July 26, 2002
* Maverick Lynn Estep, 26, 176 Livingston Hollow,
was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Investigator Audrey Covington after he allegedly gave his
probation officer a forged letter from a doctor's office stating
that the doctor had performed surgery on Estep. The doctor
stated that the letterhead used was about 2 years old and
that the signature was not his. Estep was charged with criminal
* Joshua M. Dugger, 23, 501 Bellview Drive, Johnson
City, was arrested Wednesday by Constable Bobby Canter and
charged with violation of probation.
* Jamie R. Blair, 231 Little Stoney Creek, was
arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Matt
Bailey following a traffic stop. Blair was charged with speeding
and driving on suspended license.
* Marissa Gaye Booker, 28, 106 Mary Evelyn, Johnson
City, was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following
a traffic stop. Booker was charged with driving on suspended
license and speeding.
* Tommy Nathan Burrow, 42, 101 Burrow Lane, was
arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Mike Merritt following a traffic
stop. Burrow was charged with speeding, driving on suspended
license, violation of financial responsibility law, simple
possession of Schedule VI, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
* Jim Joodine, 49, 1980 Bristol Hwy., reported
Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that he was in back
of his house in the hot tub around 2 a.m. when his wife stepped
outside and told him that she smelled smoke. Joodine said
he also smelled smoke but thought that it was due to a neighbor
burning trash. Later, Joodine said he began looking for his
cat and looked around the side of the house and saw a large
glow coming from the garage where he builds furniture. Joodine
ran to the garage and found it full of smoke. He grabbed a
water hose and went into the garage to try to extinguish the
fire. A neighbor also assisted with fire extinguishers. Joodine
received minor burns to his hands. Watauga Volunteer Fire
Department responded. The fire burned through the roof of
the garage and melted a large portion of the vinyl siding
on his home, which also filled with smoke.
* Rita Lyons, 38, 143 Hwy. 321, Hampton, reported
Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian that someone had entered
her home the previous night and had taken a CD case with approximately
25 CDs, the face of a Panasonic CD player, and several shirts
from her son's room. Entry was made through a rear door.
* EPD Ptl. Richard Haney responded Wednesday
to Krystal restaurant, 421 W. Elk Ave., regarding missing
money. The director of operations told the officer that a
deposit bag which was supposed to have been dropped in the
night drop at Citizens Bank was missing.
* Dorothy Quick, 210 S. Sycamore St., reported
Wednesday to EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott that she believed someone
had entered Maze Emporium during the night. On the third floor,
Ptl. Scott found a room containing bedroom furniture belonging
to the owner of the building. The room appeared to have someone
living in it occasionally. Two empty cigarette packs, an empty
beer bottle and a Bud Light case was found in the shift robe.
Officers also found two open windows which had been secure
the night before.
* Karan McDowell, owner of Hoof Beats, 543 Hwy.
91, reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that on June
27, a black male came to her business, representing himself
as a salesman from S&J's Merchant Services of Bristol.
The man convinced McDowell to purchase a credit card scanner
for her business. McDowell said she wrote the man a check
for $295, which he took to her bank the same day and cashed.
McDowell became concerned when the scanner did not arrive
at the time specified and called the telephone numbers on
the receipt, one of which came back not in service and the
other to a group of churches. A spokesman from the church
group stated they did not know the man but had had several
calls for him in the past, including one from a Morristown
detective who had been trying to locate him for similar incidents.
The man is described as about 6 feet tall, 180 to 200 pounds,
slender build and driving a small, older-model gray sedan.
Investigation is pending.