July 3, 2002
* Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Todd
Hamm responded Tuesday to 2761 Hwy. 91 regarding a death.
Upon arrival, Nancy Madden, 76, of the residence, told the
officer that her son, Paul David Carden, 55, had been found
dead in his bedroom around 11 a.m. Madden said Carden had
become intoxicated the previous evening and had to be helped
to bed. When a friend of the victim arrived at 11 a.m., Madden
attempted to awaken Carden, but there was no response from
him and they were unable to get into the bedroom to check
on him. The victim's brother and a juvenile were called to
come to the residence and made entry through a bedroom window.
Once inside, they found the victim lying on the floor beside
the bed with his head near the door. Sgt. Randy Bowers and
Investigator Chris Pierce were called to the scene to investigate.
The body was sent to Quillen Dishner College of Medicine for
autopsy, according to Sheriff John Henson.
* Susan Hope Birchfield, 26, 1501 S. Missouri
Ave., Clearwater, Fla., was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt.
Patrick Johnson on a warrant charging her with violation of
* Jeremiah J. Hopson, 24, 211 Sciota Road, Hampton,
was arrested Monday by CCSD Sgt. Randy Bowers and charged
with assault under domestic violence. He also was served an
order of protection.
* John A. Grandee, 30, 1209 Laurels Road, Johnson
City, was arrested Monday by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe and Chief
Deputy James Parrish on a capias charging him with failure
to appear on driving on suspended license and violation of
* Tammie R. Ford, 37, 628 Long Hollow Road, was
arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Johnny Miller on an attachment
* Three persons were arrested Monday by officers
of Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into
several auto burglaries in the city. Jerry Dale Johnson, 22,
and Jackie Epperson, 22, both of 173 E. Ridge Circle, Pilot
Mountain, N.C., along with a juvenile, were charged. Johnson
was extradited from North Carolina after he was arrested there
on unrelated charges. Epperson turned herself in to police
a few days later and the juvenile was arrested at his home
in Johnson City. Epperson and Johnson are charged with 22
counts of auto burglary, four counts of theft over $1,000,
seven counts of theft over $500, eight counts of theft under
$500, and forgery over $1,000. The juvenile was charged with
37 counts of auto burglary, six counts of theft over $1,000,
14 counts of theft over $500, 13 counts of theft under $500,
and vandalism over $500. Johnson and Epperson were being held
without bond pending a hearing. The juvenile was being held
in Upper East Tennessee Juvenile Detention Center under $74,000
* Jeremy Chadwick Miller, 29, 412 Gap Creek Road,
reported Monday to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike
Sproviero that his 20-foot blue-and-silver Stratos boat with
20SS Extreme in gold lettering was taken from his carport
sometime between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. Monday. The
boat had a 225 Evinrude motor. Estimated value is $31,500.
* Donna L. Hughes, 37, 1313 Charity Hill Road,
reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Jason McCall that she was at the
Western Union counter at Winn-Dixie in the Betsy Towne Shopping
Center preparing to wire $150 to the phone company to pay
her bill. The money was on the counter next to her. While
filling out the paper work, Hughes said, she heard a man say,
"You must have dropped this," to the woman standing next to
her. A few minutes later, she noticed her money missing. Hughes
said she believed that the money fell to the floor and was
handed to the other woman, who left the store. A store employee
said she saw the man hand the other woman a wad of cash that
appeared to be at least $100.
* James D. Moody, 55, 50 Ripshin Lake Road, Roan
Mountain, reported Sunday to CCSD Deputy Rebecka Bowers that
sometime between June 22-27, someone entered his boathouse
and took the boat out. Several items inside the boathouse
had been moved. There was no sign of forced entry.
* Johnny Ramsey, 57, 117 Cates Corner, Hampton,
reported Saturday to CCSD Deputy Shannon Deloach that he went
to check on his Jeep, which had not been started in several
weeks, and found that two 30mm ammo cans were missing.
* Kenneth D. Jones, 44, 438 Old Buck Mountain
Road, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Rebecka Bowers that he
had gone into Roan Mountain Supermarket to make some purchases
and had removed his wallet to get change to pay the bill and
had left the wallet on the counter. Jones said he left the
store, and about five minutes later, noticed his wallet missing.
He returned to the store but was unable to locate the wallet,
which contained personal identification and information and
approximately $185 in cash.
* Karen Elliott, 49, 2030 Ridgefield Road, Johnson
City, reported Friday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that she
had closed the fireworks stand at the intersection of King
Springs Road and the Old Elizabethton Highway around 9:45
p.m. Thursday and when she returned around 12:45 p.m. Friday,
she found $389 in fireworks and an empty cash register missing.
There was no forced entry.
* Chris McNacking of Isaacs Pools reported Friday
to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that sometime overnight, someone had
taken a black 12-foot trailer and red Snapper Pro mower from
the parking lot.
* CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan responded Friday to
131 VonCannon Drive regarding vandalism to a vehicle. Terry
Morley, 34, told the officer that a 1996 Dodge Neon belonging
to Dale Morley, 56, of the residence had incurred heavy damage.
Morley said the owner was out of town at the time and that
he had been at the residence around 9:30 a.m. and saw the
car under the carport in good condition. The vehicle later
was found at the rear of the residence against a storage building.
According to the report, it appeared that a subject had driven
the vehicle through the yard and a neighboring yard and then
drove at an apparent high rate of speed down the back yard
and struck a large wood-frame outbuilding filled with hay
bales. The building was moved about 5 to 10 feet of its foundation.
The vehicle suffered heavy damage.
* Roy Hyder of Sunshine Market reported Friday
to EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable that he had found a boy's purple 18-inch
RoadMaster Mountain Climber Sport, which had been left on
his property the previous day. The bicycle was turned over
to police. Ann Hodge, 501 Race St., also reported Friday to
EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters that she had found two bicycles in
front of her residence a few days prior. She left the bicycles
out in the front yard for a couple of days but nobody claimed
them, she said. They are described as a red Spalding and a
blue 15-speed RoadMaster with child seat on the back.