January 20, 2002

Arrests

   * Eric Lee Miller, 20, 139 Leach Road, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Dean Jones following a traffic stop. Miller was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent.

Fatality

   * Officers from Sullivan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched Thursday to 106 Smith St., Kingsport, regarding a structure fire. Fire personnel discovered flames coming out of the front portion of the home, near the door. Two firefighters attempted entry and sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Holston Valley Hospital for treatment. Upon investigation, the body of a male subject, identified as Paul V. Carter, 62, was found inside the residence. His body was sent to Quillen-Dishner College of Medicine for autopsy. A faulty extension cord is believed to have caused the fire.

Financial responsibility

   * A 16-year-old female was issued a citation Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike Sproviero for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility following a traffic stop at the intersection of East Mill and Poplar streets.
   * Calvin Smith, 37, 263 Rocky Branch Road, was issued a citation Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero following a traffic accident on West Elk Avenue. Smith was cited for failure to provide proof of financial responsibility.

Peele motion denied

   * An inmate at Northeast Correctional Complex who pleaded guilty in 1982 to the first-degree murder of a Hampton church deacon has been denied a jury trial by the state Court of Criminal Appeals. In a Jan. 16 decision, the court upheld a decision by Carter County Criminal Court which denied a motion by Clifford Peele to withdraw his guilty plea. Peele was not sentenced until 1990, after several years of testifying against co-defendants. He filed a motion to withdraw the plea before his sentencing hearing was held, then filed another motion following sentencing.