January 15, 2002

Arrests

   * George Anthony Arnold, 34, Salvation Army, Johnson City, was arrested Sunday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Roger Crowe after he and Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry were dispatched to Sycamore Shoals Hospital regarding someone sleeping in the lobby who would not leave. Arnold told officers he had been staying at the Salvation Army in Johnson City and that he had no other place to go. Upon checking, it was determined that Arnold was wanted on a capias from Unicoi County charging him with failure to appear Nov. 29 on charges of DUI, speeding, reckless endangerment, driving on revoked license, running stop signs, running red lights, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, aggravated assault on police officers, felony evading arrest, felony reckless endangerment, evading arrest and resisting arrest. He was transported to Carter County Jail.
   * Kenneth Dwayne Ritchie, 26, 111 J.C. Vines Road, Hampton, was arrested Sunday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chad Grindstaff on a warrant charging him with aggravated assault which occurred in the D Block of Carter County Jail. Inmate Kenneth Price was transported to Sycamore Shoals Emergency Room where he was treated for a broken nose and broken left ankle.
   * Crystal Baines, 18, 714 S. Lynn Ave., was issued citations Friday by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh following investigation of a traffic accident without injuries on West Elk Avenue in front of Wal-Mart. Baines was charged with driving on suspended license, failure to yield with contact, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and violation of financial responsibility law.
   * Mario Graves, 22, 180 E. Grand Ave., Apt. 5, was arrested Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on a warrant out of Burlington, N.C., charging him with violation of probation. The arrest is the result of an investigation into a fight which had just occurred. Graves' probation was violated after he was charged in Burlington with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Graves was being held in Washington County Detention Center without bond pending extradition by North Carolina Department of Corrections.
   * Chelsea C. Fain, 21, 3500 Timberland Road, #45, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence following a Jan. 10 incident at Taps, 2708 N. Roan St.
   * James Lamar Logan, 37, 1214 Evans St., Burlington, N.C., and Chancey Chandler, 19, 711 Durnum St., Lot #27, Burlington, were arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with possession of Schedule II. According to police, officers on foot patrol were checking on an elderly male subject at 209 W. Fairview Ave. When the subject opened the door, officers observed two subjects attempt to conceal something. When officers looked to see what had been concealed, they located a total of eight crack cocaine rocks between the two subjects.
   * Alvaro Fernandez-Rico, 19, 3500 Timberlake Road, #29, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with aggravated burglary, domestic aggravated assault, vehicle theft, evading arrest, resisting arrest, and five counts of assault on an officer. Officers were dispatched to 1710 Nathaniel Drive regarding an assault. The victim told police that Rico broke into her apartment, stole her car keys, car, and assaulted her and that he was in a nearby apartment. When officers attempted to take Rico into custody, he resisted and assaulted five officers.
   * Michael Wetter, 21, of Johnson City was arrested by officers of Washington County Sheriff's Department after he attempted to strike a deputy with a metal pipe. According to Sheriff Fred Phillips, deputies responded to 285 C.D. Williams Road on a domestic situation when Wetter attempted to hit the deputy. Wetter was ordered numerous times by the officer to drop the pipe, however, he kept approaching and the officer fired three to four times from his service weapon, causing Wetter to drop the pipe and flee. Officers had been to the residence several times during the night and early morning on domestic and vandalism calls. Wetter had broken out the window of a truck at the residence but fled prior to officers' arrival. According to a witness at the residence, Wetter said he would make officers shoot him when they returned to the residence the last time. Wetter was later located and charged with especially aggravated assault, domestic violence, felony evading arrest, and two counts each of vandalism and criminal trespassing.
   * Dana Kevin Bowman, 43, 1017 Arney St., was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall after the officer responded to the residence in reference to a stabbing. According to the report, Bowman assaulted his 17-year-old stepdaughter and then stabbed his wife, Melissa Bowman, 39, shortly before the officer arrived. Dana Bowman was charged with domestic assault and aggravated assault under domestic violence.

Fire

   * CCSD Deputy Kenneth Cornett responded Sunday night to a mobile home fire at the residence of Minny Cole, 73, 926 Old Railroad Grade Road, Roan Mountain. According to the report, the residence was fully engulfed when the officer arrived. Cole told Deputy Cornett that the kerosene heater caught fire and the blaze spread to the rest of the residence, which was a total loss.

Theft

   * Rick Fair, 47, 102 Riverview Ave., Watauga, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Kenneth Cornett that several guns had been stolen from his residence, including: two 10/22 Ruger rifles, an SKS, a Smith and Higgins .22 rifle, a Bolin Arms .12-gauge pump shotgun, a Stevens .12-gauge single shot shotgun, a .20-gauge single shot shotgun, and two B-B guns.
   * Pam Shipley, an employee of AdVance Electric, 2233 Miami Drive, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Dean Jones that a worker at Carter County Bank had called and advised that she had cashed a check for $1,400, written on AdVance. Shipley told the officer she went over the checks and found numbers 23382-23498 missing. While the officer was taking the report, Carter County Bank called back and told Shipley that another check had been cashed at a bank near Elizabethton High School.

Vandalism

   * Scott Newcomb, 37, 253 Mt. Harmony Church Road, Lawndale, N.C., reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach that he and four other men had returned from hiking and he had found the window to his 1999 Dodge Ramcharger broken out. Newcomb said he and the others had started hiking Friday on top of Roan Mountain and when they walked out Monday morning they found the truck damaged. A passenger side door window, headliner, inside lights, and console all appeared damaged by a rock found in the truck. Missing was a wallet belonging to Ronald Newcomb, along with his driver's license, identification, ATM cards, $27 cash, and Cleveland County Sheriff's Department identification and badge.
   * CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson was dispatched Friday to Cloudland High School regarding vandalism to construction equipment. Randy Fillers, superintendent for Adams/Little Construction Co., told the officer that sometime after work hours, someone had attempted to gain entry to the construction area. A 5-ton dump truck also was entered by breaking the side window.