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Numerous domestic assault calls keep city, county officers busy

Staff Reports • Jul 31, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Local law enforcement agencies in Johnson City and Washington County have responded in the last week to numerous domestic assaults, which have included quarrels between family members and boyfriend and girlfriend disputes.

Man, woman argue

A Gray woman was arrested Saturday after allegedly fighting with a man over her children, according to a Sessions Court affidavit.

According to a Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Windy M. Buckingham, 40, 381 Possum Hollow Road, had walked to a neighbor’s home and told them the male victim had been hitting her.

When the deputy arrived at the scene, Buckingham was walking back to the residence with a metal pipe in her hand and said the man had assaulted her.

According to the affidavit, Buckingham was told to wait outside, while the deputy went inside to make contact with the man. The deputy said the man was on the couch and had visible cuts and bruises on his lower right leg.

The man told the deputy that Buckingham had hit him in the leg several times with the metal pipe and that the two had been arguing over her children.

According to the affidavit, the deputy went outside to talk to Buckingham, but she had left.

The man was taken to Franklin Woods Community Hospital for treatment and later called to tell deputies that Buckingham was driving up and down Possum Hollow Road.

According to the affidavit, another deputy was sitting in a car in a driveway on the other side of the trailer park and when the deputy activated his emergency equipment to stop her, Buckingham did not stop and turned into the trailer park while speeding.

Buckingham was stopped in a driveway of the trailer park and was arrested.

She was charged with domestic aggravated assault, evading arrest to wit felony and driving while her license was suspended or revoked.

Buckingham was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where she was released on bond

She was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court today.

Brother assaulted

On Monday, a Chuckey man was arrested following an argument between the man and his brother.

According to a Sessions Court affidavit, a WSCO deputy was called to 153 Paul Mathes Road, where he made contact with Mark Johnson, who said his brother Robert G. Johnson, 37, 955 Fishpond Road, and their mother, Linda Johnson, had been arguing.

Mark Johnson told the deputy that Robert Johnson allegedly pushed him down on the couch and hit him multiple times in the face.

According to the affidavit, Mark Johnson said he tried to defend himself from his brother and several items in the residence were damaged. Mark Johnson was taken to Franklin Woods Community Hospital for treatment for a fractured eye socket and had hemorrhaging behind his right eye, according to the affidavit.

Robert Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic aggravated assault and was taken to Washington County Detention Center, where he was released on bond.

He was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Monday.

Woman choked, chased

Also on Monday, a Jonesborough man was arrested after he allegedly choked his pregnant girlfriend, according to an affidavit of complaint.

According to the affidavit, a WCSO deputy responded to an aggravated assault at the residence of Benjamin H. Gilbert, 19, 144 Bacon Road, where he and his girlfriend were arguing over Gilbert drinking alcohol.

Gilbert allegedly threw his girlfriend to the ground outside the residence and she left in her vehicle.

According to the affidavit, the girlfriend noticed Gilbert following her, and Gilbert started to ram her vehicle with his.

A witness reportedly saw Gilbert pull into oncoming traffic on Pickens Bridge Road, pull up next to his girlfriend’s vehicle and pull in front of her to force her to stop.

According to the affidavit, the woman drove to a nearby church parking lot and called 911. An investigation of the incident revealed the woman is 12 weeks pregnant.

Gilbert was charged with aggravated assault under the domestic violence law, as well as a count of aggravated assault to the unborn child.

He was taken to Washington County Detention Center, where he was released on bond.

Gilbert was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court on Aug. 5.

Woman, child threatened

A Johnson City man was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend.

According to a JCPD report, officers responded to a call on Baxter Street, where they made contact with Tabatha Nelson, who said she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Jarrod L. Coleman, 31, 502 E. Myrtle Ave.

Nelson told police that Coleman had returned to the residence early Tuesday morning drunk and the two began to argue. She said he grabbed her right arm as she tried to leave and twisted it behind her back.

According to the report, Coleman allegedly put his knee on Nelson’s abdomen, choked her and then told her that he would kill her and her child.

Coleman reportedly then left the residence and told Nelson as he was leaving that he would shoot her if she was there when he returned, police said.

According to the report, Nelson is 22 weeks pregnant with Coleman’s child.

Coleman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held on $50,000 bond.

Coleman was scheduled to appear in Sessions Court today at 1:30 p.m.

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