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By Tom Joyce

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• A traffic stop in Mount Airy led to the arrest of a Lowgap woman on an outstanding felony charge, according to city police department reports. Ann Utt Martin, 43, of 327 N. Oak St., was encountered by officers Monday at the Citgo/Quick Stop business on North Franklin Road and found to be wanted on a violation of obtaining property by false pretense which had been issued on Nov. 20. Details of the charge were not listed. Martin was held in the Surry County Jail under a $1,500 secured bond and is to be in District Court on Dec. 18.


• Another traffic stop on Tuesday in the Boxwood Lane area led to Sandra Jane Knott, 45, of 1017 Blossom View Drive in Ararat, Va., being served with a criminal summons for a second-degree trespassing offense that had been issued in April 2010 with Walmart as the complainant. Knott also was cited Tuesday for no operator’s license and an expired registation plate and is to appear in District Court on Jan. 14.


• A break-in occurred in the early morning hours last Friday at the home of Michael Alan Giersdorf on Worth Street, where someone attempted to gain entry by striking a door, which caused damage. No property was listed as missing.


• Paul David Grainger Jr., 25, of 105 Pentecostal Holiness Church Road, was arrested on Nov. 28 after being encountered during a disturbance at Northern Hospital of Surry County. Police discovered outstanding warrants on Grainger for violations of second-degree trespassing and communicating threats, which were filed on Nov. 9 with Robin E. Carpenter of Winston-Salem as the complainant. He was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $1,500 secured bond, and is to appear in District Court on Dec. 16.


• A vehicle valued at $8,000 has been reported stolen on Nov. 25. The 1999 Toyota half-ton pickup, black in color and bearing license number TZL8918, was taken from the residence of owner Robert Eugene Johnson on Meadowlark Road by a unknown suspect using a stolen key.


• Stanley tools including a pair of pliers and a wrench, as well as gloves, were stolen by an unknown suspect on Nov. 24 at Walmart. The merchandise was valued at about $35 altogether.


• Amy Hope Shumate, 25, of Glen Rogers, W.Va., had a violation of defrauding an innkeeper issued against her on Nov. 24 after police located her on Rockford Street in reference to not being able to pay a taxi fare. Shumate was held in the Surry County Jail under a $500 secured bond and is scheduled to be in District Court on Jan. 22.


• Tessa Needham Fulp, 47, of 106 S. Key St. in Pilot Mountain, was charged with driving while impaired on Nov. 22 after a motor vehicle crash investigation in the parking area of Workforce Carolina just off U.S. 52. Fulp is free on a written promise to appear in court on Jan. 6.


• Property valued at more than $20,000, including four Trane, Courier and Guardian heat pumps; about 200 sections of 2-inch copper pipe, miscellaneous wiring; and an orange 100-foot extension cord were discovered missing on Nov. 21 from a building in the 400 block of North South Street owned by Bray and Bray Properties. A secured door to the structure was pried open to gain entry, causing damage of $200.


• Nelson Ray Stewart Jr., 48, of 148 Gilmer Miller Road in Lowgap, was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 21, after he was encountered by officers in the parking lot of the New Market Crossing shopping center on Independence Boulevard. A handgun and glass smoking device were located in Stewart’s car with the help of a police dog and an outstanding order for arrest for him for failing to appear in court, which had been filed on Sept. 26, also was discovered. He was jailed under a $3,500 secured bond and slated for a Jan. 7 District Court appearance.


• An assault occurred on Nov. 20 in which a female employee of a downtown business said that her buttocks were grabbed by an unknown suspect as she walked on North Main Street near Virginia Street.


• JC Penney was the scene of a theft on Nov. 20, when an unknown suspect took black and white Converse All-Star tennis shoes valued at $50.

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