July 24, 2001

Arrests


   * Two Hampton juveniles have been charged in a series of burglaries and thefts which began July 1 and have continued until present, according to Carter County Sheriff John Henson. The juveniles, who range in age from 12 to 15, were charged in juvenile summons with 15 counts of auto burglary, one residential burglary, 12 counts of theft under $500, and three counts of vandalism, Henson said.
   * Donald Craig Freytag, 27, 188 Old Gobey Road, Wartburg, Tenn., was arrested Saturday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Roger Crowe after he and Capt. Clyde Croy responded to a call of an armed subject outside H building at Lynnwood Apartments who was under the influence of an intoxicant and trying to cut things up with a machete. When officers arrived, Sgt. Crowe observed a young woman with a machete in her hand. She told the officer she had taken it away from a young man and pointed toward Freytag, who was standing between two vehicles, leaning on one for support. Freytag was arrested and charged with public intoxication.
   * Wesley A. Hicks, 35, and Eddie Eugene Nidiffer, 42, 253 Lickskillet Road, were arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable after he and Sgt. Roger Crowe responded to Kentucky Fried Chicken regarding intoxicated subjects who had come through the drive-thru, struck the building, then parked and entered the restaurant. Officers found the suspects seated at a table inside the restaurant. Ptl. Cable asked Hicks for identification, however, he had a difficult time finding it, though it was plainly visible, according to the report. When Hicks did locate his wallet, he dropped it as he was taking it out. Ptl. Cable attempted to administer a series of field sobriety tasks, however, Hicks appeared too intoxicated to complete them and was charged with public intoxication. Nidiffer was arrested by Sgt. Crowe and also was charged with public intoxication.
   * Jackie R. Buck, 49, was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley after officers were asked to be on the lookout for a red Honda Civic being driven in an erratic manner. The officer located the vehicle near White's grocery. Buck was charged with driving on suspended license.
   * Michael D. McJunkins, 26, 306 Watauga Ave., and Joshua W. Ray, 21, same address, were arrested around 1:30 a.m. Sunday by EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe and Ptl. Shannon Peters after Sgt. Crowe saw five or six subjects under a tree near Charles Apartments and went to investigate. As the officer was approaching, all but McJunkins and Ray went inside the apartments. Due to a rash of recent vandalisms, Sgt. Crowe stopped and asked the subjects what they were doing out that time of night, and also requested identification. McJunkins, who had three bottles of beer in his front pockets and an odor of alcohol about him, told the officer he was harassing him. Ptl. Peters and Ptl. Kevin Cable arrived on the scene. McJunkins continued to be belligerent, according to the report, and said officers didn't have any right to stop him. He was told that due to vandalisms in the area, officers checked anyone outside in the area at that hour. McJunkins became more argumentative with officers and was told he was under arrest for public intoxication and was asked to turn around and be handcuffed. Instead, he jerked away. Sgt. Crowe and Ptl. Cable placed their hands on him and escorted him to the back of a cruiser where he was handcuffed. He also was to be charged with resisting arrest. Ptl. Peters detected an odor of alcohol about Ray, who also appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Ray told the officer he had drunk four beers. He was charged with public intoxication.
   * Christopher E. Carver, 22, 107 Taylor Hollow Road, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Rick Taylor on a capias charging him with failure to appear on DUI and theft under $500, and a warrant charging him with theft.
   * Roy Joseph Garland, 18, 2959 Bob Little Road, was arrested Sunday at Little Stoney Campground on U.S. Highway 321 by CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson and charged with drinking under age and public intoxication after he allegedly caused a disturbance at the campground.
   * James Allen Griffey, 26, 16308 Hwy. 67, Butler, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm on a capias charging him with failure to appear on theft under $500.
   * Jamie L. Blackburn, 22, 308 Lamont St., Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by Constable Bobby Canter on a capias charging him with failure to appear on a show cause order for drinking under age.
   * Bobby E. Roberts, 20, 113 Waycaster Road, Hampton, was arrested Friday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy and charged with assault under domestic violence after he allegedly pushed and choked his sister following an argument. Roberts said his sister got in his face and he shoved her to get her back.
   * David Scott Graybeal, 22, 394 Greenlee Road, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Chad Grindstaff on a warrant out of General Sessions Court charging him with assault.
   * Stacey Alan Graybeal, 24, 394 Greenlee Road, Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Michael Carlock on a warrant charging him with assault.
   * Ronald Breeden, 44, 109 W. Holston Ave., Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after she and Sgt. Brian Fraley responded to Redi Mart, 1001 Siam Road, regarding a man slouched over in his vehicle in the parking lot. Breeden appeared to be sleeping and did not respond immediately to officers knocking on the window. Officers opened the car door and spoke to Breeden, who said he was waiting for a friend inside the store. Breeden told officers he suffers from asthma and may have had an asthma attack in the parking lot. He was charged with driving on revoked license and transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by ambulance for treatment before being released to Carter County Jail.
   * Douglas Earl Densmore, general delivery, Johnson City, was arrested Monday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau after they were dispatched to Discount Tobacco, 400 N. Broadway, regarding a burglar alarm. Officers found it was a burglary in progress and arrested one subject inside the building and another subject as he was attempting to leave the area. Densmore was charged with burglary and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A 17-year-old male was charged with burglary and was placed in the Johnson City Juvenile Detention Center.
   * Anne Olsen, 59, 910 E. Edgewood Circle, Kingsport, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau after officers were dispatched to meet a female at the corner of Elm and King streets regarding information of a possible crime. Olsen drove officers to East Fairview and I-181 to show officers possible evidence. When officers spoke with her, she became very irate and wanted to speak with a supervisor. When officers called for a supervisor, Olsen became more upset and tried to leave. As she was backing up, she came within inches of hitting a police cruiser. Officers told her to stop so the vehicle could be moved, and as they were attempting to move the vehicle, Olsen began yelling and screaming, according to the report. Olsen put the vehicle back into reverse and struck an officer as she was leaving the scene. Officers followed Olsen and arrested her a few blocks away.
   * Billy G. Light, 35, 2105 N. Greenwood Drive, #76, was arrested at 12:30 p.m. Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Department on outstanding warrants charging him with aggravated assault, child abuse and contempt of court. He was being held in Johnson City Jail without bond.
   * Micha Wheeler, 44, 265 W. Market St., Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with forgery and theft under $500. The arrest stems from investigation into theft of mail in which a check was stolen and forged on June 7 at a local business.
  

Environmental hazard

   * CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson responded Saturday to 479 Bear Cage Road, Roan Mountain, regarding an environmental hazard which was affecting a fish pond containing various aquatic species. The pond had been contaminated with what appeared to be a petroleum base product which covered about a third of the surface. J.L. Holtsclaw, 70, was told to contact the proper environmental agencies and was advised to gather a sample. Upon investigation, the officer found that the pond was being fed by two sources -- an active branch located across the road from an adjacent neighbor's, and also a storm drain system on the opposite side of U.S. Highway 19E and State Route 37. From examining the two sources, it was evident the petroleum substance was coming from the storm system, according to the report.