January 11, 2002

Arrests

   * Michael Glenn Puckett, 38, 358 Smith Branch, Roan Mountain, was arrested Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Todd Hamm after the officer responded to U.S. Highway 19E and Shell Creek Road regarding a man slumped over the wheel of a van. When Deputy Hamm and Lt. Mike Fraley arrived, they found Puckett apparently passed out behind the wheel. A motorist who had stopped to render aid gave Deputy Hamm the keys to the van, telling the officer that he had found Puckett as he was. Officers observed an open 12-ounce can of beer between Puckett's legs. After being awakened by officers, Puckett was given several field sobriety tasks which he performed poorly and was charged with eighth-offense DUI, violation of open container and violation of implied consent.
   * Adam Matthew Stidfole, 25, 1808 Mary St., Johnson City, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson on a warrant charging him with assault under domestic violence.
   * Jeremy Daniel Stevens, 22, 106 Rufus Taylor Road, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Investigator Audrey Covington following investigation into the sexual assault of a 14-year-old female. Stevens was charged with statutory rape and also served a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Anderson M. Walker, 20, 290 Chambers Drive, was arrested Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Matt Bailey after the officer was dispatched to Rite Aid, 507 W. Elk Ave., regarding a report of two females and a male purchasing items with a check that had been reported stolen. While the officer was en route to Rite Aid, he was advised that the subjects also had gone to White's, 701 W. Elk Ave., and had purchased items there with a stolen check. The officer was given a description of the subjects and vehicle involved and was advised that they were headed toward West Elk Citgo. A male and female were located at the Citgo inside the vehicle. Another vehicle was observed exiting the Citgo. All three matched the description given by complainants at Rite Aid and White's. While EPD Ptl. Richard Haney was speaking with one of the female juveniles, he observed her drop a driver's license and Citgo card into the seat of the vehicle. The license was issued to Crystal Stewart, 19, 1923 Powder Branch Road, who had reported her purse stolen from Dairy Queen parking lot the previous evening. The Citgo card also was issued to Stewart and a checkbook and purse belonging to her were found inside the vehicle. Walker was charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. One of the juveniles was issued a summons for theft and forgery. The other was charged with theft, forgery and possession of Schedule VI.
   * Michael W. Tolley, 19, 608 Locust St., was issued a citation Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt after the vehicle he was driving was observed traveling 53 mph in a 35 mph zone. He was issued citations for violation of financial responsibility law and speeding.
   * Jerry R. Oaks, 19, 920 S. Second St., was issued a citation Monday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey for theft under $500 following a shoplifting incident at Wal-Mart.
   * Elizabeth M. Paul, 29, 607 Blevins Ave., was issued a citation Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt after the vehicle she was driving was observed traveling 53 mph in a 35 mph zone. Paul was cited for violation of financial responsibility law and speeding.
   * Brenda G. Byrum, 35, 140 Woodland Heights, was issued a citation Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt after the vehicle she was driving was observed traveling 53 mph in a 35 mph zone. Byrum was cited for violation of financial responsibility law and speeding.
   * A 17-year-old male was charged Wednesday by Bluff City Police after officers responded to an assault call at 359 Mill St. Bluff City Police Chief Ken Potter said officers found a 15-year-old with a wound to his ear received after the 17-year-old discharged a pellet gun through a skateboard that the victim was holding in front of him. Potter said the projectile went through the board, striking the victim in the earlobe and exiting. The victim was taken to Bristol Regional Medical Center and a juvenile petition filed against the 17-year-old charging him with aggravated assault.
   * Michael Brandon Mottern, 22, 113 Big Sandy Road, Telford, and Charles Marion Hedrick, 21, 1307 N. Barton St., Johnson City, were arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with one count of auto burglary each.
   * Paris Frazier, 31, 508 Franklin St., Johnson City, and 1401 Cherrycrest Drive, Durham, N.C.; and Chiquita L. Abner, 46, 802 Lamont St., Apt. 2, Johnson City, have been arrested by agents of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force following a two-month investigation involving DTF agents, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Johnson City Police Department. The two were arrested after they delivered and sold $500 worth of crack cocaine to a DTF agent. Frazier was charged with sale of Schedule II and conspiracy to distribute Schedule II. Abner was charged with four counts sale of Schedule II and conspiracy to distribute Schedule II.
   * Mary Depew, 37, 2376 Lakewood Drive, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with theft over $1,000 following investigation into a Nov. 7 theft at a local business.

Theft

   * Billy Ward of Charter Communication reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Matthew Lunceford that sometime Tuesday night someone stole a cable amplifier/LE from a service box located at Milligan Lane in Sterling Hills.

Gas spill

   * Pauline Young, 27, 206 Linden St., Cornith, Miss., was traveling from Boone, N.C., on U.S. Highway 321 Tuesday when she struck a rock in the roadway which unknowingly put a hole in her gas tank. Young then stopped at Maupin's Exxon on West Elk Avenue and put gasoline in the vehicle, according to EPD Capt. Bill Fraley. The gas leaked out, causing a large spill. Elizabethton Fire Department was notified and a chemical was put on the gasoline to absorb it. Young's vehicle was towed.

Reward offered

   * A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible for the death of Thomas Joe Williamson, who was found dead in September at Rocky Top Campground in Blountville, according to Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, which held a press conference Thursday to announce that LPR Construction, the company for which Williamson worked, was offering the reward. LPR is the company contracted to do steel construction for the expanding Williamette paper facility in Kingsport. Anyone with information is asked to contact: Detective Lt. Steve Williams, 279-6045 or 335-6896; Capt. Johnny Murray, 279-6040 or 279-7506; or Lt. Nick Cody, 224-1740, all of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office.