Mount Olive police are investigating separate incidents of gunfire in town, an armed robbery and a high-speed chase with a motorcyclist.
Donyell Morrison of Precision Lawn Care and Landscaping told police he was cutting grass alongside the street near Northeast Church Road and North Center Street recently when traffic began to back up. A couple of cars went around him, but a driver of a pickup truck pulled in front of him, stopped, stepped out and “flipped him the middle finger,” according to a police report.
He said the driver then went back to his truck, got a silver handgun, and fired one round at the tractor he was operating, before leaving the scene, according to the report. The gunshot was estimated to have caused $800 in damage. The truck was identified as a late-model green Chevy Silverado.
No injuries were reported. The investigation is continuing.
Katrina Kornegay of 415 Nelson St. told police she returned to her residence at 9 a.m. April 27 and discovered someone had fired gunshots into her house, damaging a television, window, mirror, house siding, Sheetrock and ceiling.
Damage was estimated at $1,500.
Officers said they discovered at least four rounds from a .380 or 9mm handgun had been fired into the house.
The investigation is still underway.
Officers said they responded to an armed robbery in progress at 126 Lee’s Country Club Road at 11 a.m. April 26.
The complainant, Jamel Carter of that address, told officers he had been robbed at gunpoint of $500 cash while sitting inside his home watching television.
Investigators said the victim identified his assailant and warrants have been secured for that suspect, according to a police report.
Officers filed a number of charges against a motorcyclist after a high speed chase on April 30 that started on Bert Martin Road and ended a few miles later when the cyclist pulled off to the side of the road and gave up.
Michael Goodson of 111 White Flash Road was arrested at the scene.
Goodson was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, passing in a no-passing zone, failure to stop for a stop sign, and improper registration.
Officers said he told them he fled because he did not have any driver’s license and the motorcycle was not properly registered.
His bond was set at $5,000.
A larceny by an employee charge was filed against 27-year-old Luis Velez Prosper of 134 Texas Tee Lane.
He is accused of the theft of cash and merchandise from Wal-Mart over a month-long period.