July 3, 2002

Death

   * 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.

Arrests

   * 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 probation.
   * 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 registration.
   * Tammie R. Ford, 37, 628 Long Hollow Road, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Johnny Miller on an attachment pro corpus.
   * 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 bond.

Burglary/Theft

   * 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.

Vandalism

   * 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.

Bicycles recovered

   * 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.