December 26, 2001

Arrests

   * Michael J. Belcher, 19, 12364 College Drive, Meadowview, Va., and Jason P. Ervin, 19, 5060 Roan Lane, Saltville, Va., were arrested Tuesday along with two juvenile males on charges of aggravated robbery. Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau said the arrests were the result of investigation into the armed robbery of Roadrunner Market, 901 W. Walnut St. During the robbery, Belcher, along with a juvenile, entered the store and the juvenile used a handgun to get money from the clerk, according to the report. Belcher and the juvenile fled the store to a waiting vehicle occupied by Ervin and the second juvenile. Public Safety officers from East Tennessee State University saw the suspicious activity and contacted Johnson City Police, resulting in the four arrests. In addition to aggravated robbery charges, Belcher and Ervin also are charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juveniles were being held in Washington County Juvenile Detention Center.
   * Anthony W. Ayers, 41, 208 W. Locust St. #3, Johnson City, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on charges of domestic assault and damage to private property over $500.
   * Arthur Neal Barninger, 31, 536 Volunteer Pkwy., Bristol, was arrested Sunday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following a traffic stop on West Market Street in Johnson City. Barninger was charged with being a fugitive from justice and is awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania to face charges of theft by deception.
   * John Wrestler, 33, 100 E. Unaka Ave., was arrested Sunday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into the report of an intoxicated subject, accompanied by a juvenile, inside a business at 211 E. Main St. Wrestler was charged with public intoxication and felony child neglect.