* Michael E. Townsend, 28,
427 W. G St., Apt. 12, was arrested Saturday by Constable
Bob Carroll following a traffic stop on West F St. Elizabethton
Police were called to assist and upon arrival, found a 14-year-old
female behind the wheel of the vehicle. Officers detected
an odor of alcohol about the girl and gave her several field
sobriety tasks to perform. According to Elizabethton Police
Department Capt. Rusty Verran, the girl told police she had
consumed two beers. She was issued a summons charging her
with underage consumption and was released to the custody
of her grandmother. Townsend was charged with contributing
to the delinquency of a minor.
* Alan Jack Simerly, 21, Broad Street, was arrested
Monday by EPD Sgt. Brian Fraley after the officer and Ptl.
Jerry Bradley were dispatched to Winn-Dixie on U.S. Highway
19E regarding a shoplifter. According to the report, Simerly
ran from the store without paying for merchandise and was
located on the southeast end of the parking lot, hiding in
a train coal car parked near the Snap-on plant. Simerly was
charged by Elizabethton Police with evading arrest. He was
found to be in possession of an assortment of electric toothbrushes
valued at more than $101. An assistant manager from Winn-Dixie
took a criminal summons for Simerly charging him with theft.
* William P. Presley, 36, 1628 Central Ave.,
was arrested Monday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Eric Buck on Rittertown Road in Hampton and charged
with failure to appear on second-offense DUI, fourth-offense
driving on revoked license, evading arrest, violation of implied
consent, a second count of failure to appear, and two counts
violation of probation.
* Daniel Henry, 24, 123 Skyline Road, Jonesborough,
was arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau
following investigation into a forged prescription passed
at a local pharmacy. Henry was charged with obtaining narcotics
* Clemente Herrera Jr., 33, 2307 Westwood St.,
Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by officers of Johnson
City Police Bureau after a computer check by a local merchant
showed him to be a fugitive from Boxar County, Texas. Herrera
was charged with being a fugitive from justice.
* Robert Honeycutt, 54, of Johnson City was arrested
Saturday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau after officers
responded to a hit-and-run on Hamilton Street. Witnesses observed
a brown vehicle strike a parked car and a tree before leaving
the scene. Shortly afterward, a vehicle matching the description
was located on Lamons Lane just off Market Street, with the
driver sitting in the parking lot of Pizza Inn. Officers made
contact with Honeycutt and placed him under arrest, charging
him with sixth-offense DUI and seventh-offense driving on
* Carter County Highway Department
Superintendent Jack Perkins reported Monday to CCSD Deputy
Todd Hamm that someone had tampered with several county-owned
trucks parked in the department's lot over the weekend. According
to the report, several keys had been removed from buses at
the county school bus garage and had been left in the sleeper
compartment of one of the trucks. Nothing was found missing
from the vehicles at the time of the report.
* EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins
and Animal Rescue Director Colleen Stout responded Monday
to 506 E. Cottage Ave., to remove an injured and neglected
dog from the residence. According to the report, the resident
and owner of the dog said it had been hit by a car last week
but that she was not going to take it to a veterinarian. She
was left a 24-hour notice on Saturday by Animal Rescue, stating
that the dog needed medical attention, fresh water and food,
however, the dog still had not been treated on Monday. The
dog's owner was extremely belligerent and refused to provide
any information about the dog's health and age, or any information
about herself, according to the report. The dog was removed
by Animal Rescue and will receive treatment for injuries before
being made available for adoption.
* Willard D. Wilson, 32, 437
Race St., reported Monday to EPD Ptl. Jesus Pena that more
than $2,000 in tools had been stolen from his storage building.
* Kenneth Lyons, 64, 601 W. C St., reported Monday
to EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley that several checks had been stolen
from the middle of his checkbook and, as a result, more than
$1,000 had been withdrawn from his checking account.
* Regina Cole, 35, 301 E. Cottage Ave., reported
Monday to EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins that her medication and
several pieces of jewelry were missing from the residence.
No signs of forced entry were found.
* A Johnson City man died Saturday evening from
injuries received in an accident at West Main and Belmont
streets. J.D. Dawson, 71, 710 Lamont St., Apt. 5, was pronounced
dead at Johnson City Medical Center from severe head and chest
trauma sustained in the 4:10 p.m. accident. According to Lt.
Larry Williams of Johnson City Police Bureau, the Dawson vehicle
was traveling in the left lane and a second vehicle, driven
by Lawrence Shotland, 50, 12 University Place, was traveling
in the right lane. The accident occurred when Shotland attempted
to make a left turn onto Belmont and turned into the path
of Dawson's vehicle. Shotland, who is new to the area, was
unaware that he was on a one-way street. There was no evidence
of speeding, according to police. Dawson was not wearing a
seatbelt and contacted the steering wheel and windshield after
impact. Shotland was transported to the medical center for
treatment and was cited for improper left turn. A hearing
was set for March 12 in Municipal Court. The investigation
by the Bureau's Traffic Homicide Team is ongoing and results
will be presented to the district attorney's office to determine
whether further charges will be placed.