May 23, 2002

Arrests

   * James Stewart Townson, 28, 156 Townson Rd., Roan Mountain, and Amie Nicole Hardin, 23, same address, were arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Keith Range. According to the report, deputies were dispatched to 164 Lyons Rd., Hampton, regarding trespassers. The officers had been to the residence prior to the incident regarding a break-in. Townson and Hardin both told the officers there were six subjects hiding in the closet, however, no one was located. Townson and Hardin exhibited paranoid behavior, according to the report. When deputies responded a second time to the residence at the request of the owner, who was out of town and had been notified by his daughter of the officers' previous visit, the owner advised the sheriff's department that no one had permission to be at the residence. Deputies were not aware on the first visit to the home that the subjects were not the actual residents. When officers arrived the second time, Townson and Hardin, who were on the front porch, entered the residence through a window and refused to answer the door. Deputies made entry and found both defendants in a rear bedroom. The house was found in disarray with items pulled out of the closet into the bedroom floor and hallway. Hardin had a bag full of jewelry which was believed to belong to the owner's wife. Townson and Hardin were charged with aggravated burglary and theft under $500. Two syringes containing an unknown residue were found inside Hardin's purse upon inventory at Carter County Jail. Hardin said she had no medical problems.
   * Randy Keith Burrow Jr., 20, 101 Burrow Lane, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Johnny Miller at Crossroads and charged with violation of probation for aggravated burglary, failure to appear, and theft over $1,000. He also was served two criminal summons charging him with vandalism and criminal trespassing.
   * James Skaggs, 58, 306 Princeton Rd., Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. Keith Range and charged with failure to appear for jury trial on charges of possession of Schedule II for resale and driving on suspended license. He is being held without bond until the next available Criminal Court date.
   * Frankie Charles Heaton, 51, Rt. 1, Elk Park, N.C., who was incarcerated at Carter County Jail, was served two arrest warrants Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Mike Commons charging him with failure to appear on public intoxication and failure to appear on DUI and driving on revoked license.
   * Forthia Christine Hardin, 32, 154 Morton Rd., Hampton, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Investigator Audrey Covington following investigation into identity theft. Jody Hardin reported that he had been contacted by DirecTV concerning an overdue bill on his account. Hardin advised DirecTV that he did not have their service, at which time they began an investigation and reported it to the sheriff's department. During the investigation, Hardin's ex-wife was developed as a suspect. She was questioned and admitted to using her ex-husband's name, Social Security number and date of birth to obtain DirecTV service. She was charged with theft of identity.

Burglary

   * Hilda Collins, 74, 223 Big Sandy Rd., reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Eric Buck that someone had entered her home and had taken a diamond heart necklace in a satin case, a diamond hexagon necklace containing seven to eight diamonds, a diamond tennis bracelet, and a collector's Barbie watch with a gold medallion and charms on the band. There was no sign of forced entry.

Fire

   * CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm was dispatched to 125 Hyder St., Apt. 2, Tuesday regarding a fire. Upon investigation, the officer found that someone had placed steak knives in the outside electrical box in place of a meter in order to get power to the residence. This caused the box to catch fire, according to the report. Elizabethton Electric System cut the lines to the box so no other damage could occur. Investigation is pending.

Theft

   * Shane Church, 156 Swimming Pool Rd., Hampton, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson that while he was away from the residence, someone entered his property and removed two children's bicycles, pink in color, and a tire swing. A witness said the suspects were driving a brown pickup and when confronted, said the owner of the residence had given permission for removal of the property.
   * Linda G. Harris, 54, 297 Keenburg Rd., reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 4:10 p.m., someone had taken a Lowe's self-propelled 22-inch push mower, black in color, and a Robi weedeater, also black, from beside her trailer. The subjects had backed through the yard of the residence and loaded the property, according to tracks in the grass found at the scene. A maroon front left fender and a left driver's side door from a 1992 Dodge Caravan also were missing, along with a Bosh starter.

Vandalism

   * Willie Davidson of Chapman Construction, 372 W. Jackson St., Gate City, Va., reported Tuesday to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jesus Pena that the safety fence around a parking lot under construction next to 909 Pine Ridge Circle, had been torn down on four different occasions. Metal fence posts which held up the fence also were pulled out and thrown behind a building.