Two Carter inmates indicted on felony escape charges

By Kathy Helms-Hughes


   Two Carter County Jail inmates were indicted Tuesday by a Carter County Grand Jury on charges of felony escape.
   Mitchell Wayne Bowers, 26, 380 Old Mountain View Road, escaped from the jail Aug. 5 after knocking a hole in the ceiling of the cellblock with a broom handle. Bowers went up a vent pipe and exited to the roof, jumped off a low area of the roof and onto the ground.
   Bowers was charged in two separate indictments with felony escape, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of felony evading arrest, possession of a prohibited weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aggravated burglary, and theft over $1,000.
   Another inmate, Walter Lee Gunn, 38, 602 W. Main St., Johnson City, was incarcerated at the jail, serving time for violation of probation when he was granted work release. Gunn failed to return from work release Feb. 19 and was picked up on a warrant Sept. 4 by Sgt. Keith Range. He, too, was charged with felony escape.
   Other true bills returned Tuesday by the grand jury include:
   * James E. Gill, two counts driving on suspended license;
   * Denver Allen Dugger Jr., felony evading arrest, two counts reckless endangerment, and driving on suspended;
   * Eric Hicks, violation of habitual motor offender;
   * Brandon S. Lambert, two counts worthless checks;
   * George Wade McQueen (not dentist George McQueen), aggravated assault, possession of a prohibited weapon, public intoxication;
   * Randy Lee Grindstaff, DUI, driving on suspended;
   * Randy L. Robinson (two separate indictments), five counts reckless endangerment, felony evading, DUI, driving on revoked license, two counts simple possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, no seat belt, violation of open container, violation of registration;
   * Jody Charles Guy (two separate indictments), two counts aggravated assault, vandalism, felony evading arrest;
   * Jody A. Moore, theft over $1,000;
   * Tammy Kay Cox McKinney, aggravated burglary, theft over $500;
   * Thomas Ray Cox Jr., aggravated burglary, theft over $500;
   * Dayton Leonard McNeal, public intoxication, disorderly conduct;
   * Florence Hartley, two counts sale of Schedule IV;
   * Terry Lynn Powers, public intoxication;
   * Stephen Ancil Lewis, aggravated assault;
   * Cynthia A. Shields, forgery;
   * Jeremy M. Ward, DUI, violation of implied consent;
   * Richard L. Potts, violation of worthless check;
   * Gene Andrew Foshia, DUI;
   * Kenneth W. Ellis, DUI, driving on revoked, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment;
   * Daniel Ray Nelson, eight counts aggravated burglary, four counts theft over $500, three counts theft over $1,000;
   * Chad J. Oliver (not Ricky Chad Oliver), DUI, driving on revoked;
   * Christopher J. Greene, DUI, driving on revoked, felony evading arrest, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, criminal impersonation;
   * Shannon Guinn, aggravated assault;
   * Jennifer Alicia Nye-Fox, DUI, violation of implied consent, violation of traffic control device;
   * Larry Michael Parlier, forgery;
   * Christopher James Greene, theft over $1,000, theft under $500, criminal impersonation;
   * Kevin D. Smith, DUI;
   * Micah L. Potter, driving on revoked;
   * Billy E. Combs, DUI, violation of implied consent.
   No true bills returned include:
   * Micah L. Potter, DUI;
   * Roger Crumley, rape; (true bill returned May 1, statutory rape);
   * Barbara E. Blevins, dogs running at large;
   * Jeffrey Whitehead, criminally negligent homicide, reckless homicide in the July 2, 2000, death of Alfred Houston during an accident in Roan Mountain.