August 2, 2001

Arrests


   * Steven T. Lecka, 39, 807 Pineolla St., Newland, N.C., was issued a summons Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Brooke Mullins following a traffic accident without injuries on West Elk Avenue. Lecka told the officer he was at fault for the accident because he wasn't paying attention. Lecka was charged in the summons for driving on suspended license and following too closely with contact.
   * Bobby Dugger, 18, 502 S. Cedar St., was issued a summons Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry after she observed the vehicle traveling eastbound on West Elk Avenue at 71 mph in a 40 mph zone. The officer turned on the vehicle and stopped him. Dugger told the officer his speedometer was off because it only showed him traveling at 65 mph. Dugger was charged with reckless driving.
   * Tony Berry, 42, 123 Phillip Drew Drive, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Dean Jones on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Christopher T. Hensley, 26, 198 Old Embreville Road, Jonesborough, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with theft over $1,000 following investigation into the attempted theft of $2,499.97 in electronics from Sears, 2111 N. Roan St., where Hensley was an employee. It later was found that Hensley previously had taken an additional $7,099.94 in electronics while employed by the store.
  
Robbery


   * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded around 9:15 p.m. Tuesday to the area of Johnson City Country Club in reference to a robbery. The victim stated that a male and a female that he had picked up earlier, pushed him down and took his wallet, then left in his vehicle. The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police bureau's Criminal Investigation Division, 434-6166, or Crimestoppers, 434-6166, to remain anonymous.
  
Theft

   * Sandra Tolley, 114 Ellison Road, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that sometime during the night, someone took her dark blue 2001 Chevrolet Tracker from the garage. A neighbor told her the vehicle had been there when he returned home from work around 1:30 a.m. A spare key was hidden beneath the vehicle and this was used to drive it off. Around three hours after the vehicle was reported stolen, it was found on Dennis Cove Road, over an embankment, with the key in the ignition and the engine running. The Tracker was lodged against a tree, preventing it from rolling further into the woods. The front end was damaged but the vehicle was still in operation. The tail lights were broken out of the vehicle before it was pushed off the roadway.
   * Denise M. Bowen, 38, 431 W. G St., reported Tuesday to EPD Sgt. Kenneth Hardin that she parked her white 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier at CVS Pharmacy on West Elk Avenue, leaving the keys in the floor of the vehicle. When she returned, she found the vehicle missing. The car was described as having a gray hood and front end damage, along with a No. 3 sticker in the back left rear glass.
   * Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Michael Carlock responded Tuesday to Matt's Auto Repair, 3067 S. Roan St., regarding a vending machine which had been vandalized and the money changer and money taken. Matt Osborne told the officer that when he went out to the machine around 11 a.m., he found the door pried open.
  
Vehicle recovered


   * CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian recovered a maroon 1986 Chevrolet Z-28 involved recently in a high-speed pursuit in which the driver managed to elude officers. The vehicle was found sitting off the roadway on Bear Branch Road with the key in the ignition and the windows rolled down. The vehicle was towed and a hold placed on it. The investigation is continuing.
  
Vandalism

   * Barbara Whaley, 309 Hurley Hollow Road, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Greg Nave that the rear passenger side glass had been broken out of her 1994 Chevrolet Suburban. The glass appeared to have been struck by a BB gun.
   * Larry Tolley, deacon at Fairview Freewill Baptist Church off Simerly Creek, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that an 8 foot bench just constructed out of 2 by 4's had been damaged. Tolley said children had been using the bench as a ramp while skateboarding and riding bicycles in the church parking lot.
   * Gerald Birchfield, 136 Old Hwy. 19E, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that while in town, someone ran into the front of his 1998 Eclipse, damaging the front bumper and scratching the hood. Birchfield said he did not notice the damage until he returned home.
  
Vehicle fire

   * Richard Berry, 419 Poga Road, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that he noticed smoke coming from under the hood of his 1992 Ford Thunderbird. After raising the hood, it was found that a rag, which was located against the manifold, had caught fire, damaging the plug wires and causing a visible burn spot on the hood of the car.