June 25, 2001
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.