June 12, 2001
* Michael J. Brumitt, 31, 141 Brumitt Lane, was
arrested Saturday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy
Chris Pierce after he and Deputy Chad Grindstaff observed
a red Mustang at a stop sign at the intersection of Highway
321 and 19E, which appeared to be empty. The officers pulled
behind the vehicle, at which time the vehicle pulled onto
19E in the southbound lane with a loud muffler. The officer
stopped the vehicle and began a field interview with the driver,
who appeared to be under the influence. He was administered
a series of field sobriety tasks, which he conducted poorly
and was charged with second-offense DUI. Upon emptying the
driver's pockets, officers found a clear plastic baggy which
was believed to contain marijuana. A brown smoking pipe was
found inside the vehicle, along with a set of weighing scales.
Two open Bud Light beers were found in the trunk. Brumitt
additionally was charged with violation of implied consent,
violation of open container, possession of Schedule VI and
possession of drug paraphernalia.
* Charles Dean Draper, 42, 125 Williams St., Johnson
City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian
after the officer responded to 124 Williams St., regarding
a trailer that had been hit by a car. The driver, Draper,
was found sitting in the car, wearing his seat belt and passed
out. Deputy Julian tried to wake him several times to see
whether he was injured. When he finally woke up, he was disoriented,
according to the report. The officer detected a strong odor
of alcohol about Draper's breath, unbuckled him, and helped
him out of the vehicle. He was unable to stand on his own
and admitted he had been drinking. He was administered a blood
alcohol test at Carter County Jail, resulting in a BAC of
.20 percent, or more than twice the legal limit for intoxication.
He was charged with DUI.
* Stanley Woodby, 25, 1294 Bluefield Ave., was
arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Chris Pierce on a warrant
charging him with failure to appear on a charge of fishing
without a license. Jessica Woodby, 23, same address, was arrested
at CCSD on a warrant charging her with cruelty to animals.
* Connie F. Nave, 36, 117 Blue Springs Rd., was
arrested Saturday by Constable Landon Pritchard on warrants
charging her with failure to appear on a recall hearing, violation
of probation, and failure to appear with fines and costs.
* Angela Ashley, 22, 283 Bishop Hollow Road, was
issued citations June 5 by Elizabethton Police Department
Ptl. Michael Merritt following an auto accident at the intersection
of West Elk Ave. and Hudson Dr. At the time of the accident,
the driver had no identification on her person and identified
herself as Lisa Leann Hurley Slone, 215 S. Hills Drive. A
passenger in the vehicle, Rachel Snipes, 1250 Dry Creek Rd.,
confirmed the driver's identity to be correct. The officer
questioned the driver a second time about her identity and
advised her that if any of the information was incorrect,
she could be charged with filing a false report. She again
said she had given the officer the correct information. On
Friday, the officer went to 215 S. Hills Drive to speak with
Lisa Slone and noted that she was not the same subject which
had been driving the vehicle involved in the accident. Slone
showed the officer a picture of her sister, Angela Hurley
Ashley, who the officer was able to identify as the driver.
A check of Ashley's driving history showed her driving privileges
to be revoked for an unsatisfied judgment. Ashley was found
to be at fault in the June 5 accident for following too close
with contact, violation of registration, filing a false report,
criminal impersonation and driving on revoked licensed. Ashley
was issued three citations at the time of the accident, to
which she signed Slone's name. Those citations were voided
due to Ashley impersonating her sister.
* Jamie Justice, 19, 6473 N. Pearson Road, Springfield,
Tenn., was issued a summons Friday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Maybery
after she, Ptl. Carl Burrough and Ptl. Mike Sproviero, who
were on special detail at the Covered Bridge, observed a green
Honda Civic back into a red Chevrolet Cavalier. The driver
of the Civic looked over her shoulder at the vehicle then
sped away in an attempt to leave the parking lot. Ptl. Mayberry
ran to the exit and stopped the vehicle. The driver, Justice,
advised Ptl. Mayberry that she didn't know she had struck
another vehicle. She was issued a summons for leaving the
scene of an accident.
* James L. McKinney, 41, 116 Spruce Lane, was
arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott after the officer
was dispatched to Raceway Market regarding an intoxicated
subject in the parking lot. The officer observed McKinney,
who appeared to be under the influence, attempt to enter a
vehicle in front of the market. He was charged with public
* Paul V. Vera, 27, 304 Hamilton St., Johnson City, was arrested
Friday by EPD Ptl. Jason Shaw following a traffic stop. He
was charged with driving without a license and speeding.
* Bradley Randolph Corbitt, 20, 110 Reeser Road,
Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran
following a June 2 auto burglary. The victim, Jason M. Stewart,
21, 112 Reeser Rd., reported to EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh at
the time of the incident that he went outside around 4 a.m.
and found a black male sitting inside his 2000 Chevrolet C1500
pickup. Stewart said the man told him he was looking for a
place to sleep because his girlfriend had kicked him out.
Stewart observed his glove box open and asked the man whether
he had taken anything. The man told him he had taken some
change. Stewart told the suspect he was going to call police,
at which time the man threw a handful of coins at him, striking
him in the face, and then fled the scene. The officer was
given a description of the suspect and told that he possibly
lived in Whispercreek Apartments, #29. Around 1 a.m., June
4, Ptl. McIntosh was advised that the burglary suspect was
standing outside Apartment 29. The officer spoke with the
suspect, Corbitt, and his girlfriend. Corbitt told the officer
he was not involved in the incident. His girlfriend first
said Corbitt was with her in her residence on the night of
the incident, then said she didn't believe Corbitt was at
her residence on the night in question, then said she could
not recall whether he was at her residence that night. On
Saturday, Capt. Verran obtained arrest warrants for Corbitt
and went to Apartment 29, where officers knocked for approximately
20 minutes, however, no one would come to the door. Officers
then concealed themselves and Corbitt exited the front door
of the apartment, where he was arrested without incident.
He was charged with burglary, theft under $500 and assault.
* Billy Eugene Combs, 55, 184 Jackson Ave., was
arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Richard Haney after the officer
observed a blue vehicle pull into the BP Station at the intersection
of Bemberg Road and West G Street. Combs stumbled as he exited
the vehicle, according to the report, and Ptl. Haney then
went into the store to speak with him and observed he had
slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. Combs left the store and
the officer went outside to administer some field sobriety
tasks but was unable to locate Combs. After about eight minutes,
the officer observed a man enter the blue vehicle and drive
off, followed by a Ford Bronco. The officer followed both
vehicles to a dead end on Sugar Hollow Road and spoke with
Combs, who was in the Bronco. He was given a series of field
sobriety tasks, which he was unable to perform correctly,
and was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent.
* Michael Trusler Jr., 20, 120 Reeser Rd.,
was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a traffic
stop. He was charged with DUI and underage consumption of
alcohol. He was given an Intoximeter test at Carter County
Jail, resulting in a blood alcohol content of .10 percent,
or legally drunk.
* Adrian Ramirez, 24, 125 Jackson Love Hwy.,
Erwin, was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall on a capias
charging him with failure to appear.
* Eric James Hall, 20, 1293 Bluefield Ave., was
arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall on a warrant charging
him with violation of probation.
* Jorge Gusman, 29, Adan Marcello, 42, and Raul
Flores, 18, all of 2105 N. Greenwood Drive #57, were arrested
Sunday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged
with the burglary of Mi Tierra Market, 2221 N. Greenwood Drive,
earlier Sunday. All three are scheduled to appear in Municipal
Court on Wednesday.
* Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is investigating
a three-vehicle crash which occurred at 2:48 p.m. Sunday at
the intersection of Hemlock Road and Hemlock Park Road. According
to Officer Greg R. White, a 1996 Ford Mustang, followed by
a 1991 Chevrolet Camaro were traveling east on Hemlock when
a 1987 Nissan Maxima traveling west at a high rate of speed
left the roadway, came back on and began to slide. The Maxima,
driven by Michael Jackson, 19, 113 Pinecrest Road, Kingsport,
struck the Ford in the left side and continued to slide, striking
the Camaro and causing heavy damage. The driver of the Maxima
had two passengers: a 14-year-old male and a 19-year-old female.
None of them were wearing seat belts. The passengers had to
be extricated from the vehicle. The Camaro had four occupants:
a 26-year-old male, a 26-year-old female, and two children
ages 1 and 3. All were belted properly. The Mustang contained
the 36-year-old driver and his 11-year-old son. Both were
wearing seat belts. The crash is still under investigation
and charges are pending.
* Benny R. White, 55, 116 Garrett Estep Road,
reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Kenneth Cornett that he was
traveling on Highway 91 when a red S-10 pickup pulled out
in front of him. While following the S-10, the driver slammed
on the breaks, apparently trying to get White to hit him,
according to the report. The driver of the S-10 then motioned
for White to pull over. When he did, the driver met him at
his vehicle and an argument ensued during which the driver
of the S-10 told White to get out of his face and shoved him.
White reached in his car and got a pen and paper to write
down the license plate number. The driver of the S-10 grabbed
it out of his hand and broke the pen, then took off in his
truck, throwing gravel on White, his vehicle and his grandson.
* CCSD Deputy Jeffrey Markland responded Sunday
to the scene of a mobile home fire in Watauga Valley Trailer
Park. According to the report, Douglas Palmer, owner of the
residence, said he had been gone about 30 minutes when the
fire started. It appeared to have begun in the bathroom of
the residence. Cause of the fire, which was extinguished by
Watauga Volunteer Fire Department, was unknown at the time
of the report.