January 2, 2001

Arrests

   * Joseph A. Yon, 24, 412 Lee Ave., was arrested Dec. 27 for driving under the influence of alcohol. EPD Officer Jason McCall arrested Yon after he failed a series of field sobriety tests.
   * Kimberly Ann Rash, 37, 109 Carl Kelley Road, Johnson City, was charged with felony reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, and violation of implied consent by the Johnson City Police Department on Dec. 28. Charges stem from an accident at 100 E. Main St., Johnson City. Rash was being held at the Washington County Detention Center under $7,200 bond.
   * Mario A. Graves, 22, 180 E. Grande Ave., Apt. #5, Johnson City, was arrested by the Johnson City Police Department following a traffic stop on Dec. 29. A records check revealed that Graves, a passenger in the vehicle, was a fugitive from justice out of Alamance County, N.C., in reference to a violation of probation. He is currently being held in the Washington County Detention Center to await extradition to North Carolina.
   * Harlan L. Wells, 32, 1507 E. Holston Ave., Johnson City, was arrested around 2:25 a.m. Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on a warrant charging him with aggravated burglary and domestic assault following an alleged incident Dec. 24.
   * Tabitha Kay Rogers, 19, 3117 West Walnut St., Johnson City, was charged with shoplifting at Wal-Mart, 791 W. Elk Ave., on Dec. 27. According to the police report, Rogers took two rings and a pack of pictures from the store. Rogers handed the pictures to a 7-year-old girl and allowed her to walk out the door with them.
   * Rose Marie Plank, 27 Knob Creek Dock Road, was issued a summons for shoplifting two hats from Wal-Mart, 791 W. Elk Ave., on Dec. 27. Officer Kevin Cable of the Elizabethton Police Department issued the criminal summons that charged Plank with theft under $500. Plank had previously been banned from Wal-Mart. Henry A. Anna, 115 Palms Lane, was with Plank when she was detained. Anna was arrested for outstanding fines in Washington County.
  
Aggravated robbery

   * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded Monday to 112 W. Maple St., Johnson City, regarding an armed robbery. Officers were advised that a black male, approximately 25 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with dark complexion, robbed two individuals of an undisclosed amount of cash after brandishing a weapon. The suspect fled on foot prior to the arrival of police. Anyone with information is asked to contact Johnson City Criminal Investigation Division, 434-6166, or Crimestoppers, 434-6158.
  
Break-in
   * Cpt. Clyde Croy, EPD, was dispatched to the residence of Margaret Bernice Richmond, 932-G Pine Ridge Circle, in reference to a break-in. Richmond stated that someone had entered her house, unplugged and moved her stereo and speakers. There were no signs of forced entry and nothing was missing. At the time of the report there were no known witnesses or suspects.
  
Vandalism
   * On Dec. 27, Danny Avery, 203 E. Doe Ave., reported to Sgt. Brian Fraley, EPD, that his car and other property had been vandalized on Dec. 26. Chocolate had been poured on the driver's seat of his 1987 Pontiac Fiero while it was parked in his driveway. A protective car covering on another vehicle was cut.
  
Traffic fatality
   * One person was killed and two others injured Dec. 29 in a two-car accident on Boones Creek at Keefauver Road, Johnson City. Killed in the accident was David Collier, 2100 Bradley St., Bristol, Va., according to Capt. Buddy Franks of the Johnson City Police Department. Driver of a 1985 Toyota Corolla, Collier was east bound at an apparent high rate of speed when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by Elizabeth Stephens, 34, 434 Old Stage Road, Jonesborough. Stephens and a passenger, Gary Phillips, 47, 2309 Sara St., Johnson City, were transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No criminal charges were placed.
   * A Kingsport man was killed New Year's Day following a one-vehicle crash in front of Ketron Middle School on Bloomingdale Road. Officers of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched around 7:15 a.m. to a disturbance at Perfect Stop Market at the intersection of Bloomingdale Road and New Beason Well Road where a white male subject reportedly was attempting to force a female subject into a car. When officers arrived, the male, identified as Brent Neal Byington, 27, 1013 Packinghouse Road, Kingsport, had left the scene. Julie Johnson, 25, 1139 Ward Place, Kingsport, told officers that her former boyfriend, Byington, had called her to come pick him up around 3:30 a.m. He continued calling several more times, until around 4 a.m., when Johnson went to his residence. The two talked for awhile and Byington began to threaten Johnson with bodily harm and also threatened to vandalize her vehicle. Johnson agreed to let Byington in the car and they rode around for awhile, still arguing, according to Sullivan County Sgt. Darrel C. Hunt. Johnson said Byington was intoxicated and while they were approaching the intersection of John B. Dennis Bypass and Bloomingdale Road, Byington pulled the emergency brake while the vehicle was moving. Johnson turned on to Bloomingdale Road where Byington jerked the steering wheel, causing the car to leave the road and run into a yard. Johnson got the car out of the yard and continued on, with Byington again jerking the wheel, with the vehicle leaving the road and traveling into a parking lot. Johnson fled to Perfect Stop Market and had a clerk call 911. Byington took the keys from her vehicle and refused to give them back. He started the car, grabbed Johnson and tried to force her into the car, according to the report. Johnson went back into the market and Byington drove off before officers arrived. He wrecked a short time later and was pronounced dead at the scene.