August 22, 2002

Arrests

   * Jack Walter May Jr., 27, 2230 Shipley Ferry Road, Blountville, was arrested around 2:39 a.m. Wednesday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Patrick Johnson after the officer observed an older model truck stopped on Anderson Road doing a "burn out." When the officer got close to the vehicle, the driver pulled out, traveling in the center of the roadway and crossing the center line several times. When Sgt. Johnson activated his vehicle's emergency equipment, the vehicle sped away, then pulled into a driveway, drove around the residence and stopped. The driver, identified as May, then fled on foot and ignored commands to stop. May fled into a heavily wooded area and after a foot pursuit of about 1/2 mile, was apprehended. He was charged with reckless driving, driving on revoked license and fleeing to avoid apprehension. It was also found that May was wanted on several warrants in Washington County.
   * Robin M. Bowers, 46, 198 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Tuesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike Merritt after the officer responded to a motor vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 19E at the intersection of East Elk Avenue. Bowers was charged with DUI, following too close and violation of financial responsibility law.
   * Scotty Wayne Potter, 25, 267 Wolf Lane, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Laverne Julian and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
   * William C. McKinney, 22, 157 Smalling Road, Watauga, was arrested Tuesday by EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey on a capias charging him with failure to appear on driving on suspended license and violation of probation for failure to complete a drug screen and failure to complete alcohol and drug evaluation.
   * Katherine A. King Owens, 21, 1294 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Wednesday by EPD Ptl. Mike Sproviero after the officer responded to a shoplifting call at Wal-Mart. According to the report, a member of loss prevention told the officer he saw Owens conceal several items of clothing in a purse and diaper bag. Owens paid for some other items and then proceeded past the register with the unpaid items. Value of the clothing was estimated at $442. Owens was charged with shoplifting.
   * William Harrison Blevins, 44, 703 Blevins Ave., was arrested Monday by EPD Capt. Clyde Croy following a traffic stop. Blevins was issued a summons for reckless driving. While issuing the citation, Capt. Croy ran a check of Blevins' driver's license, which showed them suspended for failure to pay child support. He was taken into custody.
   * Jerrod Byron Ferren, 22, 1126 Winsor Ave., Bristol, and Michael Lynn Metcalf, 22, 103 Jarrett Buck Loop Road, Johnson City, were arrested Tuesday as a result of an investigation into the Aug. 15 burglary of seven businesses and three cars at 3101 N. Roan St., Johnson City. Approximately $13,000 in tools, vehicle parts and electronic equipment was taken. The Criminal Investigation Division began an immediate investigation after a majority of the stolen property was located in a North Johnson City apartment hours after the burglaries took place. Both men were charged with seven counts of burglary, three counts of auto burglary and theft over $10,000. Both were being held in Washington County Detention Center without bond.

Assault

   * Medina Rhew, 47, 102 Bertie Lane, Hampton, reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland that around 7 a.m. she went out onto her porch to go to work and a white male grabbed her by the arm. Rhew said she kicked him twice and he ran off toward McCloud Lumber. The man was described as a white male in his mid-50s, with gray hair, medium build and clean shaven. He was wearing blue jeans and a blue plaid work shirt. Rhew said she had never seen the man before.

Burglary/theft

   * Dorothy Jaynes, 60, 2404 Bob Little Road, reported Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland that she had gone out of town Aug. 12 and when she returned Tuesday she found the knob on her front door damaged and the home entered. Missing at the time of the report was a large jar containing approximately $800 to $900 in cash and change.
   * Joshua Reed, 24, 601 E. Main St., Jonesborough, reported Tuesday to CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman that his wallet, CD player and approximately 30 CDs were taken from his vehicle while he was at Watauga Lake.

Vandalism

   * Marlys Tester, 130 Sparks Road, Johnson City, reported Tuesday to CCSD Lt. Bobby Huffman that someone slashed the tires on her vehicle in early July and that she had a new set of Bridgestones put on the vehicle. The same night, someone cut one of the new tires. Tester said she has had eight new tires on the vehicle that have been cut and two on the passenger side of her mother's van since that time. Tester said the first time the tires were cut, she thought there might be a defect in the tires, so she bought a different brand the next time, and they, too, were cut.

Fire

   * 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.