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January 19 crime reports

Published: 9:25 AM, 01/19/2012 Last updated: 9:25 AM, 01/19/2012

Source: The Newport Plain Talk



Failure to appear

Selena Lea Vick, 27, of 109 Hunting Woods Drive, in Bybee, was arrested Jan. 18, and charged with failure to appear out of Circuit Court, Patrolman Robby McMahan reported.


Violation of probation

John Howard, 32, of 105 Keystone Way, in Newport, was arrested Jan. 13, and charged with violation of probation, Patrolman Josh Holt reported.


Driving on a revoked license (4th offense)

Clifton D. Raines, 48, of 2800 Early Road, in Newport, was arrested Jan. 17, and charged with driving on a revoked license (4th offense), no insurance, and violation of registration, Patrolman Travis Gorrell reported.


Driving on a suspended license

Jason A. Martin, 29, of 108 English St., in Newport, was arrested Jan. 18, and charged with driving on a suspended license and no seatbelt, according to a report with the Newport Police Department.


Assault reported

Ollie May Swagerty, 64, of Jay Bird Street, said on Jan. 18 that an acquaintance came to her residence and hit her with a garden tool handle, Patrolman Billy Woods reported. Swagerty then left in a vehicle. Officers noticed red marks on Swagerty's arm, according to the report.


Harassment allegation

David Duke and Bonnie Hayes, of Lower English Creek Road, in Newport, stated to Lt. Richard Caldwell that a person who lives in their neighborhood had harassed them by accusing them of kicking her door in and taking items from her residence, Lt. Richard Caldwell reported. Duke and Hayes said they felt harassed from the allegations.


Theft reported

Janet Taylor, 55, of Lower English Creek Road, reported Jan. 15 that someone broke into her residence and stole several items of older jewelry with a total value of $14,505, Lt. Richard Caldwell reported.


Dispute over $20

Kristin N. Holder, 29, of Highway 160, in Newport, said on Jan. 13 that an acquaintance had beat on the door to her residence five times. She said she opened the door on the fifth time and the acquaintance allegedly threatened to kill her if she did not pay him $20 that Holder allegedly owned him, Deputy Sheriff Joseph Owings and Heath Willis reported. Holder called 911, waited for officers to arrive and told the officers she was in fear for her life, the report stated.


Vehicle reported stolen

Ricky Moon, 53, of Dandridge, reported that his 1991 Chevrolet Blazer had been taken from the Renner Trucking lot while he was working, Deputy Sheriff Michael Whitmer reported.



Possession of Schedule 6 for resale

Adam Colombe, 26, of 490 North Susong St., in Newport, was arrested Jan. 16, and charged with possession of Schedule 6 (marijuana) for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia, Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes reported. "Upon a continued drug investigation" by the department, officers executed a search warrant for Colombe on the Susong residence, which involved the busting down of the front door of the residence by Chief Deputy John Carrell. Other officers joined in the search warrant that was held at about 8:35 a.m. at the isolated residence located at the end of Susong Street. Four individuals apparently asleep at the time of the search warrant were detained. Two were later released. Also arrested with Colombe was Michael David Cox, 27, who was wanted out of Hamblen County for jail escape and violation of probation, Deputy Sheriff Hollis Emmons reported. Carrell announced "Police with a search warrant!" three separate times before busting open the door of the Susong Street residence.

Cox allegedly identified himself as "Michael David Yelvington" and being 28 years old, Emmons reported. An ID check showed his real name is Michael David Cox, Emmons said.


Driving on a suspended license

Tanya Sue Moore, 31, of 519 Old Knoxville Highway, in Newport, was arrested Jan. 18, and charged with driving on a suspended license, Deputy Sheriff Hollis Emmons reported.


Man in wreck treated for minor injuries

Nicholas R. Brown, 32, of Sevierville, was traveling north on the Hooper Highway, on Jan. 17, at about 8 p.m., when his 1999 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck left the right side of the road and struck a guardrail, Lt. C.J. Ball reported. Brown said he overcorrected, causing the truck to travel across the southbound lane and come to a final rest when it hit a ditch line head-on, the report stated. An Allied EMS ambulance transported Brown to the Newport Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, the report stated. He was later released and arrested by Deputy Sheriff Josh Hall for driving on a suspended license, Lt. Ball wrote.


Attempted break-in

Michael Ray Massie, 56, of Deep Road, in Cosby, said on Jan. 16 that someone tried to break the front door of Massie's Market, at 5040 Hooper Highway, with a rock, Sgt. Robert Thornton and Deputy Sheriffs Heath Willis and Rodney Hazelwood reported. The front door of the market had not been broken out, but suffered damage estimated at $2,000, the report stated.


Stove missing from purchased property

Josephine Williams, 49, of Roy Road, in Cosby, stated on Jan. 16 that she purchased a mobile home located at

119 Padgett Mill Road that was bought "as is," Sgt. Steve Johnson reported. After the purchase was finalized, the home was entered and a white General Electric cooking stove worth $500 was removed from the property, according to Williams.


Two handguns reported stolen

Elmer Clayton Ball, 31, of Roy Road, in Cosby, said on Jan. 17 he returned home and discovered someone had stolen two handguns from his residence, K9 Deputy Sheriff Chris Gregg reported. A Hi-Point 9 mm handgun is valued at $500. A Bryco handgun is estimated to cost $200, the report stated. A suspect was named.


Theft reported

L.C. Sparks, 48, of Big Creek Road, in Grassy Fork, said on Jan. 15. that someone stole from his property his Husquavarna 445 Rancher with a 20-inch bar on it, Sgt. Tony Whitten reported. The Rancher is valued at $450.


Vandalism reported

Stephen James Griffin, 21, of Irish Cut Road, in Newport, said that on Jan. 13, he was inside his residence when he heard two loud booms outside, then his mother texted him and said be on the look out for a person walking outside, Deputy Sheriff Heath Willis reported. Griffin said he walked outside and found the driver's side door to his 1995 Ford pickup truck had been left open and the dash around the steering wheel was damaged, the report stated. Nothing was missing, Griffin stated. He also said he did not see anyone walking around outside, Willis reported.



Denneasa Jeffers, 29, of Windspirit Way, in Newport, said that on Jan. 15, an acquaintance called her and told her everything she had done the previous day, including going to Greeneville, Deputy Sheriff Heath Willis and Sgt. Robert Thornton reported. Jeffers said the person told her he would come to her residence and kill everyone, the report stated. She said the harassment has been ongoing for six or seven days.


Stolen vehicle recovered

Kenneth Riley, 69, of Morristown, told Deputy Sheriff Tony Bailey on Jan. 18, that last February, someone test drove his 1978 Chevrolet truck, and two days later the truck was missing, according to a report by Bailey. Riley said he thought his truck was at an address off Joyful Way. Bailey said he went to the address and spoke with Omer Clester who said he bought the truck from Riley for $700. Riley, however, had the title and took the vehicle back with him to Hamblen County.

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