May 30, 2002

Arson


   * A 17-year-old female was charged with arson Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson after the officer responded to a house fire at 143 Swimming Pool Road, Hampton. According to the report, Doyle and Betty Treadway, tenants of the home, told the officer that their granddaughter had been living with them and had had some problems in the past, resulting in her trying to hurt family members. Doyle Treadway said he was sitting on the couch in the living room around 10:51 p.m. when he smelled smoke coming from his granddaughter's room. He ran to the room and noticed smoke and fire coming from the bedroom closet. Treadway said he yelled for his son, who was spending the night, and the two of them tried to fight the fire by carrying pots of water from the kitchen and bath. The fire became intense, however, and they had to evacuate. All escaped without serious injury. The 17-year-old was read her rights and questioned, first telling Sgt. Johnson that she was smoking and the fire from the cigarette fell onto the floor. After giving the officer several different stories, according to the report, the girl said she was mad at her grandparents and had thrown some burning matches into the closet around some clothes.
  
Arrests

   * Scotty Lee Lewis, 41, 497 Elk St., Newland, N.C., was arrested Wednesday at Little Stoney Campground by CCSD Deputy Mike Carlock on a warrant charging Lewis with failure to appear on public intoxication.
   * Vernon R. Depew, 36, 125 Oscar Banks Road, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Mike Carlock on a warrant charging Depew with failure to appear on a show-cause order on assault under domestic violence.
   * Sean J. Arnold, 28, 603 Cedar Ave., was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Michael Carlock on a warrant charging him with violation of probation, failure to appear on violation of worthless check and a summons for violation of worthless check.
   * Michael L. Carr, 22, 132 Sandmine Road, was arrested Wednesday by Constable Bobby Canter on failure to appear on second-offense DUI and second-offense driving on revoked license.
   * Brandon Keith Bloden, 20, 119 Suddath Road, Harriman, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Bradley Johnson after the officer responded to 181 Mallard Cove Drive, Butler, on a report of an armed robbery. According to the report, Bolden told the officer that his vehicle was taken at gun point by three black males who put him out of the vehicle and proceeded south on Highway 321. Bolden said the three men lived at Fox Motel in Johnson City and had asked him to take them to see a friend. Bolden said they went to a public housing development in Johnson City and then the men asked him to take them somewhere else. Going by their directions, he said, they ended up on Highway 321, where the Chevrolet Cavalier -- which Bolden said was owned by his girlfriend -- was taken. Bolden said the men displayed a black semi-automatic weapon. As the interview progressed, Bolden was unable to stay focused on the officer's questions and was taken to the sheriff's department for questioning by criminal investigators. He became incoherent, according to the report, and was charged with public intoxication. The investigation is continuing.
   * Rondal Eugene Grimmett, 38, 3311 Mayfield Drive, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. Ken Dugger on warrants charging him with aggravated burglary, theft over $10,000 and forgery.
   * Melinda Roll, 31, 613 Clark Drive, Elwood, Ga., was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason Shaw following a report of a female knocking on a window at Lynnridge Apartments. Roll was charged with public intoxication.
   * Melissa K. Milsap, 28, 281 Malone Road, Watauga, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. Ken Dugger on a warrant charging her with violation of probation.
   * Michael Wayne McConnell, 39, 2017 Hermitage Drive, Kingsport, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson and charged with third-offense DUI.
   * James Carpenter, 28, 698 Willow Springs Road, was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after the officer responded to Lynnridge Apartments regarding a man with a gun. Officers spoke with Carpenter, who said the .25 caliber handgun was in his vehicle, and showed officers where it was located. The weapon, which was retrieved by the officers, was loaded with one round in the chamber. It was cocked and ready to be fired, according to the report. Shannon Carpenter, 23, told officers that her ex-husband had come to drop off the children after their visitation with him. Ms. Carpenter said she opened the door and Carpenter had a gun in his hand and asked her to get back together with him. She said he cocked the gun and pointed it at her, saying, "I'll take care of you." She said he then returned to the car and came back without the gun. A witness said Carpenter approached the apartment, knocked on the door, and told Ms. Carpenter that he would shoot her. The witness stated that as Carpenter walked out to his car, he saw the handle of the gun sticking out of Carpenter's back pocket, and said Carpenter put the gun in the car before police arrived. Carpenter was patted down and a switchblade was found in his possession. He was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence, possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful carrying of a prohibited weapon. He also was served a summons for violation of an order of protection.
  
Theft

   * Wayne Murray of H.W. Murray & Associates, 1022 Industrial Drive, reported Tuesday to EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey that sometime between Friday and Monday someone removed a variety of tools from a work truck parked in back of his building. According to Murray, the tools were in a toolbox in the bed of the truck when the toolbox was broken into. Murray advised that a cutting torch, valued at $589, and a power threader, valued at $3,289, which were secured in the back of the truck with a chain, also were taken.
   * Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was contacted Tuesday by Sevier County Sheriff's Department Detective Mark Holt, regarding a theft from The Leather Club Inc., located in Sevierville. Joe Yousaf, owner of The Leather Club, reported that he was missing approximately $100,000 worth of merchandise from his business and said that the theft occurred over a lengthy period of time. Detective Holt obtained information that a large amount of the stolen merchandise was being stored at the home of Cecil Worley, 333 Ellis Road, Blountville. Sevier County detectives along with Sullivan County officers served a search warrant on Worley at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, recovering a large amount of property. Worley, a former employee of The Leather Club, operates a leather stand at Tri-City Flea Market, Highway 11E, Bluff City. Worley was questioned by officers and charges are pending. The investigation is continuing.
  
Domestic

   * The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday to 679 Deck Valley Road, Lot 17, Blountville, regarding shots being fired at the residence. According to Detective Stanley Hodges, when officers arrived they found that a domestic violence situation had occurred and determined that Kenneth Wayne Moore, 34, 3282 Reedy Creek Road, Bristol, Va., had arrived at the location and forced his way into the residence. After a physical altercation with Joel Dove II, 28, 679 Deck Valley Road, Moore used his vehicle to vandalize four vehicles belonging to Dove and Moore's estranged wife, Sherry Tolbert-Moore, 25, 2244 Dunmore Road, Bristol, Va. The vehicles and a section of the residence all sustained significant damage. Dove was injured during the altercation and was transported to Bristol Regional Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. Moore left the scene and his vehicle later was recovered in Bristol, Va., by officers from Washington County, Va., and Sullivan County. During the investigation, officers learned that Sherry Moore had obtained an order of protection against Kenneth Moore in Washington County, Va. Formal charges have been filed against Moore, charging him with vandalism, violation of an order of protection, two counts of aggravated assault and aggravated burglary.
  
Auction

   * Carter County Sheriff's Department is accepting bids for an auction that will be held at 10 a.m. June 15. All bids will be a percentage of sales and all expenses for the auction will be paid by an auction company. Bids will be opened at noon June 7.
  
Clarification

   * Neil and Robin Smith, 136 Betterly Place, were not involved in Monday's drug arrest of Tony Hassant Smile, 43, 116 Commodore Ave.