September 18, 2001

Fatality

   * Members of Carter County Sheriff's Department responded around 10 a.m. Sunday to 172 Brown Rd. near Long Hollow in reference to an accident involving death. According to Deputy Laverne Julian, Richard Andrew Ward said he was in the process of moving and was attempting to move a refrigerator. His girlfriend's stepfather, Rodney Montpelier, 42, 1001 Henry St., Johnson City, was helping him. Ward said he backed his truck on a downhill grade behind the trailer and loaded the refrigerator in the bed of the truck and closed the tailgate. Montpelier got into the back of the truck to hold the refrigerator and keep it from tipping over. When Ward started to pull out uphill, the refrigerator slid back and knocked Montpelier out of the truck. Montpelier hit head-first and suffered a massive head injury. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Arrests

   * Leila Jo Walker, 39, 605 W. E St., Apt. 2A, was arrested Friday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Brooke Mullins and charged with driving on revoked license.
   * Asa Ray Ward, 58, Trudy St., was arrested Saturday by EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe and charged with violating an order of protection.
   * Steve Allen Sumner, 43, 1700 W. Elk Ave, Lot #25, was arrested Sunday by EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe and charged with public intoxication.
   * Willie J. Lohse, 42, 180 Bill Garland Rd., Johnson City, was issued a summons Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry charging him with driving on suspended license.
   * Estel Earnest Estep, 47, 1401 Charity Hill Rd., was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley and charged with public intoxication.
   * Shelby D. Malone, 48, 102 E. H St., was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable following a traffic stop. She was charged with DUI and taken to Carter County Jail where she submitted to an Intoximeter test, resulting in a blood alcohol content of .28 percent. She then was charged with aggravated DUI and also was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * Bobby Joe White, 32, 197 Carl Smith Rd., Hampton, was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley and charged with violation of an order of protection.
   * Barbara E. Blevins, 26, 181 Bobs Hollow Rd., was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Jesus Pena on an outstanding capias charging her with failure to pay fines and costs. She also was charged with allowing her dog to run at large and was served two summons from General Sessions Court for dogs running at large.
   * Stacy L. Barnett, 31, 750 Hampton Creek Rd., Roan Mountain, was issued a summons Saturday by EPD Ptl. Jason Shaw charging her with shoplifting.
   * Harvey Dale Campbell, 54, 188 Grindstaff Hollow Rd., was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Chad Grindstaff on a warrant charging him with reckless endangerment.
   * Joseph A. Norwood, 36, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Chad Grindstaff on a capias charging him with failure to appear on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
   * Alan C. Lewis, 34, 668 Tiger Creek Rd., Roan Mountain, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian following a traffic stop. Lewis was charged with driving on revoked license.
   * Matthew David Taylor, 18, 114 Davis Hollow Rd., and Mitchell Keith Estep, 23, 182 Josiah Trail, were arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian following a traffic stop. Taylor was arrested on a capias charging him with failure to appear. Estep was charged with possession of Schedule VI for resale.

Robbery


   * Members of Johnson City Police Bureau were called around 4:20 p.m. Saturday to the Appco Store, #9, 4815 N. Roan St., after a clerk was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash by a white male armed with a handgun. The suspect was described as about 30 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 180 pounds, wearing a blue jacket with a hood and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Investigation Division, 434-6166 or Crimestoppers, 434-6158.
   * Kenneth Todd Good, 31, 3711 N. Roan St., North Place Apartments, Johnson City, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and charged with a series of four armed robberies committed in Johnson City over the last few weeks. He was arrested in Jonesborough after he returned with a vehicle he reportedly had stolen earlier in the evening. Officers from Jonesborough Police and Washington County Sheriff's Department assisted officers from Johnson City Police Bureau's Canine, SWAT and Criminal Investigation Units in making the arrest. A canine team began a track from the vehicle the suspect had abandoned and into a field with tall grass. A short time later, K-9 Fratz located the suspect. He surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident. Additional charges are pending.