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Loaded gun, 2 burglaries and 10 bags of meth: Johnson City police felony arrests

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 12, 2019 at 9:32 PM

The following is a roundup of recent felony arrests reported by Johnson City police:

Loaded gun, brass knuckles and drugs: A Johnson City woman was jailed Thursday after police found a loaded handgun, brass knuckles and drugs during a traffic stop, police said in a news release. Police said they went to the area of 2516 S. Roan St. about 4:15 p.m. to help another agency find a vehicle that had evaded a traffic stop. Johnson City police found and stopped the vehicle. Kristen M. Lane, 38, was a passenger. Police said she had the gun and the brass knuckles, as well as methamphetamine, syringes, small plastic baggies, digital scales, glass pipes and marijuana. She was charged with possessing a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, possession of a prohibited weapon, manufacturing, delivery or sale of methamphetamine, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and simple possession of scheduled VI drugs. Lane, 1209 Division St., was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $10,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Friday.

Caught on video: Police used surveillance video to make an arrest Thursday resulting from two recent Johnson City burglaries. The first occurred June 28 at Reliable Taxi, 900 Topeka St., where a filing cabinet was pried open and an estimated $1,200-$1,500 in cash was stolen. The second occurred July 5 at 11-E Motel, 3500 W. Market St., where someone tore through the sheetrock to an adjacent room and stole cash and jewelry. Police said they used surveillance video and witness statements in both cases to identify 43-year-old Wesley Rankins, 102 Car Mol Drive, No. 2, as the burglar. He was charged with aggravated burglary, burglary, two counts of theft over $1,000, domestic simple assault and possession of methamphetamine. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $22,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Friday.

Ten bags of meth: Johnson City police found 10 baggies containing meth Wednesday as they checked on an intoxicated man on East Maple Street, according to a news release. Luther Easley, 27, 1112 King Springs Road, was charged with felony methamphetamine possession for resale and public intoxication. About 1 p.m., police went to the AA building, where Easley approached them and explained that he is a drug addict and had used meth about an hour earlier. He told police he intended to sell the meth in his possession. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $10,000 bond and arraigned Thursday in Sessions Court.

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