May 31, 2002

Armed robbery

   * Bluff City Police are searching for two young white male subjects who entered Burger King in Piney Flats around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday and robbed restaurant employees at gunpoint. According to Bluff City Police Chief Ken Potter, one subject armed with a small handgun ordered all employees to come to the front with their hands up and told them no one would get hurt. Potter said an undetermined amount of cash was taken. The suspects left on foot. One of the suspects is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, with dark wavy hair and skinny build. He was wearing blue jeans and a blue T-shirt at the time of the robbery. The second suspect also was a white male with skinny build and dark hair, wearing tan pants with cargo pockets and a white sleeveless shirt. Both were wearing white tennis shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call Chief Potter at 538-3700.


   * Johnson City Police Bureau is investigating the death of a Johnson City man who died following a one-vehicle accident on May 13. Officers responded around 12:10 a.m. to the vicinity of Boones Creek and Keefauver Road in reference to the accident. Investigation revealed that Julian F. Mayer, 68, 141 E. Market St., Johnson City, had been involved in the wreck and was transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. Mayer said he had become ill just prior to the accident. He died Tuesday at the medical center. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident. The investigation is ongoing.


   * Marcus W. Strong, 22, 2960 Chuckey Heights, Chuckey, was arrested Thursday by officers of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into the theft of an automobile from 425 W. Chestnut St. Strong was charged with theft over $1,000.

Citizen Watch

   * The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is sponsoring a new pilot program in Colonial Heights called "Neighborhood Watch Citizen Patrol." Anyone interested in participating in the program is asked to meet at 6 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Heights Hamlett Dobson Chapel on Colonial Heights Road.


   * Millard T. Stout, 61, 395 Poga Road, Butler, reported Tuesday to Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brad Hamm that someone stole a windshield from a 1986 Nissan pickup that he had parked in a field on his property at the end of Joe Dugger Lane.
   * James E. Smotherman, 27, 1912-1/2 Triangle Road, Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan that he acquired a 1974 Pontiac Firebird about three or more years ago for which he paid $500. About two months ago, the vehicle was moved to 285 Greenlee Road. On Tuesday, Smotherman said, two subjects arrived at the residence and claimed ownership of the vehicle, which was towed to an unknown address on or near Powder Branch Road. At the time of the report, the vehicle had not been located.
   * Debra Kay Gilday, 49, 1292 Bluefield Ave., reported Tuesday to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jerry Bradley that someone had taken a silver and orange bicycle from the carport of her residence. At the time of the theft, the bike had a flat rear tire.
   * Johnathon Morton, 19, 145 Demolition Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland that sometime during the night someone took a CD player mounted in his Jeep, which was parked outside the residence. The vehicle was unsecured with the top off at the time of the theft.
   * Robin Peters, 156 Danner Road, reported May 24 to CCSD Deputy Jim Whaley that a home she had been renting out was missing 13 pairs of curtains, a 12-by-12 area rug, a metal trash can, and house key.
   * Tim Morgan, 38, 185 Jade Drive, reported Saturday to EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins that his 1989 Buick Skylark had been stolen. Morgan said he had been working on a building at 1405 Siam Road for several weeks and sometimes left the vehicle in the parking lot overnight. When he arrived for work Saturday morning, he noticed the vehicle missing. The keys had been stored under the driver's mat.
   * Casey C. Davis, 21, 222 Dry Branch Road, reported May 24 to EPD Sgt. Charles Moreland that she was at Dr. Arnold Hopland's office, 1900 W. Elk Ave., and had left her vehicle unlocked while she went into the office. When she returned, she found her CD player missing.


   * Greg Taylor, 41, 202 W. K St., reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey that sometime between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m., someone had thrown several rolls of toilet paper into a tree in his front yard, and into his pool and air conditioner unit. They also had dumped a junk sofa in his driveway. Taylor said there had been previous incidents of vandalism which he had not reported.
   * Earl Honeycutt, 60, 101 Creola Lane, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland that sometime during the night someone threw a brick through his truck window. The truck was parked outside the residence. The brick also damaged the inside of the driver's door.
   * James Proffitt, 30, 1462 Broad St. Ext., reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that sometime between 11 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday someone broke out the window of his 1991 Ford Taurus. The window appeared to have been hit by a small rock or BB, according to the report.
Car fire

   * Raymond Lowe, 67, 1885 Liberty Hollow Road, reported Saturday to CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson that he and his son had been working on a leaking fuel line in a 1972 Ford F350. While driving on Highway 91, Lowe said, a fire began in the engine compartment. Lowe pulled off the roadway and into the parking lot of Unaka High School, where Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded and extinguished the blaze. Upon further examination, the fuel line was found to have started the fire.

Boat recovered

   * Jesse Scott Webb, 45, an employee at Mallard Cove Marina, reported May 24 to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that someone had left a boat and Pacific trailer at the marina about six months ago. Webb said he became curious because no one knew who had dropped off the boat. He said he called North Carolina to check the registration number on the boat and found that it had been stolen out of Cornelius, N.C. Arrangements for pick-up were made with the owner.