June 6, 2002

Arrests

* 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 Judge Brown.
   * 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.

DUI checkpoint

* 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 Highway 44.

Theft

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.

Trespassing

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 incident.

Accident

* 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.

Correction

   * 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.