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Blotter: Salisbury man charged with extortion

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — A Salisbury man faces felony extortion charges after he was arrested by Rowan County Sheriff’s deputies this weekend.

Jason Lee Church, 36, of the 1700 block of Second Street, was charged in connection with a Nov. 1 incident. Church was accused of communicating a threat to Joseph Poe with the intent to obtain $60 by physically harming the victim and having his house shot at, according to an arrest warrant.

In other warrants:

• Tonya Walker, 44, of the 800 block of Park Avenue, was charged on Sunday with driving while impaired and assault with a deadly weapon. According to an arrest warrant, Walker struck Dewthay Walker Jr. with a 1995 Ford Explorer. Her blood alcohol content was 0.16, which is double the legal 0.08 limit. Her license was automatically revoked for at least 30 days.

Salisbury Police responded to an accident with a pin-in. The wreck report said Tonya Walker told the officer she had two Long Island ice teas. She failed a sobriety test and was arrested.

• Jennifer Layne Saylor, 40, was charged on an order for arrest for her failure to appear in court for felony methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. She was arrested in September on the drug-related charges after a traffic stop violation. While one officer wrote Saylor a citation, another officer spotted drugs in the passenger area of her vehicle. She was caught with other items, including unopened bottles of alcohol, according to the warrant.

• Jonathan Edward Honeycutt, 40, of the 2000 block of Miller Road, China Grove, was charged on Friday with felony statutory sex offense with a child by an adult and felony indecent liberties with a child.

The victims were a 5-year-old and a 6-year-old child, and the incidents occurred between Sept. 14 and Oct. 17, according to warrant. Honeycutt remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $500,000 secured bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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