February 7, 2002

Arrests

Ê * Eric Samuel Stout, 18, 402 Ridgecrest Drive, was arrested Saturday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Roger Crowe after the officer spotted a vehicle at 4 a.m., sitting at The Detail Shop on Hattie Avenue. The officer circled the block and pulled beside the vehicle. According to the report, Sgt. Crowe observed Stout sitting behind the wheel, with the motor running, talking on a cell phone. The officer asked Stout what he was doing there at that hour of the morning and detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The officer asked for Stout's driver's license and registration and then called for the shift captain to come and videotape the field sobriety test. Because Stout was wearing a short-sleeve shirt, Ptl. Kevin Cable got Stout's jacket out of the vehicle for him, at which time he found a pint of Southern Comfort, which was three-quarters empty. Stout told the officer he had not consumed any alcohol. He was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tasks, which he did not perform to the officer's satisfaction, and was charged with DUI and drinking under age. Upon searching Stout at Carter County Jail, a false driver's license was found in his belongings. When asked why he had a false ID, Stout told the officer he used it to buy alcohol for his friends. He additionally was charged with possession of false identification. He was given an Intoximeter test, resulting in a blood alcohol content of .16 percent.
   * Troy D. Pickering, 30, 125 Old Stage Road, Gray, was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley after the officer was dispatched to 210 E. K St., regarding an unwanted guest. David Taylor told the officer that his brother was in the house and he wanted him removed. Pickering, who smelled of alcohol, was found in the residence along with Crystal Brooks, 21, 1270 Bluefield Ave. Brooks told the officer that Pickering had struck her several times in the face. The officer observed several lacerations inside her mouth. Pickering was charged with assault under domestic violence.
   * Gary Lynn Dugger, 45, 131 Jim Morrell Loop, was arrested Saturday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Joseph R. Whitehead, 33, 2451 Hwy. 91, was served a warrant Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. L.C. Tester, charging him with violation of probation.
   * Earl Wade Puckett, 62, Watauga Valley Trailer Park, Lot 22, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Janice Mitchell on a capias charging him with failure to appear on public intoxication.
   * Thomas James Fox, 38, 157 Big Springs Road, was arrested Tuesday by Constable Bobby Canter on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Roy A. Perry Jr., 20, 1012 Bristol Hwy., was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland after he and Chief Deputy James Parrish responded to assist Capt. Tom Harrald at the scene of a fight in progress at 1012 Bristol Hwy. When the officer arrived, Capt. Harrald already had broken up the fight. While officers were trying to get everyone at the scene calmed down, Perry came out of the residence, acting belligerent and aggressive toward another person at the scene. Perry was advised three times to go back inside the residence, however, he refused and became aggressive toward officers. He was forcibly taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.
   * Wesley Eddins, 36, 550 Oak Grove Road, Gray, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with aggravated burglary after he entered a home Sunday at 1600 Indian Ridge Road and assaulted the resident.
   * Michelle D. Jordan, 32, 249 Gray Station Road, Gray, was arrested Tuesday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with six counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud after she attempted to obtain a prescription from Hillcrest Drugs, 700 W. Market St. Investigation revealed that Jordan had obtained narcotics fraudulently at five other pharmacies throughout Johnson City.

Theft

   * Vito Gulbinas, 1010 Rocky Ridge, Johnson City, reported Saturday to CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman that he came home around 5:15 a.m. and parked his vehicle in the garage. Around 1 p.m., he found that someone had cut the screen and had come in through a window. Gulbinas said the intruder had found his money bag, and had taken $2,500 cash and a .9mm Ruger from his vehicle.
   * Terry Montgomery, 48, 212 Clay Little Road, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Mary Miller that he had parked his 1986 Chevrolet Silverado truck near a cemetery on Gordon Church Road behind his mother's house on Saturday. On Tuesday, he found the truck missing.
   * Dianna Favreau, 104 Osborne Private Drive, Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Sgt. Keith Range that sometime during the first week of January, someone took her food stamp card out of her mailbox. Since then, the card reportedly had been used twice at different locations.
   * Gail Carroll, 115 Paul Blevins Road, Roan Mountain, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Matt Lunceford that over the weekend she found two rifles missing from her residence, including a .22-caliber semiautomatic and a .22-caliber bolt-action.
   * Chris Townsend, 26, 125 Anderson Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Sgt. Lee Birchfield that sometime between Saturday and Monday someone stole a Pioneer stereo and speakers from his 1986 Toyota truck while it was parked at his stepfather's house. Entry was gained by breaking out the wing glass on the driver's door.

Illegal dumping

* Richard Lewis, 55, 119 Lewis Cole Loop, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland that someone had illegally dumped what appeared to be a truckload of old tires in a creek on his property at 156 Lewis Cole Loop.

Vandalism

* Charles Putnam, 35, 510 Hughes Gap Road, Roan Mountain, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Matt Lunceford that sometime during the night, while his 1987 Chevrolet S-10 was parked at 148 Old Rock Quarry Road, someone cut all four tires.

Abandoned vehicle

* CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson was completing a door check Monday at Pro Plumbing in Roan Mountain when he observed a vehicle traveling north on U.S. Highway 19E at 80 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but it turned into a parking lot of Volunteer Flooring, continuing past the business and into a parking area between two apartment buildings. When the officer pulled in behind the vehicle, the operator and passenger took off running, evading the officer. The vehicle was towed and a hold placed on it.