July 10, 2002

Arrests


   * Mark Anthony Salyer, 30, 6045 Hwy. 19E, Hampton, was arrested Monday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeff Markland after the officer responded to Highway 321 near Dividing Ridge regarding a vehicle that had run off the roadway. The driver of the 1997 Chevrolet pickup smelled of alcohol and was administered a series of field sobriety tasks, which he performed poorly. He was charged with DUI, driving on revoked license and violation of implied consent.
   * Melinda Joy Roll, 31, 613 Clark St., was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm after the officer responded to 107 Loveless Road regarding an unwanted guest. Roll was highly intoxicated and became uncooperative and belligerent with the officer. When advised she was under arrest, Roll became combative and the officer used light hand control to take her into custody. While en route to Carter County Jail, Roll was able to slip off one handcuff and became very belligerent in the patrol car, according to the report. The officer pulled over and used hand control tactics to again gain control over Roll. Once at the jail, Roll became belligerent with jailers and spit a large amount of saliva at Deputy Jim Pemberton, striking him on the left leg. Roll was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault.
   * David Lynn Presnell Jr., 23, 422-1/2 W. C St., was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm following a traffic stop. Presnell was charged with driving on suspended license and violation of registration.
  
Vandalism

   * Barbara Shoun, 60, 821 Hemlock St., reported Monday to Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Tonya Scott that campaign signs in her front yard had been vandalized approximately 30 minutes before the officer's arrival. Signs for Jim Henry, Richard Gray and Ken Potter were destroyed. Other signs in the neighborhood also had been damaged.
   * Mary Alice Arnold, 75, 309 W. Mill St., reported Monday to EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable that sometime during the previous night or early morning, someone tossed an incendiary device into her yard, along with a black plastic gallon jug. The device consisted of a pint Mason jar that appeared to have been filled with an accelerant. The jar had a towel wrapped around it that had been partially burned, along with a small rag that appeared to have been in the mouth of the jar and which had burned completely. The black plastic jug was leaking an unidentified thick green liquid/gel. EPD Police Chief Roger Deal and Elizabethton Fire Department Chief Mike Shouse responded to the scene along with Criminal Investigation Division's Capt. Mike Peters and Detective Matt Bowers. Arnold said she had no idea who had left the device and said she had no enemies that she knew of.
   * Rebecca A. Rupard, 19, 716 W. G St., reported Monday to EPD Ptl. Richard Haney that a male dressed all in blue, approximately 30 years of age, with a goatee, and carrying what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage, broke the front window of her apartment and then ran.
  
Theft

   * Judith B. King, 45, Lynnridge Apartments, reported Monday to EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe that someone had stolen the battery from her vehicle, which had been parked behind E Building.
   * Monica Fitzgerald, 38, 2844 Hwy. 91, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Loretta Cloyd that someone came into her home while she was gone and took a JVC MXGT 90, 3-CD changer stereo and two speakers. Entry possibly was made through a bedroom window.
   * Johnny Grindstaff, 43, of Johnson City, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Loretta Cloyd that someone broke the front glass door of the building behind Renfro Grocery on the Erwin Highway and gained access to an area where fireworks were being stored. Several large boxes of fireworks, valued at approximately $800, were taken. The door was valued at $400.
  
Accident

   * CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett responded Monday to a one-vehicle accident at 179 Anderson Road. The driver, Melvin Wells, 40, 105 Blevins Lane, Erwin, told the officer that he was positioning his concrete truck to unload, when the weight shifted and the truck overturned. Wells received minor injuries and was transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment. The 1993 Mack truck was owned by Loven Inc.
   * Jessica D. Ledford, 19, 186 Maxx Jett Road, Johnson City, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Dean Jones that she was traveling on Jim Elliott Road around 2 p.m., when she encountered a sport utility vehicle in her lane and had to travel into the ditch to keep from hitting the SUV. Ledford's vehicle received damage to the front and rear passenger side. Ledford was uninjured.