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Intentional car fire, aggravated burglary among recent Johnson City police arrests

• Apr 28, 2020 at 10:54 PM

Intentional Fire

Johnson City police and fire responded to a car fire at the Johnson City Public Library around 10 p.m. Saturday to find a vehicle partially on fire. Firefighters got the fire put out before the vehicle became engulfed. 

Officers found Dora Dawn Warren, 37, 2206 E. Unaka Ave., nearby and attempting to flee. She was arrested and charged with arson, criminal trespassing and public intoxication.

Warren was transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where she was held on a $5,000 bond.

False Registration

Johnson City police arrested a city man Sunday on charges of altering/falsifying/forging auto titles or assignment of plates, driving on a revoked license, simple possession of schedule VI drugs, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Tyler G. Smith, 28, 205 Fairridge Road, was pulled over around 2:45 p.m. When officers checked the license plate on Smith’s vehicle, it had been noticeably altered with a slash through the 0 on the “20” to make the sticker appear as if it read “21”. A K9 officer arrived on scene and conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle, yielding a positive result. The vehicle was searched and officers subsequently located two scales, a glass pipe, over 100 small baggies, 3.3 grams (roughly 0.12 ounces) of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, and a cut straw.

Smith was taken into custody without incident. He also had an active arrest warrant out of Washington County for violation of probation on original charges of possession of methamphetamine for resale and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Smith was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he was being held on $4,000 bond.  

Methamphetamine charge

Johnson City police responded Sunday afternoon to a check welfare call at Walgreen’s, 5104 Bobby Hicks Highway, after two people were seen passed out inside a vehicle at the store.

Officers spoke to Kacei E Pierce, 26, 125 Bayless Road, Jonesborough, and discovered she had 74 grams (2.6 ounces) of a white crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Additionally, a vehicle search revealed Pierce had Suboxone pills and various drug paraphernalia items.

Pierce was charged with possession of methamphetamine, simple possession/casual exchange and unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where she was being held on $12,000 bond. 

Domestic Assault 

Johnson City police responded to a domestic disturbance last week at 2610 Plymouth Road, Apt. 209, where a woman said she and a man were in an argument when he began destroying her furniture.

Andre E. Spillman, 22, 246 Boring Chapel Road, was charged with felony vandalism and taken to jail.

Officers responded around 2:30 a.m. and talked with the woman, who said she and Spillman were arguing and Spillman began destroying her property. The woman advised officers that Spillman punched a hole in her wall, shattered the window to her apartment, threw a chair and destroyed it, smashed two televisions, and smashed her vehicle windshield on his way out. Officers estimated the damage was valued at over $1,300. Officer obtained a warrant charging Spillman with vandalism over $1,000.

Police later found Spillman at 1878 Carroll Creek Road. He was placed under arrest and transported to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was being held in lieu of $10,000 bond. 

Identity Theft 

While on patrol last week at Walmart, 3111 Browns Mill Road, police said they saw a vehicle in the parking lot that led them to further investigation. During a conversation with the occupants, they discovered one man gave them a false identification.

Allen H. Weaver, 40, 1307 Woodside Drive, was charged with identify theft. Officers also discovered Weaver had three outstanding warrants on him. He was arrested and being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Suspicious Person

As they were responding to a call about a suspicious person on East Watauga Ave. last week, Johnson City police officers were told a man was trying to break into a vehicle.

When officers arrived, they found a man standing beside the vehicle that the 911 caller witnessed him attempting to break into. The male was placed into custody and identified as Christopher Coffey, 42,  930 Hopson St. Johnson City. At the conclusion of the investigation, Coffey was charged with attempted auto burglary and public intoxication. He was being held in the Washington County Detention Center in lieu of $7500.00 bond.

Theft Arrest

A Rogersville man was arrested last week after Johnson City police responded to a suspicious vehicle in the area of Division Street. The call came in at 911 on April 23 around 1:15 a.m. When officers arrived, the vehicle — a U-Haul van — had left the area, but after looking in the surrounding area, and with the assistance of East Tennessee State University police, officers found the van in the Waffle House parking lot on North State of Franklin Road.

The driver, Jared R. Courtney, 37, 211 Dodge Drive, Rogersville, was charged with theft of property over $10,000 and theft of property under $1,000.

Police said the investigation revealed that the Tennessee registration plate was reported stolen out of Elizabethton and the U-Haul box truck was reported stolen out of Kingsport.

 Courtney was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he was held on a $10,000.

Aggravated Burglary

Johnson City police responded to a burglary in progress at an apartment on King Springs Road on April 21 and arrested a neighbor identified by the victim.

James E. Inabinette, 34 years old, 1112 King Springs Road, No. 14, was taken into custody nearby. Police responded to the same address, but a different apartment, at around 8:30 p.m. The caller told police that Inabinette kicked in her front door, which also damaged a window. Inabinette was charged with aggravated burglary.

He was take to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was held in lieu of $20,000 bond. 


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