May 10, 2002

Arrests


   * Lisa Estep, 39, 176 Livingston Hollow, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Investigator Johnny Blankenship on a warrant charging her with 16 counts of forgery and four counts of bad checks.
   * Jessica L. Grindstaff, 21, 1501 Siam Road, was issued a summons Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry after the officer responded to Wal-Mart regarding an employee who had taken money from a cash register. Loss prevention personnel said they observed Grindstaff take $320 from her register and that they had the incident on tape. Store personnel said they didn't want Grindstaff arrested, just issued a summons for court. A citation was issued and Grindstaff was escorted from the store by police.
   * Thomas W. Wetzel, 62, 1108 DeJarnette St., was issued a summons Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Mike Merritt after the officer observed Wetzel driving on West Mill Street and conducted a check on Wetzel's license, which came back revoked for DUI. The officer followed Wetzel to Family Dollar Store, where Wetzel told him he did not have a copy of his order for restricted driver's license on his person. He also told the officer he was not working Thursday due to rain. He was issued a summons for driving on revoked license.
   * Teddy Cecil Zeoli, 30, 150 Admiral Ave., was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry after the officer responded to Sycamore Shoals Hospital regarding an intoxicated male patient who had left the Emergency Room. The man, identified as Zeoli, returned and was sitting at the nurse's station when police arrived. He refused to be treated and hospital employees said they wanted him to leave. Zeoli was charged with public intoxication.
  
House fire

   * Members of Carter County Sheriff's Department responded Wednesday to a house fire at 315 Hurley Hollow Road in Stoney Creek. The house was fully engulfed when officers arrived and members of Stoney Creek and Watauga Volunteer Fire Departments were on the scene. The owner, Randy Sims, and his family were not home at the time of the fire. Neighbors told officers the fire appeared to have started on the west side. Sims and his family had just recently made a downpayment on the house, which was a total loss, according to the report. Cause of the fire has not been determined.
  
Help for fire victims, needy

   * Clothing and household items are available for home fire victims and the needy. Donations of household items and furniture also are being accepted. Call Kathy Henson, 725-3366, or contact Eva Moore at Carter County Sheriff's Department, 542-1846.
  
Burglary/theft

   * Lenora Deaton McCracken, 40, 1252 Bluefield Ave., reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins that she went to get a 9mm Russian handgun she had purchased two weeks ago from a friend in Hampton, and found the gun missing.
   * Chad E. Hill, 28, 1704 Unaka Ave., Johnson City, reported Thursday to EPD Sgt. Charles Moreland that he was taking a vehicle from Betsy Motors, where he is employed, for a test drive. Hill said he went by his home and picked up his guitar and went to church, leaving the guitar in the trunk of the vehicle. He returned the car to Betsy Motors, 401 E. Elk Ave., and told the owner he would buy the car. When he got home, he remembered his guitar was in the trunk, and when he returned to work he found that the car had been sold to Bradley's Auto, according to the report. The owner of Betsy Motors was unaware that the guitar was in the vehicle at the time it was sold. Hill then went to Bradley's Auto to retrieve the guitar, however, he was told that the guitar had not been seen.
   * Linda Lou Collins, 55, 159 Bishop Circle, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins that while she was putting groceries into the back of her car at Ingles, she placed her purse in the buggy and laid the wallet on top of it. She went home and later discovered she could not find the wallet. She called the store and was told that no one had turned in a wallet. Collins immediately called her credit card companies and learned that someone already had used two of the three cards at Kmart, Wal-Mart and Citgo. Wal-Mart, however, did not accept the card for payment.
   * Amy Buckles, 30, 102 Suncrest Drive, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that while she was working at Family Dollar Store in Hampton, someone removed $12 in cash, four CD's and an ATM card from her vehicle, which had the doors locked but the driver's side window down about 2 inches. Buckles said she immediately called to cancel the card and was advised that someone already had tried to use it eight times, but was unsuccessful.
   * Dan Perkins, 48, reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan that he had received notification that an alarm had been activated at his business, Dan's Auto Repair, 3026 S. Roan St. Perkins said that when he arrived, he found a window had been broken on the garage door, however, no items were missing.
   * Tim Powell, 40, 204 Carl Smith Road, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach that when he returned home from work he found the television sitting in the living room floor, and the VCR entertainment center and cable box missing. Powell found that the microwave and a CD player from the kitchen counter also were gone. The rear door of the trailer had been pried open.
   * Johnny Blair, 49, 146 Garrison Hollow Road, reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Dean Jones that when he arrived home he found his back door open and $460 in cash and approximately $100 in old coins missing.
   * Michael T. Jones, 29, 1009 Jordan Road, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters that he found his two cameras missing. Jones said his wallet also had been stolen April 26.
   * EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe responded Thursday to a call of a suspicious person at Second Chance Auto on West Elk Avenue. The officer did not see anyone upon his arrival, however, as he got out of the cruiser, he observed a male subject about 6 feet to 6-feet-2 inches tall with dark hair and medium build, weighing around 160 to 185 pounds, running from the west side of the building. Upon investigation, Sgt. Crowe found a screen had been removed from a window on the west side, however entry had not been gained.
  
Auto theft

   * The driver of a vehicle belonging to Joel W. Hodge, 602 Majestic View Court, reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero that she went in to CVS Pharmacy, 100 W. Elk Ave., around 3 p.m. Tuesday and when she came out around 3:25 p.m., she found that the 1992 Daihatsu Charade was gone. The victim said she left the vehicle unlocked with the keys inside.