June 8, 2001

Arrests


   * Iris V. Bentley, 20, 606 Beech St., was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Audrey Covington after the Criminal Investigations Division received a tip that Bentley was wanted out of Polk County, N.C., and was in CCSD jurisdiction. Polk County officials confirmed there was a valid warrant for Bentley for parole violation and said they would extradite. Bentley was located at the Beech Street residence, taken into custody, and charged with being a fugitive from justice.
   * Jeffrey Scott Whitehead, 31, 63 Estatoe Acres, Spruce Pine, N.C., was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy on a warrant charging him with reckless homicide. He also was served two capiases out of General Sessions Court.
   * Larry P. Guinn, 18, 16 Lambs Park, Limestone, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Investigator Audrey Covington after the Criminal Investigation Division received a tip that a stolen vehicle from Greene County was going to be in the East Side area. Surveillance was set up and around 3:45 p.m., the vehicle was discovered entering Redi Mart in East Side. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, Guinn, was taken into custody and was transported to Carter County Jail where he was read his Miranda rights. Guinn refused, however, to give a written statement of how or why he was in possession of the stolen vehicle. A check confirmed that the 1999 Nissan Sentra Guinn was driving had been entered into the National Crime Information Center computer as stolen from Greene County. Guinn was charged with theft over $1,000. A warrants check also revealed he was wanted in Carter County on an outstanding warrant from Aug. 3, 2000, charging him with evading arrest.
   * Johnny W. Taylor Jr., 40, 226 Dave Buck Road, Johnson City, and Shawn Marie Hodge, 30, 2773 Bob Little Road, were arrested around 12:30 a.m. Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry after officers were dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to an intoxicated male. While en route to Wal-Mart, officers were advised the man had gotten into a small blue four-door vehicle. Officers observed a blue four-door Chevrolet Nova with a tail light out pulling out of a parking space. The vehicle pulled into the truck unloading area of Wal-Mart and made a U-turn with Ptl. Mayberry behind it. The officer activated emergency lights in an attempt to stop the vehicle, however, the vehicle exited the area, almost striking a police cruiser driven by Ptl. Kevin Cable. Ptl. Mayberry activated her vehicle's siren, but the Nova continued south in the parking lot, where it was blocked in by Ptl. Cable, Sgt. Roger Crowe, Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range and Ptl. Mayberry. Neither the driver, identified as Taylor, nor his passenger, Hodge, were wearing seat belts. Officers detected a strong odor of an intoxicant coming from the vehicle. Taylor was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tasks, which he performed poorly. After being read his Miranda rights, Taylor told officers he was taking medication and had drank three or four beers. He was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent after he refused to take a test to determine his blood alcohol content. Hodge was charged with DUI by consent and public intoxication.
   * Jonathan B. Williams, 22, 110 Tipton St., Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with being a fugitive from justice out of Mitchell County, N.C. Officers received information from Unicoi County Sheriff's Department as to the possible whereabouts of Williams and found him at his residence. He was taken into custody without incident and was being held in Johnson City Jail without bond pending an extradition hearing.
   * Kenneth J. Boone, 25, 802 Cherokee Road, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with aggravated assault following investigation of an April 17 incident at BP Roadrunner, 527 Princeton Road. The victim of the assault was treated for injuries at Johnson City Medical Center after Boone allegedly struck him in the head with a stick.
  
Child neglect

   * Elaine Renee Hardin, 23, 1298 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after the officer responded to Lynnridge Apartments regarding a found child. Brandy Nicole Gobble, 20, told the officer that she was in her apartment when she heard her child talking to another child in the living room. Gobble went into the living room and noted that a small boy had climbed over her porch banister and had come in through the sliding glass door. Gobble said the boy was dirty and soaking wet from the rain and immediately asked for something to eat and drink. Gobble did not know who the child was and asked him where his mommy was. The child said she had left him. Gobble told the officer she went outside twice to look for the child's mother but saw no one looking for him. After about 30 minutes, she became alarmed and called 911 at 12:43 p.m. Ptl. Mullins located the mother, identified as Hardin, walking around the apartment building. Hardin said she had left her 3-year-old son and a 6-month-old daughter alone while she helped her friend upstairs move furniture. She said her son had wandered off and she had looked for him for 15 minutes. Hardin had someone call 911 at 1:03 p.m. Hardin was charged with child neglect.
  
Theft

   * Frances Nave, 77, 909 Nave St., reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters that someone known to her came to her residence and took her Visa credit card.
  
Hit-and-run

   * Pete Iles, 58, 1728 Charlotte Drive, and Elwood MaGee, 77, 1731 Charlotte Drive, reported Tuesday to EPD Capt. Clyde Croy that they heard a car on Charlotte Drive spinning its tires. They went out on the porch and observed a green Jeep CJ5 traveling up Charlotte Drive at a fast rate of speed. As the Jeep rounded the curve in front of their home, the driver lost control of the vehicle, spun around in the road, and hit several mailboxes. The vehicle then drove away at a fast rate of speed. About 10 minutes later, a small red vehicle came back down the street, stopped and looked at the mailboxes, then turned and left, according to witnesses.