June 12, 2002
* Elizabethton Police responded to several reports
of auto burglaries at the Lynnridge Apartment complex on Bluefield
Avenue. EPD Officer Jason McCall was dispatched to Lynnridge
Apartments Friday in reference to an automobile burglary.
On arrival, McCall spoke with resident Eddie Clark who stated
someone had stolen the Pioneer car stereo from his Pontiac
Grand Am. McCall reported the driver's side window had been
busted out. The stereo was valued at $200. Another apartment
resident advised McCall that he heard a noise in the parking
lot early Friday morning and observed a small red car leaving
the area in a hurried manner. McCall also spoke with Lynnridge
resident Brandy Gobble, who reported a Pioneer car stereo
had been stolen from her Chevrolet Cavalier. The stereo was
valued at $485. Nicole Deloach of unit E-101 later advised
McCall that some had broken the window out of her Honda Accord
and stole her Pioneer car stereo. McCall reported observing
pry marks on the upper portion of the driver's side door.
The stereo was valued at $150. The vehicle was reportedly
locked. McCall also found a fourth vehicle belonging to Donna
Harmon of E-112 had also been burglarized and the vehicle's
Jensen stereo/cassette player had been removed from the dash.
The vehicle had been locked.
* EPD Officer Jason McCall was dispatched to
Winn-Dixie on Friday in reference to a report of bad checks.
On arrival, McCall spoke with Jerry Franklin, manager, who
stated that several payroll checks from Ry Marc, Inc. had
been returned for insufficient funds. The seven checks returned
* EPD officers Capt. Art Smithdeal and John Ramsey
were dispatched to West Elk Avenue Saturday following a complaint
of a reckless driver driving in a dark colored pickup truck.
On arrival, police reported observing a vehicle matching the
description traveling east through the Bemberg shopping center's
parking lot. Ramsey reported when he made contact with the
driver, identified as William Peters, 54, 903 Siam Road, he
noted an odor of alcoholic beverage about his person. Ramsey
reported giving Peters a battery of field sobriety tests,
which Peters was reported to have performed poorly. Peters
was arrested on a charge of DUI and violation of the implied
consent law. He is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on
* EPD Sgt. John Bailey was dispatched to Food
City on Broad Street Friday on a report of two suspicious
persons, one male and one female, who were possibly intoxicated.
Bailey reported observing a female subject inside the store
that matched the description given. Bailey reported the female
appeared unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred.
The female was identified as Teni Turner, 33, 154 Ollie Collins
Road. Turner was placed under arrest for her safety on the
charge of public intoxication. EPD Officer John Ramsey reported
observing a male subject identified as Tony D. Arnold, 37,
122 Edgewater Road, in a vehicle outside the store that matched
the earlier description. Ramsey reported that Arnold said
that he had not been drinking but had been given painkillers
for an injury he had suffered. Arnold was placed under arrest
for his own protection on a charge of public intoxication.
* EPD Sgt. John Bailey was dispatched to the
area of West G Street and Hudson Drive Monday in reference
to a vehicle that was being operated in an erratic manner.
He reported following the vehicle for approximately one mile
before stopping the vehicle. Bailey reported that the driver
was identified as Carol Kowalski, 35, 915 Pine Ridge Circle.
According to Bailey's report, Kowalski was given a battery
of field sobriety tests in which she performed poorly. She
was charged with driving under the influence, second offense.
She is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on June 14.
* Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Bobby
Huffman responded around 11 p.m. Monday to 119 Dennis Cove
Road in Hampton in reference to a shooting. When the officer
arrived, he found members of Carter County Rescue Squad working
on a male subject sitting inside a brown 1987 Cadillac. The
man, identified as Michael Perkins, 29, of Hampton had what
appeared to be a very large laceration to the left arm. According
to the report, Perkins said he was sitting in a pull-off on
Highway 321 on the Elizabethton side of Watauga Point when
a white male approached him and demanded his money at gunpoint.
Perkins said he swatted the gun away and tried to drive off
when he was shot. He then drove to his stepmother's residence
on Dennis Cove Road to get help. Perkins was taken to Johnson
City Medical Center and the scene was turned over to CCSD
Investigator George Skeans.
* Terry Montgomery, 52, 927 Piercetown Road,
Butler, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that sometime
between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., someone stole the sign for his
business, Cove Ridge Marina, from the intersection of Highway
321/67 in Butler. According to the report, it appeared that
someone had taken a saw and cut the metal post that the sign
was on, then took the sign, post and all. Montgomery said
this was the third or fourth time that the sign has been torn
down. Investigation is pending.
* William David Meiss, 36, 2484 Siam Road, was
charged with theft over $500 Wednesday following investigation
into money and a handgun missing from Fast Stop Market, 4259
Hwy. 19E, owned by Orval Pollard. A story in Sunday's Elizabethton
Star erroneously stated that Pollard was charged with the
theft. The Star regrets the error.
* The address of Jo Ann Blankenship, candidate
for Carter County Commissioner, was listed incorrectly in
Sunday's Elizabethton Star. The correct address is 144 Unaka
View Road. The Star regrets the error.