May 8, 2002

Arrests


   * Curtis Shane Oaks, 24, 345 Stout Hollow Road, Hampton, was arrested Monday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brad Johnson on an attachment from Juvenile Court.
   * Gregory Allen Bailey, 41, 1618 Park St., was arrested Sunday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Shannon Peters after the officer observed a vehicle at Food City doing "donuts" in the parking lot. Bailey was charged with driving on revoked license and reckless driving.
   * Delores Ann Lawson, 60, 1248 Bluefield Ave., was issued a summons Monday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran after the officer responded to Food City regarding a shoplifting call. According to the report, Lawson attempted to leave the store without paying for four pairs of socks. She was cited for shoplifting.
   * Anthony L. Grindstaff, 22, Lynnridge Apartments, was issued a citation Monday by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh after the officer responded to Wal-Mart regarding a person attempting to take a black fluorescent light and a paint and rust stripping pad. Grindstaff was cited for shoplifting.
  
Blasting caps


   * Kathy Pierce, 190 Melody Lane, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Eric Buck that Birchfield Construction had hauled several loads of fill dirt to her residence and that she had found several dynamite caps in the dirt. Also found was a cap that had not been detonated. The dirt was hauled from the construction area of Highway 91. Pierce said she had tried to contact the company, which was supposed to level out the dirt, but had been unable to make contact.
  
Assault


   * Jay Payne, 39, 1990 King Springs Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Criminal Investigation Division, that he was at the residence May 1 when an argument broke out between his mother and an acquaintance. Payne said he stepped between them to stop the argument and was struck in the face with a 2-by-4. He was transported to Johnson City Medical Center, from which he was released Sunday.

Theft

   * Gilmer Marcus, 76, 2633 Old Lewis Road, reported Monday to CCSD Chief Deputy James Parrish that someone entered the storage building behind his house and removed a Ryobi 700R 2-cycle gas trimmer and a Poulan 3400 counter-vibe chainsaw.
   * Sandra Johnson, 26, 154 Old Buffalo Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that someone stole a cloth folding double chair with cup holders from in front of her apartment.
   * Lenoir Fletcher, 29, 112 Gunsmoke Hollow, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that her 2000 Pontiac Sunfire had been stolen Sunday night. Fletcher said she left the vehicle parked in the front yard and said she might have left the keys in the trunk while unloading groceries. She found the vehicle missing around noon the next day. During a follow-up call to CCSD, Fletcher said she learned that her brother, Terry Scott Hodge, had the vehicle and had been arrested in Johnson City for DUI. Deputy Hamm confirmed that Hodge had been arrested and had the vehicle at the time of his arrest. Fletcher said she did not give Hodge permission to drive the vehicle. A warrant was issued charging Hodge with theft over $10,000.
   * Jimmy Todd Scott of Scotty's Auto Sales, 420 Railroad St., reported Monday to CCSD Sgt. Charles Moreland that a 1996 Mazda was taken from the lot some time after 6 p.m. Sunday.
  
Escapee captured

   * An inmate serving an 18-year term at Turney Center Industrial Prison and Farm for second-degree murder was released in error Monday and later recaptured. According to Tennessee Department of Correction, Donald L. White, 20, eluded authorities after being transported to a bus depot in Nashville. The error of White's release was discovered before he was dropped off, however, White ran from a TDOC transport vehicle and was recaptured shortly before 10 p.m., Central time. If charged and convicted of escape, he could face an additional one to six years. White currently is being housed in Middle Tennessee Correctional Complex in Nashville. The Department of Correction's Internal Affairs team is investigating the incident at Turney Center which resulted in White's release.
  
Fire

   * CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson responded Monday to 1264 Poga Road regarding a structure fire. The blaze had been extinguished by the time the officer arrived and had consumed only the siding on the top front of the residence. According to the report, the owner was home at the time of the fire but was unaware of it. A neighbor, Joyce Greene, discovered the fire and her husband extinguished it with a garden hose. The source of the fire was found to be electrical.
  
Death

   * Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Brooke Mullins responded around 11:24 a.m. Tuesday to 703 Parkway Blvd., the home of David and Judy Blevins, regarding a call of a possible suicide. When Ptl. Mullins arrived, she observed a male subject, identified as Dennis Ray, 249 Hidden Timbers Drive, walking through the side yard. Ray told the officer that he had come to the residence to do some electrical contracting work and had found David Blevins lying on a couch in a back room, called 911, then went outside to await police. Ptl. Mullins entered the house and found Blevins lying on a couch in the den. Blevins appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. A Smith & Wesson handgun, a 44-caliber wadcutter round and a spent shell casing were recovered from the scene. Capt. Mike Peters and Detective Greg Workman from EPD's Criminal Investigation Division are conducting the investigation.