August 14, 2002

Arrests

   * Walter William Kropaczewski, 50, 310 Dyer St., Johnson City, was arrested Aug. 5 by agents of the First Judicial District Drug Task Force after they conducted a "buy bust" in West Carter County. Agents met with a confidential informant who had arranged to purchase $1,800 worth of crack cocaine from Kropaczewski. The informant was searched, wired with an electronic transmitter and given marked DTF currency. The informant met with Kropaczewski in a parking lot off Elizabethton Highway and purchased from him approximately 18 grams of crack cocaine in a hand-to-hand sale. DTF agents and officers from Carter County Sheriff's Department then arrested Kropaczewski upon completing the transaction. Kropaczewski was charged with sale of Schedule II, and driving on revoked license after driving his vehicle to the buy-bust location.
   * James Paul Chambers, 44, 768 Tiger Creek Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Mike Commons on a warrant charging Chambers with violation of probation.
   * Melissa Ann Pasiley, 39, 1027 Circle Drive, Mountain City, was arrested Monday by CCSD Lt. Mike Fraley and charged with DUI, child endangerment and violation of implied consent.
   * Anthony Robert Orbe, 19, 139 Chambers Hollow Road, was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm on a warrant obtained by Sgt. George Skeans charging Orbe with auto burglary, theft over $500 and vandalism.
   * Jeffrey Lynn Grindstaff, 38, 114 Holtsclaw Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Monday by Constable Bobby Canter on a warrant charging Grindstaff with assault.
   * A 17-year-old Elizabethton male was arrested Monday after he tried to elude Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike McIntosh, Ptl. Jason McCall and Ptl. Joey Proffitt. According to the report, Ptl. McIntosh saw Oakes walking east on East F Street and knew that he was wanted on a petition out of juvenile court. He and Ptl. McCall stopped and approached Oakes, asking him to put his hands on the cruiser, at which time the juvenile took off on foot. He was spotted by Ptl. Proffitt crossing Elk Avenue near Old Wetzel Cleaners. The officer turned on his cruiser's blue lights and siren, at which time the juvenile again began to flee. Ptl. Proffitt gave chase on foot and apprehended the juvenile after a short distance. When the officer tried to place hands on him to take him into custody, the juvenile pulled away and was taken to the ground. He was charged with resisting arrest by Ptl. Proffitt. Ptl. McIntosh charged him with evading arrest. Following a search of his person, the juvenile also was charged with possession of a tobacco product by a minor.
   * Glenn Allen Hopkins, 22, 1294 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after the officer responded to Lynnridge Apartments regarding a trespasser. Hopkins was located hiding in a bathroom in Apt. B2-115. He told officers he knew he wasn't supposed to be on the property, according to the report, and was charged with criminal trespassing.

Burglary

   * EPD Ptl. Jason McCall was dispatched Tuesday to 601-1/2 S. Riverside Drive regarding a burglary. Randy Crowe, 56, told the officer that he and his family had returned from vacation and upon entering the home found it had been burglarized. A broken window was found on the east side of the house in a rear bedroom. The window did not appear to be the entry point, however, no other signs of forced entry were found. Missing were a Browning 300 magnum and a MAG 90 AK-47.
   * Joe Shell of Big G Market, 308 W. G St., reported Monday to EPD Ptl. Joey Proffitt that when he arrived to open the business at 6:35 a.m., he found the front door glass broken. A cement block was found inside the store, and was believed used to break in. An 18-pack of beer, which had been left behind in the theft, was found near the doorway. A container of butane was found in the floor of one of the store aisles. Upon a search of the perimeter, a pack of cigarettes was found nearby. Total theft of items was not known at the time of the report.
   * EPD officers were dispatched Tuesday to a burglary in progress at 119 Williams Ave. Neighbors told Sgt. Charles Moreland that they had seen a suspect flee on foot. One witness said two men came to her door in the evening and when she answered, one of them stated that they were at the wrong house. The two men then went to 119 Williams Ave., and knocked on the front door, then walked around to the side of the house. The witness said she saw one of the men hit a window and crawl inside the house, while the other returned to their vehicle and drove away. Other neighbors came outside to see what was going on and said they saw the man run out the front door of the house and toward G Street, throwing a knife on the sidewalk as he ran. The owner of the home was located at work and upon her arrival, officers entered the residence. In the den, officers found blood on the window glass and a left-hand glove in the hallway. The right glove was found outside, beneath the den window. Nothing appeared missing at the time of the report. Officers found a large knife on the east side of Williams Avenue near the residence. CCSD Deputy Sarah Ryan and K-9 Sgt. Kabor were called and began to track the suspect, however the scent was lost after about 200 feet and the track was terminated. The case was turned over to the EPD Criminal Investigations Division.