January 2, 2001
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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.
* 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
* 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.