May 20, 2002


   * Timothy William Gallagher, 40, 29-1/2 Crescent St., Johnson City, was arrested Sunday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into the rape of a juvenile. The juvenile was treated at Johnson City Medical Center and released. Gallagher is charged with statutory rape and was being held in Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $15,000 bond.


   * Gordon Welch, 21, 208 Old Lacy Hollow Rd., reported Friday to Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range that someone had broken into his residence and had taken a .7mm Ruger Mark 2 rifle. The rifle is described as stainless with black synthetic stock, bolt-action with built-in kick pad and variable scope. Entry to the residence was gained by prying open the back door.
   * Marcella S. Nidiffer, 60, 602 S. Lynn Ave., reported Thursday to Elizabethton Police Department Capt. Clyde Croy that someone kicked in the basement door of the residence. The door casings and the lock were broken in the process. Medication was the only item found missing at the time of the report. Nidiffer later reported to EPD Records Clerk, Teresa Treadway, that two baskets of state quarters had been taken from the bedroom.


   * A fiberglass canoe described as rusty-red in color was taken Thursday from Beck Mountain Baptist Church where it was set up as a Bible school display. The owner of the canoe had loaned it to the church for the display.


   * Betty Kirby, 67, 240 Swimming Pool Rd., reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that someone had thrown a rock through a bedroom window and the rock had come to rest on the headboard of her bed. Further investigation into the matter is pending.


   * EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh was dispatched Thursday to Roadrunner, 725 W. G St., regarding a dumpster fire. Elizabethton Fire Department responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze. The store clerk told Ptl. McIntosh she was taking boxes to the dumpster when she found it fully engulfed. She said she was unaware how the blaze started.

Armed robbery

   * Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded Sunday to 2105 E. Lakeview Dr. in reference to a reported armed robbery. An employee reported that two men wearing black ski masks entered his place of business and demanded medications. The employee said one of the suspects brandished a handgun during the incident, which was still under investigation at the time of the report.