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.