May 22, 2002

Arrests

   * 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 test.
   * 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 violence.
   * 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.
  
Theft

   * 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.
  
Burglary

   * 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.
  
Robbery

   * 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.
  
Escapee captured

   * 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 list.