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Police blotter: Man shot in leg early Saturday morning on West Horah Street

SALISBURY — A West Horah Street man was shot in the leg early Saturday morning during an altercation at his home, according to the Salisbury Police Department.

Matthew Grey Morris, 29, of 1337 W. Horah St., was shot about 3:50 a.m. Saturday, and police interviewed him at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.

Possible nicknames of the suspects are known, but Morris told police he does not know who shot him.

In other Salisbury police reports:

• John Thomas Beach, 32, whose address is listed as the streets of Salisbury, was charged with possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during an arrest at North Long and East Innes streets early Saturday. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $5,000 bond.

• Ray Paul Hodges, 58, of Joy Street, Salisbury, was charged Saturday with assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female, possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $6,000.

• Outstanding warrants were served Saturday morning on James Marvin Locklear, 57, of Mirror Park Drive, on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $2,000.

• Michael Angelo McLean, 36, of West Horah Street, was charged with assault on a female. He was served the July 19 domestic warrant Friday evening.

• Johnnie William Owens, 20, of New London, was charged with carrying a concealed gun during a police stop at Morlan Park Road and Davis Street. Owens also was wanted for failure to appear on a speeding and reckless driving charge in Rutherford County. Total bond set was $2,000.

• Tiffany Marie Pless, 33, of Dan Street, Salisbury, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, second-degree trespassing and a probation violation. Bond was set at $3,500.

• A forcible-entry burglary was reported at a Sidney Drive home between 6 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Friday.

• An attempted vehicle break-in was reported in the 200 block of Faith Road about 11:30 p.m. Friday.

• Larcenies were reported at Stitchin’ Post Gifts about 2 p.m. Saturday; at 301 W. Henderson St. between noon Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday; and at 920 W. Jake Alexander Blvd. about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.

• A burglary was reported between noon Friday and 3:20 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of West 14th Street.

• The theft of automobile accessories was reported Friday or Saturday in the 800 block of  South Railroad Street.

• A vandalism was reported at 1002 W. Monroe St. between 11 a.m. Saturday and 7:26 a.m. Sunday.

Rowan County Sheriff’s Office reports:

Rowan County  Sheriff’s Office detectives are working with Iredell County law enforcement to break up a check-stealing ring in which numerous checks were intercepted and stolen from local churches.

The stolen checks, written to the churches by individuals, were “washed” to remove names, and the perpetrators would then fill in their own names and cash them at local banks.

The Rowan Sheriff’s Office reports checks were stolen from West Corinth Baptist Church, Prospect Presbyterian Church, Trinity Wesleyan Church and Transformation Church.

Two people — Nicusor Diamant, 41, and Mariana Firu, 32 — were arrested Aug. 30 and have been charged in connection with some of these thefts. Overall, they face charges of larceny of chose in action, identity theft, possession of stolen goods and obtaining property by false pretenses.

Diamant is in the Rowan County Detention Center under $715,000 bond; Firu, under $1,025,000 bond.

In other reports from the Sheriff’s Office:

• Guns were reported stolen from a building at 3540 St. Peter’s Church Road between Aug. 26 and last Thursday.

• A woman reported a stolen vehicle in the 700 block of Lillian Circle between Aug. 1 and last Thursday. She reported the theft Friday. A man reported a vehicle theft on Bonanza Drive between last Wednesday and Friday.

• Deputies investigated a break-in in the 16000 block of Stokes Ferry Road, Richfield. The burglary happened between 10:37 a.m. and 4:25 p.m. Thursday.

• Deputies also investigated larcenies in the 2500 block of Airport Road; the 300 block of Alana Drive, Rockwell; the 8300 block of Old Beatty Ford Road; and stolen firearms in the 21o0 block of East Ridge Road.

• An attempted burglary was reported in the 100 block of Knight Farm Road, China Grove.

• Belinda Ann Cox, 44,  was charged with possession of a Schedule II controlled substance at North Main and Gardner streets in Faith on Thursday. Her bond was set at $2,000.

• Kayla N. Blackwell, 18, was charged with larceny Thursday.

• Thomas Isaac Saylor, 23, was charged with possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance Thursday.



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