March 21, 2002


   * The wife of Elk Mills Fire Chief Eddie Clawson is recovering from injuries received in a wreck Monday in Mountain City. Patricia Clawson, 42, received severe head injuries in the accident and is in critical condition at Johnson City Medical Center, where she is recuperating from two brain surgeries. According to Mountain City Police, Clawson, 159 Clawson Road, Butler, was making a left-hand turn from U.S. Highway 421 onto Main Street when she pulled into the path of Jerry L. Hyder, 1140 Crowder Road, Mountain City. Clawson's 1999 Chevrolet Suburban was struck in the right front quarter panel by Hyder, who was driving a 1995 Ford E35 owned by Nor-Well Inc., of Elizabethton. Mrs. Clawson had to be extricated from the vehicle. Charges are pending, according to police.

   * Robert Gene Mathes, 33, Race St., Apt. 4, was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chad Grindstaff and charged with being a fugitive from justice. Mathes was wanted on a warrant out of Avery County, N.C., for failure to appear on felony larceny.
   * Loretta M. Elliott, 35, 105 Church St., was arrested Tuesday by Constable Sgt. Bobby Canter on a warrant charging her with assault under domestic violence and theft of property.
   * William P. Presley, 36, 1628 Central Ave., was arrested Tuesday by Constable Sgt. Bobby Canter on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Shane Everett Williams, 26, 166 Stockyard Road, Telford, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Tracey M. McKay, 22, and Mickey E. Trivett, 19, both of 179 Old Stuart Hill Road, Jonesborough, were arrested Monday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau on charges of theft. The arrest was made following investigation into checks reported stolen by both McKay and Trivett. The investigation revealed the pair actually passed about $6,000 worth of checks, then reported them stolen, in an attempt to defraud businesses. Both subjects were charged with theft over $1,000.

   * Hope Ritchie, 25, 104 Hyder St., Hampton, reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach that a Hispanic male came to her apartment and was beating on her door. She refused to let him in. When she went outside around 5:45 a.m., she found the tags missing from three vehicles.

   * Carol J. Brace, 43, 207 Ridgecrest Drive, reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters that a Discover Platinum credit card account was opened in her name without her consent. Brace said she called the company and found it had been activated Feb. 2.
Lost & found

   * Gary Whitehead, 36, 237 Tollet Town Road, Hampton, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Johnny Miller that he lost two tool boxes, one with electrical and plumbing equipment and one with a Craftsman cordless drill and light set, along with a compound miter saw. Whitehead said he believes the items fell from his vehicle when he pulled out from Robinson Lane onto Highway 91. Whitehead said he discovered them missing when he returned home and went back to the location but was unable to find them.
   * Carolyn Renee Oliver, 31, 465 Watauga Road, Watauga, reported Thursday to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason Shaw that she found a green and black sports bag March 7 at Elizabethton High School. The bag -- which contained a volley ball, Nike shoes, cash, a yellow sweatshirt, gray socks and sports watch -- was placed into found property at the police station.