June 25, 2001

Arrests


   * Bruce Allen Kuntz, 23, 318 Taylor St., Johnson City, was arrested Sunday evening by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dean Jones following two foot pursuits. Deputy Jones went to 109 Heritage Drive off South Roan Street to serve a warrant on another individual. While in Heritage Trailer Park, the officer passed the subject he was seeking, driving a Toyota pickup. The officer turned and went to the residence and knocked on the door. Kuntz answered the door and told the officer the subject had ran out the back. The officer checked behind the residence but was unable to locate the subject. The officer then checked warrants on Kuntz and was advised he was wanted for violation of probation. Deputy Jones told Kuntz he was under arrest, at which time Kuntz said "No." Deputy Jones reached for Kuntz's arm and Kuntz shoved the officer, knocking him to the ground. Kuntz then fled on foot. Deputy Jones called for backup and searched the area. After about an hour, the officer located Kuntz back at the residence. The officer engaged in another foot pursuit and caught Kuntz about 200 yards from the residence. Kuntz was charged with violation of probation, assault on an officer and evading arrest.
   * William Jacob Miller, 18, 121 White Pine, Hampton, a 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male were arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy after the officer was dispatched to Sage Road in reference to a suspicious vehicle. When the officer arrived, he observed three subjects in an Eagle and upon checking the vehicle, detected a strong odor of marijuana. During a search of the vehicle a small bag of marijuana, two marijuana pipes and a case of beer were found. The 16-year-old also had a Colt .45 pistol in his possession. The gun had the serial number filed off. He was charged with possession of Schedule VI, drinking under age, and possession of a handgun. Miller was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, drinking under age, and possession of Schedule VI. The 15-year-old was charged with possession of Schedule VI. Both juveniles were turned over to their parents.
   * David J. Hartsell, 40, 313 Simmons Ave., Erwin, was issued a summons Friday evening by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy following a two-car accident. Hartsell, who was driving a 1992 Plymouth, told the officer he swung wide to make a turn and crossed the center line, striking a 1986 Ford Tempo driven by Michelle L. Presnell, 23, 114 Elvin Shipley Road, Johnson City. Hartsell, who was injured in the accident, was issued a summons charging him with sixth-offense DUI, possession of Schedule VI, failure to maintain control, violation of implied consent, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * William Gross, 41, 407 Wilbur Dam Road, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach and charged with DUI, violation of implied consent, and driving on expired license.
   * Micah Lynn Potter, 34, 157 Webb Hollow Loop, was arrested Friday by CCSD Sgt. Keith Range and charged with third-offense DUI and fourth-offense driving on revoked license.
   * Jeremiah Josiah Miller, 22, 602 Oak Grove Road, Gray, was arrested at 2:51 a.m. Sunday after officers of Johnson City Police Bureau investigated an assault at The Planet nightclub, 820 W. Walnut St. Miller was arrested after he allegedly assaulted two subjects inside the club. According to police, Miller became angry with Albert Tripp of Bristol, Va., for associating with Miller's girlfriend, Mandy Schwind of Johnson City. Miller punched Schwind in the nose and kicked Tripp in the head several times, according to the report. Miller was charged with aggravated assault and assault under domestic violence. He was being held in Johnson City Jail without bond.
   * Antanacio F. Guerrero, 30, 3500 Timberlake Road, H-32, Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with fifth-offense DUI and third-offense driving on revoked license after officers investigated a traffic accident on North Roan Street at Darnell Drive. Guerrero was booked into Johnson City Jail and held under $26,250 bond.
  
Death

   * Louann T. Benfield, 37, 275 Cove Creek Road, Roan Mountain, was found dead Sunday morning by her boyfriend. CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm responded to the residence around 8:53 a.m. regarding a female who was not breathing. Upon arrival, the officer found Benfield deceased. Gary Todd McKinney, 32, Benfield's boyfriend of eight years, told the officer they had gone to bed about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. He said he awoke at 3:30 a.m. and noticed Benfield was breathing funny. McKinney said Benfield had a history of seizures and was on numerous medications. McKinney said he sat Benfield up in bed and her breathing improved. After awhile, he put her back to bed and covered her up. When he awoke Sunday morning, he found she was not breathing. McKinney then went a neighbor's to call 911. Benfield's body was transported to Tetrick Funeral Home by Carter County Rescue Squad.
  
Shooting

   * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded around 6 p.m. Sunday to 410 Wilson Avenue in reference to a shooting. The victim, Charles Davis, 30, sustained a gunshot wound to the stomach and was admitted to the Johnson City Medical Center where he is listed in stable condition. After an investigation, officers arrested William Lumpkin, 26, 105 Long Ave., Burlington, N.C., and charged him with aggravated assault. Lumpkin is currently in the Johnson City Jail under a $5,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Johnson City Municipal Court on Wednesday, June 27, at 9 a.m.