August 31, 2003


* Bobbie Jean Hardin, 45, 217 Bowers Lane, was arrested Thursday by Elizabethton Police Department Ptl. Joy Shoun. According to the report, the officer saw Hardin at a gas pump at Redi Mart on Siam Road and observed her to be very unsteady on her feet and having a difficult time pumping gasoline into her vehicle. Hardin told the officer that the pump wasn't working properly, however, the officer noted that Hardin had already pumped 27 cents in gasoline and had managed to spill some on her clothing. Hardin was unable to complete field sobriety tests. She was placed under arrest and began to struggle and pull away from officers. After refusing to comply with officers' requests, she was taken to the ground and handcuffed for transport to Carter County Jail. Upon arrival, she began to use profanity and tried to lie down on the floor of the sally port. She was escorted upstairs to jail, where she refused to read or sign an implied consent form. She was charged with disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, and violation of implied consent.
* Stacy Lou Barnett, 33, 750 Hampton Creek Road, Roan Mountain, was arrested Friday by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Kenny Cornett on a warrant out of General Sessions Court charging her with violation of probation.
* Robert Eugene Sawyer, 50, 258 Greenlee Road, Johnson City, was arrested Friday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck and charged with public intoxication.
* James Douglas Jones, 33, 197 Carl Smith Road, Hampton, was arrested Thursday by CCSD Deputy Eric Buck after the officer was dispatched regarding an assault. Jones was charged with public intoxication and two counts of assault under domestic violence for allegedly striking two juveniles following an argument over use of the telephone.
* Brandon Lynn Miller, 18, 932 Hopson Street, was arrested Thursday by Carter County Sheriff's Department on an attachment pro corpus.
* Officers of the Johnson City Police Bureau on Friday investigated a disturbance at Joy Court in the Pine Crest Public Housing Development. According to a police department report, the boy became angry during an altercation with a 13-year-old girl and displayed a pocket knife to her. The report states that the boy then put the knife away and shoved the girl to the ground, injuring her arm. The boy was arrested and issued a felony citation and released to his guardian pending a preliminary hearing in the Washington County Juvenile Court on Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.
* Johnson City Police early Saturday arrested two Johnson City men on armed robbery and aggravated burglary charges. Officers arrested Gregory Wheeler, 18, 265 W. Market Street, and Ketron Gardner, 20, 1007 Oak Street, after witnesses advised officers that the subjects had forced their way into the residence of 50 Charleston Square, Johnson City. The police report states that Wheeler and the occupant struggled, and Wheeler allegedly fired a shot into the wall of the apartment. Wheeler also allegedly put the gun to another occupant's head, forcing him to the floor. Two small children were in the room in which the incident occurred. Wheeler was also charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. An arraignment is set for Sept. 2 at 1:30 p.m. Bond is pending.
* Early Saturday morning, Johnson City Police arrested Dell Ownes, 24, White Plains, N.Y., on aggravated robbery charges. Officers responded to 901 W. Walnut Street, where witnesses advised that a man had approached them and asked if they wanted to buy drugs. According to the police report, witnesses sthated that when they refused, the man pulled a gun on them and demanded their wallets. The man then left in a vehicle and was stopped a short time later by Washington County deputies. Ownes arraignment was set for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Bond is pending.

Hit and run

* George C. Hughes, 55, 325 Blevins Branch Road, Bakersville, N.C., reported Wednesday to CCSD Deputy Dean Jones that his vehicle had been struck while parked at the Quickstop in Hampton.


* Donald W. Francisco, 35, 154 Old Buffalo Road, Johnson City, reported Thursday to CCSD Deputy Kevin Cable that someone had stolen a payroll check made out to him in the amount of $40, and had forged his name on the check and cashed it.
* Cecil Berry, 106 Park Hill, Johnson City, reported Thursday to CCSD Lt. Rocky Croy that someone entered his vehicle about two days prior and removed a car stereo.
* Charles Henry Clemons, 48, 818 N. Roan Street, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Mark Roberts that several items had been stolen from his apartment, including a Sony PlayStation 2, video games and movies, a DVD player and DVD movies, a back pack, and purse containing $150 cash and identification.
* Raymond Thomas of Maupin's Exxon, 101 E. Elk Avenue, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Jesse Pena that someone in a gray Toyota SUV pumped $34.70 in gasoline and then drove off without paying.


* Douglas E. Graybeal, 365 Greenlee Road, Johnson City, reported Thursday to CCSD Lt. Mike Fraley that his Citibank Visa had been used in Asheville, N.C., without his knowledge.


* Crystal M. Shafer, 20, 1263 Bluefield Avenue, reported Thursday to EPD Ptl. Jason Shaw that someone used a key to vandalize her vehicle while she was in the Charlotte Taylor Center. The cut, which spanned the entire length of the trunk, appeared to be fresh and made with a metal object, according to the officer.