August 15, 2002

Attempted kidnap

   * Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Eric Buck responded Tuesday to 271 Anderson Road, Johnson City, regarding a male subject in his late 40s or early 50s who had tried to pick up a 10-year-old girl three times. The man was described as having a beard and mustache and possibly was driving an older model gray or primer Ford 4x4. According to a witness, the incident occurs every day at 2:30 p.m. The witness said a suspicious beat-up black truck with two male occupants also had been seen in the neighborhood. The witness also told the officer that the 10-year-old said the older male offered her candy if she would get into the truck.

   * Richard Allen Stout, 24, 251 Browns Branch Road, Hampton, was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Richard Haney and charged with driving on revoked license. Ptl. Haney asked Stout whether there was any contraband in the vehicle. Stout gave him permission to search. Two syringes were found in the passenger side door. He additionally was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * Mary Jo Hopkins, 42, 1294 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Tuesday by EPD Capt. Rusty Verran following a traffic stop. According to the report, Investigator Dennis Higgins of District Attorney General Joe Crumley's office was traveling on West Elk Avenue when he noticed the driver of a red Ford Escort who appeared to be driving erratically. Higgins said that as the vehicle pulled into the Citgo parking lot, it struck a gray 1985 Oldsmobile. Capt. Verran responded to the scene and administered a series of field sobriety tasks. She was charged with DUI.
   * Sherry E. Harmon, 46, 122 Lewis Blevins Road, was arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Brooke Mullins after a traffic stop. Following a series of field sobriety tasks, which she performed poorly, according to the report, she was charged with DUI.
   * William Edward Johnson, 35, 175 Buck Mountain Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Tuesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Johnny Miller on a warrant charging him with violation of probation on assault and public intoxication.
   * Arthur Eugene Sanders, 24, 2604 Austin Village, Johnson City, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Kenny Cornett at the Unicoi/Carter County line on a warrant out of General Sessions Court charging him with failure to appear on assault. Sanders also was wanted on an attachment out of Juvenile Court.

   * Sam Henry Oliver, 51, 171 Bear Branch Road, Roan Mountain, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm that he entered the APPCO store on U.S. Highway 19E in Roan Mountain, leaving the keys in the vehicle. When he returned, the blue 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup was gone. Oliver said he was away from the vehicle 10 to 15 minutes. Oliver had a black toolbox in the bed of the truck and his checkbook was inside the vehicle.

   * EPD Ptl. Jason McCall responded Tuesday to 1000 W. G St., the office of Dr. Robert L. Schubert, in regard to a burglary. Schubert told the officer that he had found a broken window at his office. The window, located on the back side of the building, had been shattered with a rock which was found in the office. Detective Matt Bowers and Detective Ed McGee responded to the scene. Entry did not appear to have been through the window. A sliding glass door on the east side of the building had been pried open, however, nothing appeared missing at the time of the report.