October 11, 2001

Arrests

   * Gabriel Sanchez Marroquin, 26, 19 Boone St., Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a traffic stop at the intersection of Highway 67 and Milligan Highway. Marroquin was charged with speeding (80 mph in a 55 mph zone), no driver's license, and criminal impersonation.
   * Lawrence E. Shephard, 25, 129 Slagle Road, was arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Richard Haney after the officer responded to Ingles regarding a shoplifting call. While en route, the officer was advised that the suspect was leaving in a black truck. The officer observed the vehicle with a person matching the description leaving Ingles parking lot. The officer stopped the vehicle and Capt. Art Smithdeal observed what was believed to be a marijuana pipe in the floorboard of the truck. Lawrence Shephard claimed ownership of the pipe and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger, Shawn D. Shepard, 23, 46 McClelland Farm, Deerfield, Mass., told officers that he stole two steaks and was issued a summons charging him with theft under $500.
   * Jason S. Hartman, 26, 652 Jena Beth Drive, was served a felony theft warrant Tuesday by EPD Detectives Anthony Buck and Matt Bowers, taken out by Johnson City Police Department. Hartman was transported to the Johnson City line by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh and turned over to a Johnson City officer.
   * Joseph Green, 18, 100 Milligan Lane, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with one count of auto burglary following investigation of a Sept. 12 theft at a local residence.
   * Christopher Todd Whitaker, 25, 489 Shadden Road, Gray, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with three counts of robbery. The arrest is the result of investigation into three separate incidents where purses were ripped from females' arms as they were walking across parking lots of Johnson City businesses. On two occasions the victims were injured during the robberies.
   * Lisa M Wright, 31, 1450 Rice Creek Road, Flag Pond, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on several counts of forgery. The arrest is the result of an investigation in which nine personal checks were forged and passed at Johnson City businesses. Wright is charged with nine counts of forgery under $500 and nine counts of theft under $500.
   * Gary Paul West, 45, 535 Sierra Vista Drive, #38, Las Vegas, Nev., was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with possession of cocaine. According to the report, officers were on foot patrol in the 200 block of West Fairview Avenue when they observed a SUV parked in front of 209 W. Fairview. Officers approached the vehicle and observed the driver, West, holding a small bag of white powder and some money in his hand. Officers had West exit the vehicle and field-tested the substance, which tested positive for cocaine. West was arrested and transported to city jail. He was being held in Washington County Detention Center on $25,000 bond.

Theft

   * Margaret Tolley, 26, 923B Pine Ridge Circle, reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Jesus Pena that she arrived home about 11 a.m. and began unloading groceries, leaving her purse in the living room with the screen door open. Around 12:30 p.m., she noticed the purse missing.
   * Barbara Black, 267 Buck Mountain Road, Roan Mountain, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Chris Pierce that the front door of her residence had been kicked open and a 27-inch RCA color television taken.
   * Lydia Powell, 399 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Chris Pierce that her home had been broken into and a .22-caliber rifle taken, along with two female wrist watches.
   * Craig Honbarger, 552 Calvin Phillips Drive, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Chad Grindstaff that he noticed his wallet -- containing $50 cash, two credit cards and two forms of identification -- missing from his vehicle on the morning of Sept. 14. On Oct. 5, the credit cards and ID's were recovered by Johnson City Police Department investigators. A neighbor of Honabarger, John Emmert, reported that on the same dates he noticed a portable compact disc player missing from his vehicle, which also was recovered.
   * CCSD Deputy Chad Grindstaff was dispatched Tuesday to Advanced Electric, 2233 Miami Drive, in reference to a vending machine which had been burglarized. The officer spoke with a Coca-Cola representative who told him that $100 was missing from the machine, which had been pried open. The machine sustained about $1,494 in damage, according to the report.
   * Jeffrey Simerly, 39, 132 Coal Chute Road, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that on Friday night someone had unhooked his 6-year-old male Siberian huskey from its run in the back yard. The cable had been removed from his dog and placed on another dog which had been there for breeding purposes. Sometime late Saturday or early Sunday, Simerly's dog was returned. However, on Sunday night, someone apparently removed the dog from its run a second time. The dog is described as mostly white with some brown coloring.

  
Fire

  
* CCSD Deputy Tim Lowe responded around 12:07 a.m. Wednesday to a barn fire on Bill Nave Loop. Stoney Creek and Watauga Volunteer Fire Departments were on the scene but were unable to save the barn and its contents. The barn, which belonged to Charlie Heaton, had no electricity. Cause of the fire was unknown at the time of the report.