June 25, 2002
* John Evans Seward III, 23, 1120 Riverview Drive,
was arrested Saturday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl.
Shannon Peters after the officer responded to Elizabethton
Municipal Airport regarding a report of vehicles racing down
the air strip and subjects involved in a physical altercation.
According to the report, David Hardin, the airport resident,
advised the officer that he and his friends were inside having
a few beers when Seward went outside and began driving up
and down the taxi strip. Hardin said he asked Seward to stop.
The vehicle was located in the tie-down area of the airport,
with Seward in the driver's side of the vehicle and the keys
in the ignition. Seward was given a series of field sobriety
tasks, which he performed poorly, and was charged with DUI.
* Richard Scott Peters, 39, 185 Mayfield Drive,
was arrested Sunday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Jeff Winters on a warrant charging him with assault
under domestic violence.
* Ricky Curtis Deloach, 31, 132 Jackson Ave.,
was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Dean Jones after the officer
was dispatched to Stines Hill Road regarding an intoxicated
male outside shooting a shotgun. When the officer arrived,
he saw Deloach curse at him and walk into his residence. Deloach
told the officer he was shooting at dogs around his goat pen.
While speaking with Deloach, his wife came running from beside
the house, telling the officer that her husband needed to
go to jail. She said he was very intoxicated and took the
gun outside and was shooting. Mrs. Deloach said she had to
climb out the bedroom window to get help. Deloach changed
his story three different times about why he was shooting,
according to the report. He was charged with reckless endangerment.
* Joshua Aaron Blair, 20, 201 Dalewood Road,
Johnson City, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Jesse Booher
on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
* Roy L. Shipley, 48, 114 S. Lynn Ave., was arrested
Saturday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson on an attachment from
Chancery Court charging him with contempt. He was being held
on $35,000 cash bond.
* Jerry Jackson Hartsock, 46, 108 Beecham Lane,
Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Mike Carlock
and charged with violation of probation.
* Eric Todd Presnell, 30, 208 Lovers Lane, was
arrested Saturday by CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy and charged with
* Terrence Curtis Williams, 32, 124 Milligan
Lane, Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Lt. Rocky
Croy and charged with second offense DUI and violation of
* A 12-year-old male was arrested Friday by CCSD
Deputy Dean Jones and charged with assault under domestic
violence after he allegedly grabbed his 65-year-old grandmother
by the arm and started twisting it. The woman tried to get
loose, according to the report, however, the juvenile twisted
harder. The boy said he got mad and grabbed his grandmother
to get his way. This was the third time the officer had been
to the Coney Island Road residence. On the previous weekend,
Deputy Dave Ryan also responded to a call at the residence
regarding the juvenile throwing a set of needle-nose pliers
at his grandmother, missing and breaking the window. The grandmother,
who weighs approximately 80 to 90 pounds, is too small to
defend herself from the juvenile, according to the report.
* Jackie Nash, 39, 705 Pennsylvania Ave., Bristol,
was arrested Monday by officers of Bristol Tennessee Police
Department and charged with first-degree murder after giving
a statement about his involvement in a homicide at 960 Hill
St. The investigation is ongoing.
* CCSD Deputy Al Meehan responded Friday to the
home of Judy Gail Birchfield, 50, 122 Highlander Road, Roan
Mountain, regarding a fire. According to the report, Birchfield
was transported to Holston Valley Hospital by Wings Air Rescue
after she threw gasoline on a trash fire, causing an explosion
which burned her face, neck and arms.
* A story in Sunday's Elizabethton Star stated
that Sheriff John Henson defeated candidate Kenneth Potter
by just over 300 votes in a special 1996 run-off election
held after the retirement of then-sheriff Paul Peters. Henson
actually defeated Potter by 883 votes. The Star regrets the
* The Elizabethton Star, on Monday, mistakenly
reported that a member of the family residing at 1205 Rittertown
Road was allegedly in the bedroom where a fire began on Friday.
The incident is under investigation and the police report
presented no conclusive evidence. The Star regrets the error.