Man with long criminal record charged with making threatening phone call

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Billy Floyd Pless, well known in the area for a long criminal record, is now back in the Rowan County jail, this time for making a threatening phone call.

Pless was jailed on Monday night but is now out on a $1000 bond.

The criminal record for Pless, 61, goes back to 1982 when he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.  Pless was also charged with assault on a female in 1985, and again in 1986.

In 1992 Pless was charged with trespassing, in 1996 there were charges of communicating threats.

In 1997 and 2002 Pless was charged with disorderly conduct.  In 2003 the charge was second degree trespassing, and habitual misdemeanor assault.

There were more disorderly conduct charges in 2008 and 2009, harassing phone calls in 2012, and assault and battery in 2013.

Details on the latest charge are not known, but the charges were made by the Spencer Police Department.

Pless is frequently seen on the streets of Salisbury and in other public places on an electric wheelchair.

In April of this year Pless spoke at a Spencer Town Board meeting to ask that police officers stop following him.  According to the minutes of the meeting, Pless said he had been arrested 132 times since 1982 and felt that he was now being harassed by police.