Walmart car theft, wanted man at JCMC & more crime from Johnson City police

Johnson City Press • Jul 23, 2019 at 1:02 PM

Recent felony arrests reported by the Johnson City Police Department:

False reporting charge: A Johnson City woman tried to conceal her identity from police Monday during a burglary investigation, police said in a news release. About 7:15 p.m., police went to the area of Indian Ridge Road and Riddell Street to check on a potential burglary. They encountered Kathy Holloway, 33, 1102 King Springs Road. Police said she gave false information to hide her identity because she had an outstanding warrant. She was charged with false reporting and held in the Washington County Detention Center under $1,000 bond awaiting a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Downtown drugs: On a routine downtown patrol, Johnson City police checked on what they described as a “suspicious vehicle” in the parking lot at 115 W. Market St. about 4:15 a.m. Monday and found drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to a news release. They charged Kristina Ayers, 24, 427 Hamilton St., with possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute and unlawful drug paraphernalia. She was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center under $12,000 bond with a Sessions Court appearance set for Tuesday.

Wanted man at JCMC: Johnson City police found a man wanted in Virginia at Johnson City Medical Center Monday. Jordan G. Ward, 26, was charged with being a fugitive from justice for a crime in another state. Police were notified by the Richlands, Virginia, Police Department that Ward possibly could be found at the hospital. Warrants included felony evading and several traffic charges. Ward was held in the Washington County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing.

SUV stolen from Walmart gas station: Johnson City police Sunday charged an Elizabethton man with stealing a Ford Explorer from a gas station three days earlier. Jacob T. Salazar, 24, was charged with theft of motor vehicle over $2,500.  About 8:45 p.m. Thursday, police received a report that the SUV had been stolen from a Murphy USA gas station. About 10 minutes later, a person saw the stolen vehicle speeding toward Greene County and reported it to 911.  Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies intercepted the Explorer at Johnny’s Market near the Greene County line and tried to stop it. Greene County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Tusculum City police have chase Salazar crashed in Greeneville. Salazar, 272 Holston Mountain Road, Elizabethton, was treated at an area hospital for crash injuries. After his release, he was taken to the Washington County Detention Center, where he was held on $10,000 bond. His arraignment was Monday in Sessions Court.

Theft from car dealer: An Erwin woman was arrested Thursday on a charge that she stole a car from a Johnson City dealership in March. Paige Silvers, 24, 112 Robert Smith Road, was charged with theft of motor vehicle over $1,000. Police said on March 13, Silvers expressed interest in a 2005 Hyundai Sonata at Sai Auto Sales, 101 Creek Side Drive, and took off in the car after an employee brought the keys. Surveillance images from the business were released to social media, which resulted in her identification. Erwin Police caught Silvers the following day in the stolen Hyundai. She also faced several charges from that jurisdiction. After her release Thursday from the Unicoi County Jail, she was transferred to the Washington County Detention Center and held on $5,000 bond. She was arraigned Monday.