Blotter: Man accused of using closed bank account to pay for well pump

Published 12:01 am Monday, June 1, 2020

SALISBURY — A well pump was ready for service, but a Cleveland man’s bank account was not, according to arrest warrants served Friday.

Keith Erwin Cowan, 61, faces charges of felony worthless check, felony obtaining property by false pretenses and resisting officers.

Warrants allege Cowan in November used a check from a bank account that had been closed to obtain a well pump and service from Rowan Well Drilling.

That check, for $2,445, was from a Sun Trust Bank account that he knew was closed, warrants state.

The resisting officers charge stems from allegations that he provided a false name and other information to officers.

In other crime reports:

• Dustin Splawn, 32, of Kannapolis, was charged Saturday with two counts of felony possession of stolen goods.

Splawn allegedly possessed computers and thumb drives belonging to Alley, Williams, Carmen and King, Inc., an architectural, engineering and surveying company. The equipment was valued at $4,500.

He also allegedly possessed the following items that were property of Bethpage Methodist Church: keys to the building, first aid kits and boy scout medals and pins.

• Savannah Michell Joplin, 18, of Kannapolis, was charged Friday with felony conspiracy.

Warrants allege Joplin exchanged 31 fake $100 bills for legitimate currency at Lowes on May 10.

• Haleigh Madison Yarborough, 20, of Granite Quarry, was charged Friday with felony conspiracy.

Warrants allege Yarborough exchanged seven fake $100 bills for legitimate currency at Lowes on May 16.

• Billy Joe Riddle, 38, of Salisbury, was charged Friday with assault on a government official or employee.

Riddle allegedly hit, spit on and head-butted multiple Rowan County Detention Center officers.

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