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 license.

   * 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 letters.

   * 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.