June 19, 2001
* Benjamin Eddie Murphy, 44, Fitzsimmons Hill
Road, was arrested Saturday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Lt. Mike Fraley after the officer responded to a domestic
dispute. Upon arrival the officer observed Debbie Duke standing
in the front yard. As the officer approached, Duke told him
that her live-in boyfriend, Murphy, punched her in the face
and began tearing their trailer apart. The officer observed
that Duke had a bloody nose. While talking to her, Murphy
came outside, saying, "Debbie, you better tell them I didn't
hit you." The officer separated the two and tried to determine
what took place. A witness told the officer that she saw Murphy
strike Duke. The officer then had Duke show him the trailer,
where he observed an air conditioner in the floor, and food
and kitchen utensils thrown all over the living room. Murphy
was charged with assault under domestic violence.
* Duane Robert Yeager, 34, 936 Simerly Creek Road,
Hampton, was arrested at Crossroads, East Elk Avenue, by Elizabethton
Police Department Ptl. Tonya Scott on a warrant charging him
with violation of probation.
* Donnie James Blevins, 22, 1229 Broad St., was
arrested Sunday by CCSD Lt. Mike Fraley following a traffic
stop and was charged with driving on suspended license and
violation of registration.
* Lonnie R. Pierce, 27, 135 Race St., was arrested
Friday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey and charged with public intoxication.
* Clarence R. Bateman, 58, 104 Treadway St., was
arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero after the officer
was dispatched to 822 Walnut St., regarding an intoxicated
subject causing a disturbance. Family members advised Bateman
was causing a disturbance at their mother's funeral by cursing
them as they were coming into the house. Bateman was charged
with public intoxication.
* Steven Paul Woerner, 23, 2976 Mulatto Mountain
Road, Fleetwood, N.C., was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Brooke
Mullins after officers were dispatched to Pal's Restaurant,
413 W. Elk Ave., regarding several subjects in the parking
lot with open beer bottles. When the officer arrived she observed
nine subjects congregating around two vehicles. Woerner was
observed to be unsteady on his feet and had extremely slurred
speech, according to the report. He was arrested and charged
with public intoxication.
* Crystal Chambers, 30, 113 Landfill Road, was
arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Brook Mullins after the officer
responded to a call regarding an unwanted guest in the apartment.
Chambers, who was wanted on criminal trespassing charges and
violation of an order of protection, was arrested and transported
to Carter County Jail.
* Richard Grant Colvard, 19, 231 Clawson Hollow
Road, Roan Mountain, was issued a summons Saturday by EPD
Ptl. Jesus Pena after the officer observed a blue Chevrolet
Camaro turn into the lower entrance to Pine Ridge Circle with
the stereo turned up loudly. A few minutes later, the vehicle
was observed coming down the upper entrance, again with the
stereo turned up. The officer stopped the vehicle and gave
a verbal warning on the noise ordinance violation and issued
a summons charging him with driving on suspended license.
The vehicle was towed.
* Kyman Grindstaff, 43, 111 Bishop Hollow, was
arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Charles Moreland after the officer
observed a blue Ford exit the ramp on U.S. Highway 19E, run
a stop sign at the intersection of 19E and state highway 91,
and enter the oncoming lane of traffic, causing another vehicle
to run off the roadway. Grindstaff was charged with DUI and
driving on revoked license. Upon inventory of the vehicle,
an open container of alcoholic beverage was found and Grindstaff
was charged under the open container law. He refused to submit
to an Intoximeter test and additionally was charged with violation
of implied consent.
* Jerry R. Oaks, 19, 920 S. Second St., was arrested
Saturday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey after the officer was dispatched
to the Covered Bridge area regarding a subject stumbling near
the roadway. Oaks appeared to be intoxicated and advised the
officer that he had taken Soma earlier in the day and had
been sleeping in the park. He was charged with public intoxication.
* April D. Ashley, 22, 917 Pine Ridge Circle was
arrested Friday by EPD Capt. Bill Fraley on warrants charging
her with following too close with contact, violation of registration,
filing a false report, criminal impersonation and driving
on revoked license.
* Shawn M. Hodge, 30, 2773 Bob Little Road, was
arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Wayne Pritchard on a warrant
from Criminal Court charging him with violation of probation.
* Loran Pierce, no age or address listed, was
transported by Wings Air Rescue to Johnson City Medical Center
following an automobile accident at 9:02 p.m. Monday on Hwy.
321 near Lakeshore Marina. Further details were unavailable.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Musick is investigating.