August 31, 2001


   * Lersa Diane Hodge, 38, 102 Heather Lane, was arrested Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Penny Cornett after she and Deputy Dean Jones responded to the residence regarding a domestic dispute. Hodge's husband, Jerry, 40, told officers that his wife had been drinking and had started an argument which escalated. He said she began throwing things at him and hit her cousin, Ellen Gregg, 42, same address, in the face with a vase. Gregg said Mrs. Hodge then got a kitchen knife and began threatening her husband with it. Gregg took the knife away and threw it in the bushes. Jerry Hodge told officers that his wife then got a gas can and began pouring gasoline on the bed. She then began pouring gasoline throughout the residence and onto the front porch, which she set on fire, then ran when officers arrived. About 1-1/4 hours later, she was found by K-9 Unit Deputy Sarah Ryan and Sgt. Kabor, hiding in a thicket. According to the report, Mrs. Hodge was very uncooperative and began beating her head on the window of Deputy Jones' cruiser. A chemical agent was used to subdue her. She was charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence, assault under domestic violence, and vandalism under domestic violence.
   * Joshua Trotter, 29, 601 W. G St., #3D, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Gregg Nave following an altercation at 127 Ed Davis Road, during which Trotter allegedly broke into the home of April Kiser, 28, slapped her across the face, hurled obscenities at her, grabbed the phone when she tried to call 911 and threw her in a closet, then took $230 from her purse and left. There were two children present at the time the altercation occurred. Trotter was located and charged with assault under domestic violence, violation of probation, vandalism under domestic violence, and violation of an order of protection.
   * Chong Hwa Whitfield, 58, 8116 Packard, St. Louis, Mo., and Mi Kyong Ramey, 43, 8643 Gleason Drive, Kingsport, were arrested Wednesday by officers of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office and charged with practicing massage without a license. According to Sgt. Brian K. Boling of the sheriff's office, Coco Health, 1627 Hwy. 11W, Bristol, Tenn., opened for business Tuesday. Two previous businesses, the Rainbow Spa and the Sta Spa, were located at the same address and operated and practiced massage without a license. Several arrests were made at those businesses. On Wednesday, the sheriff's office began investigating Coco Health after being advised by the state of Tennessee Board of Massage Therapy that the business was not licensed to operate in Tennessee. An undercover officer went to the business and obtained a massage for $80. Ramey, owner of the business, and Whitfield both were working and neither possessed a license to practice massage in Tennessee. Both women were arrested and set a $2,500 bond.
   * A Sullivan County deputy was injured around 4:43 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop near Pratt's Barbecue, 1225 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport. According to Detective Randy Simpson of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Shane Christian was injured when he was struck in the leg with an automobile driven by Christopher Shannon Pruitt, 28, 417 Barnette Drive, Lot #20, Kingsport. The officer had stopped Pruitt for reckless driving, however, during the traffic stop, Pruitt attempted to drive away. Detective Simpson used his vehicle to block Pruitt's exit. Pruitt made three attempts to drive around Simpson's vehicle and on the third attempt struck Christian in the leg. Officer Christian reached inside Pruitt's vehicle and turned off the ignition, then pulled Pruitt from the vehicle. He was subdued by the two officers and taken into custody. Pruitt was charged with aggravated assault, reckless driving, felony reckless endangerment, and driving on suspended license. Deputy Christian was taken to Holston Valley Community Hospital where he was treated and released.
   * A 17-year-old black male was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with felony reckless endangerment and possession of a concealed weapon following a shooting in the 500 block of Wilson Avenue. The juvenile was being held in the Johnson City Juvenile Detention Center without bond pending positive identification.
   * Charles Denton, 42, 124 Cedar Valley Drive, Gray, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with two counts of felony theft and eight counts of misdemeanor theft after he allegedly embezzled $4,237 from a local mobile home business. He was being held on $20,000 bond.
   * Emily Catherine Turner, 26, 200 Four Seasons Circle, Apt. 8, Erwin, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of criminal simulation following investigation into two counterfeit and forged checks passed at Roadrunner Market, 832 N. State of Franklin Road, Johnson City.

   * Kathy Isaacs, 1186 Bristol Hwy., reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that someone had vandalized the front window of Nana's Kid Shop, 1180 Bristol Hwy., Suite #3. The officer found that a large gravel-type rock had been thrown through the front window. Entry appeared not to have been made.

   * Julie Mitchell, 31, 1400 W. Elk Ave., reported Wednesday to Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Charles Moreland that someone had forced open the desk in her office and had taken $455 from the cash box.
   * Robert Szabo, 45, 1943 Milligan Hwy., reported Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that someone had stolen his son's 2000 Suzuki Katana 600 from a concrete pad near the entrance to the property.