July 10, 2002
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
* 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
* 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.