April 10, 2002


   * Jeremy Shelton, 19, 1343 Buck Mountain Road, was arrested Saturday By Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Eric Buck following a traffic accident at Old Highway 19E and Morgan Branch. According to the report, Shelton's vehicle was traveling southbound when the driver attempted to turn onto Morgan Branch. The vehicle apparently was traveling too fast, causing it to run into a ditch and overturn onto the driver's side, where it came to rest. After locating the vehicle's owner, Shelton, he confirmed the officer's account of the accident. Shelton was issued a summons for leaving the scene of an accident. He also was arrested on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Janette R. Robbins, 24, 263 Edgewater Road, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach on a capias charging her with failure to appear on public intoxication. Robbins was arrested after she exited the house and was stopped by the river, about 20 feet from the door.
   * Michael W. Perry, 28, 148 Edgewater Drive, was served a warrant Sunday by CCSD Deputy Dave Ryan charging Perry with theft under $500 after he allegedly left Advance Auto without paying for an ignition switch. Perry was arrested a couple hours later by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Shannon Peters after he returned to the store. At the time of his arrest, he was found to have 11 Xanax and a Loritab in his possession. He did not have a prescription for the medication.
   * Ginger Ann Booth, 30, 2907 Plymouth Road, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike McIntosh after the officer observed a female sitting in the middle of the roadway on Neth Drive around 12:20 a.m. She was taken into custody and charged with public intoxication and criminal impersonation. She also was served a capias for failure to appear with fines and costs on charges of public intoxication, evading arrest and criminal impersonation. Two prescriptions made out to a male subject by a physician at Erwin Family Medical Practice were found in Booth's purse. She told the officer she did not know the person for whom the prescriptions were written. They were taken into evidence for further investigation.
   * Robert Norris, 36, 131 Jack Bradley Road, was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt after the officer responded to Wal-Mart regarding a shoplifting call. Norris was issued a summons for shoplifting and also was found to have active warrants in Carter County for possession of Schedule II for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He was arrested on those charges.
   * Theodore Joseph Searfoss, 29, 157 Scafford Branch Road, and Reggan Jason Sexton, 29, 401 Peach Tree Lane, were arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall and Sgt. Brian Fraley after the officers responded to Lynnwood Apartments regarding a report of an accident. Officers found that no accident had taken place, however, witnesses said they observed a 1987 red Nissan 200SX traveling at a high rate of speed in the parking lot of G and H buildings, where several small children were playing. Officers located the occupants from the vehicles at apartment H4. The resident of the apartment told officers the two men, identified as Searfoss and Sexton, knocked on her door and when she went to answer it, they came inside in a hurried manner. The resident said she did not know either man and was placed in fear by their actions. A pat-down search of Searfoss by Ptl. McCall revealed two hypodermic needles in his left front pocket. He was charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated criminal trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia. Sexton was charged by Sgt. Fraley with aggravated criminal trespassing. A search of the vehicle they were driving produced seven hypodermic needles, a spoon and metal coat hanger. The items were seized as drug paraphernalia.
   * Jason Allen Casey, 21, 136 M. Coffey Lane, Jonesborough, was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh following a traffic stop. He was charged with DUI and simple possession after a small bag of what appeared to be marijuana was found in his pants pocket during a search incident to arrest.

   * Tammy R. Ward, owner of the Snow Shak, 2410 W. Elk Ave., reported Saturday to EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable that someone attempted to break into the building sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Ward said when she went to open the business, she found the deadbolt lock had been tampered with. In a separate incident, Ward reported that a neon "Open" sign had been stolen.

   * CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy was dispatched Saturday to an apartment fire on Carl Smith Road. According to the report, the officer observed heavy smoke coming from the lower apartments and starting to flame out on both stories. One of the renters, Greg Church, reported that when he arrived home, he saw smoke coming from Apartment 1, which was empty. Upon entering the apartment, he saw sparks coming from the fuse box. Bennie Lyons, a Stoney Creek firefighter, said he saw heavy smoke outside the apartment near the fuse box area, and it quickly spread. Robert Campbell, owner of the four-apartment complex, said he had been working on the apartment earlier and everything appeared OK. The fire appeared to be electrical in nature, however, the case was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Division. Hampton, Stoney Creek and Watauga Volunteer Fire Departments responded.