September 6, 2002

Arrests

   * 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.

Fire

   * 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.

Vandalism

   * 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 park.
   * 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 the report.

Accident

   * 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 Service.
   * 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.

Dog stolen

   * 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.

Theft

   * 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 found.
   * 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 hammer drill.

Accident

   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.