August 21, 2002
* Ellis Earl Caudle Jr., 53, 1705 Colt Lane,
Johnson City, was arrested Monday by Elizabethton Police Department
Capt. Art Smithdeal following a traffic stop. According to
the report, Capt. Smithdeal observed the vehicle passing several
cars which were stopped for an auto accident the officer was
working. When the vehicle, driven by Caudle, went by the officer,
Capt. Smithdeal yelled for him to stop. A West Carter Volunteer
Fire Department fireman got the driver stopped. When the officer
approached the vehicle, he noted that the driver appeared
disoriented. Caudle was given several field sobriety tasks,
which he performed poorly, and was charged with DUI. He told
the officer that he had been taking Lortab.
* Joseph D. Ferguson, 59, 343 Jenkins Hollow
Road, and Richard Shanahan, 38, 338 Jenkins Hollow Road, were
arrested Monday by EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters after the officer
responded to a fight in the parking lot of Stateline Market.
When asked why they were fighting, the officer was advised
that they had come to the store to buy beer and had gotten
into an argument. Both men were charged with disorderly conduct
and public intoxication. Upon inventorying Ferguson's vehicle,
the officer found two quart Mason jars containing what was
believed to be moonshine.
* Jason Richardson, 171 George Williams Road,
was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department
Investigator Chris Pierce on warrants charging him with two
counts of theft over $1,000, two counts of burglary, vandalism
and auto burglary.
* Michael Wade Holder, 31, 218 Dry Branch Road,
was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Donald White on a warrant
charging him with violation of probation.
* Christopher Scott Rogers, 33, 1294 Bluefield
Ave., was arrested Monday by CCSD Deputy Donald White on a
warrant charging him with assault.
* Mark C. Miller, 44, 145 Paul Smith Lane, Roan
Mountain, was arrested Monday following a traffic stop on
U.S. Highway 19E. Miller was charged with driving on revoked
* CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman responded Monday to
H&R Package Store on Highway 91 where a backhoe had run
through the east end of the building. Robert Chambers, 1733
Field Road, told the officer that the backhoe belonged to
the company he works for, Baker Construction Co., and that
it was parked in the store's parking lot with the key in the
ignition. Herman Richardson, owner of the store, told the
officer that he had left the building around 11 p.m. Sunday
and that everything was OK. When he returned, he found that
someone apparently had raised the bucket on the backhoe about
halfway and had driven into the building, causing extensive
damage. The backhoe didn't appear to be damaged.
* Johnny Graybeal of McCloud Lumber, 5255 Highway
19E, Hampton, reported Monday to CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland
that sometime during the night, someone broke the windshield
out of a John Deere Fork Lift which was sitting on the lot.
* Peggy Garland, 181 Dugger Branch, reported
Monday to CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman that a 20-inch by 30-inch
sign had been stolen from Taylor Cemetery. The sign had been
mounted on a 4 x 4, which was concreted in the ground. The
post had been broken off at ground level and appeared to have
been pulled down by a vehicle. The "In Loving Memory ..."
sign was made of aluminum, with white background and blue
* Thomas McCaffrey, 38, 331 Old Milligan Highway,
reported Monday to CCSD Sgt. Penny Cornett that he had parked
his car in the driveway around midnight and went inside. Around
4:30 a.m., he found that his vehicle had rolled down the driveway,
struck a row of mailboxes and newspaper boxes, and knocked
down a road sign. Damage to the vehicle was minor. McCaffrey
did not have insurance on the vehicle and was issued a citation
for violation of financial responsibility.
* CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy responded around 2 a.m.
Tuesday to 640 Simerly Creek Road regarding a house fire.
Chris Blevins, 29, said that while he was sleeping, the smoke
alarm started going off in the kitchen and woke him up. Blevins
said he found the living room in flames and the house full
of smoke. Blevins said he grabbed what clothes he could and
threw them out the window, then went out the window and got
in his car to back it away from the residence. When he got
to the bottom of the driveway, a passerby stopped and called
911. The fire appeared to have started in the living room
and was fully involved upon the officer's arrival. Hampton/Valley
Forge, Stoney Creek, Roan Mountain and Limestone Cove volunteer
fire departments responded. Foul play was not suspected.
* Tammy Poliske, 28, 154 Danner Road, reported
Monday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that while she was in the kitchen
area of the residence, her three children who were in their
room playing, came and told her that their room was hot. She
went to check and found flames coming from under the bed and
from the wall. Poliske said she got the children and went
to a neighbor's residence to call 911. A wall heater was close
by but appeared to be off. Poliske said they had never had
any problems with wiring and that she didn't know what started
the fire. After the officer left the scene, the children told
their father that they had been playing and had caught the
bed on fire, according to the report. Stoney Creek and Watauga
volunteer fire departments responded to the scene.