March 29, 2002
* Lisa May Varney, 20, 180 Claude Matherly Road,
Butler, was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Investigator Audrey Covington after the sheriff's department
received information that Varney had a warrant for her arrest
from Ashe County, N.C., for statutory rape/sex offense. Ashe
County authorities advised the warrant was active and they
would extradite. Varney was located at her grandmother's residence
in Roan Mountain where she was taken into custody and charged
with being a fugitive from justice.
* Jonathan Lance Suit, 24, 360 Sneed Hill Road,
was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation.
* Brenda Lee Coleman, 36, 133 Brimer Road, was
arrested Thursday by CCSD Investigator Audrey Covington after
Adult Services requested assistance regarding an elderly female
who allegedly was being abused by her daughter. Sgt. Randy
Bowers and Investigator Covington went with Adult Services
to 133 Brimer Road, where they spoke with an elderly female
who had bruises on her face and neck. Officers then spoke
with Coleman, who admitted she struck her mother, causing
the bruises. She was taken into custody and charged with assault
under domestic violence.
* Derrick Lynn Gouge, 31, 1388 Bristol Hwy.,
was arrested Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Capt.
Rusty Verran after the officer was dispatched to Crossroads
regarding an individual there who was wanted for violation
of probation and failure to serve jail time for DUI. Gouge
was taken into custody and transported to Carter County Jail.
* Susan K. Hinson, 29, 1108 Hwy. 321, Hampton,
was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh after the
officer was notified by a First Judicial District Drug Task
Force agent that he was behind a vehicle on West Elk Avenue
in which Hinson was a passenger and that she had an outstanding
warrant for her arrest. The vehicle was stopped by Ptl. Joey
Proffit and Hinson was taken into custody by Ptl. McIntosh
and charged with violation of probation.
* Travis Bryant Fraser, 20, 109 Oscar Banks Road,
Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey
following a traffic stop. Fraser was charged with DUI and
submitted to an Intoximeter test resulting in a blood alcohol
content of .14 percent.
* Michael D. Shoun, 21, 1115 Johnson Ave., Johnson
City, was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following
a traffic stop for improper backing. While the officer was
explaining to Shoun why he had stopped him, he noticed what
appeared to be a "one hitter" pipe commonly used to smoke
marijuana hanging from a keychain in the ignition. Shoun told
the officer it was a mushroom sculpture. The officer asked
to look at it and Shoun took it from the keychain and gave
it to the officer. Ptl. Ramsey detected marijuana residue
in the pipe and advised Shoun he suspected there might be
illegal narcotics inside the vehicle and requested permission
to search, to which Shoun agreed. Ptl. Joey Proffit and K-9
Sgt. Chase were called to the scene and Sgt. Chase alerted
on the driver's seat and a purse in the floorboard. Further
investigation revealed two additional pipes containing residue,
a set of postage scales, a small glass bottle, a heavy wire
with residue on one end, and a prescription bottle of Percocet.
Upon questioning about the medication, Shoun admitted taking
three 325 mg pills and said he also had taken Loritab earlier.
He was charged with DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia
and was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for blood
and urine tests. Upon searching Shoun's wallet incident to
arrest, the officer also found a gram of marijuana and a pack
of rolling papers. He additionally was charged with possession
of Schedule VI.
* Melinda Joy Roll, 31, 613 Clark Drive, Elwood,
Ga., was arrested Wednesday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey after
officers were dispatched to 701 Oak Drive regarding a female
subject causing a disturbance. Officers located Roll, who
appeared intoxicated, and as Sgt. Bailey spoke with her, she
began walking toward one of the apartments, yelling at the
tenants inside. She was advised by Ptl. Tonya Scott to stop,
but she did not. She was advised she was under arrest for
public intoxication at which time she began to resist officers
and had to be taken to the ground and handcuffed. The apartment
manager advised Roll had been told several times not to be
on the property. She additionally was charged with resisting
arrest and criminal trespassing.