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Nov. 3 crime reports

Published: 12:08 PM, 11/03/2009

Author: Nelson Morais
Source: The Newport Plain Talk


Driving on revoked license charged in arrest
Michelle Colyer, 31, of 109 Greenwood Way, in Newport, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with driving on a revoked license, Deputy Sheriff Hollis Emmons reported.

Man arrested in vehicle theft case
Jeremy Eugene Ball, 29, of 1310 Happy Hollow Lane, in Sevierville, was arrested Monday, Nov. 2, at 111 Court Ave., and charged with theft over $1,000 and theft under $500. Ball was charged in connection with the theft of a 1978 Chevrolet Nova belonging to Steve Wines, of Pappy's Way, in Newport, on Oct. 22. The vehicle was valued by Wines at $2,500. Also stolen was a vehicle tag from a vehicle owned by Wines, also on Oct. 22, and valued at $20, Det. Bryan Murr reported. The vehicle was located on Wilderness Trail in Cosby on Sunday, Oct. 25, and appeared to be in drivable condition. Keys were not found with the vehicle.

Criminal simulation charged
Gerald Patrick Burke, 44, of 141 Cove Hollow Road, in Cosby, was arrested Monday, Nov. 2, and charged with criminal simulation after allegedly passing two counterfeit $10 bills at the Dollar General store on Cosby Highway, on May 6, Det. Bryan Murr reported.

DUI and other charges in arrest
Barley Lee Martin, 29, of 4135 East Highway 25/70, was arrested Friday, Oct. 30, and charged with DUI, implied consent, financial responsibility, and possession of Schedule VI, Deputy Sheriff Steve Johnson reported.

Vehicle recovered
Joey Cogdill, 42, of Center Street, in Newport, called the Cocke County Sheriff's Department on Monday, Nov. 2, to report that his stolen vehicle was spotted at a residence on Carson Springs Road, Sgt. Tony Whitten reported. A deputy sheriff found the vehicle at the address that was given.

Assault on Old Sevierville Highway
Brittany Lane, 19, of Forest Hills Drive, said she was assaulted on Saturday, Oct. 31, at a residence on Old Sevierville Highway, Deputy Sheriff Travis Webb reported.


Disorderly charge and arrest
Brad Grooms, 20, of 608 Morrell Springs Road, in Newport, was arrested on Monday, Nov. 2, and charged with disorderly conduct, Patrolman Donald Coakley reported. Grooms was arrested at McDonald's restaurant, at 817 Cosby Highway, in Newport.

DUI, no insurance
Tabatha A. Seay, 29, of 272 Robert E. Lee Drive, in Newport, was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 31, and charged with driving under the influence, and no insurance, Capt. Scott Lamb reported. Seay was allegedly a driver involved in a crash on West Highway 25/70 in front of the Cocke County Fairgrounds.

Public intoxication charge
Danny R. Barnes, 41, of 183 Woodland Road, in Newport, was arrested Saturday, Oct. 31, and charged with public intoxication, Patrolman Amy Elswick reported.

Arrested for public intoxication
Laura F. Mellor, 46, of 341 Graham St., in Newport, was arrested recently and charged with public intoxication, Patrolman Amy Elswick reported.

Theft over $1,000
A total of $1,777.08 was taken from a locked cabinet in an office at the Mountain Crest Inn, at 1010 Cosby Highway, on Friday, Oct. 30, or the next day, Lt. Terry Lawson reported.

Theft of medication/burglary of auto theft under $500
Shannon Campbell, of Alex Street, in Newport, said that on Monday, Nov. 2, early in the morning, someone broke the window to her 1995 Chevrolet Blazer and stole her high phonic AMP (valued at $300), and medicine. A neighbor said she noticed someone near her vehicle around 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 2, when she walked her dog, Patrolman Matthew Elliott reported.

Theft under $500
Josh Crumbly, 19, of 228 Seehorn St., in Newport, said he noticed on Sunday, Nov. 1, that his PlayStation 3 game system was missing, according to a report by the Newport Police Department. The game system is valued at $450.

Counterfeit money
A cashier at Mapco, at 250 West Broadway, in Newport, said that on Sunday, Nov. 1, Adam Colombe, 24, came into the store and tried to buy gas with four counterfeit $1 bills. Colombe later told police he got the counterfeit bills at another gas station, Capt. Scott Lamb reported.

Counterfeit money
Roy Lee Samples, of Scarlet Road, in Newport, called police on Saturday, Oct. 31, and said a $10 bill he tried to use to buy groceries at Save-A-Lot grocery store was counterfeit, Patrolman Allen Stump reported.

Counterfeit money
Sissy Sutton, manager at Walmart, at 1075 Cosby Highway, said she discovered a counterfeit $10 bill on Saturday, Oct. 31, when she went through money in a safe, Patrolman William Garber reported.

Aggravated assault/destruction of property
Misti Holt, 27, of 141 New Cave Church Road, in Newport, said an acquaintance of her boyfriend threw a long aluminum road through the driver's side window of a 2003 Hyundai she was driving, on Saturday, Oct. 31, Patrolman William Garber reported. A replacement for the shattered window is valued at $150.

Accident on Cosby Highway
A 1998 Ford Taurus driven by Theasa D. Vendola, 27, of Wells Drive, in Newport, collided with a 1998 Toyota Camry driven by Willard C. Holt, 59, of 120 Addison Road, in Newport, on Friday, Oct. 30, at 345 Cosby Highway, Capt. Brad Ball reported. The Taurus was traveling south on Highway 321/Cosby Highway. Ball wrote that it was his "evidentiary opinion" that Vendola was illegally traveling in the turning lane, had entered the turning lane at an improper time, and continued in the lane illegally until colliding with the Toyota Camry.

Arrested for criminal simulation
Stewart W. Brown, 26, of 468 Johnson St., in Newport, was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 29, and charged with criminal simulation, Det. Donna Hopkins reported. Brown admitted taking money from his uncle, Luther Taylor. He said he stole the money "because he has a pill addition and was buying pills," Hopkins wrote. Brown was already at Cocke County Jail when he was served with a warrant.

Vehicle crashed into metal storage building and utility pole
Sylvia Priser, 67, of Rabblin Road, in Newport, owns a metal storage building where police found a 1992 Ford Crown Victoria crashed into it and a utility pole, Patrolman Billy Woody reported. The driver left the scene of the accident, which occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Gerald Dean Ridens, of West Highway 25/70 owns the utility pole (valued at $500). Damage to the storage building was estimated at $3,000.

Counterfeit money
Arda Cordero told police she tried to get a money order at Walmart on Thursday, Oct. 29, but the cashier said her $10 bill was counterfeit. Cordero said she got the bill at a credit union or bank in Sevierville, Patrolman Travis Gorrell reported.

Breaking and entering/theft
Cathy Sutton, 19, of Terrace Way, in Newport, said she had a second burglary in October. She said she discovered that a Sony DVD player valued at $60, and 12 DVD's valued at $200 had been stolen. Sutton also said that on Sunday, Oct. 25, someone stole a 19-inch Toshiba flat screen TV worth $791.56. She named two suspects, Sgt. Jason Smith reported.

Theft under $500
Scott Gorrell, of Morrell Springs Road, in Newport, said he discovered on Sunday, Oct. 25, that two saws missing out of the back of his 2004 Dodge Ram pickup were stolen. One was a M7250 chainsaw valued at nearly $320, and a Craftsman reciprocal saw valued at $45, Patrolman Donald Coakley reported.

Shoplifting at Dollar General
A manager at Dollar General, located at 1053 Cosby Highway, in Newport, said a white male, ages 25-30, five feet and six inches tall, entered the store on Thursday, Oct. 28, and started stuffing several items into a white camouflage hoodie. He left the store before police arrived. Stolen were six DVD's ($10 each), one CD player ($15), and AA batteries ($4.50), for a total of $79.50, Patrolman Matthew Elliott reported.

Assault at Bowman Drive Playground
Gwen Taylor, of Bowman Drive, on Friday, Oct. 30, agreed that her son Jacob and another boy were in a mutual fight and that the injuries to her son were not serious as a result of their fight at the Bowman Drive Playground, Det. Donna Hopkins reported.

Theft reported
Martha Webb, of West 100th St., in Cleveland, Ohio, said that on Wednesday, Oct. 28, someone stole her US Bank card. She named a suspect. She said $200 was withdrawn before she could cancel the card, Sgt. Jason Smith reported.

Theft over $500
A manager for Kenjo Market BP, at 1004 Cosby Highway, in Newport, said that on Thursday, on Oct. 29, she had two rolls of Tennessee Millionaires Lottery tickets valued at $600 stolen from the store in August 2009. The tickets weren't activated, she told Patrolman Matthew Elliott.

Property damage
Vonda Strom, 48, of Sterling Road, in Del Rio, said her 2009 Acura RSX suffered $2,000 of damage to the front of the vehicle, on Wednesday, Oct. 28, Sgt. Jason Smith reported. Strom said the damage must have happened while at work, at American Appliance, located at 345 Kenwood Drive, in Newport. There were white paint marks, dents, and scratches on the front bumper and hood. The headlights were damaged, as well.

Harassment alleged
Michelle Cate, 37, of Ballad Way, in Newport, who is a nurse practitioner, said someone wrote harassing comments about her on the wall of a ladies' rest room inside Fred's Market at 122 Five Rivers Plaza Way, on Tuesday, Oct. 27, Sgt. Jason Smith reported. Cate named a suspect.

Theft under $500
Jennifer Holt, 31, of Smith Street, in Newport, named a suspect she believes stole $300 from her purse on Monday, Nov. 2, Patrolman Donald Coakley reported.

Theft under $500
Marilyn Arrowood, 54, of Grass Ford Road, in Hartford, said someone stole a ring of hers on Thursday, Oct. 29, that is worth $350, Patrolman Donald Coakley reported.

Counterfeit money
Gregg Ketterman, vice president of the National Bank of Tennessee, said Randy Mathis came through the drive thru at the bank on Sunday, Nov. 1, to deposit $800 in his account. Ketterman said $300 of the deposit was comprised of counterfeit bills, Patrolman Travis Gorrell reported.

Harassment alleged
Amanda Wise, 29, of Duncan Street, in Newport, said an acquaintance sent five to ten threatening text messages to her every night, from July to today, Nov. 3, when a report was filed, Patrolman Heather Lawson reported.

Stolen vehicle recovered
Brittany Turner, of Terrace Way, in Newport, said that on Friday, Oct. 30, some of her friends saw her stolen 1990 Honda Accord parked at the Tanner building. She took her vehicle home. A suspect was named in the theft of the vehicle, which was valued at $8,000, Patrolman Donald Coakley reported.

Accident on West Highway 25/70
Gray L. Shropshire, 25, of 1701 Bullard Drive, in Newport, illegally pulled his 1976 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup truck into the path of a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Shannon D. Gann, 34, of 1215 Bayberry Way, in Newport, on Sunday, Nov. 1, at Mariner Health Drive, Capt. Brad Ball reported. The Blazer struck the Chevrolet in the passenger side rear wheel, causing the Chevrolet to strike a 1998 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Tamara R. Carroll, 46, of 650 Village Way, in Newport.

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