December 17, 2001


* Joshua Floyd Pate, 21, 108 Hanover Circle, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike Sproviero after the officer conducted an investigation into shots fired at West Haven Apartments. Pate was found in possession of a .380 Davis handgun. Officers went to Apartment 14, which Pate had come out of, and were met by Shonda Johnson, who gave them permission to search for casings remaining from when the firearm was discharged. While searching a rear bedroom, Sgt. Charles Moreland found a casing on the floor next to a plastic bag containing a cell phone, less than a gram of marijuana, a small plastic bag containing a Xanax pill, and four other plastic bags: one containing three Xanax, another containing nine, a third containing 21 pills, and a fourth containing 13 pills. It was determined the phone belonged to Pate, who was charged with public intoxication, going armed, reckless endangerment, and possession of Schedule III drugs for resale.
   * Martha Vance Clawson, 50, 257 Hogum Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Bradley Johnson after she was observed attempting to walk along Highway 19E in an apparent state of intoxication. She was arrested and charged with public intoxication.
   * Douglas Arthur Barr, 21, 120 Barr Lane, Unicoi, and Danny David Vance, 26, 705 Sciota Road, Unicoi, were arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian following a traffic stop on Old Lewis Road after the car failed to yield to the officer, left the roadway and jumped a curb. Barr was charged with DUI and Vance was charged with public intoxication.
   * Robert T. Coetti, 59, 784 Watauga Road, Watauga, was arrested Wednesday by Constable David Jones on warrants from Rockville, Md., charging him with being a fugitive from justice.


* Members of Johnson City Police Bureau are investigating a Thursday night shooting that occurred at 112 Wilson Ave., #1. The victim, 23-year-old Roy Robinson, a black male, was shot while sitting on the front porch of the residence. Robinson was transported to Johnson City Medical Center where he was listed in serious but stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.


* Janie Jack, 48, of Butler, reported Friday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that sometime during the night someone entered her business located at 5490 Hwy. 19E and took approximately $583 in cash. There was no sign of forced entry.
   * Tim Henry, 247 Weaver Hill Road, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that his family had left their residence and returned about 15 minutes later to find that someone had made forced entry to their residence. The kitchen and living room had been vandalized with items turned over and scattered across the floor. It appeared the intruders were looking for certain items, according to Deputy Julian. Ten gift-wrapped presents which included electronics, shoes, clothes and jewelry were taken from under the tree. A hutch in the kitchen had been turned over and Mrs. Henry's purse, which had been left in the kitchen, had been gone through and its contents scattered about. Two bottles of medication and a food stamp card also were taken.
   * Roy Shelton, 208 Hardin Hollow Road, reported Friday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that while he was at work, someone attempted to open the front door to his residence, then went to the back door and cut the screen. The perpetrator reached inside and unlocked the door, and left with a Wal-Mart 5 hp red-and-black generator.
   * Angel White, 30, 114 Vanover Road, Johnson City, reported Friday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that her vehicle had been broken into overnight. The perpetrator entered the unlocked 1989 Nissan Pulsar and tried to remove the CD player by breaking the dash, but was unsuccessful.
   * Hal Blevins of Hal's Auto Sales, 1016 Bristol Hwy., reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Janice Mitchell that on Wednesday someone broke into a red Subaru Legacy and attempted to take the radio by breaking out the driver's side window. Also during the week a black 1996 Geo had been broken into and the dash destroyed while taking the radio. Four batteries also were taken from vehicles during the last two weeks.

Auto theft

* Almarie Suter, 56, 119 Fitzsimmons Hill Road, reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Jim Whaley that sometime between 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, someone took a 1991 Mercury Sable from her driveway. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were left inside.

Property damage

* Kristi Whisenhunt, 23, 109 Eggers Lane, reported Friday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that she was traveling north on Highway 91 in the area of Hunter First Baptist Church when she heard a loud noise and the rear windshield busted out of her vehicle. The hole appeared to be about the size of a baseball and did not appear to have been made by a gunshot, according to the report.