August 16, 2001

Arrests

   * Lori Ann Collins, 28, 112 Sunny View Court, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Michael Merritt following a traffic stop. Collins was charged with speeding and driving on suspended license. A local warrant check showed Collins also was wanted on a capias from Carter County General Sessions Court charging her with failure to appear and a capias from Washington County charging her with failure to pay fines and court costs.
   * Robert Kiser, 41, 108 Reeser Road, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt and charged with violation of an order of protection.
   * Iris V. Bentley, 20, 606 Beech St., was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Capt. Tom Harrald on a capias charging her with failure to appear with fines and costs on a charge of assault under domestic violence.
   * Eddie Eugene Graybeal, 28, 335 Austin Springs Road, Johnson City, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian and charged with public intoxication.
   * Johnny W. Taylor Jr., 41, 2226 Dave Buck Road, Johnson City, was arrested around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Department and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence, simple assault, three counts of assault on a police officer, vandalism under $500, and resisting arrest. The arrest stems from investigation into an unwanted person at a residence at 1612 Orleans St. When officers arrived, they found Taylor had committed aggravated assault upon a female and simple assault on a male resident. While being taken into custody, Taylor assaulted three police officers, according to the report. He was being held in Johnson City Jail without bond.

Sexual assault

   * A Carter County woman reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Rick Taylor that her 7-year-old daughter had gone to her father's house on Charity Hill Road on Aug. 10 to spend the weekend and that she and her 7-year-old cousin, also a female, were playing spin the bottle with two boys, ages 10 and 12, who live at the residence. The mother said the girls told her that while playing the game, when the bottle pointed toward the them, the boys made them perform oral sex on them; the boys also performed oral sex on the girls. The mother said that when the adults returned home, they caught the boys and made them go to their room and told the girls not to tell anyone what had happened, according to the report.

Break-in

   * CCSD Deputy Robert Hooks responded around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday to Millstone Car Wash in Hunter to investigate a break-in. A co-owner told the officer that someone had entered the equipment room and had pried open the changer and coin machine, taking an undetermined amount of money. Entry was made by cutting the lock off of a bar across the door and prying the door open. Damage was estimated at about $1,000 to the door and changer.
   * CCSD Sgt. L.C. Tester responded around 2:18 a.m. Tuesday to Capt. Jack's Mountaineer Market in reference to an alarm. A newspaper carrier told the officer that he was delivering papers when he found the front door glass broken. The officer checked the building and found where the lock had been tampered with, however, entry was not made through the door. An undetermined amount of cash was removed from the register, which had been pried open.
   * Juanita Julian, 384 Garrison Hollow Road, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Janice Mitchell that her residence had been entered during the night and vandalized. The entire residence had been gone through, according to the report, and flour had been thrown around. The break-in was discovered by a neighbor who heard the home's fire alarms sounding. Missing were an RG Industrials' .22-caliber gun with 3-3/8-inch barrel and about $300 in cash.

Theft

   * Roger Forbes, 53, 708 Holston Ave., reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Jason McCall that a red 1975 Yamaha trailbike, which was inoperable, had been stolen from his garage sometime between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
   * Timothy E. Gilbert, 28, 295 Rocky Branch Road, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Albert Nave that someone had stolen a trampoline, valued at $300, from his front yard.
   * Benny Peterson, 2489 Old Elizabethton Hwy., reported Monday to CCSD Deputy C.J. Whaley that someone had entered his residence and removed a motorcycle T-bag and $400 to $500 in change which was stored in a large glass bottle in the back bedroom. Entry was made through a downstairs window, which had a board over it due to a break-in last week.
   * Clarence Williams, 112 Crestview Drive, reported Sunday to CCSD Deputy Albert Nave that someone had stolen a 10-foot-long utility trailer, a 48-inch Craftsman 20-hp mower and a Murray 20-inch push mower from the residence.

Vandalism

   * Sandra Davis, 49, 204 W. Elk Ave., reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Jason McCall that someone had vandalized the heat pumps at the rear of Phillipi Baptist Church, 200 E. M St. The officer observed two York heat pumps which had substantial damage to the vent blades. According to the report, it appeared that someone had used an object to fold over the vent blades. One unit also had several curse words imprinted on the blades.

FBI arrest

   * James Earl Jett, 27, of Heiskell, Tenn., was taken into federal custody Monday afternoon by the FBI and members of the Knoxville Safe Streets Task Force, according to R. Joe Clark, special agent in charge of the Knoxville Division of the FBI. Jett was indicted Aug. 7 in Knoxville by a federal grand jury and charged with one count of bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The charges stem from the July 24 robbery of SunTrust Bank, 500 Merchants Road, Knoxville. Jett was picked up at Claiborne County Jail where he had been held since his arrest July 26 by Tazewell Police Department on charges of reckless endangerment, aggravated assault under domestic violence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and vandalism. He was arraigned Wednesday in Knoxville before a U.S. magistrate judge.