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Sullivan grand jury hands down indictments

Kacie Dingus Breeding • Apr 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — A Church Hill man accused of attempted murder in Washington County was indicted in Sullivan County Tuesday on an unrelated drug charge.

Patrick Ashawne Beatty, 20, 214 Lane St., and Robert Levi Hardy, 56, 1010 Maple St., Kingsport, were both indicted on a charge of possession of one-half gram or more of a substance containing cocaine with intent to deliver or sell. The pair were arrested in January 2007 after police found two baggies of a substance believed to be cocaine in a Cadillac Hardy was driving. Hardy was also indicted on a speeding charge.

In Washington County, Beatty faces an attempted murder charge alleging he shot and injured Gregory Wheeler, 22, 1205 Lowell St., while Wheeler stood outside Gatsby’s, 227 E. Main St., Johnson City.

Beatty remains in the Washington County Jail on $200,000 bond.

In another case, a Kingsport man was indicted on charges of theft over $1,000 and accessory after the fact — charges stemming from the role police believe he had in a Jan. 10 vehicle theft.

The indictments against James R. Bowman, 27, 477 Gravely Road, allege he knew his brother, Harvey Bowman, had stolen a Cavalier from Murphy’s Auto Sales, 330 Lynn Garden Drive.

Police said James Bowman dropped off Harvey Bowman at the car lot and picked him up later on East Stone Drive after the Cavalier apparently ran out of gas.

Harvey Bowman’s case was bound over to the grand jury earlier this month. He’s accused of shooting and killing Murphy’s employee Wayland Manis. Investigators have not connected James Bowman with the murder.

The Bowman case wasn’t the only indictment handed down that involved a disabled stolen car. Donavon Wayne Sharp, 20, 112 Virgil Ave., Kingsport, was indicted on charges of theft over $1,000, burglary and vandalism over $1,000 in connection with a Dec. 27, 2007, theft of a 1995 Ford Mustang. Police said they found the vehicle and Sharp after the car broke down.

A man accused of robbing Mary’s Kitchen Shop was also indicted on a robbery charge. Kenneth James Vaydak, 48, of West Victoria, Texas, was arrested in connection with the Jan. 31 incident. Police said Vaydak entered the shop and demanded money from the register, telling Mary Shull he “hated to do this but he needed the money.”

A Kingsport man who allegedly said he’d slapped his wife before and told police he’d do it again was also indicted. William Fred Cross, 69, 529 Kaleen Drive, faces a domestic assault charge in connection with a Nov. 6, 2007, incident.

A Bristol, Tenn., man was indicted on an aggravated assault charge stemming from another domestic dispute. Amy Whitaker told police that Timothy Gudger, 42, 330 Godsey Road, Apt. 100, came home around 5 a.m. on Dec. 24, 2007, and threatened to kill her. Whitaker said Gudger lunged at her with a knife and said he wanted to “slice her head off.” He then took the knife back to the kitchen and returned to the bedroom, Whitaker said. When he said “wait a minute” and walked back toward the kitchen, Whitaker said she locked herself in the bedroom and called police.

Two alleged aluminum thieves were also indicted Tuesday.

Michael David Cooper, 29, 730 Stroupe St., Church Hill, was indicted on one count each of burglary and theft over $500. Kingsport police arrested Cooper Aug. 3, 2007, after checking out a prowler report at 825 W. Center St. Officers reportedly found Cooper in an outbuilding at 825 W. Center St. He allegedly had two bars of aluminum in one hand and a flashlight in the other. At his feet, police said there were two duffel bags full of aluminum.

Tony Pinkard, 35, 1224 Anderson St., Bristol, Tenn., was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000 and false report. He was arrested after Bristol, Tenn., police learned from his girlfriend that he’d apparently lied when he denied knowledge of the theft of aluminum, copper wiring, coins and other items from a home where his girlfriend cleaned house. She told police Pinkard knew where the man kept a key hidden.

Alleged shoplifters indicted on one theft charge apiece were:

•Rhonda B. Honeycutt, 43, 1204 Robertson St., Apt. 51.

•Priscilla Johnson, 35, 117 Patterson Road.

•Ashley Nicole Lane, 22, 1133 Kinzer Lane.

Johnson was also indicted on an assault charge alleging she fought with a Wal-Mart loss prevention officer.

The remaining defendants and their indictments were:

•Travis Gale Bishop, 28, 1010 Robertson St., and Amanda Leann Gibson, 25, 1215 Reedy Place, Apt. 86, one count each of aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

•Kara L. Gordon, 28, 3828 Ridgeline Drive, Kingsport, obtain controlled substance by fraud.

•Timothy Brandon Jones, 29, 443 Boyd Road, Bluff City, driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content over 0.8 percent, DUI fourth offense.

•Billy G. Fisher, 18, 3365 Adaline St., Kingsport, aggravated burglary, aggravated domestic assault.

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