August 15, 2001

Arrests

* Carla Danielle Selfe, 24, 465 Old Rock Hill Road, was arrested Monday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mike Fraley on warrants charging her with violation of probation and failure to appear on criminal trespassing.
* Linda Sue Blevins, 42, 116 Archway Court, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson on warrants taken out by Sgt. Randy Bowers charging her with vandalism and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
* Aaron E. Mardis, 56, 121 Jay Peg Lane, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm after the officer, Deputy Albert Nave and Constable Landon Pritchard responded to the residence on a 911 hang-up call. Dispatchers reported they had called the number back and a female had asked that law enforcement not respond because Mardis would kill her. The victim had locked herself in an upstairs bathroom and told officers that Mardis had slapped her in the back of the head during an argument. The victim said Mardis had abused her in the past and was arrested once before. She said Mardis is a Vietnam veteran and claims he does not recall ever having assaulted her. He was charged with assault under domestic violence.
* Preston Lee Bennett, 35, 2302 Indian Ridge Road, Johnson City, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
* Michael J. Grindstaff, 21, 702 New Elizabethton Highway, was served a warrant Monday by CCSD Deputy Mike Commons charging him with burglary and theft under $500. Grindstaff currently is an inmate at Carter County Jail.
* Robert Keith Oliver, 34, 1072 Highway 321, Hampton, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan after she and Lt. Mike Fraley responded to the residence regarding a subject driving around in the front yard. Melissa Oliver told officers that she and her husband, Robert Oliver, are in divorce proceedings and that he arrived at the residence where he cut the side front tire on her vehicle then drove his truck recklessly about the yard. Oliver was located in an adjacent driveway. Officers detected an odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the report. He was uncooperative during the interview and kept walking away. When advised he was under arrest, he continued to walk away. Deputies placed hands on him to take him into custody and he continued to resist. He was handcuffed and transported to Carter County Jail where he was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest.
* Richard Allen Stout, 23, 403 Howard Heaton Road, was arrested early Tuesday morning after CCSD Deputies Laverne Julian, Albert Nave, Sarah Ryan and Lt. Mike Fraley responded to a domestic disturbance at 282 Long Hollow Road. Deputy Ryan and K-9 Sgt. Kabor were advised that Stout had fled the residence on foot and was armed with a handgun. The officer confirmed active warrants on Stout. During a search of the area, Sgt. Kabor alerted on a brown van. Stout was issued several K-9 warnings and ordered to surrender. When he would not, he was apprehended by Sgt. Kabor, arrested, and taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for treatment. Stout was charged with fleeing to avoid apprehension and resisting arrest and was served outstanding warrants charging him with violation of probation on a new charge of theft, violation of probation, possession of stolen property, possession of Schedule VI drugs, simple possession, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. Also arrested were: Rondal Eugene Stout, 48, 143 Howard Lipford Drive, who was charged with public intoxication; and Kathy Jo Morton, 34, 282 Long Hollow Road, who was charged with violation of probation.

Theft

* Elizabethton Police Department Capt. Rusty Verran responded Monday to Lynnridge Apartments, 1266 Bluefield Ave., regarding a burglary to the maintenance room. Randy Lee Hill, maintenance worker, told the officer that entry was made by prying open an interior door inside the laundromat, which is always left open to the public. Taken were several Makita saws, drill, grinder and sander, a Stanley staple gun, backpack sprayer, propane cutting torch along with a can of propane, large and small pipe cutters, paint, toolbox and about $400 in hand tools.