* Alvin Clawson, 29, 317 Bear Branch Road, Roan
Mountain, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's
Department Deputy Laverne Julian after a male subject drove
to Roadrunner in Hampton and requested an officer. When Deputy
Julian arrived, Keith Tolley of Elizabethton told him that
he was traveling northbound on U.S. Highway 19E when he noticed
a purple S-10 pickup in front of him pull off the roadway.
Tolley assumed that the subject had vehicle trouble and turned
around to go help him. When he approached the truck, Clawson
got out and threw a tire jack through the windshield of Tolley's
1987 Dodge Ram truck, breaking the windshield, according to
the report. The jack landed in the bed of the truck. Tolley
received a small cut on his arm from the broken glass. Deputy
Julian left Roadrunner and drove a short distance up Highway
19E when he noticed the purple truck traveling at a slow rate
of speed in the emergency lane. Deputy Julian pulled behind
the truck and displayed his emergency equipment. Clawson exited
the vehicle and told the officer that he ran out of gas and
that a crazy man was traveling up and down 19E harassing him.
He denied throwing anything at Tolley. Deputy Julian asked
Clawson if he had a jack for his truck. Clawson said, "Yes,
under the hood." Upon checking under the hood, the jack was
not there. Clawson was charged with second-offense driving
on suspended license and vandalism.
* Leonard McCoy Arnold, 52, 124 Beverly Place,
was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation.
* A 17-year-old male was arrested Wednesday by
officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation
which revealed the juvenile passed a forged check to a local
business in order to obtain merchandise. The youth was charged
with forgery under $500 and theft under $500.
* Randy Carl Price, 39, Mountain City, was arrested
Wednesday by FBI agents after a federal grand jury meeting
in Greeneville returned a true bill charging Price with two
counts of possession and distribution of methamphetamine and
one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Price was taken to Washington County Jail where he was held
overnight. He appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge
Dennis Inman in Greeneville.
* Richard Lee Wilson, 42, 212 Lynwood St., Bristol,
and Beverly J. Pentecost, 45, 1805 King College Road, were
arrested Wednesday by Bristol Tennessee Police Department
after Food City, 1317 Virginia Ave., was robbed of an undisclosed
amount of cash. Police were dispatched to the store around
8:17 p.m. after receiving a complaint that the store had just
been robbed. A cashier told officers that a lone white male
demanded that she open the cash drawer and fill a bag with
money. The suspect reportedly had his hand under his white
T-shirt in such a way that it appeared he possessed a gun.
The cashier told the suspect that she could not open the register
drawer. The suspect asked if he had to purchase something
before the drawer would open. Suddenly, he grabbed a package
of cough drops and had the cashier ring them up, which opened
the drawer. The cashier then placed cash into the bag and
the suspect fled, running to the rear of the building where
an accomplice awaited him. The two suspects fled the scene
in a brown Chevrolet Celebrity. Information was sent to surrounding
law enforcement agencies. A Bristol Virginia Police Department
officer spotted the vehicle at the intersection of East State
Street and Georgia Avenue and notified Bristol Tennessee Police.
Both Wilson and Pentecost were charged with robbery.
* Sullivan County Sheriff's Office's Criminal
Investigation Division is seeking information on the vandalism
of Chinquapin Grove Cemetery, located on Chinquapin Road.
Twenty-five headstones were found overturned and some broken
on July 21 by the caretaker. Anyone with information is asked
to contact Sullivan County investigators, (423) 279-7506 or
(423) 279-6047. If there is no answer, leave a message and
your call will be returned. Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church
is offering a $300 reward for the arrest and conviction of
those involved in the vandalism.