• Naomi Jean McLaughlin, 48, of 207 Beechtree Circle, was arrested Tuesday on two felony charges, exploiting an elderly trust and trafficking in opiates, according to Mount Airy Police Department reports. McLaughlin was taken into custody by Dobson police on the request of Kyle James, a Mount Airy detective. After being transported to the city police station for processing and interrogation, McLaughlin was held in the Surry County Jail under a $20,000 secured bond, and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 14. Details of the alleged crimes were not listed.
A case of obtaining property by false pretense was reported Tuesday, which involved someone using information of the victim, Bear Creek Log Homes in Mocksville, to purchase a zero turn mower valued at $3,134. The location of the crime is listed as 692 S. Andy Griffith Parkway, the address for Lowe’s hardware.
• City police also are investigating a case that came to light earlier this month in which someone allegedly tampered with a municipal water meter in order to unlawfully connect to the utility system and receive water, which resulted in damage. The incident was found to have occurred in April at a residential location on Southview Street. Damage put at $121 occurred to cut-off and residential back-flow preventer equipment, and the perpetrator performed a cross-connection that enabled the theft of about $160 worth of water.
• David McKinley Brown, 34, of 1030 Boxer Drive in King, was arrested Tuesday on charges of larceny of motor fuel and resisting a public officer, along with failure to appear in court and failure to appear on a probation violation, after he was encountered at Starlite Motel in connection with an outstanding order for arrest. The larceny violation stems from a May 28 incident in which Brown allegedly received $48 in fuel at the Mount Airy Oil Co. convenience store on West Lebanon Street and left the business without paying. He was confined in the Surry County Jail under a $3,500 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in District Court on July 14.
• A theft occurred Wednesday at the Save A Lot grocery store on Carter Street, where a known suspect concealed premium smoked ham and left the business.
• Eric Renardo Simmons, 24, of 524 E. Haymore St., was arrested Wednesday on charges of resisting a public officer and disorderly conduct after police were dispatched to his home in reference to a 911 hang-up call. Simmons was taken into custody after being told to not curse in the roadway and also allegedly continued to pull away after being placed under arrest. He was held in the county jail under a $1,500 secured bond, with a Sept. 3 court date set.
• Leigh Ann Holyfield, 48, of 240 Starlite Road, was served Tuesday with an outstanding order for arrest on a charge of resisting a public officer which had been filed on June 9. She is free on a written promise to appear in Surry District Court on July 14.
• Jerry Gray Slate, 64, of 256 Beasley St., was picked up by police Tuesday on an outstanding order for arrest on a leash law violation and subsequently was released under a written promise to appear in District Court on Aug. 28.
• A larceny was reported Sunday at the Mount Airy Oil Co. convenience store on West Lebanon Street, where cigars were taken by a known suspect.