March 10-11, 2002

Arrests

   * Robert Walker Vandyke, 65, 816 Hickory St., was arrested Friday by Elizabethton Police Department Detective Anthony Buck following investigation in a child sexual abuse case which began Aug. 2, 2001. Results of the investigation were presented March 4 to the Carter County Grand Jury, resulting in Vandyke's indictment on three counts of sexual battery, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and three counts of rape of a child. His bond was set at $100,000.
   * William A. Kiser, 47, 206 Cripple Creek Road, Watauga, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt following a traffic stop on Gap Creek Road. As the officer approached the vehicle he detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside, according to the report. Upon search of the vehicle, Ptl. Jack Ramsey found a small plastic bag containing a single blue pill later identified as Diazepam, a Schedule IV substance. A plastic bag containing what was believed to be marijuana was found in the console along with a pack of rolling papers. A pair of hemostats with residue on the clamping end was found in the rear passenger compartment. Kiser was charged with speeding, violation of financial responsibility, possession of Schedule VI, possession of Schedule IV, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * Michael Lynn Peterson, 18, 1901 Sunflower Lane, Watauga, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jason Shaw on a warrant charging him with burglary, theft and vandalism. The arrest resulted from investigation into the Sept. 27 burglary of a vehicle at Winn-Dixie during which a toolbox and several hand tools were taken.
   * Lonnie Pierce, 28, 111 Emerald Point, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott after the officer was dispatched to Crossroads. Pierce was charged with violation of probation.
   * Timothy Carlton Phillips, 43, 108 Stratton Place, Kingsport, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt following a traffic stop on Gap Creek Road. Phillips was charged with speeding, second-offense driving on revoked license and violation of financial responsibility law.
   * Walter Kenneth Smith, 31, 401 McArthur, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott after the officer was dispatched to Crossroads. Smith was charged with violation of probation on an outstanding warrant from Washington County.
   * Roy Daniel Nidiffer, 25, 109 Ensor Nidiffer Road, was arrested Thursday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey after the officer was dispatched to Crossroads. Nidiffer was charged with violation of probation.
   * David Thomas Galvin Maynard, 23, 146 Borderview Ave., was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson following a traffic stop. During a search of Maynard's vehicle, a cigarette pack containing a bud of a substance believed to be marijuana was found. Maynard was charged with possession of Schedule VI.
   * Gary Lynn Dugger, 45, 131 Jim Morrell Loop, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm after he and Sgt. Patrick Johnson responded to the residence regarding a domestic call. The victim, Sandra Dugger, told officers that her husband had thrown an ash tray and a ceramic angel figurine weighing 2-3 pounds at her because she refused to get him another beer. The figurine stuck in her left arm. Mrs. Dugger said her husband then chased her into the bathroom and slammed her head into the sink several times. She was treated at the scene by Carter county Rescue Squad. Gary Dugger was located inside the residence and was charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence. He also was charged with violating an order of protection.
   * Henry Clay Poole, 30, 199 Rye Branch Road, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson after the officer went to the residence to serve a search warrant for the First Judicial District Drug Task Force. Poole left via the rear of the residence and ran up a mountain where he was apprehended after a brief pursuit. Poole was wanted on several outstanding warrants from Carter and Johnson counties. He was charged with evading arrest and violation of probation, and was served a Criminal Court capias charging him with two counts of failure to appear, and a General Sessions Court capias charging him with two counts of failure to appear. Constable Bobby Canter assisted in the arrest and served the existing warrants.
   * John A. Humphrey, 35, 501 E. Watauga Ave.; Charles R. Whitson, 42, 2822 W. Walnut St. #3; and Marion Shawn Laughrun, 36, 144 Five Oaks Drive, Jonesborough, were arrested Friday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with aggravated robbery. The arrest is the result of investigation into the robbery of Roadrunner Market, 2607 S. Roan St., around 11:35 p.m. Friday.


Fire death


   * Norman Lee Jones, 59, 1012 John Exum Parkway, Johnson City, was found dead Friday inside his apartment after members of Johnson City Fire and Police Bureau responded to a fire at the residence. Members of the Police Bureau and Fire Marshal's Office are conducting an investigation into the blaze. The body has been transported to Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy.