June 6, 2002
* Jerry Ray Oaks, 20, 920 S. Second St., was arrested Tuesday
by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Wendell Treadway
on a capias charging him with running from the courtroom of
Carter County Criminal Court. Oaks, who was in court for a sentencing
hearing, was to be sentenced on charges of aggravated burglary,
attempted aggravated robbery, theft, felony evading arrest and
felony reckless endangerment. Oaks also has a hold on him for
Mitchell County, N.C., authorities. Oaks was apprehended by
Lt. Rocky Croy near the Covered Bridge following a foot pursuit
and escorted back to court. He was set a $1 million bond by
* Jerry Daniel Blevins, 39, 703 Blevins Ave., was
arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson and charged with
violation of probation, a capias for failure to appear in General
Sessions Court on violation of registration and driving on suspended
license, failure to appear on sale of Schedule II, conspiracy
to sell Schedule II, and cruelty to animals.
* Cheryl Lynn Hill, 41, 1233 Bluefield Ave., was
arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Shannon
Peters after the officer was dispatched to assist members of
the 1st Judicial District Drug Task Force. Hill was taken into
custody on a Criminal Court warrant charging her with three
counts sale of Schedule VI.
* Robert Holand, 37, 531 Pear Lane, Hampton, was
arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins and charged with
theft of property following investigation by Detective Greg
Workman into the March theft of a 1978 Ford F-250 from 2328
W. G St. The vehicle, belonging to Robert J. Reynolds, 203 Old
Stage Road, Johnson City, was used as a farm truck and did not
have current registration. On May 8, the pickup was recovered
at 12925 Hwy. 67 West.
* The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office will be conducting DUI
sobriety checkpoints from 9 p.m. through 1 a.m. on the following
days at various locations: June 13, Bloomingdale and Gravely
Road; June 19, Silver Grove and Highway 390; July 8, Hickory
Tree Road and Ryder Church Road; July 18, Lebanon and Meadow
Lane; Aug. 1, Beaver Creek Road; and Aug. 14, Highway 421 and
ÊÊ * Gerald Colbaugh, 619 Johnson Ave., reported Tuesday to
EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley that a handgun, several items of jewelry,
and an undetermined amount of coins were taken from his residence.
Entry appeared to have been made through a kitchen window at
the rear of the residence. The screen was missing and items
which had been on the window sill had been knocked off onto
the counter and into the sink. Several coins were found on the
back steps and carport. Colbaugh advised that when he arrived
home, the front door -- which had been locked when he left --
was standing open.
* Ray Norris, 60, 520 E. Elk Ave., reported Tuesday
to EPD Ptl. Jesus Pena that his business had been entered. Approximately
$200 in cash and a .38 snub-nose revolver were taken, along
with a 1987 Mazda pickup.
* Jim Linebaugh, 63, 507 Carter Blvd., reported
Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable that sometime during the night,
someone siphoned approximately 17 to 18 gallons of gasoline
from his Dodge Caravan. Linebaugh said the vehicle had been
locked and that the gas cap cover must be released from inside
the vehicle. There was no sign of forced entry.
Ê * Jane Speringsguth, 47, 655 Laurels Road, Johnson City, reported
Wednesday to CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson that a vehicle had come
through her driveway and yard and entered property next to hers.
Speringsguth then blocked the roadway so the truck could not
leave. A passenger in the vehicle fled, while the driver attempted
to get around the blocking vehicle, striking it. The driver,
identified as Joshua Lynn Burrell, 30, 141 Onks Lane, Jonesborough,
told the officer that he was not aware that the drive was not
open to him.
Lost & Found
* An unidentified fisherman reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy
Sarah Ryan that he had found a pocketbook lying on the ground
on the bank of the Watauga River in the area of Lovers Lane
near the Bristol Highway overpass. The owner, Amy S. Benfield,
32, 3211 Mayfield Drive, Lot #14, Johnson City, was contacted
by Johnson City Police. Benfield advised that her vehicle had
been burglarized and that the purse had been taken during the
* A single car accident at the intersection of Highway 19E and
Lovers Lane injured a Greeneville man Wednesday evening. Jason
Benson, 25, 2 Sills Lane, Greeneville, was driving east on Highway
19 at approximately 6:40 p.m. when he attempted to turn right
onto Lovers Lane, according to a preliminary accident report
by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy. Benson's Ford Ranger pickup reportedly
took the curve too quickly and the vehicle rolled one time,
according to Croy's report. Croy stated Benson had indicated
to him that he had consumed four or five beers. Benson will
be charged with DUI and no driver's license, said Croy.
* An article in Wednesday's Elizabethton
Star stated that Cindy Croy's name appeared on checks from a
bank account belonging to her husband, CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy,
who was cleared of worthless check charges Tuesday in Carter
County Criminal Court. Mrs. Croy's name was not listed on the
account. The Star regrets the error.