• A Mount Airy man was jailed under a $200,000 secured bond after being charged with three felony counts of trafficking in methamphetamine and other offenses, according to city police department reports. The charges were filed early Thursday after John Timothy Deprisco, 52, of 643 Allred Mill Road, fled from an investigative stop on Wrenn Avenue near Dogwood Road in reference to a breaking and entering.
Deprisco allegedly was found in possession of 57 grams of meth, and further was charged with maintaining a drug vehicle, also a felony; two counts of resisting a public officer; driving while license revoked; and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is slated for a Nov. 15 appearance in Surry District Court.
• Two men were arrested early Thursday after property was stolen from the residence of James William Johnson on Fairview Avenue. Lewis Richard Potts, 39, of 416 Junction St., and James Franklin Upchurch, 58, of Fancy Gap, Va., are accused of taking Stihl leaf blowers and a lawn mower battery, items valued altogether at hundreds of dollars, from the bed of Johnson’s 1998 Chevrolet pickup.
The property was recovered and in addition to a larceny-related violation, Potts was found to be a fugitive from justice from Virginia, where he is wanted on another larceny charge. Police say he aided and abetted Upchurch in stealing the items from the Johnson home. Along with larceny, Upchurch is facing offenses of attempted larceny and possession of stolen goods and was served with an order for arrest for failing to appear in court. Potts was jailed under a $51,000 secured bond and Upchurch under a $10,000 secured bond, with both men to appear in Surry District Court on Nov. 14.
• Randy Gale Tate, 54, of 199 Chatham Road, is accused of assaulting two officers after an alcohol-related traffic crash last week. Tate was arrested on Chatham Road near Boxwood Drive Wednesday night after the single-vehicle accident and allegedly found to be impaired, but allegedly refused all testing, police records show. This led to Tate being served with a search warrant to take a blood sample at Northern Hospital.
While in custody, he allegedly assaulted officers B.B. Evans and J.W. Watson. Tate was charged with two counts of assault on a government official; resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officer; driving while impaired; and driving left of center. He was held in the Surry County Jail under a $5,000 secured bond and is to appear in District Court on Nov. 15.
• Two hundred feet of electrical wiring was reported stolen Thursday from a vacant residence in the 1000-block of South Main Street. The victim is listed as James Trevor LLC, with the crime reported by Jerry G. Coram Jr. of Coram Construction. No value was given for the stolen property, which was cut from the inside of the house.
• It was reported Wednesday that a known individual had stolen liquor valued at $25 from the Mount Airy ABC Store by placing it in her purse. The case was still open for investigation at last report.
• Two motor vehicle break-ins were reported on Sept. 30 at an unidentified business at 1708 S. Main St. Electronic and other items valued at more than $2,000 were stolen from the 2004 Peterbilt tractor-trailer and 2007 Freightliner involved, including a laptop computer, three CB radios, $30 in change, a Maglite flashlight, a gym bag and a hard hat. One of the vehicles was entered by breaking a rear glass and the other through a door. The victims were identified as Brandon Everett Marshall, a Brim Road resident, and Dale Gammons of Lovers Lane.
• Christopher Lewis Tucker, 26, of 800 Westridge Drive, Pilot Mountain, is facing charges of discharging a firearm in the city limits and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, filed on Sept. 30 after an incident at Legends Sports Bar earlier in the day. Tucker is said to have become angry after being removed from the business by security personnel and fired shots into the air while leaving in his vehicle. Tucker was arrested on Rockford Street, and released after posting a $5,000 secured bond at a magistrate’s office. He is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Nov. 7.