July 16, 2002

Arrests


   * 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 public intoxication.
   * 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 of insurance.
   * 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.
  
Fire

   * 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.
  
Dispute

   * 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.
  
Property damage

   * 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 side fender.
  
Corrections

   * 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.