July 20, 2001

Arrests

   * Billy W. Peters, 210 Bobs Hollow Rd., was arrested Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Sarah Ryan after she and Constable Landon Pritchard went to his mother's residence in an attempt to locate him. His mother advised he was not at the residence and gave officers consent to search. Peters was found hiding in a bedroom closet and was arrested on a capias charging him with two counts sale of Schedule VI.
   * Scottie Ira Wright, 21, Kelly Dr., Roan Mountain, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Chris Pierce following a traffic stop on Morgan Branch Road. Wright was charged with DUI, driving on suspended license and violation of registration.
   * Rand M. Grogg, 40, 100 E. I St. was arrested Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason McCall at Crossroads on a warrant charging him with violation of probation. He also was served a summons charging him with cruelty to animals.
   * Shane Uriah Helbert, 23, 821 Walnut St., was arrested Wednesday by EPD Sgt. Kenneth Hardin following an automobile accident on West G Street near the Rogosin Drive intersection. Helbert told officers he looked off the roadway and couldn't avoid the accident. Helbert, who was driving a LaPorte Construction vehicle, was charged with driving on suspended license. While Capt. Rusty Verran was conducting a search of Helbert's person, a pair of knuckles were found in his pocket. He additionally was charged with following too close with contact and possession of a prohibited weapon. He also was issued a criminal summons charging him with theft under $500 after A to Z rentals advised that Helbert had taken an Echo gas drill from their business. After being read his rights, Helbert told Judicial Commissioner Lawrence Berry and Capt. Verran that he removed the drill without paying for it, according to the report.
   * Scotty Miller, 23, 787 Piney Grove Rd., Hampton, was issued a summons Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt following a traffic stop. Miller was charged with violation of registration and driving on suspended license.
   * Teresa Street, 33, 154 Millpond Rd., was arrested Tuesday by EPD Sgt. Brian Fraley after the officer was called to Tetrick Funeral Home parking lot by EPD Investigator Greg Workman regarding warrant service. Street was arrested on one capias charging her with failure to appear on forgery and violation of probation and on a second capias charging her with failure to appear.
   * Steve Hardin, 27, 611 Bradley St., was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt following a traffic stop. Hardin was charged with violation of a traffic control device, violation of registration, violation of seat belt law, and driving on revoked license.
   * Stacey Ashley, 18, 1942 Jackson Ave., was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Jason Shaw on warrants charging him with violation of probation and aggravated burglary.
   * William Scott Chaney, 40, 123 W. Millard St., Johnson City, was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott after the officer was dispatched to Food City parking lot regarding a suspicious person. Chaney was arrested and charged with public intoxication.
   * Robert David Grabinski, 35, 429 W. G St., was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Richard Haney after the officer heard two people arguing very loudly in front of Gainsboro Apartments. Ptl. Haney pulled over to make certain that everything was OK and was advised by Misty Renee Singleton, 19, 14355 W. G St., that Grabinski had grabbed her by the neck and choked her. Singleton told the officer she did nothing to provoke this. Grabinski appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant and refused to tell the officer his version of the events. He was arrested and charged with public intoxication.
   * Three men were arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau after they responded to Roadrunner, 832 N. State of Franklin Rd., Johnson City, regarding subjects who had gotten gasoline and had not paid for it. Officers were conducting field interviews when one of the subjects attempted to flee. After a brief struggle, James C. Shaw, 236 E. Main St., Durham, N.C., was arrested and charged with assault on an officer, resisting arrest, simple possession of Schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Tele Richmond, 1015 Chandler Ave., Burlington, N.C., was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and possession of Schedule II for resale. Willie McNair, 411 Jenkins St., Burlington, N.C., was charged with resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. Shaw was being held under $25,000 bond. Richmond's bond was set at $150,000 and McNair's was set at $2,500.
   * Crystal Dawn Webster, 27, 922 Bayless Rd., Jonesborough, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with forgery and theft after they responded to Food City, 4307 N. Roan St., Johnson City. According to the report, Webster tried to obtain grocery products using a false name on an account for an outreach program operated by a Johnson City church.
   * Ricky L. Staton, #1 Timothy Circle, Jonesborough, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and theft of property under $500. The arrest is the result of an investigation into Staton using a stolen credit card number to obtain $500 in gift cards from Home Depot, 3207 Peoples St. Staton then used some of the gift cards to make purchases and obtain cash back at different Home Depot locations.
   * William Merle Laws, 39, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into an auto burglary. Laws was taken into custody at his residence and charged with auto burglary.
  

Animal cruelty

 
  * The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for a Kingsport woman charging her with 20 counts of animal cruelty. Rhonda Gill, 36, 524 Lucy Road, is being sought by the sheriff's office after she allegedly abandoned a house full of dogs and cats. On July 13, neighbors notified the sheriff's office, Humane Society and Animal Control of possible reports of animal cruelty. A Sullivan County deputy, along with workers from the Humane Society and the Sullivan County Animal Control officer, responded to the residence. The Humane Society found and removed 15 living dogs, three living cats and four deceased dogs, located outside the home. After removal of the animals, it was noted that there was no food or water for the animals at the residence and living conditions were unsanitary inside as well as outside the home. The remaining 18 animals were examined by a vet and were found to be suffering from dehydration, malnutrition and flea infestation. Investigation also revealed that the residence belonged to Gill and that water service had been cut off two to three weeks ago. Witnesses said the animals appeared to have been abandoned about one week. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Gill is asked to contact Detective David Steadman, (423) 224-1753 or 279-7506.
  
Theft

   * Raymond H. Loyd, 72, 123 Reeser Rd., reported Wednesday to EPD Sgt. Kenneth Hardin that he was away from his residence Tuesday and on Wednesday found his medication -- 90 morphine pills and 30 sleeping pills -- missing from the residence. The door was unlocked at the time of the theft and there was no sign of forced entry.
   * Peggy Lambert, 104 Nave St., reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Loretta Cloyd that someone had come into her home and pried open a cedar chest, taking a small pocket knife which was in a black Franklin Mint case. Lambert said a bottle of prescription medication also was missing. Entry was made through the front door, by pushing the lock back so that the door would open.
   * Dallas Schroeder, 29, 103 Neth Dr., Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Lt. Bob Hooks that someone had entered his home around July 15-16 and had taken a large assortment of tools and accessories. Entry was made by forcing open a basement door on the west side of the home.

  
Fire

  
* Constable Landon Pritchard responded shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday to a house fire at the home of Connie Higgins, 275 Price Road. Higgins told the officer that she was cooking and a skillet of grease caught fire on the electric stove. The overhead cabinet, range hood and side of the freezer was burned. The ceiling sustained smoke damage. Higgins received a minor burn to her left hand but refused medical treatment.