Police: Armed felon in McDonald's and more in Johnson City crime

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 2, 2020 at 4:13 PM

Armed at McDonald’s: A man passed out Sunday morning in a Johnson City McDonald’s turned out to be an armed felon wanted in Carter County, Johnson City police said in a news release. Joseph A. Black, 26, was arrested after an employee at the McDonald’s at 417 E. Main St. flagged down police about 7:30 a.m. Police said they recognized Black and tried to wake him, but he would not respond to their questions. After learning Black had an active warrant from Carter County, police searched him and found a loaded .22-caliber pistol and 1.26 grams of methamphetamine. He was charged with possession of a handgun while under the influence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. He was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $13,500 bond pending a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

Wrong-way DUI: A wrong-way driver on Interstate 26 was charged with DUI on Saturday before she was found with meth as she was booked into the Detention Center, police said. Amy M. Crawford, 48, 2321 E. Brook Lane, was arrested after police responded to a call about a car on the wrong side of the road at the intersection of North State of Franklin Road and I-26. Police found her vehicle stopped on the side of the road and facing the wrong direction in the southbound lane of I-26. Crawford also was charged with introduction of contraband into a penal facility, an open container law violation and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was held on $13,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Fight over tools: Two Johnson City men were charged with aggravated assault Friday after they fought at work, police said. Demas LeBron, 35, 206 Edna Court, and Christopher Hughes, 36, 1806 Lamons Lane, Apt. 314, were arrested after police were called to 10 Topside Circle about 9:15 a.m. Police said the men were coworkers who got into an argument over tools. During the argument, Hughes pulled a knife out of his jacket pocket, police said, and LeBron suffered a minor laceration to his hand. A manager arrived and separated the men. LeBron then drove his truck to where Hughes was and brandished a baseball bat at Hughes resulting in another verbal confrontation. Again, other staff members separated them. Each was held in the Detention Center on $10,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Monday.

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