September 4, 2002

Arrests


   * Jarett Bunting, 16, 4897 Highway 321, Butler, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck for underage drinking.
   * 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 Washington County.
   * 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 attachment.
   * Lloyd Blevins, 45, Carl Smith Road, Hampton, was arrested Sunday by CCSD Deputy Brad Hamm and charged with public intoxication.
   * 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 and costs.
   * 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 DUI.

  
Death

   * 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 the scene.
  
Vandalism

  
* 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 an investigation.

  
Burglary/theft

   * 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.
  
Fire

  
* 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.