April 17, 2002

Arrests

   * Rachel Kay Wellman, 31, 150 Wellman Road, was arrested Monday by agents of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force and Constable Bobby Canter on an indictment from Carter County Criminal Court charging her with three counts of selling a counterfeit substance. Wellman allegedly sold methamphetamine to an undercover operative on three separate occasions. The substance was tested and found to be counterfeit.
   * Patricia Moffitt, 25, 823 Cambridge Ave., and Daniel S. Cornett, 25, 1809 Field Road, were arrested Monday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Richard Haney after the officer responded to Kentucky Fried Chicken, 207 Broad St., regarding a male and female harassing employees and customers. Moffitt was observed sitting in a vehicle parked at the rear of the store, with a can of beer in her hand. The officer checked for warrants and found that Moffitt had an active warrant for violation of probation. The officer told her to get out of the car, that she was under arrest, and she refused, bringing her feet into her chest as though to kick the officer. Ptl. Haney used a chemical agent to subdue Moffitt and take her into custody. Cornett, who came out of KFC, was observed to have an odor of alcohol about him and was charged with public intoxication. Upon searching Cornett, the officer found two pills in his possession, identified as Clonazepam. He additionally was charged with casual possession. KFC employees advised the officer that Cornett came into the store asking for free food for him and Moffitt. When employees refused, he began asking customers.
   * Charlie Walter Mitchell, 26, 180 Aviation Drive, was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry and charged with violation of probation.
   * Beverly A. Bunting, 33, 108-1 W. Chilhowie, Johnson City, was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Michael Merritt following a traffic stop. She was charged with speeding, second-offense driving on revoked license, and violation of financial responsibility law.

Burglary/vandalism

   * Jared Pierce, 20, 160 Rosewood Circle, reported Monday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that someone had broken into his 1995 Honda Civic during the night, breaking the driver's side window and taking the stereo and amplifier, along with his wallet.
   * Bill Peters, 61, 270 Old Watauga Road, reported Monday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that sometime after 11 p.m. Sunday, someone tried to break into his truck. No damage was done to the vehicle, however, the perpetrator did several donuts in the front yard, damaging the grass.
   * Dan Burkner, 241 Smalling Road, reported Monday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that he heard a vehicle in his driveway between 3:30 and 4 a.m., and went out to check, but didn't find anything. Later in the morning, however, he found the passenger side window broken out of his 1995 Nissan and the glove box open, however nothing was missing. It appeared the perpetrator had been scared off, according to the report.
   * Jerry Gilmer, 136 Maple Tree Lane, Watauga, reported Monday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that when he woke up, he found the driver's side window broken out of his 1982 Ford pickup. Pry marks were found on the side of the window track. Nothing appeared missing, however, items were thrown about the vehicle.
   * William Arnett, 46, 395 Dalewood Drive, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Rebecka Bowers that someone had taken his brown Waste Management trash can from the end of the driveway. On Sunday night, he said, someone had hit his mailbox, crushing the post.

Fire

   * Clarence Lewis, 2341 Dave Buck Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that he parked his 1989 Honda Accord and went into his residence. A few minutes later, he said, he heard a noise like a gun going off, followed by the sound of sirens. Going outside, Lewis found his vehicle on fire. A member of Central Volunteer Fire Department used a water hose to help control the fire until fire units arrived and extinguished the blaze. Two vehicles parked near the Honda suffered heat damage. The fire appeared to have started in the engine area of the car.

Accident

   * CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman responded around 4:30 a.m. Sunday to Old Bristol Highway regarding a 1995 Volkswagen lying on its top in the roadway. No one was inside the vehicle or nearby. Following investigation, it was determined that three juveniles had taken the vehicle without permission and that a 15-year-old male was driving the car at the time of the accident. Cause of the accident was attributed to speed and inexperience on the part of the driver. The owner of the vehicle was in the hospital when the incident occurred.

New hours

   * The Records Division of Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in Blountville is now open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to Sheriff Wayne Anderson. The new hours enable the Sheriff's Office to better assist citizens with accident/offense reports and background checks, according to the sheriff.

Bank robbed

   * First Bank of Bristol, 1410 Volunteer Pkwy., Bristol, was robbed around 10:05 a.m. Monday by a lone white male, according to R. Joe Clark, special agent in charge of the Knoxville Division of the FBI. The robber entered the bank and displayed a handgun, taking an undetermined amount of money before fleeing in a blue Toyota Supra, which was recovered later in Rooster Front Park in Bristol. The robber is described as a white male, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with blond hair. He was wearing a black bandana over his face. Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or anyone seen leaving the vehicle in Rooster Park is asked to contact the Johnson City Resident Agency of the FBI, (423) 282-8090, or Bristol Police Department, (423) 989-5600.