Police Briefs


First Posted: 12/24/2008

– Property has been reported stolen in a break-in at a Country Club Road residence, according to the Mount Airy Police Department. The incident, discovered Monday at the home of John Walter Vaughan, resulted in the theft of a Stihl leaf blower and a heater from Vaughans garage. The property is valued at $550. The case remains open for further investigation.
– Alondria Trenise McCollie, 26, of 102 Pleasant Ridge Road in Cana, Va., was cited Monday afternoon for concealment of merchandise at Wal-Mart. Loss-prevention personnel at the store allegedly saw McCollie concealing items inside a diaper bag. She is scheduled to appear in Surry District Court on Jan. 29.
– The firing of a gun Sunday afternoon led to multiple charges against a Mount Airy man. Ronald Matthew Speaks, 39, of 1215 Brooklen Ave., who allegedly fired a long gun at his home, also was found to be a convicted felon. This led to the seizure of six weapons, including two 12-gauge single-shot shotguns, a 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun, two .22-caliber bolt-action rifles and a .30-30 lever-action rifle. Speaks was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, a felony; discharging a firearm in the city limits; and communicating threats. He is facing a Jan. 22 court appearance.
– Equipment valued at more than $1,000 was reported stolen Sunday from an outbuilding on South Franklin Road. Someone forced open the door to the structure at the residence of Douglas David Goins and removed a chainsaw, circular saw, miter saw, reciprocating saw, five-horsepower upright air compressor, gasoline blower/vacuum and brad nailer, valued altogether at $1,285. The case is listed as inactive.
– Ebony Monique Hall, 24, of 1848 Tom Creek Church Road, Pilot Mountain, was served with warrants Sunday on felony charges of forgery and uttering of an instrument and obtaining property by false pretense which had been issued on Jan. 16, 2007. Hall was freed on a $5,000 unsecured bond, pending her Feb. 10 appearance in Surry District Court.

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