May 22, 2002
* David Daniel Sliger, 18, 209 E. 10th Ave.,
Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's
Department Deputy Laverne Julian after the officer responded
to a one-vehicle accident at the intersection of Rockhouse
and Anderson roads. The officer found that a 2000 Landrover
operated by Sliger had left the roadway, ran over a stop sign,
traveled through a yard at 362 Rockhouse Rd., and then drove
through the full-size downstairs garage of the home, coming
to rest on its side. The Landrover also took out part of the
wall foundation and the downstairs door, breaking a support
beam inside the garage and destroying the hot water heater.
Speed was believed to be a factor in the accident. The Landrover
was totaled. Sliger was charged with reckless driving and
failure to maintain control of a vehicle.
* Crystal D. Hughes, 25, 271 Cove Creek Rd.,
was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson after the
officer was dispatched to Highway 143 regarding a vehicle
striking a guard rail and running on two flat tires. The black
1994 Mazda LX was located on Hwy. 143 about 1/4 mile from
the intersection of U.S. Highway 19E. Hughes was behind the
wheel and the vehicle's motor was still running. Hughes was
given a field sorbriety test, which she performed poorly.
She told the officer she had taken medication. There were
two children, ages 4 and 2, present inside the vehicle. Hughes
was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for a blood-alcohol
test and was charged with DUI and two counts of child endangerment.
Gary Wayne Hughes, a passenger in the vehicle who also told
the officer he was taking medication, was charged with public
intoxication after he was unable to perform a field sobriety
* Ronnie Alan McQueen, 31, 120 Hazelwood Hollow
Rd., Hampton, was arrested Monday by CCSD Lt. Mike Fraley
after the officer responded to the residence regarding a domestic
dispute. McQueen and his wife both said no physical altercation
occurred, however, Mrs. McQueen said her vehicle had been
vandalized. Lt. Fraley observed damage to the hood and driver's
side quarter panel which indicated a stick had been used.
Sgt. Patrick Johnson located a broom-type wooden handle which
matched up to damages on the vehicle. A neighbor told officers
that Ronnie McQueen had done the damages prior to the officers'
arrival. McQueen was charged with vandalism under domestic
* Randy Dewayne Barnett, 41, 139 Mine Creek Rd.,
Bakersfield, N.C., was arrested Monday by CCD Deputy Jesse
Booher and charged with violation of probation.
* Michael R. Vance, 31, 1156 Huffine Rd., Johnson
City, was arrested Monday by officers of Johnson City Police
Bureau and charged with aggravated burglary following investigation
into a domestic assault. Vance allegedly broke into his girlfriend's
residence May 12 and took $100 cash.
Hit and run
* Officers of Johnson City Police Bureau responded
around 1 a.m. Friday to the vicinity of South Roan Street
and University Parkway. According to the report, a pedestrian
was struck by a vehicle, which fled the scene. The pedestrian's
injuries were serious but not life-threatening. The vehicle
is believed to have some front-end damage. Anyone with information
is asked to contact Johnson City Traffic Division, 434-2459.
The investigation is continuing.
* Kenny Palmer, 102 Broad St., Asheville, N.C.,
reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Jim Whaley that someone entered
his 1988 Chevrolet van while it was parked at River Ridge
Campground. Entry was gained by removing the right side sliding
door lock. Damage and estimated value of the items taken totaled
approximately $5,600. The missing items included a yellow
waterproof Minolta camera, numerous fishing rods and reels
(a Larson LP1 fly reel, two Able fly reels, an Orvis 56 reel,
a Diamondback 7-1/2 foot fly rod, a Lumis 8-1/2 foot rod,
two Sage 480SP two-piece fly rods), fishing bags, cell phone,
a black zip-up case with 30 compact discs, a green Cordura
double rod case, two aluminum rod cases, four boxes containing
about 500 flies, and several items of clothing.
* Gina Carol Holder, 28, 506 W. F St., reported
Monday to EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley that she was in her apartment
when she heard her vehicle running. She looked outside and
the vehicle was gone. The black 1991 Honda CRX was parked
in front of the apartment at the time of the theft. The keys
had been left inside the vehicle with the doors unlocked.
The Honda has a broken parking light on the left side.
* CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson, while checking businesses
in the Roan Mountain area around 3 a.m. Tuesday, found the
glass front door of Appalachian Food Mart, U.S. Highway 19E,
broken and the cash register missing, along with 41 cartons
of Marlboro reds. The case was turned over to Lt. Jamie Jenkins
of the Criminal Investigation Division. The burglary occurred
around 11:22 p.m., according to the store's surveillance camera.
* Members of Johnson City Police Bureau responded
around 9:45 p.m. Monday to Appco Market, 815 W. Walnut St.,
Johnson City, in reference to an armed robbery. According
to the store clerk, a white male entered the store brandishing
a handgun and demanded all the money. The suspect was described
as approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, 150 pounds, and was
last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a zipper.
Anyone having information about the robber is urged to contact
the Criminal Investigations Division, 434-6166; or to remain
anonymous, call Crimestoppers, 434-6158.
* Margo Freshwater, 53, also known as Sue Ann
Morrison and Sue Ann Schiareth, was arrested Sunday at her
residence in Columbus, Ohio, after spending 32 years running
from the law. Convicted in Tennessee in 1969 of first-degree
murder and perpetration of a robbery, Freshwater was sentenced
to 99 years in prison. She would have been eligible for parole
in 1998. When returned to Tennessee, she will not be eligible
for release until 2029. Freshwater was found through a joint
effort involving Tennessee Department of Correction's Internal
Affairs Division and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's
Fugitive Unit. Russell Curtiss, a liaison for TDOC with the
TBI on unsolved escape cases, after extensive research, narrowed
the search for Freshwater to two possible suspects, one living
within a few miles of her 1966 family home. Mugshots of Freshwater
from 1969 closely resembled the Ohio driver's license under
the name Tonya Hudkins. A fingerprint match following Freshwater's
arrest confirmed it. Freshwater's capture reduces TDOC's active
escapee list to 33. Before a renewed interested in escapees
in 1996, there were more than 200 names at one time on the