January 29, 2002

Shooting


   * Washington County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting death of a 45-year-old white male who was found Monday afternoon lying beside his vehicle at a pull-off on Herb Hodge Road in Watauga. According to Investigator Todd Davis, the man appeared to be the victim of a gunshot wound to the head. "At this time we believe it to be self-inflicted, however, we are still investigating it," Davis said. The name of the victim was not released pending notification of relatives. According to Davis, the victim left a brief note. "He basically wanted to let his family know that it wasn't their fault," Davis said. "It had a signature on it that, right now, we believe is his, but we're going to check it out just to make sure." Davis said passers-by called in and said they saw the subject lying beside his vehicle but didn't know what was wrong with him at the time. He also was seen about an hour earlier just sitting in the vehicle minding his own business," Davis said. The subject was deceased when medical help arrived. The man appeared to have been shot with a Smith & Wesson .38 revolver. The body has been sent for autopsy. Detective Davis and the County Medical Examiner's Office are investigating.
   * CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman responded Saturday to Joshia Trail Road regarding a shooting. When the officer arrived, he found Mitchel Estep, 182 Joshia Trail Road, lying in the road with a wound to his left foot. Estep told the officer he was standing on a log behind his house with a shotgun and was going to shoot at a grouse, when the log rolled and the gun discharged, shooting him in the foot. He was treated by Carter County Rescue Squad and transported to Johnson City Medical Center.

  
Arrests

   * Kelvin Lee Stover, 32, 1270 Bluefield Ave., Apt. A-115, and Crystal G. Brooks, 21, same address, were arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range after he and Deputy Matt Lunceford responded to Broad Street in the Lynn Valley community regarding an assault. According to the report, Michelle Tolley told officers that her boyfriend, Stover, and Brooks had assaulted and robbed her. Tolley said she was in a car with Stover and Brooks when they began demanding money from her. She refused and they became belligerent and began hitting her about the head and face. Tolley had blood all over her face and clothes and it appeared her nose was broken. Tolley said the two forcibly took her wallet and removed $95, then forced her from the vehicle and drove off. Warrants were obtained and Stover and Brooks were arrested a few hours later.
   * Stacey S. Clawson, 27, 175 Jim Elliott Road, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson after the officer was dispatched to a hit-and-run accident on U.S. Highway 321. The victim had followed the fleeing vehicle to Dye Leaf Road in Butler, where he lost it. Sgt. Johnson located the vehicle, stuck in the mud behind a trailer on Dye Leaf. The driver, Clawson, who had his two children -- ages 3 and 7 -- with him, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, DUI and child endangerment.
   * Rickey Eugene Foreman, 33, Route 6, Burnsville, N.C., was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm after the officer was dispatched to 1088 Tiger Creek Road regarding a disorderly male. Foreman, who witnesses said had had an argument with his girlfriend and had to be restrained, had an odor of alcohol about him and told the officer he ran outside because he was drunk and was afraid he would go to jail. He was charged with public intoxication.
   * Garrett Allen Odom, 35, 278 Teaberry Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Timothy Manuel Miller, 37, 2993 Playmore Beech Road, Morganton, N.C., was arrested Friday by CCSD Sgt. Wendell Treadway on a Criminal Court warrant charging him with violation of probation. He was transported from Lenoir, N.C., to Carter County Jail to await a Feb. 8 hearing.
   * Joshua James, 18, 703 Blevins Ave., was arrested Saturday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson on a warrant taken by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason Shaw charging James with assault under domestic violence.
   * David Edward Phillips, 32, 216 Garland Branch Road, Watauga, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Eugene Moreland on a capias charging him with failure to appear on violation of worthless checks and fraud.
   * Derrick Keith Bowers, 24, 194 Roy Bowers Road, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian, who was in the process of serving a warrant at a residence on Spears Avenue when he observed a black Ford stop in the middle of the road about 20 yards below the residence. The car sat in the roadway for about 30 seconds before the officer initiated a traffic stop and found that the driver, Bowers, had had his driver's license revoked for DUI in 1999. He was charged with driving on revoked license.
   * Thomas Wayne Lowe Jr., 24, 274 Austin Springs Road, Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian and charged with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * Anthony Leon Guinn, 20, 118 Spears Ave., was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian after he turned himself in at the sheriff's department. Guinn was charged in warrants with failure to appear in Criminal Court, evading arrest, theft over $500, failure to appear on burglary, arson and evading arrest.
   * Tommy Wayne Slaughter, 48, 115 Mulberry Lane, Johnson City, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm. According to the report, officers from Johnson City Police Bureau pursued a black Chevrolet Lumina into Elizabethton on Highway 67, where the driver abandoned it in front of Grindstaff Chevrolet. The vehicle came back registered to 418 Gap Creek Road. Dispatchers advised they had received information that a white male wearing a gray sweatshirt was seen running through back yards behind Holiday Market. While searching in the area of 418 Gap Creek Road, Deputy Hamm observed a man matching the description run through the back yard and onto the back porch of the residence. The officer yelled for the man to stop, however, he continued on. The officer jumped a fence and chased the man, identified as Slaughter, into the house, where Slaughter sat down in a chair and pretended not to know why the officer was there. He was told that he was under arrest and was instructed to stand and place his hands behind his back. Slaughter refused and was taken to the floor, where he continued to resist and stiffened his arms to prevent being handcuffed. He was told that he would be sprayed with a chemical agent if he did not cooperate and was then cuffed without further resistance. Slaughter was charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest. He faces additional charges from Johnson City Police.
   * Michelle St. Pierre, 25, 409 S. Beech St., Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian and charged with public intoxication.
   * Michael Todd Street, 22, 110 Jim Deal Road, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Michael Normal Hall, 34, 324 W. St., Apt. 3, Roan Mountain, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian following a traffic stop. Hall was charged with second-offense DUI.
   * Shane Everett Williams, 26, 166 Stockyard Road, Telford, was arrested Friday by CCSD Sgt. Keith Range and charged with driving on revoked license and violation of registration.
   * Samuel Joseph Hyder, 48, 105 Loveless Road, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland following a traffic stop. Hyder was charged with fourth-offense driving on revoked license.
   * Carter Campbell, 28, 222 W. I St., was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian after the officer observed a blue Ford Escort traveling south on Highway 91 with one tail light. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the driver accelerated. The officer followed the vehicle about 2 miles at speeds around 70 mph before the vehicle turned onto Oval Brook Road, which came to a dead end. The driver, identified as Campbell, exited the vehicle while it was still rolling and ran into the woods. He was apprehended after a short pursuit and was charged with driving on revoked license and evading arrest.
   * Deborah Ann Scott, 46, Second Ave., Hampton, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm and charged with public intoxication.
   * James E. Warren, 40, 149 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after the officer was dispatched to White's Fresh Foods on Stateline Road regarding a male slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle. When the officer approached the vehicle, the motor was running and the window halfway down. A male subject, identified as Warren, was leaning over the wheel and did not respond to the officer's knock. When the officer opened the door, Warren looked up, but was unable to answer questions. He was charged with DUI.
   * Angela F. Oliver, 27, 188 Rainbow Circle, was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott on a capias charging her with failure to appear on public intoxication, DUI, and child endangerment.
   * Sharon Pogue, 44, 620 New Leigester, Asheville, N.C., was arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott on a warrant charging her with violation of probation.
   * Chad Lewis Royal, 24, of Elizabethton, was arrested Monday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following a traffic stop at State of Franklin Road and Greenwood Drive. He was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging him with burglary and theft over $1,000.
   * Two juveniles were arrested Sunday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau after they responded to a burglar alarm at the Observation and Assessment Center, 200 Quarry Road. When officers arrived, they found that an employee, Kenneth Foxx, 58, had been assaulted by two of the juvenile residents who stole the victim's vehicle and fled the scene. The juveniles were later located and charged with especially aggravated robbery and theft of a vehicle.

  
Indecent exposure

   * EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey was dispatched Saturday to Horton's Sports, 724 W. Elk Ave., regarding a report of indecent exposure. A store clerk advised the officer that a white male came into the store asking about store hours and business cards, then left for about two minutes and returned, saying he was just looking around. He then asked her if the store had a dressing room and she told him it did. The male then began to perform a sexual act on himself and said something to her which she could not understand. The clerk began to scream and started shouting at the man to get out. She said he left the store, running toward Dairy Queen. The man was described as middle-age, wearing black jeans, black shirt and black boots. The officer was unable to locate the subject.
  
Burglary

   * Jason Chad Hammonds, 27, 1080 Smalling Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson that he left for Florida Jan. 25 and returned home Sunday to find his home had been burglarized. Hammonds said he had planned to have central heat and air installed and because he was leaving town, had arranged to leave a key hidden in order for them to come look at the job. Entry was made through the front door, which showed no sign of forced entry or damage. The rear door had not been attempted. Missing were $1,200 cash, a PlayStation 2, RCA VCR, Samsung DVD, 150 music CD's, Craftsman tool box with tools, and approximately $3,500 in Dale Earnhardt memorabilia.
   * Roger Woods, 109 D.O. Johnson Road, Hampton, reported Friday to CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson that someone had broken into a garage at his home and had taken a large amount of tools. The garage was equipped with motion detection lights, however, burglars damaged and removed the meter to the building, rendering them inoperable. The front door of the garage was pried open and about $2,500 in tools removed.
   * Jeff Cruz, 22, 122 Wedgewood Circle, reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey that when he attempted to unlock the door to his father's office he found that the lock would not work. The officer found a tool mark on the door frame. Also, the door to a crawlspace had been forced open. Nothing appeared to have been taken.

  
Fire

   * CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland was dispatched Friday to a structure fire at 983 Simerly Creek Road. Amos William Stevens Jr., 58, told the officer he noticed smoke coming from the water pump house, which was furnished with electricity and a fuse box. The inside of the building was destroyed. The fire, which was extinguished by Hampton and Roan Mountain Volunteer Fire Departments, appeared to be electrical in nature.
   * CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan responded Saturday to a structure fire at 205 Okolona Road. When the officer arrived, West Carter Volunteer Fire Department was already on the scene extinguishing the blaze. The unoccupied double-wide mobile home is owned by Paul Chandler of Unicoi.
   * CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan responded Saturday to a vehicle fire at 124 Butterfly Lane. Travis L. Chesser, 28, 130 Country Garden Road, told the officer he was moving the 1991 Subaru when the engine began revving, indicating the accelerator was stuck. Chesser said the vehicle then caught fire. West Carter Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the blaze. The vehicle appeared to be a loss.

  
Vandalism

   * Peter Slagle, 158 Peter Slagle Road, Watauga, reported Saturday to CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson that sometime prior to Thursday, someone came onto his property and attempted to damage or destroy a TD-12 International dozer, valued at more than $20,000, by starting the equipment and driving it off the side of a high ledge. The dozer blade caught on the base of a tree, however, and the attempt was unsuccessful. The rear end final drive was damaged.