September 6, 2002
* Gary Michael Johnson, 19, 2226 G St., was arrested
Wednesday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Shannon Peters
following investigation by EPD Detective Matt Bowers into
the February theft of stolen checks. Johnson was charged with
eight counts of forgery and theft under $500. He also was
charged with failure to appear on a charge of domestic violence.
* Larry Morton Jr., 32, Fiddlers Branch, was
arrested Wednesday by CCSD Deputy Jim Whaley at Hyder Trailer
Park on Coal Chute Road after refusing to obey officers and
assaulting Deputy Whaley. Morton was charged with disorderly
conduct, assault and resisting arrest.
* William J. Snyder Jr., 21, 815 Sink Valley
Road, Butler, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Shannon
Deloach on a warrant charging him with violation of probation
and a capias charging him with failure to appear.
* Patricia A. Moffitt, 26, Cambridge Ave., was
arrested Thursday by CCSD Investigator Chris Pierce on a warrant
charging her with theft under $500.
* Jackie Turbyfill, 31, Buck Mountain Road, Roan
Mountain, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck and
charged with theft under $500.
* John P. Jones, 22, 273 Toll Branch Road, was
arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Jan Black and charged with
violation of probation.
* Scotty Wayne Potter, 25, 267 Wolfe Lane, Mountain
City, was arrested Tuesday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck after
the officer observed a vehicle southbound on Poga Road with
only one headlight and no tail lights. The officer stopped
the vehicle at Elk Mills Store on U.S. Highway 321. Potter
was charged with no driver's license, violation of registration,
violation of light law and no proof of insurance.
* CCSD Deputy Dean Jones responded Wednesday
to a vehicle fire on McKeehan Ridge Road. The officer drove
with West Carter Volunteer Fire Department through a pasture
and down a valley beside the road and observed a 2001 Dodge
pickup in flames. Bill Hopkins, 402 McKeehan Ridge Road, told
the officer that he was driving from the lower field when
he saw smoke come from under the hood. Hopkins said he stopped
the vehicle to get out and the truck exploded, knocking him
to the ground. Hopkins said he went for help and heard several
more explosions coming from the vehicle. West Carter extinguished
the blaze. Hopkins, who had singed hair on his hands and forearms,
told the officer that he had had recall work done on the vehicle
in June and said he could smell gas fumes in the cab area
but that no fine leaks were located.
* Ronald C. Taylor, supervisor at the Superintendent
of Schools building, 804 S. Watauga, reported Tuesday to EPD
Sgt. Roger Crowe that a window had been damaged. The officer
found a small round hole and broken glass inside the building's
kitchen. A Venetian blind also had a small hole in it which
appeared to have been made by a .30 caliber bullet. About
30 feet away, another impact was located on a cinderblock
wall. It appeared that a bullet had been fired through the
window and that the velocity knocked a chip out of the cinderblock
before ricocheting off the wall. The bullet appeared to have
come from a nearby basketball court which is part of a community
* James Brian Hartley, 618 S. Lynn Ave., reported
Tuesday to EPD Sgt. Roger Crowe that the north side of his
house had multiple bullet holes in it. A storm window and
two interior windows were found shot out. Ten bullet holes
were found in the vinyl siding on the exterior of the building.
Eight rounds had penetrated the walls and window and traveled
into adjoining rooms, damaging wooden door facings, frames
and sheetrock. One round hit a gallon of gray paint, which
exploded, throwing paint all over the carpet, ceiling and
walls. Damage was estimated at about $3,500. The shots appeared
to have been fired from South Lynn Avenue or from an adjacent
driveway from inside a vehicle. Several other similar cases
also were reported.
* Mike Potter, an employee with the City of Elizabethton's
Engineering Department, reported Friday to EPD Ptl. Jason
McCall that someone had broken the lock on the side door of
the former Elizabethton Herb and Metal building, 516 Hattie
Ave. Nothing was found missing at the time of the report.
* CCSD Lt. Harvey Guess responded Friday to Taylor's
Auto Sales, 761 Highway 91, regarding a vandalism/theft call.
The officer found a sliding glass door on the south side of
the business broken, possibly by a car battery. An office
desk had been gone through, as were several areas of the business.
It was unknown whether anything was missing at the time of
* CCSD Sgt. Tim Lowe responded Wednesday to Bear
Branch Road off U.S. Highway 19E in Roan Mountain regarding
a vehicle off an embankment. When the officer arrived the
occupants were gone. Evidence at the scene indicated that
the Subaru, which sustained heavy damage, was traveling west
on Bear Branch when it left the roadway and traveled down
the embankment. The vehicle was towed by Freeman's Wrecker
* EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh responded Wednesday
to Wal-Mart parking lot regarding an accident without injuries.
Judith Ledford, 124 Bishop Road, Johnson City, told the officer
that when she returned to parking aisle #5, she found her
1996 Honda had been struck by a 1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Ledford
said she found the Eclipse backed up against the front right
corner of the vehicle and damage to the headlight assembly
and front bumper. The driver of the Mitsubishi did not return
to the scene. The officer found that the car had been left
unsecured with the transmission in neutral and the key lying
in the center console. The title to the car was located in
the glove box and was found signed in the appropriate section
to sell the vehicle.
* Jack Presnell, 513 Watauga Ave., reported Tuesday
to EPD Ptl. Shannon Peters that someone had entered his back
fence and removed a 2-year-old boxer from its kennel. Presnell
said he went out to check on the dog around 9 p.m. and when
he returned around 7 a.m., the gate was open and the dog was
missing. The dog is described as brown with a white chest
and white front paws.
* Kim Hughes, an employee of Grindstaff Chevrolet's
Parts Department, reported Tuesday to EPD Ptl. Mike McIntosh
that her purse and a deposit bag had been removed from the
van she was driving. Hughes said she found the bags missing
when she stopped at East Tennessee Collision in Afton, Tenn.
A carton of cigarettes, which were in the same location as
the bags, was not taken. Calvin Lane, assistant parts manager,
told the officer that company policy requires Hughes to reimburse
Grindstaff for all missing monies unless the perpetrator is
* Michael Hampton of Antiques on Elk, 509 E.
Elk Ave., reported Tuesday to EPD Capt. Clyde Croy that he
was entering the business when he heard the alarm going off
on a display case. As he was going to the back of the store,
he passed a young man with blond hair leaving the building.
Hampton said that when he went upstairs to the alarm area,
he found several items missing from a showcase and that some
of the screws had been removed and the side glass of the case
slid back, giving the perpetrator ample room to reach into
the case. Missing were a German hand towel valued at $1,000,
a Goret (a German large eagle necklace) valued at $1,000,
a German dagger ($400), German knife blade ($200), a Chinese
dagger ($400), a Chinese national flag ($250), a piece of
German trench art ($50), a German photograph of Hitler ($200),
a German iron cross with papers ($175) and a cigarette holder
($50). The suspect is described as between 16 and 20 years
old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 175 pounds, with
short blond hair.
* Mike McKinney, 107 Short Coal Chute Road, reported
Tuesday to CCSD Deputy Kenny Cornett that someone had entered
his garages over the weekend and took a Stihl Super 028 chainsaw,
a Makita 10-inch electric miter saw, a Paslode framing nail
gun and Paslode finishing nail gun and a Milwaukee 1/2-inch
A three-car accident on Highway 91 Thursday night
sent three county residents to area hospitals, according to
Elizabethton Police. Patrolman Jason McCall reported that
a van driven by Amy Laney, 159 Midway Drive, had stopped and
was attempting to turn off Highway 91. A second vehicle driven
by Kimble Church, 128 Infinity Drive, had stopped behind Laney's
vehicle when her Nissan truck was struck from behind by a
Ford pickup truck driven by Lori McManaway, 196 Grindstaff
Hollow Road. McManaway was transported to the Johnson City
Medical Center by Wings.
Two passengers in McManaway's vehicle, Scott
Perry, 196 Grindstaff Hollow Road, and Cynthia Andes, 821
N. Walnut St., were taken to JCMC by the Carter County Rescue
Squad, police said. Church was taken to Sycamore Shoals Hospital
by the CCRS. Laney was not transported according to police.
McCall said McManaway had stated she was wearing wet flip-flop
shoes that were wet and her foot slipped off the brake when
she was trying to stop her vehicle. McManaway was cited for
driving on a suspended license, financial responsibility and
following too closely, said McCall. Police reported that Laney
and Church were wearing seat belts but no occupants of the
McManaway vehicle were wearing seat belts.