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Crime roundup: Johnson City drug arrests, fake drivers licenses, looking through the bushes and more

Johnson City Press • Updated May 9, 2019 at 6:42 PM

 

Recent felony arrests reported by the Johnson City Police Department:

Meth, marijuana arrest at Dollar General. Johnson City police arrested a 46-year-old man Thursday on drug charges after responding to a suspicious person complaint at Dollar General, 1121 N. Roan St. James A. Stewart, 202 W. Fairview Ave., was charged with felony possession/deliver/sell of methamphetamine, three counts of simple possession, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Police said they saw Stewart pacing the store and behaving abnormally. The also spotted a bulge in his front left pocket and found a plastic container containing a felony amount of methamphetamine and three pills of narcotics. In his backpack, police said they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana. Stewart was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $11,000 bond awaiting Sessions Court appearance set for Friday.

Identity theft charge in the bushes. Johnson City police charged a 22-year-old man with identity theft Thursday after investigating a complaint about a man rolling around on the ground and looking through the bushes outside a city residence. Brandon Tester, no address available, also was charged with public intoxication. Police said Tester was under the influence of an unknown substance and used another person’s identity. Due to history with Tester, police were able to confirm his real name. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $100 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Friday. Tester was arrested in 2016 on two domestic assault charges after police alleged he threatened to ignite an oxygen tank at his grandmother’s house and with theft from a building earlier that year.

Speeding stop leads to drug arrest. An Elizabethton woman was arrested Tuesday in Johnson City after she used a relative’s information in a traffic stop that involved drugs, police said. Shawna N. Campbell, 29, 118 W. E St., was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for speeding about 9:20 p.m. During the traffic stop, a police dog alerted officers that drugs were inside. In a search, police found 12 syringes — five containing methamphetamine and seven empty — and other unlawful drug paraphernalia. Officers tried to identify a passenger in the vehicle, but they said Campbell lied about her identity and used a relative’s information. She was charged with identity theft, simple possession of schedule II drugs and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $12,000 bond and arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Police say men had fake drivers licenses. Two 20-year-old men had counterfeit drivers licenses Wednesday when police conducted a missing person investigation at a student apartment complex, police said. Jack Bristol and Zachary J. Covington, both of 1301 Seminole Drive, were each charged with under age consumption and criminal simulation. About 12:05 a.m., police were called to their apartment complex, Student Quarters. Both consented to personal searches, and Covington allowed police to search his residence. Each man had a counterfeit Tennessee driver’s license that represented he was over the age of 21. Police said Covington also had cash totaling $3,658, 4 grams of liquid THC and unlawful drug paraphernalia. He also was charged with possession of marijuana for resale and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Both were held in the Washington County Detention Center. Bristol’s bond was $12,000 bond, and Covington’s bond was $20,000.Both were arraigned later Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Sullivan County warrants. Police said a woman used a sibling’s identity Monday as they investigated an assault that had occurred earlier in the day in Johnson City. Krystal Penland, 33, was charged with identity theft. Police determined her real identity and learned she had two warrants out for her arrest in Sullivan County. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $2,000 bond and arraigned Tuesday in Sessions Court.

Trespassing complaint brings arrest. A trespassing complaint led Johnson City police to charge a woman with identity theft and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia Saturday. About 9:15 a.m., police were called to Mr. Transmission, 2810 W. Market St., where they encountered Annalee Huskins, 27, 518 Race St. Police said she gave them false information because she had a warrant for her arrest in Carter County. Police said a search of her belongings revealed multiple glass pipes, scales and baggies. She was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $6,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

Stolen vehicle charge. Police found a Johnson City man inside a stolen vehicle on May 3, according to a news release. Police were looking for the vehicle and found it at Cherry Hill Apartments, 1500 Bell Ridge Road. Jerry Greer Jr., 22, 202 Spring Drive, was inside it. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $5,000 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

Shoplifting and identity theft charges. A shoplifting investigation May 3 led Johnson City police to arrest an Elizabethton man. Payden Vines, 32, 429 W. G St., was charged with identity theft and shoplifting. About 8:30 a.m., police were called to the shopping center at 112 Sunset Drive. Police said Vines gave them his brother’s identity as his own. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $100 bond and arraigned Monday in Sessions Court.

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