August 6, 2002
* Sharon D. Fuller, 27, 192 Rosewood Circle,
was arrested Monday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl.
Shannon Peters on a capias out of Criminal Court charging
her with 78 counts of forgery.
* William John Snyder, 21, 815 Sink Valley Road,
Butler, was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following
a traffic stop. According to the report, the officer observed
a vehicle driven by Snyder traveling 59 mph in a 40 mph zone.
When the officer attempted to stop the vehicle in the area
of Parkway Boulevard, the vehicle continued on, pulled into
Inland Container, then drove about 50 feet down the railroad
tracks which run parallel to West Elk Avenue before stopping.
Snyder was taken into custody following a series of field
sobriety tasks, which he performed poorly. According to the
report, while being placed under arrest, Snyder expressed
his belief that the officer was under the influence of "a
central nervous system stimulant, specifically crack cocaine."
Snyder was charged with aggravated DUI after an Intoximeter
test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .20 percent,
or twice the legal limit for intoxication. He also was charged
with underage consumption of alcohol, speeding, and failure
to provide proof of financial responsibility.
* Ronnie Reece, 36, 2003 Sunflower Lane, Johnson
City, was arrested Saturday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Deputy Janice Black after the officer was dispatched to Sunflower
Lane in Watauga regarding a subject knocking on doors. When
the officer arrived, she found Reece sitting on an ATV at
the side of the roadway. The officer detected an odor of alcohol
and observed Reece to have an open beer in his hand. He admitted
to having drunk two or three six packs, according to the report.
Reece told the officer that dogs at the location where he
was sitting barked all night and kept him awake and that since
he was off the next day, he was going to keep the dogs barking
so the owners would not get any sleep either. Reece was taken
into custody and charged with public intoxication.
* Joshua Floyd Pate, 22, 108 Hanover Circle,
Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by EPD Ptl. Jennifer Mayberry
following a traffic stop. Pate was charged with reckless driving.
* Hubert Edward Reece, 27, 151 Jackson Ave.,
was arrested Friday by EPD Capt. Clyde Croy following a traffic
stop. He was charged with driving on revoked license.
* Franklin Johnson 32, 111 Roberts St., Erwin,
and Meska Shyelia Lane, 29, 423 E. H St., were arrested Sunday
by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott following a traffic stop. Johnson
was charged with DUI; Lane was charged with public intoxication.
* Vernon R. Depew, 37, 403 Linda Circle, Johnson
City, was arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh on an
attachment out of Juvenile Court.
* Thomas D. Shell, 42, 401 W. D St., was arrested
Saturday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey following a traffic stop.
Shell was charged with DUI and speeding.
* Ronnie Jay King, 42, 1294 Lynnridge Apts.,
was arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall after the officer
was dispatched to a bridge on U.S. Highway 19E regarding a
fire. When the officer arrived, he found U.S. Forest Service
Officer Terry Smith with King and a small fire burning under
the bridge. Elizabethton Fire Department responded and extinguished
the blaze. King told officers he did not know how the fire
started. Officer Smith advised Ptl. McCall that he found King
walking out from under the bridge just prior to the officer's
arrival. King had a strong odor of alcohol about him and was
charged with public intoxication.
* Carter Thurman Campbell, 29, 222 W. I St.,
was arrested Sunday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation. Campbell's probation
was violated after he was charged with 10 counts of forgery.
* Carl Perry, 20, 417 Washington Ave., was arrested
Sunday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey and charged with violation
of an order of protection.
* Loren Pearce, 35, 118 Cunningham St., and Earl
Johnson, 46, 605 W. E St., were arrested Sunday by EPD Sgt.
Matt Bailey and charged with public intoxication.
* Jeremy F. Burleson, 20, 121 Hyder St., was
arrested Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jason McCall on a capias charging
him with failure to serve jail time.
* Terry Tolley, 19, 2342 Elizabethton Hwy., was
arrested Saturday by EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott after the officer
responded to an accident without injuries at the intersection
of Broad Street and Highway 19E. Tolley was charged with DUI,
possession of drug paraphernalia, driving without a license
and failure to provide proof of financial responsibility.
* Brandon Ray Woods, 18, 630 Woods Road, Bluff
City; Dwight Chad Street, 18, 707 Willow Springs Road; and
David H. Perry, 19, 133 Zeb Grindstaff Road, were arrested
Sunday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey after the officer observed
a vehicle in front of Grindstaff Chevrolet with its flashers
on and a front seat passenger vomiting out the door. The officer
stopped to see whether the passenger needed medical assistance
and detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The
driver, Woods, was given several field sobriety tasks to perform
and was charged with DUI and underage consumption of alcohol.
The front seat passenger, identified as Perry, and a third
occupant, identified as Street, were charged with underage
consumption of alcohol and public intoxication.
* Michael Wade Holder, 31, 218 Dry Branch, was
arrested Sunday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy
Donnie White after the officer was dispatched to an accident
on Highway 91 near Duncan's Chapel Church. After checking
the accident victim, the officer observed Holder in the church
yard next to the roadway. Holder appeared to be intoxicated,
according to the report, and as the officer approached, Holder
began to run away. The officer commanded Holder to stop, however,
he continued to run, pursued by Deputy White and Constable
Landon Pritchard. He was apprehended a short distance away
by Pritchard and was charged with public intoxication and
* Helen D. Calahan, 37, 133 Pleasant Beech Road,
was arrested Sunday by Constable Bobby Canter after the officer
responded to a complaint of a loud disturbance at the residence.
When Constable Canter arrived, he was met by Calahan who advised
that nothing was going on and that the officer could be on
his way. The officer told Calahan that he had to check out
the complaint and make sure everyone was OK. Constable Canter
then detected an odor of alcohol and proceeded to the rear
of the house, at which time he was shoved by Calahan, who
became very belligerent, according to the report. Constable
Canter returned to his vehicle and summoned back-up officers.
When they arrived, Canter attempted to place Calahan under
arrest, however, she began fighting and resisting officers,
according to the report. She was taken into custody and charged
with assault, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
* Mitchell Keith Estep, 24, 182 Josiah Trail,
was arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm following investigation
into the theft of 12 firearms and medication from the home
of Sherry Dawn Campbell, 32, 219 Estep Hollow Road. According
to the report, Campbell reported that she had returned home
from vacation and found that someone had retrieved a spare
key to her home and had taken 11 rifles, a pistol, and seven
different kinds of medication, all valued at about $5,500.
The officer was dispatched later in the day to 182 Josiah
Trail regarding recovery of stolen property after Campbell
reported she had been advised that Estep had been selling
her medication to individuals in the area. Campbell called
Estep's mother and told her what she had heard, according
to the report, and when Mrs. Estep looked under her son's
bed, she found five firearms and two bottles of medication.
Estep told the officer that he had been trying to help out
a friend by getting him some money. Estep said he told his
friend where the key to the residence was located and dropped
his friend off at the home while he circled around the block.
When Estep went back for his friend and found that he was
still inside the house, Estep said he went inside and found
his friend stuffing guns and medication inside a sleeping
bag. Estep advised he had sold the medication to help his
friend get money for his children and did not know what his
friend had done with the other seven guns. Estep was charged
with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. The investigation
* David Ray Mitchell, 21, 627 W. C St., was arrested
Saturday by CCSD Deputy Johnny Miller and charged with violation
of an order of protection.
* James Paul Chambers, 44, 660 Tiger Creek Road,
Roan Mountain, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe
and charged with public intoxication.
* Crystal Dawn West, 19, 409 Highland Ave., Johnson
City, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Johnny Miller and
charged with violation of probation on the charge of possession
of Schedule VI.
* Ronnie L. Benfield, 27, 195 CQ Lane, Newland,
N.C., was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan after
the officer observed a gray Subaru attempting to pass a red
Geo Storm at a high rate of speed in a curve on Gap Creek
Road. The driver of the vehicle in front of the officer left
the roadway to avoid a collision with the Subaru. Deputy Ryan
and the driver of the Geo also took evasive action. The officer
turned on the Subaru, which continued on at a high rate of
speed, eventually stopping near Long Hollow Road. The driver,
identified as Benfield, told the officer that he was attempting
to rush the rear seat passenger to Johnson City Medical Center
because the subject's juvenile son reportedly had been in
a serious auto accident in North Carolina and had been flown
to the medical center. Benfield was charged with reckless
driving and third-offense driving on suspended license.
* Page Wagner of Capitol Homes of Elizabethton,
1441 Hwy. 19E, reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt,
that when she went to work around 9 a.m., she saw doors standing
open. Upon searching, she found that several mobile homes
had been gone through and two refrigerators and an oven missing.
Items also were removed from the walls but were left behind.
A door frame was damaged where forced entry had been made.
* EPD Ptl. Tonya Scott responded around 4:30
a.m. Monday to "Things," 407 Broad St., in reference to an
alarm. Capt. Art Smithdeal also responded to the scene and
observed a male subject running from the back entrance to
the store. The subject appeared to be a juvenile male with
dark complexion, black hair, about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-9 inches
tall, very slender, and wearing faded blue jeans. Entry to
the store appeared to have been made through the front door,
the lower part of which was shattered. Bill Bennett, owner,
advised that $20 to $30 in coins and several pipes and T-shirts
were missing. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.