* Jarett Bunting, 16, 4897 Highway
321, Butler, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck for
* Robert Dayton Stills Jr., 26, 1059 Rittertown
Road, Hampton, was arrested Sunday by Carter County Sheriff's
Department Deputy Al Meehan on two counts failure to appear
on violation of worthless checks and failure to appear on assault.
He also was served two criminal summons at Carter County Jail
charging him with violation of an order of protection and telephone
harassment. Stills also is wanted on outstanding warrants in
* Joshua Carl Irick, 18, 127 Dan Cole Road, was
arrested Saturday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm after the officer
responded to the residence regarding a domestic disturbance.
Irick told the officer that he and his stepmother, Nadine Irick,
had gotten into a physical altercation. Mrs. Irick told the
officer that Irick had struck her in the left side of her mouth
with his fist. She had a large knot on the left side of her
face and several red marks on her neck. Irick admitted to striking
his stepmother, according to the report, and was charged with
assault under domestic violence.
* David Lynn Heaton, 51, 503B Pilgrim Court, Johnson
City, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Donald White on a juvenile
* Lloyd Blevins, 45, Carl Smith Road, Hampton,
was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm and charged with
* Victor Elvin Palmer, 57, 277 Weaver Hill Road,
Johnson City, was arrested Saturday by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe and
charged with public intoxication.
* John Paul Smith, 31, 188 Old Stoney Creek, was
arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Mike Commons on an attachment
for contempt/failure to pay fines and costs.
* Robert Larry South, 20, homeless, was arrested
Friday by CCSD Lt. Harvey Guess after the officer responded
to a burglary at 122 Stines Hill Road. The victim, Steven Hyatt,
told the officer that he came home shortly before 2:45 p.m.
and saw a white male, identified as South, running from his
residence. Upon examining the mobile home, he found a screen
had been removed and a window had been pried open. The screen
door also was found open. Hyatt said he observed South, who
he is familiar with, run into a wooded area beside the residence.
South was later found hiding in a thicket about 1/4 mile away
and was charged with attempted burglary and evading arrest.
He also was charged with possession of stolen property after
a flashlight and knife which previously had been reported stolen,
were found in his possession.
* Phyllis Jane Dugger, 50, 139 School House Road,
and Leroy Dugger, 63, same address, were arrested Sunday by
CCSD Lt. Harvey Guess and Sgt. Tim Lowe after they responded
to a domestic fight at the residence. Emergency Communications
Center dispatchers at 911 reported they had an open line and
could hear subjects arguing over a pistol. When officers arrived,
shouting from inside the residence could be heard from the roadway.
Dugger came to the door with a pistol holster and a wad of newspapers
in her hand and told the officers she was going to burn the
holster. Leroy Dugger was found sitting on the bed in the left
bedroom. Mrs. Dugger told officers the couple had been drinking
the night before and that she had stayed up late on her computer;
then when she started to bed, the bedroom door stuck and as
she pulled it open, it made a loud noise, awakening her husband.
An argument ensued, during which she threw a picture and frame
at her husband, breaking the glass when the picture hit the
wall. She first told officers no gun was involved, but then
stated that her husband got the gun out of the dresser drawer
during the argument. The pistol was found under the mattress,
beneath where Dugger was sitting, and was loaded. 911 also reported
that the gun had been cocked sometime during the argument. Both
Phyllis and Leroy Dugger were arrested and charged with assault
under domestic violence.
* Lora Ann McKinney, 115 Betterley Place, was arrested
Sunday by CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe after the officer responded to
the residence around 10:39 a.m. regarding a domestic. According
to the report, Larry Deloach told the officer that his girlfriend,
McKinney, moved in with him and had thrown several items around
the house, then threw two gutters into the front yard, damaging
them along with some other items, before taking some checks
from his checkbook and leaving the residence. McKinney called
the home several times while officers were present taking the
report. Around 12:29 p.m., McKinney returned to the residence,
climbed through a bedroom window, and again threw several items
into the yard and assaulted Deloach by scratching his neck and
spraying spray paint on his face as he was attempting to call
for help. McKinney was in the process of leaving the residence
when officers arrived the second time. She was charged with
assault and vandalism under domestic violence.
* Michael Edward Morris, 49, 821 N. Walnut St.,
was arrested Sunday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Jason
Shaw on a capias charging him with failure to appear on fines
* Kathy J. Morton, 28, 911 Streets Lane, Hampton,
was arrested Saturday at Lynnwood Apt. L-7 by EPD Sgt. Matt
Bailey on a warrant charging her with assault.
* Gary Martin Murphy, 18, 136 Grant Parlier Road,
was arrested Sunday by EPD Capt. Art Smithdeal and charged with
drinking under age.
* Desmond Johnson, 23, 707 S. Watauga Ave., was
arrested Monday by EPD Sgt. Matt Bailey after the officer responded
to 708 Blevins Ave., regarding a domestic assault. While en
route, Sgt. Bailey was advised that the suspect, Johnson, who
holds a commercial driver's license, was traveling north in
a truck tractor. Sgt. Bailey got behind the truck and activated
his vehicle's blue lights and siren, while Ptl. Jack Ramsey
got behind Sgt. Bailey's vehicle. The truck accelerated, however,
and officers followed it to 711 S. Lynn Ave., where the driver
finally stopped. Sgt. Bailey exited his vehicle and approached
the truck on the driver's side while Ptl. Ramsey approached
from the passenger's side. The driver, identified as Johnson,
refused to obey commands to stop and ran into the Lynn Avenue
residence, pursued by officers. Once inside, officers attempted
to take Johnson into custody, but he pulled away and began to
resist. Ptl. Ramsey applied a burst of chemical spray to Johnson's
facial area, and officers again tried to take him into custody.
He was subdued after a struggle and was charged with felony
evading, resisting arrest, assault under domestic violence and
* A Jonesborough man died Tuesday
from injuries sustained in a farming accident. According to
Washington County Sheriff Fred Phillips, deputies responded
to 212 B. Chase Road, Jonesborough, to assist the Washington
County EMS on a man down. When deputies arrived, they found
Jerry Booth, 62, 212 B. Chase Road, dead in a field adjacent
to his residence. According to a witness, Booth was attempting
to move a bull into a field when the bull fatally attacked him.
Booth suffered internal injuries and was pronounced dead at
Carter County Sheriff's Department Lt. Harvey Guess
responded to a call Friday at Taylor's Auto Sales, 761 Highway
91. Owners Mike and Carol Pritchard reported someone had broken
into their business. A sliding glass door was broken and areas
of the office had been disturbed. It was unknown if anything
had been stolen. Police have three possible suspects and the
investigation is ongoing.
* CCSD Deputy Eric Buck was advised Friday by Rhoda
McKinney, 1326 Rittertown Road, Hampton, that the right rear
passenger window of her vehicle had been vandalized.
* Paul Campbell, 227 Browns Branch Road, reported
to CCSD Deputy Eric Buck on Friday that several mailboxes on
Browns Branch Road had been vandalized. Police are conducting
* Perry White, 1472 Broad St., reported
Thursday to CCSD Deputy Todd Hamm that he had several items
stolen from his new home which is under construction. The items
included a 12-inch DeWalt miter saw with a new 80-tooth blade,
a Senco 1/4 staple gun and a 50-foot orange air hose.
* EPD Officer Jerry Bradley received a report that
items had been stolen from vehicles parked on the lot of Grindstaff
Used Cars on East Elk Ave. Bradley's report listed a tail gate
from a pick-up had been stolen between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26.
A clear tail and signal lenses were also reported stolen from
a Mazda pickup truck. The theft reportedly occurred between
the evening of Aug. 27 and the morning of Aug. 28.
* Kevin Lipford, 2116 Lovers Lane reported Friday
to CCSD Deputy Jan Buck that someone driving an orange/red pickup
had stolen his 1998 Yamaha Waverunner.
Dogs at large
* Harvey Tester,
104 Hartly Road, reported to CCSD Deputy Jan Black on Friday
that three black dogs were running at large in the Hartly Road/Cunningham
area of Biltmore. Tester said one of the dogs had approached
him showing its teeth and that he had to beat one of the dogs
off of a young child. Tester reported the dogs were chasing
cars and pedestrians and getting into residents' garbage. Animal
Control was notified.
CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe responded to a house fire Friday at the residence
of Jeff and Patty Russell, Layfaye Drive. The house and its
contents were destroyed. No one was home when the fire occurred
and the cause is unknown at this time.
* Lt. Rocky Croy was dispatched Thursday to a trailer
fire at 123 Rosenbaum Private Drive. The officer found a mobile
home fully engulfed in flames and nearly on the ground. Boyd
Smith, same address, told the officer the trailer was being
used as a storage unit. Watauga and Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire
Departments responded. The owner could not be located and the
case was turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division.
While the officer was investigating the fire, he and Watauga's
assistant fire chief were walking toward Engine 1 when they
saw heavy smoke and then flames coming from underneath one of
the firemen's cars, which was parked at the scene. Owner Berly
Canter told the officer he had never had any trouble with the
vehicle and that possibly the fire had started due to embers
in the hay where the vehicle was parked. Watauga firefighters
extinguished the blaze, which was kept to the engine area. A
neighbor told Lt. Croy that she saw embers from the trailer
fire fall in the hay before the firemen pulled in.