April 17, 2002
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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,