Police Briefs


First Posted: 3/18/2009

– An Ararat resident was served with an outstanding warrant on a felony offense Tuesday after a traffic stop on Rockford Street, according to the Mount Airy Police Department. Benjamin Wayne Harris, 21, of 178 Pearman Lane, was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over for suspicion of driving while impaired. A warrant check revealed that Harris was wanted on a charge of attempting to obtain property by false pretense, which had been filed on Aug. 25. He is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on May 5.
– Randy Lee Gwyn Jr., 19, of 338 Hay St., was served with criminal summonses Thursday on charges of assault and battery and communicating threats which had been issued the day before. The complainant is Mason Johnson Widener of Old Toast Road. Gwyn is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on April 17.
– Jerry Wayne Hatcher, 49, of 396 Old Toast Road, was served with a criminal summons Tuesday on a charge of assault, inflicting serious injury. The complainant is Ronnie Ray Hatcher of West Pine Street. Hatcher is scheduled to be in Surry District Court today.
– Larceny charges were filed against two people Monday after an incident at Wal-Mart. Daniel Alexander Johnson, 16, of 166 Scarlet Lane, and Kane Lonzie Lovill, 19, of 729 Allred Mill Road, were stopped by store employees for allegedly concealing merchandise valued altogether at $105. Johnson, who allegedly gave a false name during an investigation, also was charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer. Lovill was confined in the Surry County Jail, but there is no record of Johnson being incarcerated. Both are scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on April 30.
– A case of obtaining property by false pretense was reported Monday by Lester A. Gwyn of West Virginia Street. Gwyn told police that an unauthorized transaction occurred with his checking account on Friday in which an unknown person used his routing and account numbers to make a $97 payment by telephone. The case remains open for further investigation.

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