November 13, 2001

Arrests

   * Christopher G. Lambert, 40, 119 Ed Green Road, Hampton, was arrested Saturday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Harvey Guess following a traffic accident. According to the report, Lt. Guess responded to Browns' Supermarket in Hampton regarding the accident. Investigation determined that Lambert, who was driving a blue Toyota, ran into the back of a vehicle driven by Kathryn Gray Hodge, 18, of Nashville, then left the scene. Lambert was identified from a photo lineup obtained by Lt. Mike Fraley and brought to the scene. Officers later were advised of Lambert's location. He was arrested after officers found probable cause to believe that he was driving the vehicle involved in the accident after being declared a habitual motor offender. He was charged with ninth-offense DUI, sixth-offense driving on revoked license, and leaving the scene of an accident.
   * Jeffrey R. Walker, 38, 923-F Pine Ridge Circle, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy following a traffic stop. Walker was charged with fourth-offense DUI. He was given an Intoximeter test at Carter County Jail, resulting in a blood alcohol content of .20 percent, or more than twice the legal limit for intoxication.
   * Kenneth Ray Simerly, 54, 134 Old Clarktown Road, Hampton, was arrested Friday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy after the officer was dispatched to a fight call on Tiger Creek. According to the report, Simerly had entered the home of his brother, Ed Bailey, through the front door, which was unlocked. Bailey said he had put up "No Trespassing" signs and had told his brother not to come back to the residence. Simerly was charged with burglary.
   * Robert J. Hamilton, 21, 1615 Hwy. 91, Apt. 2, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Albert Nave on a warrant charging him with violation of an order of protection.
   * Gene Andrew Foshia, 10113 Idlewylde Drive, Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm on a capias charging him with failure to appear with fines and costs on public intoxication and violation of open container.
   * Thomas Houston, 41, 209 W. Fairview, Apt. 224, was arrested Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation of two subjects arguing in the front yard of the residence. One of the subjects had a severe laceration over his left eye. Upon further investigation, officers determined that Houston had hit another male subject with a steel vent cover. Officers also discovered drug paraphernalia in plain view and seized a safe which had been taken during a previous burglary. Houston was charged with aggravated assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property. Eight other subjects at the same address were arrested on various charges.

Fire

   * Jerry Blevins, 218 Old Watauga Road, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Janice Mitchell that he had started a fire in the fireplace and stepped outside the house when he noticed smoke coming from an upstairs bedroom wall. Blevins said he tore the sheetrock from the wall and attempted to put out the fire, with no success, before calling 911. The outside wall around the chimney had to be taken out before members of Watauga Volunteer Fire Department could extinguish the remainder of the blaze.

Suspect sought

   * A Hispanic male is being sought by Elizabethton Police on rape charges. The male, Pedo Diaz, also known as "Freddie," is described as about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, balding, with short hair on the sides and top, and a ponytail. The suspect, who speaks little English and associates with another Hispanic male known as Enrique "Ricky" Villa Tinoco, also may be using the last name "Agirre." The suspect was last known to drive a 1988 beige or tan Mercury Cougar with tinted windows and front end damage. The vehicle recently was spotted in Unicoi. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Anthony Buck or Ptl. Jesse Pena, at 542-4141.