July 16, 2002
* Debra Gail Jones, 32, 3181 W. Walnut St., Johnson
City, was arrested Saturday by Elizabethton Police Department
Ptl. Jerry Bradley after the officer responded to 1302 Spruce
Lane regarding a call about an unwanted guest. Neal Thompson
told the officer that his ex-girlfriend had tried to push
her way into his apartment because his new girlfriend was
there and that when he tried to shut the door, Jones stuck
her foot in the doorway to prevent him from closing it. Thompson
said he had been forced to push her out of the doorway with
his hand around her neck. Jones then went next door, where
she was located by the officer. Jones told Ptl. Bradley that
Thompson had opened the door and choked her for no apparent
reason. Jones smelled of alcohol and told the officer that
she had been drinking. The occupants of the apartment said
they were going to let Jones stay at their apartment. Later,
while on patrol on Pine Ridge Circle, the officer heard a
disturbance coming from Spruce Lane and heard a male and female
arguing about car keys. The male subject had the female's
keys and told her he was not going to let her drive because
she was drunk. The female was using profanity and could be
heard outside the apartment, advising that she would do what
she wanted, according to the report. The male offered to call
her a taxi but she refused. The officer observed the woman,
identified as Jones, leave the apartment and start toward
a parked car. She was taken into custody and charged with
* John Bell Smith, 61, 166 Smith Ave., was arrested
Saturday by EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley after the officer was dispatched
to a car wash on U.S. Highway 19E regarding someone driving
on the grass. While en route, the officer was notified that
the vehicle was traveling north on 19E. The officer located
the vehicle and after following it a distance, conducted a
traffic stop. The driver, identified as Smith, was given four
field sobriety tasks which he could not complete. He was charged
with DUI and violation of implied consent.
* Christopher Lee Scalf, 33, 369 Nave Hollow
Loop, was arrested Sunday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Albert Nave after the officer responded to a call of
a domestic disturbance. Mrs. Scalf told the officer that her
husband had been drinking and became abusive. Mrs. Scalf had
red marks on her neck and face. Christopher Scalf was taken
into custody and charged with assault under domestic violence.
* David Robert Taylor, 32, Big Sandy Road, was
arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Albert Nave on a warrant charging
Taylor with assault under domestic violence.
* Kevin Lynn Bradley, 25, 180 Little Stoney Road,
was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm after he and
Deputy Albert Nave went to the residence to serve warrants
on Bradley, who was found hiding in the bathroom vanity. He
was arrested on two Criminal Court warrants charging him with
failure to appear on burglary, aggravated assault and vandalism,
and a General Sessions Court warrant charging him with failure
to appear on vandalism over $500, third-offense driving on
revoked license, and violation of an order of protection.
He also was served a summons for assault.
* Tracey V. Haynes Jr., 20, 616 S. Lynn Ave.,
was arrested Sunday on an attachment from Juvenile Court for
failure to pay fines, costs and probation fees. Haynes also
was wanted in Washington County on a capias charging him with
failure to appear on driving on suspended license.
* Lucas D. Cordell, 23, 131 Pheasant Hollow Lane,
Johnson City, was arrested Friday by CCSD Sgt. Keith Range
following a traffic stop. Cordell was charged with third-offense
driving on suspended license and failure to maintain proof
* Martha Jean Davidson, 31, 195 Green Pond Road,
Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Reserve Sgt. Jeff
Winters after the officer responded to Minton Hollow Road
regarding a vehicle which was off the roadway and over the
bank. Davidson was charged with DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia,
and driving an unregistered vehicle.
* Christopher Keith Allen, 36, Johnson Street,
Roan Mountain, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Bradley
Johnson following a traffic stop on Buck Mountain Road. Allen
was charged with driving on suspended license.
* Jesse Lingerfelt, 60, 1293 Bluefield Ave.,
was arrested Sunday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey after the officer
responded to a call of a disorderly male armed with a knife
at Lynnridge Apartments. Herman David King, 68, 1294 Bluefield
Ave., told the officer that Lingerfelt came to his residence
and pulled a knife on him and his son. King said Lingerfelt
appeared to be intoxicated and was extremely violent, telling
King's son, Ronnie, 42, "I kill people." Both men said that
Lingerfelt pulled what appeared to be a carving knife from
his pocket and began waving it around at them. Beverly Hicks,
69, told the officer that she observed Lingerfelt outside
her apartment screaming and cursing, and saw him pick up and
throw her lawn chairs, breaking them. Lingerfelt was located
in Apartment B2-102. He appeared very intoxicated, according
to the report, and cursed and threatened officers several
times. A knife matching the description the Kings had given
was found in Lingerfelt's apartment. He was taken into custody
and charged with aggravated assault and vandalism.
* CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm responded Sunday to a
structure fire at 233 Panhandle Road. Marty Keefer, 33, 141
Lazy-K Ranch Road, told the officer that he observed flames
coming from the east end of the trailer. Stoney Creek, Watauga,
and Hampton Volunteer Fire Departments responded. The trailer
roof already had collapsed and half of the home was burned
before fire and law enforcement officials arrived. The trailer
belonged to Pearl Hillman, 112 Hyder St.
* Darlene Price, 806 Ashe St., reported Saturday
to EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins that she has had a problem with
ball players across the street at Twins Field, hitting foul
balls over the fence and into her yard. Price said her house
and car have been damaged because of this and that she has
contacted the Parks and Recreation Department about installing
a safety net across the fence to catch the foul balls, but
that no one from the department would help her. Price said
she placed a no trespassing sign on her mailbox so that ball
players would stop coming into her yard to retrieve the foul
balls. She also showed the officer a drawer full of softballs
and baseballs that she has picked up out of her yard during
the ballgames. Price said that Saturday night she found a
ball which she believes was deliberately hit into her yard
because it had a smiley face drawn on it and the word "Hi"
written on it. Price said she feels that she is being taunted
by the players because she has complained. She also said she
felt no ill will toward the players but was upset because
a safety net is not being put up to protect her property.
Ptl. Mullins spoke with team managers about the foul balls
and was advised that they had tried to retrieve the balls
from Price's property but that she refused to return them.
Price was advised to contact Parks and Rec about installing
a safety net around the ball field.
* William Mack Henry, 185 Sims Hill Road, and
Kenneth L. Stermer, 858 Old Highway 67, Butler, reported Sunday
to EPD Ptl. Jerry Bradley that their vehicles were damaged
while parked at the Twins field in Elizabethton after a live
power line fell onto the vehicles, resulting in scratch and
burn marks to the fronts of both vehicles.
* CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm responded Sunday to an
accident with injuries on Highway 321 near Lakeshore Marina,
arriving at the same time as Carter County Rescue Squad's
Unit 3. While rescue personnel were out assisting the accident
victims, Deputy Hamm saw the rescue truck, which was unoccupied,
begin to roll backward. It picked up speed and rolled down
Highway 321, leaving the left side of the highway and spinning
around in the grass before rolling forward and striking a
guy wire connected to a utility pole. The truck was stopped
by the wire before it rolled into the Marina parking area.
The rescue truck sustained minor damage to the front passenger
* A story in Sunday's STAR incorrectly identified
Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department's Assistant Fire Chief
Jack Buckles. The STAR regrets the error.
* Benny R. Franklin, a candidate for Carter County
Commission in the 5th District, was incorrectly identified
in a photograph in Sunday's STAR. The STAR regrets the error.