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July 14 Crime Reports

Published: 2:51 PM, 07/14/2009

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk


Driving while license revoked 3rd offense arrest
Darrell Jenkins, 34, of 4030 Millertown Road, in Cosby, was arrested Saturday, July 11, and charged with driving while license revoked 3rd offense and no seat belt, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Derrick Webb. Jenkins was stopped at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County's emergency room parking lot for not wearing a seat belt.

Arrest on Keystone Way
Juan Ramon Cuellar, 35, of 114 Upper Broad St., in Newport, was arrested Sunday, July 12, and charged with driving while license revoked 3rd offense. He was stopped on Keystone Way, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Steve Johnson.

Violation of probation alleged
James W. Phillips, 37, of 4270 Groundhog Road, in Cosby, was arrested Saturday, July 11, and charged with violation of probation. Phillips was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a traffic stop at the parking lot of Baptist Hospital of Cocke County, according to Sgt. Ricky Holt's report.

DUI 6th offense, other charges, in arrest
Bernard G. Spears, 62, of 1125 East Highway 25/70, in Del Rio, was arrested Monday, July 13, and charged with DUI 6th offense, driving while license suspended 2nd offense, habitual traffic offender, open container of alcohol, and violation of implied consent, according to a report by Sgt. Armando Fontes. Spears allegedly admitted he had a Loritab and one beer before he was stopped, the report stated. The vehicle Spears was driving, a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, was seized by Fontes due to Spears' "lengthy history" of charges in Florida and Tennessee. James Clinton Goode, 56, of 626 Fairview Loop, in Hot Springs, N.C., was a passenger in the Chevrolet who was arrested for DUI by consent, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Robert Thornton.

Items reported damaged or stolen from trailer
Lloyd Bible, 62, of Lakeshore Drive, told Deputy Sheriff Randall Hartsell that a trailer he rents out on Ridge Stone Way has had items damaged or stolen by those living there. Bible told Hartsell on Sunday, July 5, that a couple has been in the process of moving out of the trailer since June 28. Those items reported damaged or stolen include two ceiling fans (worth $200), a floating hardwood floor ($3,000), a hot water heater ($400), a refrigerator ($700), six windows ($400), two doors ($150), three door knobs ($90), and a screen door ($150).

Four-wheeler reported stolen
Timothy E. Wyatt, 44, of Denver Road, in Parrottsville, reported that on Friday, July 3, between 12:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., someone stole his four-wheeler that was parked behind Ottinger Dairy Farm on Salem Road, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Timothy N. Snapp. It was valued at $4,300.

Flat screen TV reported stolen
Michael Davis, 26, of Overlook Way, in Newport, reported that while he was away from his residence, between June 12 and June 28, someone broke into his residence by breaking out the glass to a storm door and kicking it in. The LG 42-inch LCD TV is valued at $1,835, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Timothy N. Snapp.

Wet road blamed for vehicle accident
Mildred B. Gilland, 78, of 2860 Highway 321, in Parrottsville, said she was driving a 1979 Chevrolet pickup truck on Monday, July 6, at about 5:40 a.m., headed south on Highway 321 near Clear Road, when, while negotiating a curve, the vehicle started sliding on the wet road. She told Deputy Sheriff Brian Holt that she then lost control of her vehicle, drove off the right side of Highway 321, and came to rest in a field. Gilland suffered unspecified injuries and was taken by ambulance to Baptist Hospital of Cocke County, according to Holt's report.

Electronic equipment, medication, jewelry reported stolen
Jerome Cofield, 36, of Carson Springs Road, in Newport, said that while on vacation July 5-11, someone broke into his home. Reported stolen were more than $6,000 in items, including several electronic items, medication, and jewelry, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff David Crowder.

Vehicle reported stolen
Michael Parker, 49, of Golden Walk Way, in Newport, said he left for vacation on Thursday, July 9, and when he returned home on Monday, July 13, he discovered his 1997 Ford F250 truck was missing, according to a report by Sgt. Ricky Holt.

Identity theft alleged
Danny R. Brown Jr., 30, of 441 New Cave Church Road, in Newport, reported on Friday, July 10, that someone opened an AT&T cell phone service using his father's Social Security number on May 1. An unauthorized phone bill of $171.20 was rung up, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Brian Holt.

Phone call mistake resulted in identity theft
Carie Phillips, 74, of Ground Hog Road, in Cosby, said that on Saturday, July 11, she thought she was calling US Bank to check on her account, but made a mistake and called the wrong number. The person who answered her call allegedly asked Phillips for her account number and her Social Security number. Nothing apparently happened to Phillips account at the bank before she changed the account number, according to a report by Sgt. David Crum.

Home invasion reported
Crystal Crum, 26, of Dark Hollow Road, in Cosby, said an unidentified black male knocked on her door on Saturday, July 11, at about 3 a.m. and stated that Josh Iwensky sent him to her residence. Crum said she attempted to shut the door, but the male kicked it open, came into the home, and started beating her in the head with a pistol numerous times. He allegedly threatened to kidnap Crum's daughter if she refused to give her pocketbook to him. Shawn Meeks Jr. said he walked into the room where Crum and the male were. Meeks said the male stuck his gun in his face and made him lay down on the ground. The suspect then fled on foot with Crum's pocketbook, with contents valued at $200. She was transported to Baptist Hospital of Cocke County and treated for head injuries, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff C. J. Ball. A detective was contacted for help in the investigation. There were no named suspects at the time of Ball's report.

Driver, two passengers escape unharmed from burning vehicle
Melissa Naillon, 42, of 455 Middle Creek Road, in Cosby, said that while traveling on Oneill Road, her vehicle, a 1999 Honda Accord, began to sputter. She said she heard a popping sound and then the vehicle caught fire. Naillon and two passengers, Blake Stuart and Tony Naillon, escaped from the vehicle without injury. The vehicle was destroyed by fire, according to Deputy Sheriff Derrick Webb.

Bullet reportedly shot through wall of residence
Jackie Lee Williams, 58, of Deer Ridge Way, in Newport, said that on Thursday, July 9, he noticed his home had been hit with a bullet. Williams said he noticed the bullet went through the wall and hit the headboard of a bed in his home, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Timothy N. Snapp.

Bullet shot through camper
John Paul Jones, 44, of 986 Blue Mill Road, said that at about 9 p.m. on Monday, July 13, he noticed someone had shot a bullet that entered the left backhand side of his camper where he lives. The bullet allegedly went all the way through the camper, according to Deputy Sheriff Joseph Owings in his report.

Man injured after his vehicle swerves to miss deer
Billy C. Reese, 37, of 3420 Glendale Road, in Bybee, said he was driving north on Highway 160 near Wax Wing Road on Sunday, July 5, at about 11:30 p.m. when a deer ran in front of the 2001 Chevrolet Blazer SUV he was driving. Reese said he swerved to miss the deer and went off the right side of the road into a field. He came to a stop when his vehicle hit a telephone pole, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Randall Hartsell. Reese suffered unspecified injuries.

Driver injured in accident on Green Acres Road
Paul D. Parks, 70, of 1644 Lower English Creek Road, in Newport, said he was traveling south on Green Acres Road in the rain on Thursday, July 9, when his vehicle allegedly lost traction, left the road, struck two mailboxes, then slid sideways into a tree at 1239 Green Acres Road. Parks allegedly refused transportation to a hospital offered by Allied Ambulance, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Hollis Emmons.


Public intoxication
James F. Pruitt, 31, of 371 Woods St., in Newport, was arrested Tuesday, July 14, around 12:30 p.m. and charged with public intoxication after police were called to 408 Harper Circle concerning an intoxicated male riding a bike in the middle of the road and who had almost got hit by a vehicle, according to a report by Patrolman Matthew Elliott.

Theft over $500 from Walmart alleged
Cindy James, 29, of 803 Bridges Chapel Road, in Newport, was arrested Monday, July 13, and charged with theft over $500 at Walmart. A loss prevention officer at Walmart said James pushed a buggy full of merchandise out of the store without paying for it. The items were valued at $540.88, according to a report by Patrolman Derek Wright.

EZ Rental payments allegedly not made
William Ledford of EZ Rentals on the Cosby Highway, in Newport, told Patrolman Travis Gorrell on Friday, July 3, that an individual who financed a sectional sofa from EZ Rentals has not made a payment since May. He said on Friday, July 3, that he had been unable to reach her. He said the person owed EZ Rentals over $1,056.

Prescription drugs fraud alleged
An employee of Jabo's Pharmacy, at 602 E. Broadway, in Newport, said on Thursday, July 9, three prescriptions had been called into Jabo's since Monday, July 6 by a female named "Jenna." They were allegedly all from Vanderbilt Pharmacy for hydrocodone. Prescriptions were in the names Jason Gregg, Jimmy Gregg, and Ashley Frazier, according to a report by Sgt. Donna Hopkins. An employee of Jabo's Pharmacy called Vanderbilt Pharmacy. An employee there could not confirm the prescriptions, so Jabo's Pharmacy did not fill them. No one came to Jabo's to pick up the prescriptions, according to Hopkins' report.

Truck reported stolen
Charles Mantooth, 24, of 650 Bat Harbor Road, in Newport, said his 1999 Ford 250 pickup truck was stolen when he left it at God's Storehouse at 601 W. Broadway, in Newport, on Thursday, July 9. It was valued at $15,000. A baby stroller in it was valued at $100, and baby clothes were valued at $200, according to a report by Sgt. Jason Smith. The red truck has a four-inch lift kit, big mud tires, and a White Fox racing sticker on the passenger side glass window.

Electronic monitor bracelet found in bathroom
Todd Jenkins, of West Highway 25/70, in Newport, said on Thursday, July 9, at about 7:30 p.m., he found an electronic monitor bracelet at Time Out Center, where he works. Jenkins said he heard something beeping in the bathroom. He then found a bracelet and the monitor device laying on the bathroom floor, according to Patrolman Matthew Elliott.

Fraudulent check for almost $4,000
Shelly Johnson, 20, allegedly came into the Cash Express store on the Cosby Highway on Friday, July 10, to cash a check written to her from Anthony Wholesale Electric in the amount of $3,950. Johnson said she had signed up to participate in a "secret shopper" program and believed the check was the promised up-front payment for being in the program. Cash Express employee Jennifer Cash said she soon realized the check was fraudulent. Personnel in the Cash Express's corporate office also said the check was not valid, according to a report by Capt. Brad Ball. The report was forwarded to the Newport Police Department's detective division for further investigation.

Breaking and entering, theft, alleged at Exxon gas station.
An employee of the Exxon gas station at 622 E. Broadway, in Newport, said when he arrived to open the store at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, he noticed the side window of the store was broken. An employee said the last time anyone was in the store was at about 5:45 p.m. on July 10. Reported missing from the store was about $40 in change and a Gilbarco computer used to operate the gas pumps, valued at $3,000, according to a report by Patrolman William Garber. A Knoxville News Sentinel delivery driver later found the computer laying along the Morrell Springs Road. Det. Jason Ramsey collected the computer.

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