February 10, 2002


* Two Johnson County residents have been arrested by members of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force and Johnson County Sheriff's Department on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine. According to DTF Director Kenneth Phillips, Douglas Slagle, 35, 834 Chestnut Dr., Mountain City, and Sherry Rowland, 37, same address, each were charged with one count of manufacturing Schedule II narcotics. Both were being held in Johnson County Jail under $50,000 bond with preliminary hearings set for March 6, in Johnson County General Sessions Court. The arrests came after members of DTF and the sheriff's department executed a search warrant at the residence. Cleanup was done by HEPACO. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Mountain City Police and Fire Departments also assisted in the investigation.
* Troy Ray Hughes, 26, 257 Heaton Creek Rd., Roan Mountain, was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Todd Hamm after the officer responded to Sycamore Shoals Emergency Room regarding an assault. The victim told the officer that she was assaulted by her ex-fiance at his residence in Roan Mountain after taking their 8-month-old daughter to the residence to allow him to visit with her. The victim said Hughes had been drinking and she did not want to leave the baby alone with him, so she stayed also. After the visit, the victim drove her daughter home and Hughes rode along. The victim dropped her daughter off with relatives and drove Hughes back home, where an argument ensued regarding his drinking around the child. The victim said Hughes began pushing her and then grabbed her, at which time she struck him to defend herself. Hughes then shoved her into a chair on which she struck her head and blacked out for several minutes. She awoke with him standing over her, and reportedly was unable to stand for several minutes. Upon leaving the residence, she returned home and was driven to Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. The victim had a large bruise on her left hand, believed to be a defensive wound, and a visible red mark on the back of her head. Hughes was charged in a warrant with assault under domestic violence and was later arrested.
* Jose Nicholes Alvarado, 23, 1891 Hwy. 91, was arrested Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jack Ramsey after the officer was dispatched to Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room regarding a disorderly subject. Upon arrival, the officer observed a Hispanic male subject being forcibly restrained in a treatment room by three females. The officer assisted the women and the man became compliant. Alvarado was verbally abusive to the officer, emergency room personnel and friends who had accompanied him to the hospital. According to the attending physician, Alvarado was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics but was in no medical danger and was due to be released shortly. After being warned to stop behaving in a disorderly fashion and told of the possible consequences if he continued to do so, Alvarado told the officer that he would control himself. Less than five minutes later, however, he was overheard cursing his girlfriend in a loud manner. He was charged with public intoxication and transported to Carter County Jail.
* Ruth Odom, 28, and Joseph S. Atkinson, 24, both of 4011 E. Englewood Blvd., were arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with three counts of felony child neglect and abuse following investigation into the neglect of three juveniles.
* Antony Shawn Smith, 23, 1215 Windsor Ave., Apt. 3, was arrested Wednesday by officers of Bristol Tennessee Police Department and charged with aggravated robbery following investigation of a Jan. 13 robbery at Day's Inn, located on Volunteer Parkway. According to police, a white male walked into Days Inn and robbed the clerk, showing a handgun under his coat. The suspect left on foot with a small amount of money. Smith was arraigned Thursday and his bond set at $100,000.
* Shemelle Cousin, 21, 300 S. Roan St. Johnson City, was arrested Friday Feb. 8 for operating a vehicle without a license. CCSD Deputy Albert Meehan arrested Cousin after he stopped him driving a miniature go-kart on Price St. The vehicle was not licensed and Cousin's driver's license had been suspended. Cousin had been arrested in Johnson City for similar charges. Cousin is due to appear in court Friday Feb. 15.
* Jeremy Burleson, 20, 121 Hyder St., was arrested Saturday Feb. 9 for criminal impersonation. CCSD Officer Albert Meehan made the arrest after he followed Burleson from the Hampton Road Runner Market. Burleson headed south on 19E and turned on to Gap Creek. He pulled into the driveway of a darkened home. Officer Meehan arrested Burleson after he gave him another individual's driver's license.
* Christy Pearson, 22, 162 Brimer Rd. Hampton, was arrested for Capias FTA on Friday Feb. 8. CCSD Officer Dean Jones made the arrest with out incident. A $500 bond was set and Pearson is scheduled to appear in court on Monday Feb. 11.
* Angela Potter, 23 162 Brimer Rd. Hampton, was arrested for Capias FTA on DOR. Officer Dean Jones made the arrest with out incident. A $500 bond was set and Potter is scheduled to appear in court on Monday Feb. 11.


* CCSD Officer Dean Jones responded Saturday Feb. 9 to the home of Arlene Sanchez-Vinas, 871 Sycamore Shoals Dr. Sanchez-Vinas told the officer that tools were missing from her garage. Deep sea fishing poles, Dewalt screwdriver gun, Dewalt saw, Dewalt drill gun, and an angle grinder were reported as missing.

Illegal Dumping

* John Hardin, facility member at Unaka High School, reported to the CCSD that a pile of 35 tires had been dumped on the school's property next to a classroom. The tires were dumped between Friday Feb. 1 and Monday Feb. 4.


* CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan responded Thursday to a physical domestic disturbance at 170 Greendale Rd., Johnson City. The victim, Laura Grindstaff, told the officer that her spouse, David T. Grindstaff, arrived home and became agitated after discovering he had missed the evening meal, and accused the victim of doing it on purpose. Mrs. Grindstaff, concerned with exposing their 6-year-old child to the situation, prompted the discussion to continue in the bathroom. Mrs. Grindstaff said she told her husband she wanted him to leave, but he advised her that she would be the one leaving, then grabbed her by the shoulders, threw her into the bathtub and stormed out of the room. She went into the bedroom to comfort their daughter, at which time her 14-year-old brother confronted David Grindstaff in the hallway. Grindstaff reportedly threatened to harm the juvenile, then went into the bedroom where Mrs. Grindstaff was and another confrontation ensued, with David Grindstaff shoving items off the bedroom dresser and ripping the phone cord from the wall. He left the residence prior to the officer's arrival. The victim, daughter and victim's brother were transported to a safe place.

Gun scare

* Members of Carter County Sheriff's Department responded Friday to Cloudland High School regarding a report that a male student had taken a gun to school. According to Sheriff John Henson, a couple of guns were stolen a few weeks ago and it was believed that a student at the high school had taken the guns and had them in a vehicle at the school. Upon investigation, no gun was found. "It was just a misunderstanding of information given to one of the constables in the county," Sheriff Henson said, "but it did cause a scare to a lot of people." Henson said regardless of how big or how small, the sheriff's department checks out all rumors of that nature. "I'm proud to say that there wasn't a gun. I would like to thank all people involved -- constables, teachers, students and the principal at Cloudland High School for their cooperation in this matter and getting it cleared up real quick. I would also like to thank my officers for a job well done," he said.


* Sullivan County Sheriff Wayne Anderson will be announcing his candidacy for a second term as sheriff at 7 p.m. Monday at the Fraternal Order of Police meeting to be held at Ryan's Steakhouse on Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. The public is invited to attend.