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Crime roundup: Domestic assault, felony vandalism and more from Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Updated Jan 6, 2020 at 7:11 PM

Recent felony arrests reported by the Johnson City Police Department:

• Domestic Assault: Johnson City police arrested Benjamin Price, 28, 1704 Woodridge Drive, on two counts of aggravated domestic assault and one count of simple domestic assault after finding him intoxicated and armed, according to a news release.

Officers responded to the residence around 10:45 p.m. Saturday after a family member called 911. arrived at the home and met with the parents outside, then went inside and took Price into custody without incident. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $40,000 bond. His arraignment was set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Sessions Court.

• Aggravated Assault: Police arrested 41-year-old Joseph L. McDonald, 618 N. Barton St., Johnson City, after responding to a domestic disturbance at a woman’s residence Sunday. Officers went to the woman’s house after she called 911 about the assault. The woman told police that McDonald started a verbal argument between herself and another male.

The verbal altercation escalated, at which point McDonald produced a firearm and pointed it at both the woman and the other male. The victim then stated that McDonald fled on foot to a nearby residence. McDonald was located at 612 N. North St. inside the residence and arrested. He was held at the Washington County Detention Center under $20,000 bond. Arraignment was set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Sessions Court.

• Evading Arrest: A Jonesborough man fled from police after they tried to pull him over around 8:20 a.m. Sunday for driving recklessly. Johnson City police tried to pull over the beige Mazda Tribute that was pulling a large trailer and driving recklessly and all over the road on Greenwood Drive.

The driver refused to stop for officers and continued to travel on Greenwood Drive toward the county. With the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, they were able to stop the vehicle, and Cody L. Shaw, 28, 135 A.J. Willis Road, was taken into custody without incident.

During the investigation, the license plate was discovered to be covered up with duct tape and Shaw’s license was shown to be revoked for a previous DUI charge. Shaw also admitted to using his mobile device while driving.

He was charged with felony evading, reckless driving, falsifying auto plates, driving left to center, illegal use of a mobile device and driving on a revoked license for DUI. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $3,000 bond. Arraignment was set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Sessions Court.

Felony Vandalism: Bluff City police helped Johnson City officers locate a man accused of spray painting merchandise at Walmart on Browns Mill Road in December. The incident happened Dec. 7 around 9 p.m. Officers responded to the store where employees had found 59 paint buckets and one shelf had been spray painted.

The items were damaged to the point they could not be sold. The damages were assessed at $1,320. Dana Stevens, 18, 117 River Bluff Way, Bluff City, was developed as a suspect. Early Monday, Bluff City police found Stevens at his residence and arrested him. He was held in the Washington County Detention Center under $1,500 bond. His arraignment was set for Monday in Sessions Court.

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