January 7, 2002

Arrests

   * Norbert G. Amero, 40, General Delivery, was arrested Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Department and charged with theft over $1,000 and possession of marijuana. The arrest stems from investigation into the victim allowing Amero to use her vehicle for a short while and at a later time, advised her he was not going to return it. At the time of his arrest, marijuana was found on his person.
   * Sullivan County Sheriff's Office deputies responded Saturday to Bristol Medical Center regarding a gunshot wound. According to Detective David Meade, deputies spoke with a 19-year-old white male who reported that he had been shot while jogging on Bristol Caverns Highway. The victim said that as he was jogging north, an oncoming vehicle traveling south passed by him and someone inside the vehicle fired a shot, striking him in the left leg. He was treated and released from the hospital. The investigation is continuing.
   * Diana L. Fagans, 40, 1105 Johnson Ave., Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Department after she was observed fleeing the scene of a burglary at Tri-State Air Cooled Engines, 263 W. Main St. Further investigation revealed that Fagans was involved in auto burglaries on Dec. 30 at Wal-Mart, 2010 Browns Mill Road, and on Dec. 26 at #1 Unaka Court. Fagans also was found to have been involved in the Dec. 30 theft of a vending machine from Discount Tobacco, 1910 Knob Creed Road. Fagans was charged with three counts of burglary, one count of theft over $500 and second-offense driving on revoked license.
   * James Ayers, 31, 2807 S. Roan St., Lot 14, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with theft over $10,000. The arrest stems from an investigation into the recovery of a 2000 Dodge Ram truck and other stolen property from Ayers' residence which had been reported stolen from Mitchell County, N.C.
   * Steven Odell Bennett, 20, 551 Berry Ridge Road, Jonesborough, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following a traffic stop. Bennett was charged with auto theft and two counts of theft over $1,000.

Theft

   * Rusty Ruble, 448 Minton Hollow Road, reported Jan. 1 to Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Laverne Julian that his 1983 Chrysler ski & fish boat and trailer were missing. The boat is described as a 16-foot creme color with orange stripes and a 70 hp Chrysler outboard motor. A JVC-750 AM/FM CD player also was missing along with a stand-up Craftsman tool chest. A 1985 Gold Wing motorcycle owned by Ruble was found turned over in the yard.
   * Gerald Harrell, 652 Laurels Road, reported Dec. 29 to CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman that he was on his property cutting wood when his chainsaw was stolen. Harrell said that on his way to the house he dropped the saw off his truck and into a field. Before he could get back, he saw a subject get out of a green-over-green Dodge truck, cross the fence and get the saw. Harrell said there were two subjects in the truck. The one that got out reportedly wore an orange vest or jacket as though he had been deer hunting.

Burglary

   * Robert Grindstaff, 313 Merry Drive, reported Jan. 1 to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that someone attempted to break in to his camper at 127 Mountain Ridge Lane, and had broken into an outbuilding near the camper. A blue wheelbarrow, collection of Budweiser glasses, and a 14-inch yellow McCullough chainsaw were missing.