Names released of those charged in jail flooding

By Abby Morris

Star Staff

   Names of the 21 inmates charged with felony vandalism in the recent flooding of the Carter County jail were released over the weekend.
   According to Carter County Sheriff John Henson, inmates housed in the facility's Cell Block D flooded the jail by blocking drainage pipes to the toilets. The overflowing water flooded the department's records office and dispatch room.
   Henson estimated the damage to be more than $1,000 due to the fact that computers and other electronic equipment were damaged when the water entered the offices.
   The inmates are required to appear in court on one count of felony vandalism each, according to Henson.
   "I hope the court deals strictly with them and makes them pay for what they've damaged," he said on the day of the incident. "They need to make them pay for it and not make the tax payers pay for it because they have to pay for enough as it is."
   All of the inmates housed in Cell Block D were charged in the incident. "You can't single out one or two people," Henson said. "You have no choice but to charge them all." He explained that, even if the other inmates did not take part in the flooding, they were accessories to the crime by not alerting jailers to what was happening.
   Charged in the incident were:
   Toby Shannon Bare, 26, 3402 Steam Plant Road, Watauga.
   Randall Eric Bennett, 18, 102 Cedar St., Johnson City.
   Roger Dale Bolin, 44, 705 Poplar St.
   Johnny Conley Clark, 31, Lambs Park No. 16, Limestone.
   Kevin Brian Cross, 18, 875 Gap Creek Road.
   Richard Glenn Hathaway, Jr., 43, 610 West Wood Drive.
   Robert Willis Holland, 38, 190 Chalebeate Road, Sulfur Springs.
   Ryan Patrick Honeycutt, 24, no address available.
   Robert Henry Hyatt, Jr., 34, 243 Watauga Road, Watauga.
   Michael Dewayne Lafollette, 19, 912B Pineridge Circle.
   Dustin James Lyons, 19, 443 Highway 321, Hampton.
   Lanny Allen Markland, 21, 411 Washington Ave.
   Terry Don Markland, 51, 2109 Dave Miller Road, Johnson City.
   Thomas Author Mellons, 50, 5748 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport.
   Cleveland Eugene Norris, 41, 406 East Mill St.
   Michael Arron Oaks, 20, 108 Jack Elliot Road, Roan Mountain.
   Sherill Wesley Pickering, 35, 302 Chambers Drive.
   Kenneth Dwayne Ritchie, 27, 111 J.C. Vines Road, Hampton.
   Christopher Scott Rogers, 34, 1294 Bluefield Ave., Apt. B-1.
   Roy Landon Shipley, 48, 705 Poplar St.
   Robert Dayton Stills, 26, 123 Rittertown Road, Hampton.