* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.