* Jesse Lee Sparks, 20, 1615 Hwy. 91 #3, was
arrested Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy
Laverne Julian after officers were dispatched to Gap Creek
and Bob Taylor roads in reference to a one-car accident. According
to the report, a white Pontiac driven by Sparks ran off the
roadway, overturned, and came to rest on its top in the middle
of the road. The car sustained heavy damage. No one was around
the vehicle, however, officers observed a child restraint
seat and diaper bag in the back seat of the car. Officers
searched the area and Deputy Julian along with Carter County
Rescue Squad paramedic John Burleson located Sparks near a
wooded area where he was hiding with his 10-month-old child.
Sparks was intoxicated, according to the report. The child
was "ice cold" and had what appeared to be a black eye and
seat belt marks across the head area. The child was immediately
transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital along with Sparks,
who appeared uninjured. Sparks later was transported to Carter
County Jail on charges of DUI, violation of implied consent,
child endangerment, driving on revoked license, aggravated
child abuse, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury.
* Roland Matt Street, 31, 405 Holly St., Johnson
City, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson
following a traffic stop. Street was charged with DUI.
* Jeff W. Ferguson, 20, 496 Dye Leaf Road, Butler,
was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl.
Richard Haney after the officer was dispatched to Peebles
on a shoplifting call. According to the loss prevention officer,
Ferguson, who is an employee of Peebles, was caught stealing
$107 in goods. He was issued a summons for shoplifting. Upon
searching Ferguson, a pipe believed to contain marijuana residue
was found on his person. He was arrested on a charge of possession
of drug paraphernalia.
* A 15-year-old student was arrested Tuesday
by officers of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office after he allegedly
made bomb threats at Sullivan Central High School. The school
received bomb threats on Monday and Tuesday. The student was
transported to Johnson City Detention Center and was to be
arraigned Wednesday morning in Bristol Juvenile Court.