September 28, 2001

Arrests

   * 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 aggravated burglary.
   * 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 $500.

Bomb threat

   * 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.

Theft

   * 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.

Fire

   * 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.