August 1, 2002
* Benny J. Grindstaff, 29, 508 Railroad St.,
was arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero after the
officer responded to Sammons Hot Dogs on West Elk Avenue regarding
a suspicious person lying in the parking lot. Upon arrival,
the officer observed a male subject coming from the parking
lot and stumbling across the grass. The subject, identified
as Grindstaff, was unsteady on his feet and unable to perform
a series of field sobriety tasks. He was charged with public
intoxication and transported to Carter County Jail where he
also was served a warrant by EPD Detective Greg Workman charging
Grindstaff with burglary and theft of property.
* Anthony L. Grindstaff, 22, 605 Cherry St.,
was arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero and charged
with violation of an order of protection. Grindstaff was transported
to Carter County Jail where he was served outstanding warrants
charging him with failure to appear on theft under $500, failure
to serve jail time and violation of probation.
* Mark Roberts, 29, 1300 Gap Creek Road, reported
Tuesday to Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Todd
Hamm that someone had stolen a Honda 50cc motorcycle from
his mother's residence, located at 1300 Gap Creek Road.
* Ronald Campbell, 58, 2902 Hwy. 91, reported
Tuesday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that someone had taken a green
John Deere 15 hp riding lawnmower from his residence sometime
between 1 and 6:30 p.m. A neighbor told Campbell he passed
a vehicle at the top of Cross Mountain traveling toward Elizabethton
which did not have anything in the truck bed. About an hour
later, the neighbor said, he passed the truck again and this
time it had a green lawnmower in the back. Campbell told the
officer that he parked the mower around 1 p.m. and went to
help a neighbor work on a water line. When he returned around
6:30 p.m., the mower was missing.
* Andrew W. Curtis, 19, 113 Messimer Lane, reported
Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero that someone took his wallet
while he was working at the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton.
Curtis said he left the wallet on a desk in an area designated
for staff members only.
* Nick Street, 25, 2919 Chestnut Lane, Johnson
City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that someone
entered his 1995 GMC Sonoma sometime overnight and stole a
Sony CD player. The vehicle was unlocked at the time of theft.
The dash of the vehicle also was damaged during the incident.
* Kristy Grimes, 23, 105 Ashlee Road, Apt. 2,
Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that
someone had entered her vehicle and removed a Kenwood CD player.
The dash also was damaged. Another resident of the apartment
complex, Andy Anderson, 26, Apt. 5, reported that his 1993
Honda Accord also had been entered and a Pioneer CD player,
a 12-inch Cerwin Vega sub-woofer and a Kenwood 250-watt amplifier
with a custom box also were stolen.
* Kendall L. Teen, 20, of Enka, N.C., reported
Tuesday to CCSD Sgt. Ken Dugger that her 1999 Honda Accord,
which was parked at 107 Mountain View Drive, had been entered.
Teen said her wallet, containing cash and credit cards, was
taken, along with about 30 CDs. While Sgt. Dugger was taking
the report, a neighbor also reported that her Infinity had
been entered and her purse and wallet, containing several
credit cards, were taken along with about 90 CDs. There were
no signs of forced entry to either vehicle.
* Ben Watson of Hampton Auto Parts, 708 Hwy.
321, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that sometime
within the last week someone had taken a chainsaw from the
Stihl display. Value of the saw was $460.
* Trudy A. Hodges, 56, 272 Sinking Creek Road,
Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson
that a red Snapper riding mower with 33-inch cut had been
taken from her carport. A push mower, which was behind the
riding mower, was left at the scene.
* Bobby G. Reece, 65, 134 Edgewater Road, reported
Tuesday to CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson that he left his 1990
Subaru at his residence around 3:30 a.m. and returned around
7:30 a.m. to find that the vehicle had rolled from his driveway,
across the roadway, and into the river. Reece said he had
left the car parked and out of gear. The vehicle was removed
from the river and observed to have damage to the front and
* Thomas Clawson, 243B Max Jett Road, Apt. 2,
Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that
someone hit his 1992 Geo Metro LSI while it was parked at
his residence. White paint was observed on the left side of