March 22, 2002

Arrests

   * John Steven Jenkins II, 28, 275 Fortions Drive, Limestone, was arrested Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Audrey Covington after he confessed to leaving illegal substances for an inmate. According to the report, Jenkins left property for a female inmate at Carter County Jail. The property was taken upstairs to the jail control room and searched. In the lining of a towel left by Jenkins for the inmate were three marijuana cigarettes sewn into the seam. On Wednesday, Jenkins returned to the sheriff's department to leave money for the same female inmate. Jenkins was read his Miranda rights and questioned about the illegal substances and was charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility.
   * Clarence Mac Oaks, 26, 149 Mill Pond Road, was issued a summons Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Brian Fraley following an automobile accident on Wednesday. EPD Ptl. Jason McCall was dispatched to 612 Florence St., Wednesday morning regarding a vehicle which had struck the home of Billy Ray Hamilton. Hamilton told the officer he was asleep in the house when he heard a collision around 6:20 a.m. Looking out a window, he saw that a car had struck his house. Hamilton went out to check on the passengers but the maroon 1988 Ford Thunderbird was empty. According to the report, the vehicle apparently had been traveling south on Johnson Avenue when it left the roadway at the intersection, struck a street sign, then traveled through Hamilton's yard, struck a railroad tie, and came to rest against the house. Shortly after arriving on the scene, the officer was advised that Oaks had contacted 911 to report his 1988 Ford Thunderbird stolen. Oaks arrived at the scene on foot from his mother's home on Sugar Hollow Road. In the initial report given to Ptl. McCall, Oaks told the officer he had been playing pool the previous night and had gone to his cousin's house at 225 Beasley St., around 5:30 a.m. Oaks said he was inside watching a movie when he heard his car start and saw it traveling on Cedar Avenue. Oaks said he chased after the car on foot but lost sight of it as it headed downtown. Oaks said he then ran to his mother's residence on Sugar Hollow and called 911. On Wednesday, Oaks contacted Sgt. Fraley and Ptl. McCall and provided a written statement about the stolen vehicle and crash. Oaks told officers he was the driver of the vehicle and had crashed it after failing to negotiate a right turn onto Florence Street from Johnson Avenue. After the crash, Oaks ran from the scene and reported the vehicle stolen. He was charged with filing a false report and leaving the scene of an accident.
   * Christopher J. Britt, 29, 4501 Tillery Road, Knoxville, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Lt. Harvey Guess on a capias charging him with failure to appear on theft of rental property.
   * Steven S. Bateman, 152 Webb Hollow Loop, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan after she and other officers responded to the home regarding a fight in progress. According to a witness, Bateman and a male friend had been involved in a physical altercation inside the residence and were still arguing. Bateman was located in a rear bedroom and escorted to the living room for safety and investigative purposes. Once in the living room, Bateman turned and confronted the officer in a threatening manner, according to the report. Bateman, who appeared intoxicated, was warned to stay inside the residence, however, he went outside and began calling for his dogs. To avoid further disturbance, he was charged with public intoxication and transported to Carter County Jail.

Theft

   * Jimmy Hugh, 324 Main St., Roan Mountain, reported Wednesday to CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe that someone had kicked in his front door, damaging it and the frame, and had taken $220 cash.
   * Alice Largent, 87, 114 E. Mill St., reported Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that $80 had been taken from a hiding place inside her home while she was taking a nap.

Property damage

   * Myra B. Hutchinson of Century 21 Whitehead Realty, 411 Bemberg Road, reported Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable that sometime over the weekend, someone struck a 4-foot wall in the parking lot with a vehicle. A transfer of what appeared to be maroon paint was found on the wall.