June 25, 2002

Arrest

   * 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 public intoxication.
   * 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 implied consent.
   * 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.

Fire

   * 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.

Correction

   * 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 error.
   * 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.