Covello is accused of taking electronics and household items valued at roughly $700. Authorities set her bond at $50,000.

In other reports from law enforcement agencies:

• Salisbury police charged Xavier Nathaniel Gibbs, 16, of Salisbury, with possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to break into a building in the 800 block of Lakewood Drive.

The stolen car was a 2003 Honda Civic. Gibbs’ bond was set at $7,500.

• The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office charged Shawn Duane Williams, 48, of Woodleaf, with assault inflicting serious injury; resisting, obstructing and delaying an officer; and a protective order violation.

• Salisbury police charged Xavier Shykeem Simpson, 22, with assault on a government official for kicking a police officer in the leg and stomach while officers were arresting him on an outstanding warrant.

Simpson was placed under a $6,000 bond.

• The Sheriff’s Office charged David Everhardt, 63, of Cleveland, with felony possession of crack cocaine; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; and possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a Schedule II controlled substance. He was placed under a $5,000 bond.

• Kannapolis police charged Greta Joanne Sullivan of Kannapolis with felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Salisbury police charged Garry Lemont Cornelius Jr. with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana. He was placed under a $500 bond.

• The Landis Police Department charged Roger Paul Brown, 46, of Kannapolis, with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed under a $10,000 bond.