Petala T. Merziak-House, 24, of 1670 Valleydale Road, Mosheim, was charged early Friday by Greeneville police with driving under the influence. Police received a call from motorist who said a woman in a black Kia almost sideswiped his vehicle on East Andrew Johnson Highway, “causing him to almost run off the road,” Officer Eric Davis said in a report. Officers later found the car with Merziak-House “passed out in the driver seat over her vehicle with her keys in the ignition,” the report said. An officer opened the passenger side door and woke her up. Merziak-House “was very disoriented and smelled strongly of alcohol” and told an officer she drank 4-1/2 shots of liquor earlier in the night at a bar in Johnson City and was driving home from Wal-Mart. Merziak-House did poorly on field sobriety tests, the report said. Bond was set at $1,000 pending a first scheduled appearance last Friday in court.
Dana Renee Nelson, 31, of 1025 Ripley Island Road, Afton, was charged Thursday afternoon with drug possession counts by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Officers patrolling the Nolichucky River just under the Kinser Bridge saw Nelson and a man sitting in a pickup truck. As a TWRA officer approached the truck, he saw Nelson “stuffing what I believed to be a syringe behind her seat,” a report said. Nelson allegedly admitted she was in possession of drugs. The types of drugs were not specified in the report. Nelson was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule III drug, possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $40,000 pending a first scheduled appearance last Friday in court.
Miranda E. McLemore, 36, of 15530 Horton Highway, was charged Thursday night by Greeneville police with public intoxication, possession of a Schedule IV drug and possession of a Schedule VI drug. Police responded to a drunkenness call on Morgan Road at East Andrew Johnson Highway in the Wal-Mart parking lot. They spoke with McLemore. “She seemed confused and lethargic” but told police she had not taken any drugs or medications or consumed any alcohol, Officer Matthew Stanley said in a report. A search of McLemore’s car turned up six grams of marijuana, a marijuana grinder, one phentermine hydrochloride pill and one sulfamethoxazole pill. McLemore then allegedly admitted to taking Suboxone about one hour earlier, the report said. Bond for McLemore was set at $2,300 pending a first scheduled appearance last Friday in court.
Cody Church, 20, of 1985 Chuckey Highway, was charged Thursday by sheriff’s deputies with public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies were dispatched to an address in the first block of Airport Road about a man “passed out in someone’s yard,” Deputy John Stills said in a report. Church was found unconscious in a yard and awakened. “He didn’t know where he was or how he got there,” the report said. Church was unsteady on his feet and allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine several hours earlier, the report said. A search of Church’s backpack turned up a syringe. Bond for Church was set at $1,300 pending a first scheduled appearance last Friday in court.
Jason Gaddis, 38, of 460 Meadowbrook Road, was charged Thursday by Tusculum police with possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and was served an arrest warrant for violation of probation. Police went to the address to serve the warrant and encountered Gaddis outside. A search turned up a bag that contained a D-size battery with a false bottom that contained 12 pills “in which no prescription was found,” Officer Dustin Jeffers said in a report. Two syringes were also found, the report said. Gaddis was held on no bond pending a first scheduled appearance last Friday in court.
Tara Enriquez, 37, of Treadway Trail in Telford, was charged early Friday by sheriff’s deputies with possession of a Schedule II drug. Craig Keys, 43, of 221 Bigwood Road, Limestone, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. The pair were charged following a traffic stop on U.S. 11E of a car driven by Keys, Deputy Joseph McNulty said A search of the car turned up drug paraphernalia. A small plastic bag containing methamphetamine was found after Enriquez took off a shoe, the report said. Keys admitted ownership of a glass pipe found under a center console in the car, the report said. A records check showed that Keys’ driver’s license was suspended. Enriquez and Keys both had first scheduled appearances last Friday in court.
A Cub Cadet lawn tractor and other possessions were stolen in a burglary between July 22 and Thursday at a house and garage in the 11600 block of West Andrew Johnson Highway, sheriff’s Deputy William Carr said in a report. The victim told deputies that she had been out of state for several weeks and discovered the house had been entered upon her return. Entry doors had “visible pry marks” from a tool, and a detached garage door also had pry marks, the report said. The victim found a stove moved into a washroom and a chest freezer on a dolly near an exit door, the report said. In addition to the lawn tractor, also stolen were a gas generator, eight boxes of painting supplies, five gallons of paint, new door locks, Christmas decorations, an air compressor, hand tools, cleaning supplies and clothing. The combined value of the stolen possessions exceeds $4,000, the report said. The burglary remains under investigation.
A 50-inch JVC flat-screen television was stolen between 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the burglary of a house in the 200 block of Purgason Road, sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Rogers said in a report. The victim told deputies that he returned home to find the front door open. Also stolen were medications, a tackle box and and six fishing rods and reels the owner said were “priceless,” the report said. The television is valued at $1,000.
A Greeneville man linked to a series of auto burglaries in Johnson City was charged Sunday morning by the Johnson City Police Department with one count of aggravated burglary, eight counts of auto burglary and one count of theft of property over $10,000. Bond for Kevin Fitts, 47, of 159 Bolton Road, was set at $140,000 pending a first scheduled appearance today in Washington County General Sessions Court. A report said that Johnson City police were dispatched to the 600 block of Woodhaven Drive on a suspicious vehicle call. “Upon arrival, they encountered a man rummaging through a vehicle, who was identified as Kevin Fitts,” the report said. The resulting investigation revealed that several auto burglaries had occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday, along with a residential burglary in the 700 block of Woodhaven Drive. Fitts also allegedly stole a vehicle from an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Knob Creek Road, the report said. Fitts was treated at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital after his arrest for unspecified injuries and taken into custody after being released.
Jewelry valued at nearly $20,000 was stolen between June 17 and 24 from a house on Mulberry Road, sheriff’s Deputy Brittany Becker said in a report. A five-carat diamond ring valued at $16,000, bags of loose diamonds and other gems worth $2,000, a necklace worth $1,500 and gold rings were taken from a safe. The victim lives in Knoxville, the report said. A possible female suspect is named in the report. Deputies received information that the person who allegedly took the jewelry gave it to a relative of the victim who returned some, but not all, of the items. The theft was reported within the past week. The case remains under investigation.
A man involved in a two-vehicle crash on May 23 was taken into custody Friday by sheriff’s deputies and charged with failure to give immediate notice of an accident. Brian Allen Hensley, 21, of North Nelson Street, was also charged with driving on a revoked or suspended license and issued arrest warrants for violation of probation and failure to appear, Lt. David Beverly said in a report. Deputies investigated a crash May 23 on Doughtys Chapel Road and found the driver of a 1992 Lincoln Town Car involved “did run from the scene on foot” before law enforcement arrived, the report said. A tag number was taken and another person at the scene identified the driver as Hensley. A records check showed Hensley’s driver’s license was revoked or suspended. Hensley was held on no bond pending a first scheduled appearance today in court.
Jess Austin Edwards, 25, of Flag Pond in Unicoi County, was charged Saturday by sheriff’s deputies with possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule IV drug, possession of a Schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. Edwards was pulled over for having no functioning brake lights, Deputy Alyssa Willis said in a report. A K-9 unit on scene alerted to the center console area of the car. Edwards told deputies that he had prescribed medications “but did not keep them in bottles,” the report said. About one-fifth of an ounce of marijuana was found in a bag in the car, along with a pipe, the report said. Edwards’ first scheduled appearance is set for today in court.
Cheryl A. Barber, 53, of 6170 Mount Carmel Road, was arrested Friday and charged with theft of $1,000 or less in connection with an incident Aug. 7 at Tractor Supply at 1665 E. Andrew Johnson Highway, Greeneville police Officer Chad Ricker said in a report. Employees told police that on Aug. 7, a woman entered the store with an empty shopping cart. She selected a bag of dog food and a bag of chicken feed and walked up to the cash register. The woman had two receipts for the two items and requested a refund, the report said. When told that she would not get a refund, she left the store with the merchandise, valued at $37.48. An employee got a tag number on the pickup truck the woman left in, the report said. The woman was “positively identified” as Barber after security camera footage was reviewed, the report said. Bond for Barber was set at $500 pending a first appearance today in court.
Two Stihl chain saws and a Lincoln welder were stolen between July 11 and Friday in the burglary of a garage in the 6800 block of Gap Creek Road, sheriff’s Sgt. Toby Price said in a report. The victim’s property is surrounded by a chain link fence with “an aggressive German Shepherd inside,” the report said. A possible female suspect who denied taking the items to the victim is named in the report. The combined value of the chain saws and welders totals $800.