More Appalachian Fairground arrests: Wanted federal fugitive captured, juvenile accused of marijuana sales

Becky Campbell • Aug 29, 2013 at 12:01 PM

A Johnson City man charged with multiple counts of statutory rape for having sex with a 17-year-old runaway at the Appalachian Fairgrounds was just one of several people charged with crimes during the six-day annual event.

According to Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, a total of 12 people charged with violating Tennessee laws. That includes a juvenile caught selling marijuana on the fairground property, he said.

Nine of those arrested were for public intoxication.

More serious charges included Harold House, 29, 612 E. Maple Street, Johnson City, who was charged with eight counts of aggravated statutory rape and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

House was arraigned on the charges Tuesday. During that hearing, he told a Washington County General Sessions judge he is part owner of a tractor trailer that hauls equipment for the Drew Exposition and he travels with the company.

House was initially arrested on two outstanding warrants on unrelated charges, then investigators discovered the sexual relationship he was having with the teenager. According to court documents, House picked up the girl at her home in Kingsport on Friday.

The pair had sex and House is also accused of giving the girl marijuana.

She was later found sleeping in the back of House’s car which was parked at the fairground.

In another arrest, Lonnie G. Greer, 34, 219 Patton Ridge Dr., Jonesborough, was arrested when an officer saw him entering the fairgrounds and recognized him as a wanted federal fugitive.

The outstanding federal warrant charges Greer with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is being housed in the Washington County Detention Center, but is classified as a federal prisoner.

In another incident, deputies were alerted to a juvenile who was “possibly selling marijuana inside the fairgrounds,” according to a sheriff’s office press release.

When officers began to investigate, they discovered seven grams of marijuana and plastic baggies used to package drugs. The juvenile ran after officers found the drugs, was apprehended at a gate as he tried to leave the fairgrounds.

Two deputies were injured during the foot pursuit, according to the sheriff. The juvenile was issued a citation into Washington County Juvenile Court and released to his parents.

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