August 5, 2001

Arrests

   * A Flag Pond man was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau, agents of the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force and officers of Unicoi Sheriff's Department. James Courtney Rigdon, 21, 312 Tilson Mountain Rd., Flag Pond, was charged with burglary, theft over $10,000 and multiple drug charges following a joint investigation into the July 27 burglary of K-mart Pharmacy, 3019 Peoples St., where $15,013.12 worth of various prescription narcotics was taken, including a significant amount of OxyContin. As a result of the investigation, a large amount of the stolen narcotics were recovered. Rigdon faces multiple drug charges by DTF resulting from the illegal possession and sale of the controlled substances. Further charges are pending. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department.
   * Matthew N. Malantonio, 42, 1302 Spruce Lane, was arrested Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason Shaw after the officer responded to a domestic disturbance in the area of Spruce Lane. Malantoniao was found walking on Spruce Lane in the direction of Pine Ridge Circle and appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. He was charged with public intoxication.
   * Michael R. Walker, 18, 415 Carter Blvd., was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt after the officer observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on West G Street at a high rate of speed and conducted a traffic stop. Walker was charged with speeding and driving on suspended license.
   * Wayne R. Jackson, 39, 1604 Ferrell Dr., Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dean Jones on a warrant charging him with sale of Schedule II.
   * Gustia M. Dugger, 26, 80 Dogwood Park, Afton, Tenn., was issued a summons Thursday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after the officer was dispatched to Food City regarding a dog left unattended in a hot vehicle. When the officer arrived, she found a small salt-and-pepper colored dog sitting in the rear of a vehicle with the windows cracked, allowing an inadequate amount of cool air circulation, according to the report. When Ptl. Mullins found the dog, it was panting rapidly and its tongue was hanging very low, emitting heavy perspiration. The officer opened the driver's side door and rolled down the window to allow the air to circulate. When Dugger returned, she was issued a summons charging her with animal cruelty.
   * Shannon Long, 23, 134 Hyder Rd., was arrested Thursday by CCSD Investigator Audrey Covington on a capias charging him with failure to appear on assault.
   * Travis Brent Templeton, 31, 248 Aviation Dr., was arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery following investigation into the July 27 armed robberies of two Sonoco conveniece stores at 601 W. Watauga Ave., and 1001 S. Roan St.

Break-in

   * CCSD Sgt. Keith Range responded around 3:30 a.m. Friday to L&J Food Mart, 202 Hwy. 321, Hampton, in response to a burglar alarm. Upon arrival, the officer found that the front door had been pried open. The officer entered the business and found that a second door, which led to the supply room, also had been pried open. Inside the storeroom, a portion of paneling had been removed from the wall to reveal a cinderblock wall underneath. At the time of the report, it had not been determined whether anything was missing.
   * EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters responded around 4:03 a.m. Friday to Stateline Market regarding a burglar alarm. When the officer arrived, he found the back door of the business shattered and called for backup. EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe and Ptl. Kevin Cable arrived and officers checked the store. The cash register was found missing and several boxes of cigarettes were found lying on the floor inside the store. Parts of the register were located on the floor near the back door, and the register tape was found lying out the back door in the direction of a car wash located on the north side of the store. Investigator Greg Workman was called to the scene.

Property damage

   * Marcia Cloyd, 42, 116 Green Acres Dr., reported Wednesday to CCSD Sgt. Keith Range that her next-door neighbor's vehicle had run into the front of her trailer, causing extensive damage. According to the report, the vehicle, owned by Ted Vines Jr., 28, 127 Green Acres Drive, was up on jacks being worked on when it came off the jacks, rolled down the driveway, across the road, and into the trailer.
   * Alan Walser, 108 Sunnyview Court, Johnson City, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that someone had turned in his driveway and had backed into a cinderblock wall, knocking down about a 4-1/2 foot section. Tire tracks found at the scene indicated damage appeared to have been done by a truck.

Theft

   * James B. Vines, 46, 124 Sheets Rd., Hampton, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that a duffle bag containing clothes and prescription medication was taken from his vehicle sometime Wednesday. Vines said he believed the theft occurred while he was at a plumbing supply store in Roan Mountain.
   * John McCloud, 48, 600 McCloud Rd., reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Michael Carlock that someone had entered a barn adjacent to his property and had made off with several tools.
   * Gary Boston, 37, 296 Weaver Hill Rd., Johnson City, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that a 9mm Taurus handgun with nylon holster had been taken from his home while he was out of town.
   * Karen King, 110 Cloudland Dr., reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Michael Carlock that someone had removed an Emerson VCR and Panasonic stereo system from her residence, along with some prescription medication.