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June 12 crime reports

Published: 8:15 PM, 06/10/2011 Last updated: 8:15 PM, 06/10/2011

Source: The Newport Plain Talk



Robbery/theft under $500

Courtney Marshall, 19, of Terrace Way, in Newport, an employee of the Sonic Drive-in Restaurant, said on June 17 at 10:45 p.m. a skinny white male, 18-23 years old, approached her and grabbed a large sum of cash from her hands and took off running to the Mapco Gas Station. The amount taken is $338.01, Patrolman Joshua Veridal reported.


Theft under $500

Alice Vick, 33, of West 47th St., in Newport, said she returned to her room at Best Western, on June 7, after being gone one hour. She named a suspect she believes stole $120 in cash, a bracelet ($50), and a necklace ($50), Patrolman Justin Vinson reported.


Vandalism reported

Morgan Price, 19, of Lelas Way, in Newport, said an acquaintance kicked the side of her vehicle as she tried to drive away, on June 7, at 9:45 p.m., at Walmart. The damage value of the dent in the passenger front door is $500, Sgt. Ricky Parton reported.


Vandalism reported

Richard W. Testerman, 21, of Comanche Drive, in Newport, said when he returned to his vehicle parked in front of 301 East Broadway, on June 7, at 2 a.m., he noticed damage to the rear driver's side of his 2004 Ford van. The damage is valued at $1,500, Patrolman William Garber reported.


Theft of merchandise/theft over $1,000

Aaron Sales and Lease on June 9 gave officers information about items a lessee had taken and not paid for fully. Documents showed that on April 27, an individual went to Aaron's and leased a 60-inch Mitsubishi 1080 DLP HDTV worth $1,000. Aaron's documents showed the person had moved and taken the merchandise with him, Patrolman Justin Vinson reported.


Counterfeit money

On June 9, officers dispatched to Food City West, at 181 Western Plaza, regarding a counterfeit $20 bill. An employee said Jeff Lebeau, 41, of 855 Reece Hollow Road, in Del Rio, was trying to get a money order. One of his bills, a $20, showed up counterfeit. Lebeau said he got the bill as a payment for a bill owed from Smokey Mtn. Pizza in Sevierville. He said he did not know the bill was counterfeit, Patrolman Josh Holt and Lt. Terry Lawson reported.


Theft under $500

Brook Hatcher, 23, of Blueberry Way, in Newport, said she went to work at Baptist Hospital of Cocke County on June 9, and when she got off work at 9:30 p.m., she noticed the gas cap on her 2002 Toyota Camry was still open. She said she had a full tank of gas when she went to work, but when she checked again she had only 3/4 of a tank of gas. The stolen gas is valued at $25, Patrolman Billy Woody reported.



Domestic assault

Ralph P. Dubiel, 52, of 147 Cricket Hallow Road, in Cosby, was arrested June 8 and charged with domestic assault, Deputy Sheriff Robert Thornton reported.


Sale and delivery of Schedule 4 drugs

Eva Faye Laws, 31, of 658 Domino St., in Newport, was arrested June 9 and charged with sale and delivery of Schedule 4, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Legend Drug, and violation of probation, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer said. Laws was arrested at Family Inns West on West Highway 25/70, in Newport, in room 121. Lanny Warren Johnson, 46, of 320 Alex St., in Newport, was arrested in the same room when Laws was arrested, and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Legend Drug, according to Whitmer's report.


DUI (1st offense), open container

Joseph John Pierce, 44, of 127 Melton Road, in Newport, was arrested June 10 and charged with DUI (1st offense) and open container, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Owings reported.


Contempt of Court/failure to appear

Walter Carl Perry, 27, of 282 Moore Hollow Road, in Newport, was arrested June 7 and charged with contempt of court/failure to appear, Deputy Sheriff Steve Johnson reported.


Violation of Court Order/bond conditions

Ralph Paul Dubiel, 52, of 147 Cricket Hollow Road, in Cosby, was arrested June 9 and charged with violation of court order/bond conditions, Deputy Sheriff Robert Thornton reported.


Violation of probation

Pebbles Renee Garner, 27, of Trail Hollow Road, in Newport, was arrested June 9 and charged with violation of probation, Deputy Sheriff Hollis Emmons reported.


Violation of community corrections

Martin Keith Ball, 39, of 608 Frog Pond Alley, in Newport, was arrested June 9 and charged with violation of community corrections, Deputies Hollis Emmons and Chuck Evans reported.


Domestic assault

Fredrick Eugene Smith, 37, of 111 Spartan Way, in Newport, was arrested June 9 and charged with domestic assault, Deputy Sheriff Hollis Emmons reported.


Aggravated domestic assault

Ricky Lee Deaton, 38, of 5017 Ravens Branch Road, in Del Rio, was arrested June 8 and charged with aggravated domestic assault, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.


Violation of probation

Rodney Northern, 35, of 1241 Heather Brook Way, in Newport, was arrested June 8 and charged with violation of probation, Deputies Joseph Owings and Michael Whitmer reported.


Theft reported

Joe Cutshaw, 51, of Jesup, Ga., said someone stole a 2004 Down to Earth 5- by 8-foot utility trailer that was on his mother's property on Highway 25E, on June 8, Deputy Sheriff Josh Hall reported. The trailer is valued at $600.


Theft reported

Gerald Lundy, 52, of East Highway 25/70, in Newport, said he has a suspect he believes stole his Pro Power 5500 generator on June 8, Deputy Sheriff Josh Hall reported. The red generator is valued at $400.


Breaking and entering

Jack Rice, 81, said he returned home on June 8 to find someone had kicked in the wooden door to his garage. Nothing was missing, Deputy Sheriff Heath Willis reported. The damage is estimated at $60.


Theft reported

John Post said Clayton Mobile Homes was setting up a mobile home at 3598 Grassy Fork Road. Post, who lives out of state, said sometime during the night of June 8 a thief or thieves pried open the rear door to the residence and stole a stainless still GE range, Sgt. David Crum reported. The range is valued at $1,500.


Theft reported

Tommy Freeman, caretaker of Rankin Baptist Missionary Church, reported that on June 8 he noticed that two large aluminum fence posts with gate brackets were stolen from the church's cemetery, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported. The two fence posts are valued at $200. The two fence brackets are valued at $100.



Robert Belt, 33, of North Highway 107, in Del Rio, said someone broke into his residence on June 8 while he was gone, and stole several items, including five Dewalt drills worth $1,200, one box of autographed baseball memorabilia worth $2,000, and six batteries and two chargers worth $500, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.


Aggravated burglary

William Stepp, 46, of Stepp Road, in Bybee, said he returned home June 9 to find the following items missing: a .22 bolt-action rifle worth $1,000, a 30/30 Lever Action rifle worth $700, assorted jewelry worth $2,000, and an antique set of silver worth $500, Deputy Sheriff Josh Hall reported.


Furniture dispute

On June 6 at 9 a.m., officers were notified of a person who allegedly said if Home Rentals tried to go to a residence in Hartford, that he would shoot them. The dispute has been over rental property that was rented out by two customers. The suspect said he does not want Home Rentals back on his property, according to what the rental company stated, nor would he return the property back, which is a Corsicana mattress and springs worth $500, an Ashley bedroom set worth $1,000, and an Ashley sectional worth $850, Deputy Sheriff Andy Tritt reported. The suspect denied he told the rental company he would shoot them, but he said he did ask them to stop calling his phone because they were running up his minutes, Tritt reported.


Theft reported

Ronda Clevenger, 44, of Scenic Drive, in Newport, said someone stole her pocketbook out of her truck on June 8. She said it had $250 in cash in it, ID cards, and two Dollywood passes, Sgt. David Crum reported.



James Epley, 27, of Salem Road, in Parrottsville, stated that between May 28 and June 7, an acquaintance and her son have been going up and down the road in front of his residence and harassing him, Lt. Rick Laws reported. He also said someone apparently put sugar into the gas tank of his 1994 Nissan Altima, causing extreme motor damage to the vehicle. Damage to the motor is estimated to be at least $1,000, Laws reported.


Aggravated burglary

Dennis O'Brien, 59, of Sugar Cove Way, in Newport, said that on June 8, he was in his basement working at his computer when he went upstairs, saw his balcony door was open, and heard the floor squeaking. O'Brien said "Hello" and a white male came out of O'Brien's bedroom wearing construction clothes and equipment. He said he was looking for the owner and needed some water. The suspect asked O'Brien to follow him outside, but instead O'Brien went to his bedroom and armed himself with a pistol. He heard a vehicle with a loud muffler crank up outside and speed away. He followed in his truck to try to get the tag number or description but could not because the road was too dusty. Nothing was taken, but O'Brien did find one of his rifles removed from a closet and laying on his bed, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.


Burglary reported

Roy Shetley, 81, of Highway 411, in Newport, said on June 9, he found the lock to his garage cut off and items stolen from inside, including four socket sets valued at $200, a battery charger valued at $60, a set of drill bits valued at $25, and a 1285 BTU gas generator valued at $300, Deputy Sheriff Josh Hall reported. He said he has a suspect in mind.


Vandalism reported

Robert Mantooth, 63, of Goodwater Road, in Bybee, said on June 8 he was driving on Goodwater Road when someone shot his front windshield and back driver's side glass out with a BB gun. Total damage is estimated at $1,000 for the front glass and side glass, Deputy Sheriff Robert Thornton reported. A 10-year-old suspect's mother said she would pay for the damages.


Violation of an order of protection

Kim Fine, 35, of Scotch Pine Way, said a person he has an order of protection against started calling Fine's cell phone and house phone at least 30 times, as of June 8, Deputy Sheriff Robert Thornton reported.


Vandalism reported

Jack Minnicks, 77, of Boomer Way, said that on June 9, an acquaintance left Buddy's Bar, got into her vehicle, and spun her tires in the gravel. The person allegedly threw gravel onto Minnicks' vehicle, a 2007 Suzuki RBC. It broke the back glass worth $650 and dented the trunk in several places. The total value of damages to Minnicks' vehicle is estimated at $1,850, Deputy Sheriff Robert Thornton reported.


Robbery reported

Jack Minnicks also reported that on June 9, at 3:30 a.m., he found two white males in his house. The two men said they were lost, then they allegedly attacked Minnicks, hitting, kicking, and choking him. While one of the men was choking Minnicks, the other man took Minnicks' wallet, and took off running. The wallet had $328 and various ID cards, Deputies Robert Thornton and Heath Willis reported.

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