* George Gwinn Jr., owner of Goodwill Motors,
has been indicted by a Carter County Grand Jury on four counts
of forgery, four counts of criminal simulation, and one count
of hindering a secured creditor. Gwinn was booked into Carter
County Jail last Wednesday and released the same day on an
appearance bond. According to the indictment, Gwinn made or
altered a loan application, an application for a car title,
assignments of car titles, notices to discharge a lien and
an affidavit for duplication of title. More charges are possible.
* William Michael Byrd, 45, 601 Sunset Ave.,
was arrested Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl.
Shannon Peters following a domestic disturbance. Katrina Byrd
told the officer that her husband started a physical altercation
with her over money, threw her in the floor and tried to choke
her in order to obtain the wallet she had in her hand. Mrs.
Byrd said she got loose and ran to the kitchen to use the
phone, however, Byrd pulled the phone and cord out of the
wall to keep her from calling 911. She then went to a neighbor's
for help. The officer noticed carpet burns on different areas
of Mrs. Byrd's body and red marks on her face and neck area
and also noted the phone torn from the wall and lying on the
counter. William Byrd was taken into custody and charged with
assault under domestic violence.
* Buddy Jess Blevins, 19, 110 Clarkton Road,
Roan Mountain, and Joseph M. Whitson, 18, 147 Wilbur Dam Road,
were arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable after the
officer responded to a disturbance call. Both were arrested
for underage consumption of alcohol.
* Kenneth T. Good, an inmate at Washington County
Detention Center, was arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson
City Police Bureau in connection with the Sept. 15 burglary
of a residence at 2822 W. Walnut St. Good was charged with
* Willard Vandiver Jr., 32, 248 Speedwell, Tenn.,
was arrested Wednesday by Washington County Sheriff's Department
deputies and charged with aggravated burglary after deputies
were dispatched to a residence in the South Central community
regarding a burglary in progress. According to the sheriff's
department, the homeowner woke up and observed a male in his
bedroom. The subject, identified as Vandiver, fled the residence
and was located at a nearby business.
* Shaun Michael Roberts, 20, 147 Hilbert Circle,
was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police
Bureau after they received a tip to the possible location
of stolen items from a burglary that occurred in Carter County.
Carter County Sheriff's Department deputies gave a detailed
description of the stolen items and officers responded to
214 N. Belmont St., where they located a black 1990 Honda
Civic belonging to Roberts with stolen items in the back seat.
Roberts was charged with possession of stolen property over
* Bryan Scott of Charlotte Taylor Center reported
Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero that a client had reported
she was going to blow up the center on Thursday when she came
for her appointment. The information was relayed from the
center's Sullivan County office after the client called them,
upset with being taken off her medication and indicating she
knew how to build a bomb.
* Melissa B. McNeal, 35, 306 Lovers Lane, reported
Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters that someone had entered
her vehicle while she was at Church of God on Park Street
and had taken a backpack from the vehicle.
* Randolph Laroche, 22, 1288 Gap Creek Road,
reported Wednesday to Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy
Todd Hamm that someone broke into his 1990 Honda Civic during
the night and removed a JVC aluminum face CD player, a titanium
shift knob with red lettering, a set of clear tail light lenses,
an RC10-GT gas-powered radio controlled truck, a Futaba Magnum
controller, and 150 CDs belonging to his girlfriend.
* CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson responded Wednesday
to 152 Jess Hurley Road regarding a structure fire. When the
officer arrived, Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department members
were already on the scene extinguishing the blaze. The officer
spoke with William "Bill" Shoun, 3014 Hwy. 91, who stated
that he saw smoke coming from the direction of a known cemetery
and after going there, found no burning going on. Shoun continued
up the road and discovered the fire, which was located in
the middle of the residence. Shoun left the fire and returned
to his residence to call 911. Fire department members said
when they arrived, the house was destroyed. The owner, Shirley
Brumitt, told the officer she heated by kerosene furnace but
had not had it on and that no meal had been cooked prior to
her leaving the residence. CCSD Deputy Johnny Henson Jr. told
Deputy Johnson he noticed smoke coming from the area about
45 minutes prior to the initial fire call.