March 19, 2002

Arrests

   * Billy Wayne Fletcher, 402 Lawson Road, Woodruff, S.C., was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Matt Lunceford at Anderson County Detention Center in Anderson, S.C. Fletcher was charged with theft over $1,000.
   * Travis Wayne Hill, 21, 270 Whitehead Hollow Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson and charged with violation of probation.
   * Nathaniel James Gibson, 20, 199 Swimming Pool Road, Hampton, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm after he and Deputy Al Meehan conducted a traffic stop and found a pipe, believed to contain marijuana, behind the driver's seat. Gibson was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * Eddie Dean Schaffer, 42, 1102 Central Ave., was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Donald White. During a frisk search of Schaffer as he was being booked in to Carter County Jail, he was found to have 10 mg Valium in his sock. He was charged with possession of Schedule IV.
   * Carlos Lopez Hernandez, 19, 130 Emerald Point, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy David Ryan after deputies were dispatched to Old Lacy Hollow Road regarding a traffic accident with injury. Deputy Ryan went to Sycamore Shoals Hospital where Hernandez was transported and spoke with him. When asked his name, Hernandez first said it was Ricki Lopez, then Carlos Hernandez, then Juan Lopez. Deputy Al Meehan was called to the Emergency Room to speak to Hernandez in Spanish and found out his real name was Juan Carlos Lopez Hernandez. He was charged with criminal impersonation, DUI and no driver's license.
   * Randy Keith Oaks, 34, 104 Nave St., Hampton; Crystal Renee Poore, 21, same address; and Michael Lynn Grindstaff, 35, 167 Log Cabin Road, were arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland after the officer, who was on routine patrol, responded to what sounded like a woman's scream coming from behind a residence on Swimming Pool Road. All three were charged with public intoxication.
   * Diana Favreau, 104 Osborne Private Drive, Apt. 5, Johnson City, and Richard Brent Taylor, 54, 138 Estep Hollow Road, were arrested Saturday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a vehicle stop. Favreau told the officer she had consumed eight beers and various medications. Favreau was charged with third-offense DUI, driving on revoked license and failure to yield the right of way. Taylor, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with public intoxication.
   * Charles Adonga Gardner, 23, 1252 Bluefield Ave., and Amy Melissa Hopson, 27, 422 S. Broadway, Johnson City, were arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott following a traffic stop. Gardner was charged with driving on suspended license. He also was served an outstanding warrant for evading arrest. Hopson was arrested on an outstanding warrant charging her with failure to appear on theft under $500.
   * Barbara A. Stout, 40, and Charles K. Stout, 42, 209 Sawdust Trail, Roan Mountain, were arrested Friday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a traffic stop on Gap Creek Road. Barbara Stout was charged with DUI, which was amended to aggravated DUI after a breath sample showed her blood alcohol content to be .21 percent, or twice the legal limit for intoxication. Charles Stout was charged with public intoxication and DUI by consent.
   * Richard Allen Stout, 24, 405 RDH, was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a traffic stop. Stout was charged with driving on suspended license and speeding.
   * Eddie Dean Shaffer, 42, 1102 Central Ave., was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Richard Haney after the officer was called to Winn-Dixie on Hudson Drive regarding a suspicious person harassing customers. Shaffer was charged with public intoxication.

Summons

   * Wilhelmina Linberg, 33, Route 8, was issued a summons Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a traffic stop. She was cited for speeding and driving on suspended license.

Theft

   * Israel Hughes, 235 Cove Creek Road, Roan Mountain, reported Wednesday to Carter County Sheriff's Department that he and his wife were at Calvary Baptist Church, 241 Cove Creek Road, working in her classroom after church. The couple heard a car door shut and a vehicle start. Hughes said he did not think anyone else was at the church and went to investigate, finding his wife's 1999 Ford Explorer missing.

Break-in

   * EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey was dispatched around 1:40 p.m. Saturday to Happy Valley High School regarding a burglary which had occurred overnight. According to the report, the school custodian advised Principal Mike Rader that someone had broken into the school. Rader told the officer that the perpetrator entered school offices through the bookkeeper's office by breaking out the door glass. Rader said two new Dell computer systems and a Hewlitt Packard fax machine were taken along with "School Messenger" software. The officer determined entry to the school was made through a cafeteria window which had been knocked out. A computer cord was found nearby. An entry door located between the cafeteria and classroom 105 also was found open.
   * CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian responded Wednesday to Milligan Mini Storage on Milligan Lane and found that five storage units had been entered. According to the report, it appeared that the door locks had been forced open and the doors off their tracks by using a jack. Several tools, a compound bow with accessories, and $500 in cash were taken from two of the units. Nothing was noticed missing from the other three units at the time of the report.
   * Richard W. Slagle, 1788 W. Elk Ave., reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that several weeks ago he was away from his business on West Elk Avenue and when he returned he found several pieces of glass in the roadway and several items missing, including a 42-inch Sears riding mower, a five-point star and a 48-star American flag. He was unsure when the theft occurred.
   * Daniel Cornett, 1809 Field Road, reported Saturday to EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey that he and his roommate left their residence around 3:30 p.m. and returned around 10:45 p.m. When they arrived, they found one of the window sections on the door of their apartment had been broken and the apartment entered. Drawers were found opened and clothing removed from Cornett's closet. Missing were a five-day supply of prescription Methadone and a gray steel lockbox.

Harassment/Threats

   * Andrea N. Stout, 22, 404 Ridgecrest Drive, reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero that she had received three more harassing phone calls from a man identifying himself as being from a check center collection agency. Stout reported to Ptl. Sproviero on March 12 that she had been contacted by a Mr. Davis from National Check Control, telling her she owed them $137 from a returned check written to Roadrunner market in 1999 and that she must send the money immediately by Western Union or go to jail. Stout told the officer on Friday that she received another call to her home on Wednesday, one Friday morning, and another on her cell phone. The officer listened to the phone messages and heard the caller appear to use scare tactics to get Stout to wire the money to New Jersey. The caller said that if she did not wire the money, both state and federal warrants would be issued for her arrest. According to the report, the caller refuses to send certified copies of the check through the mail. Stout said she has looked on the Internet and has called the Better Business Bureau and neither have a listing for the National Check Center. Stout said Roadrunner market also advised that the store where she allegedly wrote the check does not exist and that Telecheck takes care of their bad checks.

Gun found

   * Betty Curde, 406 4th Ave., Watauga, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Jim Whaley that she went to burn some leaves at the rear of her property and found a handgun in the leaves.

Fire

   * Sgt. Tim Lowe responded Sunday to a fire on Ellison Road. Neighbors advised the house, which was engulfed in flames when the officer arrived, was unoccupied and had no electric power to it. The investigation is continuing. A mobile home located at 110 Ellison Road sustained heat damage during the blaze.

Vehicles recovered

   * CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson was on routine patrol Saturday in Roan Mountain when he noticed a 1983 Chevrolet reported stolen the previous day in Johnson County. After running the tag number, it was determined that the vehicle was the one stolen. It was towed by Fish Springs Wrecker Service.
   * CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson responded Saturday to Teaberry Road in Roan Mountain regarding a vehicle off the embankment with no driver present and the tags removed. The officer identified the vehicle as being owned by Harry W. Jarrett, 250 Jess Jarrett Road, Roan Mountain. The officer previously had worked an accident involving the same vehicle. The 1979 Ford F14 was towed by Freeman's Wrecker Service and a hold placed on it.