July 27, 2001

Arrests

  * 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.

Robbery

  * 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.

Cemetery vandalized

  * 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.