August 12, 2001

Arrests

   * Sara Louise White, 35, 195 Norman Joines Road, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Penny Cornett on a Criminal Court indictment charging her with food stamp fraud. Bond was set at $10,000.
   * Gary Waters, 44, 103 Lancelot Drive, was served a summons Wednesday by Detective Ed McGee for worthless checks. According to the report, Waters cashed a personal check for $100 at Big John's Closeouts, 201 Cherokee Park Drive, on May 19 after identifying himself as the owner of Waters Ceramic Flooring and a good friend of one of the co-owners of the business. On May 22, Carter County Bank notified Big John's that the check was written on a closed account. Waters also was charged with passing a worthless check for $100 at Rustlers Steaks & BBQ in June and another for $100 at Freeman Taylor Cleaners, which was returned July 2.
   * Steve Wyatt, 38, 276 Mosier Road, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Department after investigation into an auto burglary that occurred July 6 at Nashville Sound. Wyatt was charged with auto burglary and theft over $500.
   * Anthony L. Grindstaff, 21, 1256 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason McCall after the officer responded to 1298 Bluefield Ave., regarding a fight. Tara Camille Ritchie, 25, 1298 Bluefield Ave., told the officer that she had been assaulted by her ex-boyfriend and that he had left the residence. Grindstaff was located in Apartment C-7 and was taken into custody. During a search of his person a syringe was found in his left rear pants pocket. Grindstaff was charged with assault under domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia. He also was served a warrant for vandalism, a summons for vandalism and an ex-parte order of protection.
   * Raymond Keith Anderson, 22, 910 Cedar Ave., was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley after the officer responded to a residence on Watauga Avenue regarding an unwanted guest. Anderson was located hiding in a closet and was arrested on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Ronald Dale Self, 47, 327 Lynn Ave., was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall on capiases charging him with failure to appear on second-offense DUI and driving on revoked, failure to appear on third-offense DUI, driving on revoked, assault, reckless endangerment, open container and violation of implied consent.
  
Vehicle damage

   * Billy Hartley, 50, 33 Slagles Road, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry that he was backing up the Elizabethton Fire Department's ladder truck when he hit a street lamp post at the south corner of Stonebrook Loop and Ridge Court which was in his blind spot. The fire truck was not damaged but the lamp post was knocked over and the light cover shattered.
   * Dena McCoury, 31, 216 W. F St., reported Thursday to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry that she was traveling eastbound on Highway 67 when another vehicle ran over a piece of debris in the roadway which flew off the pavement and struck the driver's side front of her vehicle causing damage to the hood and headlight. The driver of the other vehicle didn't stop, according to the report.
  
Vandalism

   * Mike Cole, 48, of Tennessee Technology Center, reported Thursday to EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe that he came to work at 7:10 a.m. and found one of the left side glass entrance doors had been vandalized. The left door on the entrance's glass double doors had been broken or kicked out on the bottom right side. Damage was estimated at more than $600.
   * Benny C. Stump, 60, 217 Sycamore Shoals Drive, construction superintendent of W. Rodgers Co., reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable that between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6:30 a.m. Thursday, someone entered the new wastewater treatment pump station at Elizabethton Waste Treatment Plant and caused at least $600 in damages. The perpetrator had taken a Thern crane winch located atop the station and had hooked it to the chain link fence surrounding the station and had winched it in. The action caused damage to the fence by stretching the fence fabric and bending the top rail. The crane winch also was damaged after too much pressure was exerted on it, causing it to come loose from its anchor bolts and concrete pad.
  
Fire

   * Buryl Bowers, 292 Bulldog Hollow, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Penny Cornett that he was trying to kill some bees that had made a hive under his trailer. Bowers said he placed an oil rag under the trailer and set it on fire and then stuck it in the bee hive. He then returned inside his residence and later heard the smoke detector go off. He went to a neighbor's to call 911 and then returned to try to retrieve some of his belongings but the smoke was too thick and the fire too hot. Bowers retreated to the yard to wait for fire departments to arrive. The trailer was believed to be a total loss. Bowers had no insurance.