June 12, 2001

Arrests

  * 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 intoxication.
* 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.

Accidents

  * 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.

Assault

  * 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.

Fire

  * 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.