October 12, 2001

Arrests


   * Keith Paris Ruffin, 37, 604 Swedle Road, Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chris Pierce following a traffic stop. According to the report, the officer spotted a vehicle traveling about 20 mph, impeding traffic, braking erratically, and partially driving in the left lane toward oncoming traffic on the Old Elizabethton Highway. The officer activated emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle, which continued on, turning onto Highway 67. The vehicle then turned onto the Milligan Highway and sped up to around 70 mph before skidding out of control and striking an embankment. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver was in the back seat and refused to comply with verbal commands. After several minutes the driver exited the vehicle and submitted to a series of field sobriety tasks, which he performed poorly. He was arrested and charged with DUI.
   * Arnold Wayne Markland, 48, 932 Rittertown Road, Hampton, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Chris Pierce and charged with assault under domestic violence.
   * Gary M. Johnson, 18, 601 W. C St., was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Melissa Nichols on a capias charging him with failure to appear after he turned himself in to Carter County Sheriff's Department.
   * Ellen Gregg, 42, 1150 Buntontown Road, Butler, was arrested Thursday morning by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Richard Haney after the officer was dispatched to 302 S. Sycamore St., regarding a female armed with a knife. According to the report, an intoxicated Hispanic male told the officer that Gregg had kicked him out of his apartment, was armed with a knife, and had broken several items in the home. The officer knocked on the door and after a few minutes, Gregg opened it. She was obviously intoxicated, according to the report. The officer observed broken glass all over the apartment, and during a pat-down of Gregg, a box cutter was found in her back pocket, a knife clipped to her front pocket and a knife attached to her keys. While speaking to Gregg, she tried to push past the officer to get to her cigarettes. She was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.
   * Jason Barnett, 19, 2304 Keys Lane, Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into an auto burglary that occurred Aug. 9 at 108 E. Mountcastle Drive.
  
Escapee returns

   * A Washington County Jail inmate who escaped two months ago turned himself in to Washington County Deputies around 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to Sheriff Fred Phillips. Larry Lynn Franklin, 37, 3427 Greenwood Drive, Johnson City, was one of two men who walked off from a work detail Community Service Unit on July 9 in Jonesborough. A second inmate, Billy Wayne Heaton, was captured a short time after the escape. Franklin has been charged with escape.
  
Break-in

   * Chris Beem, 28, 517 Allen Ave., reported Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Richard Haney that the door to his office had been forcibly opened and his checkbook was missing. The break-in occurred between 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.
  
Vandalism


   * EPD Ptl. Jason McCall was dispatched Wednesday to the home of Donald W. Woods, 407 S. Riverside Drive, in reference to vandalism to a mailbox. The officer observed a large dent on the right side, apparently made by a 14-inch-tall concrete chicken. A white chicken with green base, which did not belong to Woods, was found lying on the ground next to the mailbox. On the chicken were marks matching damage to the box. The chicken, which sustained a broken beak, was logged into evidence. According to the report, no one has reported a stolen concrete chicken.
   * Elizabethton Fire Department was dispatched Wednesday to Webb Hall at Milligan College regarding a fire alarm. The alarm had been triggered by the intentional release of the contents from a fire extinguisher on the first floor, south wing of the building.

Theft

   * Buella Williams, 64, 504 W. Riverside Drive, reported Wednesday to EPD Sgt. Brian Fraley that an 18-inch concrete angel and U.S.A. flag sign were taken from her yard sometime between 4:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Williams said several other items had been stolen from the residence in the past month, including a bicycle and two bloodhound puppies.
  
Vehicle damage

   * Robert Watts of Mountain City reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Janice Mitchell that he was traveling south on Highway 321 at the entrance to Little Stoney Campground when a dump truck loaded with gravel came around the curve and the load spilled over the side of the truck bed onto his 1999 Plymouth Voyager, causing damage to the entire front of the vehicle. The windshield also was cracked. Watts said it happened so fast he did not get the name off the dump truck.
  
Fire

   * EPD Capt. Rusty Verran responded Wednesday to Mary's Beauty Salon, 1342 Milligan Hwy. The operator of the business, Jimmy Ray Charlton, told the officer that he left around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday and returned at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday to discover that someone had set fire to a fall decoration (fodder shock) in front of the business. The fire ignited the vinyl siding on the building, destroying a section of the siding and wood structure.