October 7, 2001

Arrests

   * Derrick Lynn Gouge, 30, 1388 Bristol Hwy., was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Deputy Eric Buck following a traffic stop. Gouge was charged with driving the influence.
   * David Scott Graybeal, 22, 394 Greenlee Road, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Wayne Pritchard on a warrant from General Sessions Court charging him with violation of probation.
   * Derrick Davis, 23, 701 Hemlock St., was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach on a warrant charging him with possession of stolen property.
   * Benjamin D. Elrod, 21, 600 Smalling Road, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy following a traffic accident. Elrod was charged with third-offense DUI, driving on revoked license, and violation of implied consent.
   * Regina Ann Stewart, 29, 1718 Persinger Drive, Watauga, was arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with one count of forgery. The arrest is the result of investigation into the theft of mail from a mailbox in Watauga. A personal check was forged, then an attempt was made to pass it at a local bank. Stewart was charged with forgery under $500 and released on her own recognizance.
   * Three juveniles, ages 15 to 17, have been arrested by members of Bristol Tennessee Police Department in connection with auto burglaries which occurred Friday morning in the Columbia Road area in Bristol. At least four vehicles were broken into and numerous items were stolen, including car stereos, cameras, cellular telephones, cash, compact discs and various personal items. Other stolen property was recovered and Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was contacted due to the property coming from their jurisdiction during a previous theft. Two of the juveniles are Bristol, Tenn. residents and one is a Sullivan County resident. The juveniles were released to the custody of their parents.
  
Escape

   * An inmate from Washington County Detention Center walked off from a work detail around 11 a.m. Thursday morning. David Maurice Bowling, 35, 508 E. Fairview Ave., was working at Johnson City Recycling Center at the time of his escape. He is described as a black male with short black hair and brown eyes, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 185 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue and white striped shirt and was on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 461-1414.
  
Fraud

   * Elizabethton Police Department has received two reports of fraudulent checks being passed at local businesses. The first check was passed Sept. 21 at Ingles, 768 W. Elk Ave., and was drafted on AmSouth Bank. The fraudulent check was on the account of Sycamore Shoals Animal Hospital made payable to Glenna Newingham in the amount of $250. A second check, also on the animal hospital account, was passed for the same amount, and on the same day, at J&W Market, 409 Johnson Ave. The suspect is described as a white female, 5 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 134 pounds, in her mid-20s, with brown shoulder-length hair. The suspect has given a Tennessee Driver's License number as identification. An NCIC check has shown there are outstanding warrants on Newingham in other states for the same offenses. Anyone with information, or anyone who comes in contact with this individual, is asked to contact Detective Ed McGee at 547-6415 or Detective Matt Bowers, 547-6409.
  
Theft

   * Mitchell Lincoln, 5556 Hwy. 19E, Hampton, reported Thursday to CCSD Sgt. Keith Range that someone had entered his garage while he was gone and had taken several items. Lincoln said he left at 12:30 p.m. and returned around 1:40 p.m. Missing were an electric drill, skill saw, two grinders, two reciprocating saws, a welder, assorted hand tools, a 25-pound propane tank with heater, a space heater, Weedeater and metal gas can.
   * Ace Justes, 27, 181 Rosewood Circle, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Rick Taylor that someone had taken two weedeaters, one with a brush cutter, an AM/FM car radio, a Realistic AM/FM car stereo and some paint.
   * Kevin Hoilman, 18, 115 Nix Road, reported Thursday to CCSD Sgt. Keith Range that someone had stolen several items from his vehicle while it was parked unsecured at his residence. Missing were a CD player, subwoofer, Pioneer amp, set of wire wheels and tires.
   * William D. McHone Jr. of Custom Guttering, 1102 Stateline Road, reported Thursday to Elizabethton Police Department that someone got into a company van parked in front of the business and took a roll of aluminum from the back. The van was unlocked at the time.
  

Hit-and-run |

   * Don Huff, 50, 308 McKeehan Ridge Road, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Dean Jones that he was traveling west on Max Jett Road when a black Buick, which was backing from a private drive, backed into the path of Huff's motorcycle. Huff swerved to miss the vehicle and laid the motorcycle down on its left side. It then hit the curb and flipped the motorcycle over. The Buick continued on and did not stop. Huff and his son were both on the motorcycle at the time of the accident. Extensive damage was done to the left side of the motorcycle, headlight, tail light and ferring.
  
New equipment

   * The Johnson City Police Bureau now has the bureau's first laser speed-measuring device in operation. Officers have undergone training in the use of Laser Technology Inc.'s UltraLyte Laser speed-measuring device. The new technology opens up a new realm for speed detection and enforcement, providing laser-sharp target selectivity and instant speed readings. Laser speed measuring will provide officers with a more effective, efficient means of measuring speed. The units allow the officer to isolate individual vehicles in heavy traffic with the speed and accuracy of laser. The equipment also can be utilized as a distance measuring device and will aid the officers in accident reconstruction.