July 19, 2002


   * Barbara E. DePriest, 25, 110 Shenandoah Drive, Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jeff Markland after the officer saw DePriest exit a vehicle at the Sonoco store on Milligan Highway and observed her appear to be under the influence of alcohol. She submitted to a series of field sobriety tasks, which she performed poorly, and was charged with DUI. She was given an Intoximeter test at Carter County Jail, resulting in a blood alcohol content of .17 percent.
   * Benjamin T. Matherly, 21, 705 Sycamore Shoals Drive, was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Janice Black after the officer responded to a personal injury call on the Old Bristol Highway. A warrant check showed that Matherly was wanted for theft over $500. He was taken into custody. According to the report, Robert Wright, 123 Muse Ave., fell while exiting the vehicle driven by Matherly and was lying in the roadway. Wright was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital by Carter County Rescue Squad for treatment. Ptl. Jack Ramsey later responded to the hospital on a complaint of a disorderly person. Emergency Room personnel told the officer that Wright had threatened to assault them. Wright was extremely intoxicated, according to the report, and was taken into custody.
   * Brandy Nicole Gobble, 21, Nave Street, Hampton, was arrested Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason McCall after the officer assisted Detective Anthony Buck on a traffic stop. A warrants check showed Gobble was wanted on a capias charging her with failure to appear on assault.
   * Willie Moffitt, 44, 306 Watauga Ave., was arrested Tuesday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran after the officer was dispatched to 823 Cambridge Ave., regarding an unwanted guest. Cathy Moffitt of the residence told the officer that her brother-in-law, Willie Moffitt, had pulled a knife on her while they were in a verbal dispute. Moffitt was located at the rear of the residence in a storage room. When asked about the allegations, Moffitt told the officer, "I just got aggravated." He was charged with aggravated assault under domestic violence. A pocket knife was located on his person.
   * Brian James Hill, 35, 909 Oak Stone Drive, Johnson City, was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh after the officer responded to Wal-Mart on a shoplifting call. Loss prevention personnel told the officer that Hill took a backpack and filled it with DVDs, then walked over to the Lawn and Garden section and tossed it over the fence outside of the store. Hill was apprehended as he walked back through the store. Further investigation revealed that Hill had not been truthful about his identity when first asked, instead giving the officer a fictitious name, date of birth, and Social Security number. Investigation also revealed that Hill had taken merchandise valued at $536.06. He was charged with theft over $500 and criminal impersonation.


   * EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh responded around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to Sammons Restaurant regarding a break-in. Denise Sammons told the officer that when she arrived at work she found the front door ajar. The officer observed that the door had been pried open, forcing the locking mechanism out of the door jam. The alarm system appeared to have functioned properly during the incident, possibly preventing further damage or loss of property. Damage to the door was estimated at $1,000. Detectives Matt Bowers and Detective Greg Workman responded to process the crime scene.
   * Crystal Hill, a clerk at Roadrunner market, 725 W. G St., reported Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that someone had found the air machine door open. Further inspection revealed that the locking bar had been cut. An undetermined amount of money was taken. The machine sustained light damage.
   * Eddie Grindstaff, 287 Old Charity Hill Road, reported Wednesday to CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe that sometime between July 3 and July 17, someone had stolen an Everstart Marine battery, a Minkato 24-pound thrust Trolling motor, a five-gallon gas can, and a weedeater from his boat, which was located at the residence.
   * Ralph Moore, 2764 Bob Little Road, reported Wednesday to CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe that someone had stolen six saddles from Kemanaja Farms, located on Emmanuel Drive. The saddles were kept in a locked room inside the barn. The hasp on the door had been cut and the lock was found on the ground. Tire tracks were found in the grass in front of the barn. The saddles were valued at $1,925.


   * A 17-year-old female reported Wednesday to CCSD Sgt. Keith Range that she was traveling east on Bob Little Road when she lost control of her vehicle and left the right side of the roadway, striking a guardrail. The juvenile told the officer that as she was negotiating a curve, a vehicle came up the hill and blinded her with its bright lights, causing her to leave the roadway. The juvenile sustained injuries to her left arm and mouth. The vehicle had heavy front end damage. No information was available on the second vehicle.

Fugitive captured

   * James Edward Watson, 46, one of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's Most Wanted Fugitives, was arrested Wednesday night by members of the Orlando (Fla.) Police Department. Watson, who was being held in Orange County Jail, was wanted for rape and aggravated kidnapping in Hickman County. He was added to the TBI Most Wanted List on June 7 and becomes the 110th fugitive apprehended since the program's inception.
Property damage

   * Tammy Jean Crumley, 211 Constitution Ave., and Brian Sams, 114 S. Sycamore, reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh and EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott, respectively, that their vehicles had been damaged Sunday at Twins Field when a live electrical line from a power pole fell and struck their vehicles. Two other vehicles previously were reported damaged.

   * Jeff Treadway, 1806 Field Road, reported Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that around midnight Wednesday he found a section of his wooden fence at Betsy Dairy Creme damaged. The fence appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.