Police briefs


First Posted: 9/13/2009

n A traffic stop early Saturday by Mount Airy police led to a felony drug charge against a 24-year-old man, who also was found to be wanted on outstanding warrants that had been issued by Surry County probation officials.
Jose Antonio Armenta, a citizen of Mexico who resides at 125 Kirkman Road, is being held under a large bond in the Surry County Jail. Armenta was pulled over for an alleged rear-lamps violation about 4 a.m. while operating a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee on South Street near Taylor Street, according to arrest records.
Cocaine allegedly was found and Armenta was charged with felonious possession of a Schedule II controlled substance along with two misdemeanors, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of an open container of alcohol. He was held under a $5,000 secured bond for those offenses and an additional $20,000 bond on the warrants issued by probation officials. Armenta is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Oct. 6.
Anita Stafford Ramos, 50, of 1000 Kiger Farm Road in Tobaccoville, was charged Saturday afternoon with obtaining property by false pretense, a felony, after an investigation centering on Bonnie Lous Flea Market on Carter Street. Ramos allegedly was leading people there to believe she was experiencing family hardship in order to obtain money. She was jailed in lieu of a $5,000 secured bond and is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Oct. 14.
William Blaine Wheeler, 21, of 1214 North Ridge St., was arrested Friday on an outstanding warrant for a charge of assault by pointing a gun which had been issued on Sept. 5. William Andrew Flippen, a resident of Old Highway 601, is the complainant. Wheeler, who turned himself in at a local magistrates office, was released on a written promise to appear in District Court on Oct. 16.

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