June 12, 2002

Auto burglary

   * 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 totaled $1,440.83.

Arrests

   * 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 June 14.
   * 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.
  
Shooting

   * 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.
  
Theft

   * 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.
  
Correction

   * 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.