Kingsport Times News Friday, October 31, 2014

Crime Local News

Man indicted in Church Hill Food City pharmacy robbery, cop impersonation

December 12th, 2013 11:28 pm by Jeff Bobo

Man indicted in Church Hill Food City pharmacy robbery, cop impersonation

JAMES WILLIAM ARTHUR

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of robbing the Church Hill Food City pharmacy, selling some of the stolen pills, as well as impersonating an undercover police officer, was indicted Monday on myriad charges by a Hawkins County grand jury.

James William Arthur, 24, 772 Big Elm Road, Church Hill, was scheduled for arraignment Thursday in Hawkins County Criminal Court on charges including aggravated robbery, theft over $1,000, two counts of possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, maintaining a dwelling where drugs are used or sold, three counts of criminal impersonation, and two counts of aggravated assault.

His arraignment was postponed, however, and a new court date has yet to be set. Arthur remains held in the Hawkins County Jail on $95,000 bond.

On the afternoon of Aug. 15, Arthur allegedly handed a clerk at the Church Hill Food City pharmacy a note demanding various narcotic drugs. The note also stated that if he did not get all the pills on his list, “all pharmacy workers will die.” 

Arthur also allegedly told one worker that if he didn’t get the pills within 20 seconds, he would shoot them all.

Photos of Arthur and his vehicle were retrieved from store surveillance and posted by the media. He was arrested Aug. 16 at the Church Hill home of a relative where he was staying.

In the robbery, Arthur allegedly got away with 174 30-mg oxycodone; 130 4-mg hydromorphone; 69 2-mg hydromorphone; and an undetermined number of 8-mg hydromorphone.

Prior to his Aug. 16 arrest, Church Hill police were already looking for a man matching Arthur’s description who had allegedly been accosting customers at the local Exxon station on Highway 11-W, claiming to be an undercover narcotics officer.

Store clerks reported an incident on Aug. 14 in which Arthur was allegedly bothering customers and then made statements claiming to be an undercover drug officer with the Hawkins County and Unicoi County sheriff’s offices.

He also allegedly followed one couple to their home on Christian’s Bend Road, claimed to be an undercover drug officer, and demanded to search their vehicle for drugs.

Arthur allegedly video recorded that encounter with his cell phone, and the video was later located by the Church Hill Police Department — along with other suspicious photos and videos.

Police say there were several photos of Arthur in his cell phone posing with handguns, an AR-15 and large quantities of drugs while he’s wearing T-shirts with decals stating either “POLICE” or “SHERIFF.” 

Other indictments returned by the Hawkins County grand jury Monday included: 

•Ryan Andrew Allen, 24, 356 Wahoo Drive, Kingsport, for possession of Schedule II with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule IV with intent to deliver, and tampering with evidence.

•Casey Dewayne Bledsoe, 33, 135 Dogwood Lane, Rogersville, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

•Amanda Berry Rodriguez, 29, 2863 Carters Valley Road Lot 2, Church Hill, for initiating the process to manufacture meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Richard Dion Rogers, 44, 356 Wahoo Drive, Kingsport, for possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver and possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver.

•Kelly Marie Seal, 24, 2013 Brown Drive, Apt. C118, Rogersville, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution and possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver.

•Agaline Collins Slone, 52, 1931 Route 31, Mooresburg, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution, possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver, possession of Schedule III narcotics with intent to deliver, simple possession of Schedule IV narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Willie Slone, 32, 1929 Route 31, Mooresburg, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution.

•Rusty Allen Smith, 32, 5360 Stanley Valley Road, Church Hill, for introduction of contraband into a penal institution and simple possession of Schedule III narcotics.

•Darrell Lee Tate, 36, 1605 Smith St. Lot 5, New Tazewell, for initiating the process to manufacture meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Brandon Edward Trent, 25, 554 Melinda Ferry Road, Rogersville, for aggravated burglary and theft under $500.

•Kendra Deann Wade, 40, 691 Chadwick Drive Apt. 4, Kingsport, for possession of Schedule II narcotics with intent to deliver and possession of Schedule IV narcotics with intent to deliver.

•James Daniel Weatherly, 26, who is an inmate in the Virginia Department of Corrections, for theft over $1,000.


comments powered by Disqus