October 10, 2001

Child abuse

   * A Greeneville couple have been arrested by members of Washington County Sheriff's Department on charges of aggravated child abuse involving three children. According to Sheriff Fred Phillips, Nancy Nance, 52, and Robert Nance, 53, both of 132 Lakeshore Drive, Greeneville, were charged after a number of concerned citizens reported seeing a young baby, about 10 months old, lying on a table Sunday at Jonesborough Flea Market in 36-degree weather with no head covering or socks. They also told officers that the child had rolled off the table and hit the ground and that the adults who were with the children pushed and knocked another child to the ground. From information gathered by responding officers and EMS personnel, an investigation was conducted by the sheriff's department's Juvenile Division along with Department of Children's Services. EMS found the child to be in the early stages of hypothermia and all three children were infested with lice. The Nances were being held in Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond each and the three children were placed in state custody.


   * Richard Aaron Wells, 18, 639 S. Roan St., was arrested Monday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Kenneth Hardin, who was monitoring school zone traffic at Elizabethton High School. According to the report, Sgt. Hardin was speaking with the principal and assistant principal when he observed Wells push another male and hit him in the chest. While the officer was running across the parking lot, Wells again pushed the 17-year-old male. He was instructed to stop, but continued, hitting the juvenile in the face. He also struck a red Cavalier that was parked in the parking lot, causing minor damage. Wells had to be physically restrained by the officer and school officials. He was charged with assault and resisting arrest.
   * Jessie James Richardson, 39, Route 5, Box 1254 Hwy. 91, was
   served a capias Monday by Deputy Gene Moreland, charging him with failure to appear with fines and costs on four counts of bad checks and violation of probation.
   * Brandon Britt, 18, 118 Gunsmoke Hollow Road, was issued a summons Saturday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins following a traffic collision in the parking lot of Food City, 908 Broad St. According to the report, Britt left the scene and was escorted back to Food City by a member of Carter County Sheriff's Department. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
   * Julie Ann Carver, 19, 510 Summit Ave., was served two summonses for worthless checks by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins following a traffic stop.
   * David L. Fair, 18, 1539 Southside Road, was arrested Tuesday morning by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins following a traffic stop. Fair was charged with speeding, DUI, and violation of implied consent.
   * Audrey Lee Culbertson, 42, 604 Sharon Drive, Johnson City, and Lawrence James Gray, 36, same address, were arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after the officer was dispatched to Food City regarding a shoplifter. Ptl. Mullins and Sgt. Charles Moreland were told that the suspect had fled on foot and was at Raceway Market on Broad Street. Officers located the male suspect and escorted him back to Food City where he was identified by management as one of the suspects. Officers were advised that they had lost Gray's female companion in the crowd while they were struggling with Gray. After escorting Gray from the store, officers were advised that the female possibly was in a green truck which was traveling through the parking lot. Officers located the truck and pulled behind it as it left the store parking lot and headed east on Broad Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the driver turned her head and looked out the back window of the vehicle, then increased her speed as she turned abruptly onto Highway 91. The driver then slowed down and pulled onto the right shoulder of the road, then pulled back into the lane of traffic and continued north on Highway 91, traveling about 200 more yards before coming to a stop. The driver, identified as Culbertson, was transported back to Food City where the store manager made positive identification. Culbertson was charged with evading arrest and theft under $500. Gray was charged with theft under $500.
   * John Wayne Walker, 53, 103 Stevens Circle, Hampton, was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall after the officer was dispatched to 302-1/2 S. Sycamore St., regarding an accident with property damage. When the officer arrived, he found Walker attempting to leave the scene and stopped him in an alley behind the residence. The officer detected an odor of alcohol and gave Walker a series of field sobriety tasks to perform, which he did poorly. He was transported to CCSD where he was given an Intoximeter test, resulting in a blood alcohol content of .27 percent. Walker was charged with sixth-offense DUI, fourth-offense driving on revoked license, and leaving the scene of an accident.


   * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau were dispatched Sunday to the Conoco station, 901 W. Market St., regarding a robbery. Officers were advised that a white male had entered the store and demanded all the cash from the till. The suspect was wearing a dark gray ski mask, dark blue sweatshirt and blue jeans and was wielding a nickel- or stainless-colored handgun, either .22 or .25 caliber. The suspect took an undetermined amount of cash and left heading toward an alley behind the store. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 434-6166 or Crimestoppers, 434-6158 to remain anonymous.