The Newport Plain Talk
Local Sports Search Sports Archive The Running Journal SEC Sports
Obituaries Obituaries Archive
Subscribe Today! Learn More About:
Search: Recent News Archives or try Advanced Search
Mostly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy
71 °
Click For Extended Forecast

More Jobs
In Newport, TN

choose text size bigger text smaller text

Aug. 18 crime reports

Published: 10:59 AM, 08/20/2009 Last updated: 6:52 PM, 08/28/2009

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk


Meth-related charges in arrest
Joseph Mark Ramsey, of 344 Carson Springs Road, in Newport, was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, and charged with manufacture of methamphetamine 0.5 grams or more, and promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff David Crowder. The deputy sheriff wrote that he stopped a 1997 Ford Escort driven by Ramsey on Springtime Drive in Newport. He was arrested on a capias out of Cocke County Circuit Court for the two charges.

Driving under the influence charge
Jason Jones Ellison, 31, of 1324 Shady Rest Drive, was arrested Monday, Aug. 10, and charged with driving under the influence after Deputy Sheriff Jason Oury allegedly was stopped in a 2000 Honda Civic. He stated he had taken an undetermined number of Soma's and Hydrocodone. He agreed to submit to a blood test, according to the report by Oury.

Several charges in arrest
Yvonne Marie Lee, 38, of 115 Jarred Way, in Newport, was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, and charged with no taillights, no insurance, DUI, and implied consent, on Highway 321 near Middle Creek Road. Constable Mike Shropshire wrote in a report that Lee had trouble walking and performed poorly on a sobriety test. Lee allegedly refused a blood draw and breathalyzer, the report stated.

Speeding and other charges in arrest
Michael McGaha, 46, of 606 Runion St., in Newport, was arrested Friday, Aug. 14, and charged with speeding, driving on a revoked driver's license 2nd offense, and no proof of financial responsibility, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Randy Cutshaw. The deputy sheriff allegedly clocked, with radar, McGaha going 32 mph in a 15 mph school zone. His vehicle was stopped on Hedrick Drive in front of Cocke County High School.

Violation of probation/Greene County
Tommy Lane, of 104 Yellow Bird Way, in Parrottsville, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 13, and charged with violation of probation in Greene County, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Jason Oury. He wrote that he received information that Lane was at his home in Parrottsville. He was taken into custody "without incident," according to Oury's report.

Violation of order of protection, other charges
Jimmy Marvin Seay, 36, of 317 9th St., in Newport, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 12, and charged with violation of order of protection, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Steve Johnson. The deputy sheriff wrote that he responded to a fight in the road at 1947 O'Neal Road.

Driving while license is suspended and worthless checks
Crystal J. Hill, 25, of 3471 Angle Way, in Hartford, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 13, and charged with driving while her license was suspended, and worthless checks, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Brian Holt. Hill allegedly admitted to driving and wrecking a 1993 Mazda Protégé on Dark Hollow Road. A criminal check on Hill allegedly showed she had an active warrant out of Sevier County for failure to satisfy a citation. Sevier County was notified and they put a hold on Hill so she could be picked up by Sevier County officers after her release from Cocke County Jail.

Accident on Highway 321
Charles M. Smith, 55, of 404 Edgewood Trail, in Newport, was traveling south on Highway 321 near Armory Road on Friday, Aug. 14, when his 1996 Nissan TXE left the road and went into a ditch. Smith apparently fell asleep just prior to the accident. He was taken to an emergency room at a hospital, and then transferred to a hospital in Knoxville, according to a report by Sgt. David Crum.

Missing person/runaway report filed
A 16-year-old girl reportedly ran away from her home on Sweetwater Road on Thursday, Aug. 13, and may be at a friend's home in Parrottsville, according to a missing person/runaway report filed by her mother. Sgt. David Crum responded to the missing person/runaway call on Friday, Aug. 14.

Accident on Round Mountain Road
Allen D. Surrett, 21, of 109 Boyd Cove Road, in Leicester, N.C., was driving a 1983 Ford F-150 pickup truck on July 26 when he said he became distracted talking to two passengers, rode the left side of the road for a while, and then the truck flipped onto its top and slid down against a tree, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff David Crowder.


Man arrested for forgery and theft under $500
Robert C. ("Craig") Campbell, 29, of 1366 Buttercup Way, in Newport, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 13, at Newport City Park and charged with seven counts of forgery under $500, and theft under $500. Campbell allegedly stole a checkbook from Justin Jackson, and wrote seven bad checks at Food City, according to a report by Capt. Scott Lamb. Campbell allegedly had outstanding warrants taken out by Det. Lynn Shults of the Newport Police Department.

Several charges in arrest
Simon F. Asbury, 27, of 740 English Mountain Road, was stopped Thursday, Aug. 13, on the Cosby Highway at the Meadow Mountain Apartments by Patrolman Jason Hensley. The patrolman wrote that radar showed that Asbury, who was headed south on the Cosby Highway, was traveling 66 mph in a stretch of road where the posted speed limit was 45 mph. He was charged with speeding, driving on a suspended license, driving on an expired tag, and violation of the financial responsibility law. The tag on his vehicle expired June 2009, according to Hensley's report.

Aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000
A 16-year-old was arrested Thursday, Aug. 13, and charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. The teenager allegedly stole items from the residence of Lisa Wheeler on Humane Way, according to a report by Det. Jason Ramsey. Taken were two plasma TV's, a cell hone, computer, digital camera, PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, six videogames, medication, and an uncashed government check for $289. The total estimated value of the items was $3,873. A witness said he saw the defendant and co-defendant. The witness allegedly talked to the two persons while they removed items from Wheeler's residence. The defendants allegedly admitted to being at the Humane Way residence. The co-defendant, John W. Guy, 37, of 123 Mills St., in Telford, was also arrested Aug. 13 and charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000.

Theft under $500 alleged
Barbara Pfaff, of Lincoln Avenue, Newport, and an acquaintance allegedly had an argument on Friday, Aug. 14, at 1:30 a.m. The acquaintance left and shortly thereafter power went out in the house, according to Pfaff. She told Sgt. Stephen Higginbotham that the main breaker on the breaker box had been removed, which is valued at $100.

Breaking and entering/theft under $500
Bobby Jones, 52, of 1709 Highway 31, in Morresburg, said he parked his 1986 Jeep Chevrolet at 234 West Broadway on Sunday, Aug. 9. He told Patrolman Billy Woody that on Wednesday, Aug. 12, he noticed his golf clubs, wallet and checkbook were missing from the vehicle. He said he left the windows cracked open a little. Stolen items were Spalding golf clubs (valued at $350), a wallet ($5), and a checkbook ($25), according to Woody's report.

Vandalism at package store alleged
Joby Mathews, 29, of Wilton Springs Road, in Newport, said that on Wednesday, Aug. 12, a customer of the Newport Package Store at 203 Cosby Highway, in Newport, acted like he was attempting to steal a bottle of liquor. Mathews said that when he stopped the man, the man became upset and left the store. Mathews said he followed him outside and noticed a dent in the passenger's side door of his 1993 Saturn SC2. He told Patrolman Billy Woody that the dent was not there before.

Hit and run accident on Finchum Road
Harold J. Baker, of 1407 Windswept Circle, in Newport, stated that he was traveling north on Finchum Road near English Mountain Road in a 2008 Honda AXL when he met a white Honda Accord traveling south on a narrow portion of the road. Baker said the driver side mirrors of each vehicle made contact with the other, breaking the mirror off the 2008 Honda that Baker was driving. The other driver did not stop, Baker told Deputy Sheriff Brian Holt.

Vehicle hits deer on Edwina-Bridgeport Road
Patricia C. Wilds, 63, of 1498 Edwina Bridgeport Road, in Newport, said she was traveling south on Edwina-Bridgeport Road in a 2008 Chevrolet Impala when a deer ran onto the road and she hit it, sustaining damage to the Chevrolet's front bumper, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Brian Holt.

Robbery reported on Keystone Way
Shannon L. Sane, 33, of Keystone Way, said that on Sunday, Aug. 9, he heard a noise outside his home and when he looked, a man told him to get on the ground and give him his money. The suspect allegedly told Sane to get on his knees and said he had a gun. There were two robbers, and they left on foot after getting $1,200 that Sane had on him, according to a report by Lt. Richard Caldwell.

Child custody matter
A resident of Brighter Way, in Del Rio, said he was supposed to get his children from his ex-wife on Sunday, Aug. 9, but she refused to let him have them. She allegedly told him he would not get to see his kids until Thursday, Aug. 13, per the "parenting plan," according to a report by Deputy Sheriff David Crowder.

Harassment alleged
Vickie Floyd, 53, of Lonesome Pine Road, said that on Tuesday, Aug. 11, an acquaintance was driving by her home, stopping in front, and using profanity in front of Floyd's eight-year-old granddaughter, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Steve Johnson.

Newport Utilities employee accused of damage to yard
Kevin Barrett, 35, of 760 gentry Road, in Parrottsville, said that on Saturday, Aug. 8, a Newport Utilities employee came to his property to read a meter, according to a report by Lt. Rick Laws. The employee's truck allegedly ran over some railroad ties, causing damage to his yard and driveway. Barrett told Laws it would cost approximately $800 to repair the damage. It was unknown if any damage was done to the utility truck, according to Laws' report.

Verbal threats
Charles Owensby, 57, said that on Wednesday, Aug. 12, a man he knows by name issued racial slurs and made threats to assault him while at the Cocke County Fairgrounds, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Derrick Webb.

Custody dispute
A 36-year-old man on Overhill Road said on Wednesday, Aug. 12, that for the previous six weeks, his ex-wife refused to allow the man to visit their children, which was allegedly in violation of their court-ordered parenting plan, according to a report by Deputy Sheriff Brian Holt. Dunn's ex-wife has allegedly also not allowed the man to talk to their children on the phone.

Slick road blamed for accident
Linda Broome Larkin, 61, of 3704 Skyland Drive, in Kingsport, said she was traveling west in a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta on old Hartford Way on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at about 1:30 a.m., when she lost control of the vehicle on the slick road. The Volkswagen went off the road and into a small tree thicket, according to a report by Sgt. Armando Fontes.

Two-car accident at the Western Plaza Shopping Center
Silvino Alarcon Meza, 29, of 1205 Brady Road, in Newport, was driving a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle on Wednesday, Aug. 12, attempting to turn into the parking lot for Western Plaza Shopping Center, eastbound, in the turn lane, and struck a 2007 Chevrolet Uplander in the passenger side. The Chevrolet was driven by Alice F. Woods, 68, of 12430 Newport Highway, in Greeneville, according to a report by Capt. Brad Ball. Both drivers said Meza made an illegal turn into the parking lot, causing the accident, according to Ball's report. Meza allegedly told police, "I made a mistake, it was my fault," the report stated.

Two-car accident on the Cosby Highway
Joseph Charles Kelley, 40, of 140 Carson Springs Road, in Newport, said he was backing from a parking spot at the Newport Federal Bank on the Cosby Highway in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when the rear passenger side of his Chevrolet was struck by a 2009 Chevrolet Malibu driven by John Luke Bell, 17, of 1209 Piney Mountain Road, in Newport, according to a report by Patrolman William Garber. Bell told Garber that he, too, was backing from a parking spot because he thought his path was clear, when he made contact with Kelley's Chevrolet Silverado.

Straightening iron stolen
Daniell  Reed, 17, of Lower Quarry Road, in Newport, said someone stole her straightening iron from her room on Wednesday, Aug. 12, according to a report by Sgt. Stephen Higginbotham. Reed valued the iron at $35 and named a suspect.

Mad customer at Dollar General allegedly breaks picture frame
Lisa Grice, of North Sizer, in Jefferson City, told Lt. Terry Lawson that on Wednesday, Aug. 12, an unknown short, fat, bald, "older" (in his 60's) white male was in the Dollar General Store at 220 Westgate Plaza, in Newport, when he was told to leave the area behind the cash register. He allegedly got mad and threw an 8-inch by 10-inch picture frame and broke the frame before driving away in a black Jeep Wrangler. Grice got the tag number, Lawson's report said. The picture frame was valued at $4.

Daughter's bicycle reported stolen
Kathy Tolopka, 49, of River View Street, in Newport, said someone stole her daughter's bicycle on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at about 8 p.m., was it was outside of the River View address, according to a report by Patrolman Amy Elswick. Tolopka said the bicycle was pink with black and gray butterflies, and that it had white tires. The 20-inch Slumber Party bicycle was valued at $60.

Print This Story Print This Story Email This Story Email This Story To A Friend

Subscribe to The Newport Plain Talk by clicking SUBSCRIBE. Sign up for Breaking News emails from The Newport Plain Talk by clicking EMAIL ALERTS and inputting your email address next to "Add Me" near the top right corner.

Find more businesses on

Attorneys · Automotive · Health Care · Restaurants Retail · Services · Home & Garden · Recreation


Enter your email address to sign up.
Email Address:
Receive special offers from The Newport Plain Talk.



View All Galleries