August 8, 2002


   * Michael Aaron Oaks, 19, 108 Jack Elliott Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Brad Johnson following a traffic stop. According to the report, Deputy Johnson was traveling south on old State Route 143 near the intersection of Hampton Creek when a red 1992 Chevrolet Beretta driven by Oaks ran a stop sign and traveled into the path of the officer. Deputy Johnson turned on the vehicle, which evaded the officer at a high rate of speed, running two more stop signs. The vehicle turned onto Smith Branch, where the officer lost visual contact and stopped to see whether the vehicle would return. Deputy Bradley then was advised of an accident without injury at 234 Smith Branch. When the officer arrived at the scene, he found Oaks and the Beretta. Three passengers fled on foot prior to the officer's arrival. Deputy Johnson also detected an odor of alcohol on Oaks, who admitted that he had consumed a small amount. Following a field sobriety test, the officer determined that Oaks was not intoxicated. Oaks was charged with violation of seat belt law, reckless driving and underage consumption of alcohol. Speed was a factor in the accident, which resulted when Oaks lost control, left the roadway and struck a mailbox.
   * Stephanie Dawn Pritchard, 30, 128 Pine Branch Road, Spruce Pine, N.C., was arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson following a traffic stop. According to the report, Pritchard was traveling 72 mph in a 55 mph zone in the Whitehead Hill area of U.S. 19E. The officer turned on the vehicle, which speeded up. The officer lost visibility momentarily, then observed the vehicle turn into a parking lot at Honeycutt's Store. When the officer reached the vehicle, he found the driver's side door open and no driver. Pritchard was found asleep in the passenger seat. Once awakened by Deputy Johnson, she told the officer she had been intoxicated for the last two days. During an inventory of her purse, the officer found a folded piece of aluminum foil containing what was believed to be marijuana. Pritchard was charged with simple possession of Schedule VI and public intoxication.
   * Ronald Edward Morris, 23, 1916 Powder Branch Road, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck on a capias charging him with failure to appear on eight counts of forgery.
   * James Paul Chambers, 44, 768 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Brad Johnson. According to the report, the officer was on traffic control on Tiger Creek Road when relatives reported that Chambers was at his mother's house and was very intoxicated. Chambers was located at the home of his 83-year-old mother and was charged with public intoxication.
   * Clarence David Gobble, 35, 104 Nave St., Hampton, was arrested Tuesday at the sheriff's department by CCSD Deputy Mike Commons on a warrant charging him with violation of probation.
   * Ellen Gregg, 43, 583 Cowtown Road, Butler, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett after the officer responded to 167 Edgewater Road regarding a disturbance. When the officer arrived, she observed a black Oldsmobile Cutlass leaving the area and followed the vehicle to Jenkins Hollow Road, where the driver pulled into a driveway. Upon checking warrants, the officer found that Jeanette Roark, a passenger in the vehicle, was wanted by Johnson County authorities. Gregg and Johnny Ray Odom, 31, 167 Edgewater Road -- both passengers in the vehicle -- were taken into custody and charged with public intoxication.
   * Horace E. Miller, 74, 512 Swadley Road, was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike McIntosh after being advised of a maroon Ford Contour being operated in a reckless manner on West Elk Avenue. A caller to 911 said the vehicle was traveling in the emergency lane and had struck a curb at one point. The officer located the vehicle and saw it veer into the westbound lanes, causing approaching traffic to come to a stop. The officer stopped the vehicle, driven by Miller, and after observing that he appeared confused and was unable to recite the alphabet, asked him to exit the vehicle. As Miller was getting out of the vehicle, it rolled backward toward the officer's cruiser. Ptl. Joey Proffitt, who also responded, reached inside the Ford and engaged the emergency brake. Miller told the officer he had taken prescription medication earlier in the day for a headache. He was charged with DUI.
   * Joshua Allan Duvall, 22, 821 Williams St., Bristol, was issued a summons Wednesday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran charging him with theft of property.
   * Ruth Ann Lewis, 39, 595 Nave Hollow Road, was issued a summons Aug. 1 by EPD Ptl. Kevin Cable after the officer responded to a shoplifting call at Wal-Mart. Lewis was alleged to have taken several items of jewelry and was charged with theft under $500.

Civil Service

   * The Carter County Civil Service Board will be testing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Circuit Court Room of the Justice Center. A completed Carter County Sheriff's Department application for employment is required in order to take the test. Applications are available at the sheriff's department.