September 5, 2002

Arrests

   * Cynthia A. Andes, 41, 233 Russell Hill Road, was arrested Friday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Mike Merritt on U.S. Highway 321 and North Lynn Avenue following a traffic accident. According to the report, a 1996 Plymouth Breeze driven by Andes struck a 2001 Saturn operated by Jennifer M. McCracken, 253 Hart Road, in the right rear as it was traveling through the intersection under a green light. The Saturn spun around approximately 180 degrees before coming to a stop. McCracken was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Room for treatment. Andes received minor injuries to the wrist and forearm area, apparently from deployment of the airbag. Andes, who appeared intoxicated, told the officer she ran the red light. According to the report, Andes pleaded with the officer to let her call a friend to come get her and her vehicle, "but strangely the vehicle had already been towed from the scene earlier while Andes was watching." Andes was charged with fourth-offense DUI, second-offense driving on revoked license, and failure to yield the right of way.
  

Juveniles

   * Two male juveniles, ages 16 and 17, were taken into custody around 2 a.m. Sunday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Jan Black after the officer observed two males in a vehicle at Pierce's Grocery. The driver of the vehicle, age 17, pulled to the back of the building and exited. He was located a short time later hiding behind an air conditioner unit in the rear of the store. Asked why he ran, he told the officer he did not have a driver's license and also had his mother's car without permission. The juvenile said he was alone in the vehicle, however, a short time later, Deputy Jeff Markland located the 16-year-old at the front of the store and he admitted that he had been inside the vehicle. The driver was charged in a juvenile summons with violation of curfew and driving without a license. The 16-year-old was charged with violation of curfew.
   * A 16-year-old Hampton High School student who was charged with arson following a fire Friday at the school, also was charged in a juvenile summons by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck with drinking under age after the officer detected an odor of alcohol on the juvenile and found five beer lids in his pocket. He told the officer the lids came from beer he had drunk the previous evening.
   * A 17-year-old Johnson City male was taken into custody around 11 p.m. Saturday by CCSD Deputy Jeff Markland after he was found lying beside the roadway on Church Street in Hampton. The juvenile was charged with drinking under age.
  
Burglary/theft

   * Carol Chase, 248 Aviation Drive, reported Sunday to EPD Ptl. Jack Ramsey that the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Lisa Templeton, 234 W. Doe Ave., had been broken into while the couple were out of town. Chase said she had stopped by to see whether they had returned and found that a window had been pulled out of its frame in the garage and that the garage door was standing open. Ptl. Ramsey and Capt. Art Smithdeal checked the residence and found several items missing, including a television, stereo, VCR and Nintendo play system. Several cabinets appeared to have been opened and ransacked and a large number of pennies appeared to have been dumped onto a coffee table from a large jug. Upon the couple's return, the Templetons also reported several pieces of jewelry missing as well as a Craftsman roll-away toolbox full of tools.
   * EPD Capt. Rusty Verran was dispatched Saturday to Lewis Automotive regarding a theft. Jesse Scott Webb, 609 W. H St., told the officer that he had parked his homemade flatbed trailer at the business and when he returned, he found the trailer and its cargo -- a 36-inch Murray riding mower and two Murray push mowers -- missing.
   * Kevin Lipford, 2116 Lovers Lane, reported Friday to CCSD Deputy Jan Black that someone unknown to him had gone to Lakeshore
   Marina and had advised a marina employee that he was there to pick up a wave runner that would not start. The employee assisted the person in loading the wave runner into an orange/red pickup. The 1998 Yamaha wave runner is described as white with purple stripes up the front of the hood.
   * Roy Couch, 70, 264 North Road, Johnson City, reported Saturday to CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe that someone took the radiator from his vehicle while it was parked in the yard at his residence.
  
Fraud

   * Johnnie Ann Pilk, an employee at Sycamore Shoals State Park, reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh that she had received a fax around 3:50 p.m. Thursday from Sufu Nyerere of Johannesburg, South Africa, stating that he was the son of the ex-president of Tanzania and that his father died in 1999 and left him $25,500,000 which was on deposit in a private security firm in Johannesburg. Nyerere stated in the fax that his father had secretly deposited the money with the security company and had led them to believe that the deposit was valuables and not cash. He asked Pilk to assist him by allowing him to deposit the money in Pilk's account and also to ask for help in finding "profitable investments" overseas. Letters of a similar nature routinely are sent via e-mail and often ask for the recipient's bank account number or other personal information. Similar incidents have been reported recently in the Johnson City area. Anyone receiving such information by fax or e-mail is urged not to respond to the request and should not give out personal information, which could be used to defraud the recipient. Local law enforcement officials also should be notified.