• A traffic stop for an alleged seat-belt violation led to a Dobson woman being processed Tuesday afternoon on a list of offenses, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. These include assault on a child and other violations for which warrants for her arrest had been issued in May and July. Heather Melissa Linville, 37, of 3734 Simpson Mill Road, was encountered by police at Greenhill and Parker roads and found to be wanted on two counts of simple assault issued through the Surry County Sheriff’s Office on May 13, along with two other offenses filed in the county on July 18, assault on a child under 12 and communicating threats.
Rusty Lee Slate, of Pippen Street in Mount Airy, is listed as a complainant against Linville. In addition to the seat-belt offense, violations of driving while license revoked and displaying a fictitious registration plate were filed against her Tuesday by city police. Linville is free on a $1,000 unsecured bond to appear in Surry District Court on Sept. 15.
• Also Tuesday, police were told that an unlocked 2015 Ford Fusion owned by Shelia Renne Tolliver had been entered in recent days while the vehicle was at her home in the 500 block of Riverside Drive. A JC Penny credit card was stolen from the car along with an ashtray valued at $50 and a small sum of money.
• A break-in occurred on July 24 at the home of Barbara Wood on Granite Street, where two glass windows of a panel door were broken. The damage was put at $200, with nothing listed as stolen.
• A female suspect made off with merchandise valued at $60 from Dollar General on Airport Road on July 23, including three pairs of sunglasses, car air freshener, a gel tuxedo bra, allergy tablets, body mist, deodorant spray, tweezers and detergent flings. The woman put the items in her purse and left the store without paying.
• Caitlin Irene Slate, 25, of 244 Peele Road, was arrested on charges of resisting, obstructing or delaying a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia on July 21, after she allegedly provided police with a false name during a larceny investigation at Lowes Foods which led to the discovery of warrants for arrest against her for earlier offenses. Slate was held in the Surry County Jail under a $500 secured bond.
During the same incident at Lowes Foods, Santana Maria Orozco, 27, listed as homeless, was cited for concealment of merchandise, items valued at $24 which were recovered, and possession of drug paraphernalia. In addition, police discovered an outstanding order for arrest filed on July 6 against Orozco for failing to appear in court in Forsyth County. She was jailed under a $1,000 secured bond, with both Orozco and Slate scheduled to be in Surry District Court on Oct. 26.
• Two men, Daniel Ray Secrest, 29, of 117 Farrell Lane, and Michael Amos Spencer, 46, of 120 Happy Lane, Dobson, were charged with possession of methamphetamine, a felony; possession of drug paraphernalia; and other violations after a July 20 traffic stop on South Main Street for suspicious activity and a registration violation.
Spencer additionally was charged with maintaining a drug vehicle, also a felony, and served with an outstanding warrant for a protective order violation. Secrest, whose paraphernalia included a needle and baggy, according to police records, also was charged with possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance. Spencer was held in the Surry County Jail under an $11,000 secured bond and Secrest, a $7,000 secured bond, with both to appear in District Court on Sept. 13.
• The front and rear Virginia license tags, number XSM4368, were stolen on July 20 from a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer owned by Diane Speas Thomas of Fancy Gap Road, Cana, Virginia. The crime occurred while the vehicle was in the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) parking lot on Carter Street.