June 27, 2001
* Earnest P. Miller, 27, 201 Ollie Collins Road,
was arrested Monday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Chris Pierce and charged with assault under domestic
violence and violation of probation.
* Benjamin M. Martinez, 25, 193 Sparks Road,
Johnson City, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Dean Jones
after the officer responded to a domestic dispute in which
the subject was armed with a knife. Deputy Jones, Investigators
Patrick Johnson and Audrey Covington responded and Martinez
entered the residence, then came back to the front porch,
where he was handcuffed for safety reasons. Amy Martinez,
22, told officers that when her husband got home he was angry
about the telephone and tried to hit her. She left to call
911 and when she returned, her husband told her that her father
was on the phone. When she went inside, Martinez locked the
door and pulled a knife, stating he was going to kill her,
according to the report. Martinez was charged with aggravated
assault under domestic violence and the knife was taken from
* A 14-year-old male was arrested Sunday by Elizabethton
Police Department Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry after the officer
was dispatched to 2404 W. Elk Ave., in reference to two juvenile
runaways from Johnson County who were wanted on juvenile attachments.
When the officer arrived she spoke with both subjects and
they advised they were waiting on a ride and were not from
Johnson County. The officer advised both subjects they had
been identified and at that point, both started running in
opposite directions. Ptl. Mayberry grabbed a blue jacket which
the 14-year-old was wearing and he struggled in an attempt
to break free. The officer kept holding the jacket and was
struck in the left upper arm by the juvenile, who continued
to struggle. The officer and the youth became entangled and
fell to the ground. The juvenile was charged with assault
and transported to Johnson City Juvenile Detention Center.
* Owen Samuel Spry, 41, 2145 Three Mile Hwy.,
Newland, N.C., and Sam George Smith III, 31, Route 3, Box
443, Newland, N.C., were arrested Sunday by EPD Capt. Clyde
Croy after the officer observed a vehicle run a red light
at Broad Street and Lynn Avenue. The vehicle stopped at the
light at Broad and Roan Streets, then pulled into oncoming
traffic when Capt. Croy activated his blue lights. Traffic
in the eastbound lane had to stop to avoid hitting the vehicle.
Following a traffic stop, Smith was charged with DUI and a
passenger, Spry, was arrested by Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry and
charged with public intoxication.
* Kermit Milton Hinkle III, 19, 361 Hwy. 91,
and Robert Blake Bowers, 19, 103 Dogtown Road, were arrested
Monday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry following a traffic stop
on West Elk Avenue. Hinkle was charged with DUI, possession
of Schedule VI, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation
of implied consent. Bowers was charged with drinking under
* George Edward Pealer, 33, 1713 E. Millard St.,
Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters
and charged with third-offense DUI, third-offense driving
on revoked license, violation of implied consent, speeding
and violation of open container law.
* Robert P. Talbert, 45, of Chuckey, was arrested
Monday at the Waffle House, 2508 N. Roan St., by officers
of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with public intoxication.
A routine background check showed Talbert was wanted in Florida
for violation of probation on charges of aggravated battery
with a deadly weapon. He was being held in Johnson City Jail
without bond awaiting extradition to Florida.
* Two juveniles were arrested June 18 by officers
of Johnson City Police Bureau in reference to rape of a child
that occurred at Rafters nightclub. During the investigation,
the two juveniles admitted to having sex with a 12-year-old
in the parking lot of Rafters around 2 a.m. June 17, according
to the report. The juveniles were charged with rape of a child.
* Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded
Monday to Calibur Car Wash, 1107 W. Market St., in reference
to a robbery. The store clerk advised officers that a white
male had entered the store and had demanded all the cash from
the register. The man was described as 50-55 years old, about
5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 170 pounds, with short sandy
brown hair and a mustache. He was wearing khaki pants, a light-colored
plaid shirt and a tan golfer's derby. Anyone with information
is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division, 434-6166,
or Crimestoppers, 434-6158.
* Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded
to Super 8 Motel, 108 Wesley St., Johnson City, around 4:20
a.m. Monday in reference to a robbery. A witness said a white
male, approximately 35 years old, came into the office and
pointed what was thought to be a gun through his coat and
demanded money out of the cash register. He was given an undetermined
amount of money, then fled in an unknown direction. The man
reportedly walked with a limp that favored his right leg and
possibly was driving a newer model black vehicle. The investigation
* EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott responded Monday to the
office of John Banks, 641 E. Elk Ave., in response to vandalism.
Attorney Banks and Marie Buck told the officer that Banks'
legal office had been vandalized sometime over the weekend.
Banks said he had observed a rock on the floor in one of the
offices and had taken the rock back to the riverbank. While
Banks was outside, Buck said she noticed a softball-size hole
in the window of the office. The officer observed glass fragments
on the floor and on the window sill.
* Kristie Price, 30, formerly of Carter County,
died early Sunday while working at Gulf Coast Youth Academy
in Crestview, Fla., according to Rick Hord, public information
officer for Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. Hord said Price
was escorting a juvenile inmate to a detention cell for disciplinary
purposes. "She took about three steps and just collapsed,"
he said. Deputy Lynn Stevenson responded to the scene shortly
after 7 a.m. and used an external defibrilator on Price in
an attempt to revive her, Hord said, but was unsuccessful.