September 11, 2001

Homicide

  * A Kingsport man was found dead around 2 a.m. Monday after Kingsport Police Department officers responded to a shooting at 1656 Newbern Road. The victim, Wallace Ray Williams, 35, of the residence, sustained a gunshot wound to the chest and one to the side from a .44-caliber black powder revolver. He was transported to Holston Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Witnesses said the victim entered the room of Tony Alan Phipps, 40, also of the residence, and was shot. According to Detective David Joe Cole, the two had had a disagreement earlier over money Phipps owed the victim. Phipps was charged with second-degree murder.

Fatality

  * Brent Granvel Cloer, 47, of Hudson, N.C., was killed around 10:43 p.m. Saturday on State Route 321. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Dexter Lunceford, Cloer was traveling south on 321 when the 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he was riding ran off the roadway near Elk Mills General Store. The driver lost control of the motorcycle and it overturned. Alcohol was involved, according to Lunceford.

Arrests

  * Eight Hispanic males were arrested around 12:45 a.m. Monday after Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Mike Fraley and Deputies Laverne Julian, Brad Johnson, Albert Nave and Wayne Pritchard responded to 273 Reynolds Road regarding a disturbance. Upon arrival, the officers observed loud music coming from a car stereo. All eight subjects were outside and very intoxicated, according to the report. Arrested were: Marcos Ibanez, 24, 121 Tranbarger Drive, Church Hill; Mercado Sandoval, 31, 315 Reynolds Road; Guadalupe Gaitan, 42, Johnson City; Guadalupe Torres Cibran, 25, Elizabethton; Junior Gonzales, 26, no address listed; Martin Gonzalez, 315 Reynolds Road; Maximino Becerra, 22, Telford; and Jose Cibrian, 23, 2105 N. Greenwood Drive, Johnson City. All eight were charged with public intoxication.
  * Kenneth Markland, 26, 260 Crabtree Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson on a warrant charging him with vandalism over $500.
  * James Turbyfield, 27, 170 Dark Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm after the officer went to the residence regarding a child custody dispute. Prior to arrival, the officer learned that Turbyfield had an active warrant for violation of probation. When the officer arrived at the residence, a light inside the trailer went out, according to the report, however, the officer could not get anyone to answer the door. Deputy Brad Johnson was called to assist and entry was made. Turbyfield was found in a back bedroom lying on the floor and was charged with violation of probation. The child in question was not at the residence and reportedly had gone to stay with a relative.
  * Tamala Evette Hart, 31, 192 Lonesome Dove Lane, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Lt. Mike Fraley after officers were dispatched at 11:59 p.m. Friday to the residence regarding a disturbance in which several juveniles were drinking. Lt. Fraley was met at the door by a juvenile who had a strong odor of alcohol on her person, according to the report. The girl told officers she and her 10-year-old brother, her 12-year-old sister, and a 15-year-old friend were the only persons present. The juvenile who opened the door appeared to be the only one drinking and admitted to consuming a 12-ounce beer. Lt. Fraley, Deputy Todd Ham and Deputy Sarah Ryan attempted to contact a parent/guardian and learned that the children's mother was at Nashville Sound in Johnson City. After officers had been at the residence about an hour, Hart returned home very intoxicated, according to the report. She was charged with public intoxication and three counts of child neglect. The children were placed with other family members for safekeeping.
  * Shawn Michael Dugger, 18, 707 E. Elk Ave., was arrested Saturday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry after the officer observed Dugger come into Covered Bridge Park and stand at the benches. On Sept. 7, EPD was informed through General Sessions Court that Dugger was not allowed to be within 100 feet of the park. He was taken into custody for criminal trespassing and also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after what was believed to be a marijuana pipe was found in his pocket.
  * Lisa Darlene Young, 36, 458 Possum Hollow Road, Gray, was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey and charged with public intoxication.
  * Timothy L. Rose, 36, Kingsport, and Ventris E. "Ben" Browning, 35, Cumberland, Ky., were being held Monday in Washington County Detention Center after they were observed Sunday leaving the scene of a residential burglary at 109 Sourwood Drive in Gray, according to Washington County Sheriff Fred Phillips. Witnesses followed the suspects into Kingsport where Kingsport Police Department officers apprehended them after a brief chase.

Robbery

  * Washington County deputies responded around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to an armed robbery at Subway, 5049 Bobby Hicks Hwy., Gray. According to Washington County Sheriff Fred Phillips, a white male subject entered the store, displayed a weapon and demanded cash. He then fled the scene in a small dark-colored vehicle. An undetermined amount of cash was taken. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff's Department at 461-1414. The investigation is continuing.

Fire

  * Elizabethton Fire Department responded to the Carter County Recycling Plant in Cherokee Industrial Park around 4:40 a.m. Saturday after EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins, who was on patrol in the area, observed flames and smoke coming from a long row of compacted boxes in the cul-de-sac. The officer did not see anyone in the area and became concerned when flames began leaping toward power lines. Firemen were dispatched and extinguished the blaze.