June 21, 2001

Arrests

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * David Mitchell Murray, 36, 133 Parham St., Hampton, was arrested Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Ptl. Tonya Scott after the officer was dispatched to Wendy's regarding a suspicious person in a vehicle. Upon arrival the officer observed Murray unconscious, sitting in the driver's seat of a blue Honda CRX. After officers awakened Murray, he had difficulty comprehending officers' requests and had an odor of an alcoholic beverage about him and was asked to submit to field sobriety tasks, which he performed poorly. Witnesses said they saw Murray driving as he passed the drive-thru window and pull into a parking space. He was taken into custody and charged with second-offense DUI.
  * David Cole, 20, 1367 Milligan Hwy., was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Department following investigation into a theft of auto parts. Gordon Sheets of S&S Motors reported that on Feb. 16 he sold a car to Cole, who then fell behind in payments and Sheets subsequently repossessed the vehicle. Sheets said that when the car was repossessed that the engine and several other parts had been removed. Attempts to retrieve the parts were unsuccessful. Cole was charged with hindering a secured creditor.

Robbery

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded around 7:10 p.m. Tuesday to a robbery at L&J Discount Tobacco, 2608 W. Market St. Upon arrival officers were advised that a white female brandishing a weapon had entered the store and took money from the register. The female was described as 5-feet-5 to 5-feet-6 inches tall, weighing approximately 220 pounds, with a dark-colored bandana covering her hair. She had a large scar running from her right side ear to her mouth. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division, 434-6166, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers, 434-6158.
  * Jeff Wayne Troxwell, 37, 139 Sewanee Road, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on charges of burglary and theft over $1,000. The arrest is the result of an investigation into the burglary and theft of money from a safe at Discount Package, 3101 Browns Mill Road. Troxwell was an employee of the business at the time of the burglary.
  * Michael W. Miller, 37, 902 Ashley Road, was arrested Monday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with theft over $1,000. The charge stems from investigation into a June 14 theft of property from the same address. The investigation is continuing.
  * Gary Lynn Barnett, 28, 140 Horseshoe Circle, Gray, was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Monday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau after officers responded to CVS Pharmacy, 2111 N. Roan St., to investigate prescription fraud. Officers determined that Barnett attempted to pass an altered prescription for Loritab. He was charged with obtaining drugs by fraud.

Accident

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * Loren L. Pearce, 34, 122 Cunningham St., was still listed in serious condition Wednesday evening in the Intensive Care Unit at Johnson City Medical Center following an accident at 9:02 p.m. Monday on Highway 321. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Musick, Pearce was driving north on 321 when he ran off the right side of the road, lost control, crossed both lanes and hit an embankment, ejecting him from the vehicle. The automobile came to rest on top of him. Four passers-by came upon the wreck and lifted the car off him, according to Trooper Musick. Pearce was transported to the Medical Center by Wings Air Rescue. Charges are pending.
  * CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian responded Monday to a wreck with property damage on Highway 19E near Roadrunner market. A 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo was traveling northbound when it went out of control, ran off the four-lane highway and knocked down a utility pole, leaving power lines across the north and southbound lanes. The vehicle continued on into a private driveway where it struck a parked car, then went through a wooden fence that separated the driveway from a deep drop-off into the yard. The vehicle dropped off the end of the driveway, a distance of about 5 feet, and ended up in a yard, coming to rest after it ran through a chain-link fence that separated the yard from a neighbor's. John Fox, 4977 Hwy. 19E, was in his home when he heard a loud crash and his power went out. He ran outside and saw two men get out of the vehicle: one described as a white male, tall, with shoulder-length brown hair, early 30's, with a beard and mustache. The passenger was described as short and possibly Hispanic. Fox heard the passenger call the driver "Rob." A female in a blue Corsica stopped and picked up the two men, then sped off northbound on Highway 19E toward Elizabethton. The accident was alcohol related, according to the report. Several Budweiser beers were left in the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol was coming from inside. Charges are pending.

Theft

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * Kenneth Bartley, 24, Milligan Highway, reported Tuesday to Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Eric Buck that someone had stolen his Kenwood CD player, a radar detector, an MTX 280-watt amp, and a 12-inch JL sub in a box. Bartley told the officer that he had left his windows down, so there was no forced entry.

Fire

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * Charles Proffitt, 54, 764 Woodland Drive, reported Tuesday to EPD Capt. Bill Fraley that he and his wife heard an explosion around 12:01 a.m., and when his wife looked out the window, saw their 1997 Ford F-250 truck fully engulfed in flames. The vehicle was destroyed. A neighbor told the officer he was behind the truck earlier in the day and detected a strange odor coming from the vehicle.

Clarification

  * Angela Ashley, 23, 283 Bishop Hollow Road, was arrested June 15 by Capt. Bill Fraley on warrants charging her with following too close with contact, violation of registration, filing a false police report, criminal impersonation, and driving on revoked license. A previous police report incorrectly listed the name as April Ashley. The STAR regrets the error.