August 6, 2002

Arrests

   * 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 evading arrest.
   * 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 is continuing.
   * 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.

Burglary

   * 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.