June 24, 2001

Arrests

* Brian Russell, 30, 363 Hwy. 91, was arrested Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jerry Bradley after the officer was dispatched to Highway 91 in front of Airport Apartments regarding a male subject stumbling around in the roadway, in and out of traffic. Russell was located lying over the bank in the grass and was charged with public intoxication.
  * Lance G. Plummer, 40, 116 Dark Ridge Rd., Butler, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chris Pierce after he and Deputy John Henson, Jr. responded to a possible domestic dispute. Ricky Trivett, no address listed, told the officer that he was working on a building on his property when Plummer, who is renting from him, walked up to the building and jerked him off the ladder. Plummer, who had a strong odor of an intoxicant about him and wouldn't comply with verbal commands, was charged with public intoxication and placed in the patrol unit. Deputy Pierce then interviewed Plummer's wife, Marty, 46, who told the officer that while she was working in the barn, her husband punched her in the head area, then attempted to hit her again. She raised her hand and Lance Plummer struck her in the hand, causing it to swell. He additionally was charged with assault under domestic violence.
  * Dennis Clarence Watkins, 54, 1011 S. Gate Dr., was issued a summons Thursday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran after the officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart on a complaint of a stolen vehicle. Watkins told the officer he drove his 1988 Cadillac DeVille to the store, arriving at 11:55, and went inside for about an hour. When he returned, he found that the vehicle had been stolen, he said. Watkins didn't have the vehicle's tag number on his person, so Capt. Verran ran a check through 911 to obtain information for the report. Ptl. Mike Merritt then advised Capt. Verran that a vehicle matching the description had been towed from Brown's Branch in Hampton by C&K Wrecker Service around 10:30 a.m., and that the vehicle appeared to have been there for several days because grass located under the wheels was dead. Capt. Verran then advised Watkins that he could not have had the vehicle at Wal-Mart at 11:55 a.m. because it was in the storage lot of C&K. Watkins was escorted to Elizabethton Police Department where he gave the officer a statement. According to the report, Watkins said his 1988 Cadillac was stolen from the parking lot of Hair Depot in Betsy Towne Center and that police were called. He said he and his wife decided not to report the vehicle missing because they suspected someone of playing a joke. On a later date, Watkins went to Jim Muse State Farm Insurance and placed coverage on the vehicle, though he had no idea of its whereabouts. On June 20, Watkins said he was talking with his wife and decided to go somewhere and report the vehicle stolen. He drove a truck to Wal-Mart and called police to report the Cadillac stolen. Jim Muse told the officer that coverage on the vehicle was put into effect one day after the vehicle originally was reported stolen. Watkins was issued a summons charging him with filing a false report.
  * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau arrested two Joe Willis, 22, and Robert David Sproles, 19, both of 509 N. Belmont, Johnson City, on Friday and charged them with theft and fraudulently using a credit card. The arrest stems from investigation into the theft of an ATM bank card and $200 cash from a Johnson City residence June 15. On June 16, the ATM card was used to withdraw $500 from Suntrust bank on West Walnut Street. Willis was charged with theft over $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card. Sproles was charged with theft over $500, theft under $500 and fraudulent use of a credit card.
  * John Hyatt, 310 W. 10th Ave., Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on a charge of reckless endangerment. The arrest stemmed from investigation into an incident that occurred June 14 in which Hyatt was said to have fired several shots from a pistol.
  * Byron Allen Young, 41, 1501 Valley View Dr., Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with 39 counts of forgery and 59 counts of theft under $500. The arrest was the result of investigation into the forgery of checks at various convenience stores in Johnson City. Young was being held in Johnson City Jail under $98,000 bond.

Home invasion

  * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded around 4:30 p.m. Friday to 513 W. Mountain View Road in reference to a home invasion robbery. Victims advised officers that two males entered the residence armed with handguns, bound their hands and feet, stole their vehicle and left the scene. One suspect was described as a white male, 5-feet-9 to 5-feet-11 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds, 20 to 30 years of age, wearing a dark green nylon jacket with an elastic waist and dark green striped button-up shirt. The second suspect was described as a Hispanic male, about 5-feet-9, dark hair combed back, and wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue jeans, and tennis shoes. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division, 434-6166, or to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers, 434-6158.

Fire

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * Sullivan County Sheriff's Office responded Friday to a structure fire at the home of Tina Rush, 33, 215 Nita St., Bristol, Tenn. Witnesses at the scene observed smoke coming from the mobile home and ran to Mrs. Rush's aid. Neighbors pulled her from the burning home and she was transported by ambulance to Bristol Regional Medical Center where she was treated for burns over 45 percent of her body and then taken by Med Flight to Erlanger medical Center Burn Unit in Chattanooga. The fire investigation is being conducted by fire/arson investigators from Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. The fire started in the kitchen area of the mobile home where a pot of cooking oil, which was placed on the stove to cook French fries, apparently ignited. The investigation will remain open until investigators are able to speak with the victim.

Theft

ÊÊÊÊÊÊ  * Kathy Tipton, 44, 490 Johnson Ave., owner of Uptown Pets, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that a couple in their 20's were in the store, looking around, around 4:30 p.m. They were holding a silver and gray female ferret with black markings, according to Tipton. The store owner became busy and when the couple left, she noticed the ferret also was missing.

Harassment

ÊÊ ÊÊÊÊ  * Christopher K. Allen, 31, 228 First Ave., Hampton, who is with Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Rescue, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Jason McCall that when he left General Sessions Court he found that his vehicle had been moved backward about 70 feet. Allen said the car was in park when he left it and was not locked. A note was found on the car, stating "Peek-A-Boo, I found you. Now see if you can find me ... I know pressure points."