May 30, 2002
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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
* 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.
* 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.
* Neil and Robin Smith, 136 Betterly Place, were
not involved in Monday's drug arrest of Tony Hassant Smile,
43, 116 Commodore Ave.