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Lortabs stolen from Walgreens, Thanksgiving burglary and more crime from Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Updated Dec 2, 2019 at 6:12 PM

Pills from Walgreens: A Walgreens employee was arrested Wednesday following accusations she stole a large number of narcotic pills from the South Roan Street location’s pharmacy. Nicole A. Morefield, 37, 110 Meadowbrook Drive, Unicoi, was charged with theft of property over $1,000. Police said Walgreens asset protection officers discovered a large quantity of 7.5 mg and 10 mg Lortab tablets were missing. Police said the investigation showed Morefield had stolen tablets worth about $1,850 over the course of several weeks. Morefield was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $250 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Handguns in a hotel: A traffic stop led Johnson City police to arrest two Appalachia, Virginia, residents on weapons charges early Friday morning. Police said they stopped a vehicle with an altered registration on Boones Creek Road about 3:20 a.m. The driver, 24-year-old Tamara Bledsoe, showed police someone else’s driver’s license. They also found that she had drug paraphernalia. That led police to visit a room at a local hotel rented by Bledsoe, where they found 25-year-old Paul Angelucci, who was wanted in Scott County, Virginia. Searching the room, police found a handgun belonging to Angelucci and two handguns belonging to Bledsoe. Both are convicted felons and prohibited from possessing handguns. Angelucci was charged with possessing a firearm while a convicted felon. He was held in the Detention Center under $10,000 bond. Bledsoe was charged with improper display of registration, driving on a suspended license, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possessing a firearm while a convicted felon. She was held under $32,000 bond. Both were set to appear Monday in Sessions Court.

Two in the basement: Police found an Arizona man and a Washington County woman inside a downtown Johnson City business in a Thanksgiving Day burglary, police said in a news release. Leonte Ward, 34, Flagstaff, Arizona, and Alisha Mayo, 30, 281 Rauhof Road, Telford, were each charged with burglary, simple possession of schedule II and schedule VI drugs, and unlawful drug paraphernalia. Police said the owner of a business at 316 E. Main St. had gone to check on the business because of a recent burglary. He noticed that someone had forced entry and thought someone might be inside. Police found Ward and Mayo in the basement. Both had marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Ward and Mayo were jailed under $10,000 bond each awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Throat cut: Police recently found a man wanted on an assault charge. About 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, police were called to Johnson City Medical Center, where the victim was being treated for a large laceration to his neck and throat area. Police said the assault took place in the victim’s home, and they obtained a warrant for Dadrian L. Franklin, 33, 305 E. Chestnut St. They found him Nov. 26 at a North Boone Street residence. He was charged with aggravated assault and jailed under $25,000 bond. He was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court.

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