September 5, 2002
* 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.
* 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.
* 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
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
* 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.
* 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.