Home Crime RCSO: East Rockingham threat call turns to meth bust

RCSO: East Rockingham threat call turns to meth bust

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County deputies reportedly found meth at the home of a man accused of pointing a gun at his neighbors.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a call Sunday, Nov. 13 about a man with a gun on Rohanen Avenue.

The caller reportedly showed the deputies video of a neighbor, 43-year-old William Frederick Kranz, allegedly coming into the yard, pointing a gun at the home and yelling threats.

Kranz reportedly denied his actions before deputies confronted him about the video and he subsequently surrendered the handgun.

While inside, the deputies reportedly “noticed illegal narcotics,” secured the home and obtained a search warrant.

The press release doesn’t identify the types of narcotics allegedly found except by charges.

Kranz was arrested and charged with: possession of a firearm by a felon; possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver methamphetamine; and possession of up to a half-ounce of marijuana.

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He was booked into the Richmond County jail under a $50,000 secured bond, however he did not appear in records early Monday afternoon.

Based on the press release, Kranz doesn’t appear to be facing any charges related to the initial call. The charges had not been filed online as of 1:15 p.m. The release states deputies also found drug paraphernalia, but there are no list paraphernalia charges.

His court date is currently unknown.

According to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction, Kranz was first convicted in 2001 on three felony counts of breaking and entering vehicles and two counts of misdemeanor larceny in Scotland County. His probation was revoked the following year and he served nearly five months behind bars.

Kranz’ most recent conviction was in 2009 on misdemeanor charges of assault on a female and injury to real property.

All defendants facing criminal charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Note: presumption of innocence tag added. 5:36 p.m. 11-14-22

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