August 25, 2002

Arrests

   * Richard Douglas Linville, 3505 W. 56th St., Cleveland, Ohio, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Todd Hamm following a traffic stop. Linville was charged with public intoxication.
   * Johnny Ray Berry, 1546 Broad St., was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm following a traffic stop. Berry was charged with public intoxication.
   * Mitchell Don Sneed, 6502 Serbert Ave., Cleveland Ohio, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm following a traffic stop. Sneed was charged with DUI and violation of implied consent.
   * A 13-year-old male was arrested Thursday by CCSD Sgt. Patrick Johnson after the officer was called to a Siam Road residence regarding an unruly juvenile. According to the report, the boy had been acting in a violent manner all day, breaking and throwing things. The juvenile also had threatened his sister with a pair of scissors, throwing them at her and striking her just below the left eye, causing a puncture wound. The juvenile was taken into custody to curtail further violence.
   * Sharon Denise Fuller, 1240 Bluefield Ave., was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Donnie White on two counts of worthless checks.
   * Cleveland Eugene Norris, 406 E. Mill St., was arrested Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jack Ramsey for violation of an order of protection and false report.
   * Wallace R. Ashby, 41, 315 Delaware St., Johnson City, was arrested Thursday by officers of the Johnson City Police Bureau following investigation into fraudulent purchases made on a business account at Lowe's Home Improvement, 180 Market Place Blvd., Johnson City. Ashby was charged with two counts of forgery and two counts of theft under $500.
   * Christopher L. McCourry, 18, 317 Charlie Hicks Road, Jonesborough, was arrested Saturday by officers of the Johnson City Police Bureau and charged with auto burglary. The arrest stems from an investigation into suspicious individuals in the 500 block of W. Chestnut Street. Officers reported finding McCourry hiding in the weeds allegedly possessing some property that had reportedly been taken from a vehicle. McCourry is being held in the Washington County Detention Center under a $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Washington County General Sessions Court on Monday.
  
Fraud


   * Johnson City Police Bureau is cautioning area citizens to be aware of fraudulent letters, faxes and e-mails sent to persons and businesses in the East Tennessee area. The correspondence advises the recipient that the sender is seeking citizens of the United States to assist in funneling several million dollars from Nigeria because of widespread corruption occurring in the nation. The sender advises recipients they will receive 10 percent of the funds funneled into the United States for their cooperation. Although there are varying themes to the correspondence, the sender always relays to the recipient a need for their assistance in having the funds transferred. The letters, faxes and e-mails are fraudulent attempts by persons seeking to obtain personal information, business letterheads, bank account information, etc., which then will be used by the suspects to defraud the victims of their personal assets. Citizens are urged to refrain from corresponding with these individuals due to the high potential for fraud and the difficulty in recovering losses suffered by the victims. Anyone receiving such correspondence is urged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 434-6166.