May 8, 2002
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.