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Police stop knife fight; officer assaulted during call on same street

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Officers with the Spring Hope Police Department broke up a knife fight and conducted an involuntary commitment that turned violent when the subject attacked an officer, among other calls in the last month.

Police Chief Nathan Gant provided information on the following cases to the town board at its most recent August meeting.

Officer J. Wilson went July 29 to a home on North Walnut Street to serve an involuntary commitment order on a 31-year-old man. Police didn’t release the man’s name.

“While Officer Wilson attempted to take him into custody, the male subject refused to comply with commands and physically attacked Officer Wilson,” Gant said.

Gant and Lt. Allen Proctor arrived to find the man assaulting Wilson. The officers took the man into custody and brought him to Nash UNC Healthcare for evaluation. Hospital staff treated Wilson and released him.

Criminal charges aren’t expected in the case due to the involuntary commitment order, Gant said.

Earlier in the month, Officers T. Bell and C. Hess responded to a July 13 call of a disturbance at another home on North Walnut Street. The argument involved two men, one armed with a knife, Gant said.

Police charged Michael Frazier, 33, of Spring Hope, with assault with a deadly weapon.

Police received notification July 26 of a customer refusing to pay for mechanic work at local garage. After an investigation, Bell determined the incident amounted to a crime.

Police charged Tracy Davis, 48, of Nashville, with obtaining property by false pretense.

While conducting a license checkpoint on East Nash Street on July 5, Officers Wilson and D. Radford detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside a vehicle. The officers conducted a probable cause search and found marijuana.

Police charged Tommy Mendoza, 21, of Nashville, with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

On patrol July 6, Wilson stopped a vehicle on Ash Street for running a stop sign and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police charged John Bryant, 58, of Middlesex, with driving while impaired and driving with a suspended license.

While conducting a license checkpoint on South Walnut Street, Wilson and Radford detected the odor of alcohol in a vehicle with a small child in the backseat.

Police charged Joseph Schaaf, 25, of Castelia, with DWI and child endangerment.

Officers received a July 7 break-in call at a home on Northside Street. The resident wasn’t home and a neighbor made the call. The investigation is ongoing, Gant said.

While conducting speed enforcement, Officer J. Gwaltney stopped a vehicle allegedly going 65 mph in a 35 mph zone. The driver is accused of having a large amount of marijuana, sandwich bags and a digital scale.

Police charged Joshua Stanley, 17, of Nashville, with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding.

Spring Hope Police Activity

Police statistics for the month of July 2019:

• 57 vehicle stops.

• Two wrecks.

• 16 speeding tickets.

• 12 revoked license citations.

• Five no-license citations.

• 26 other calls.