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Shooting incident, drug arrests in Johnson County

On November 29, 2010 officers with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department were at 924 North Shady Street in reference to a follow up on a child abuse/neglect call. Upon entering the residence with permission, officers discovered items that are known to be used in the production of methamphetamine.
Crystal Elaine Potter has been charged with initiating process to manufacture methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her bond has been set at $26,500.00 and her court date is January 5, 2011. This incident is still under investigation.
On November 24, 2010 officers of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a possible shooting incident. The information was received from North Carolina authorities who had received a call from a concerned citizen stating that her boyfriend had called her and said he had been kidnapped and shot, and that he was trying to get to the hospital in Mountain City. A vehicle description was provided and officers made contact with the vehicle on Highway 67 West at the Mountain City limits. Before officers could check the welfare of the driver, the vehicle crashed into a ditch and overturned. The driver had a single gunshot wound to his right chest.
The victim was identified as Matthew R. Burleson, age 22, of Stanfield, NC. He is a student at Appalachian State University. He was treated at the Johnson City Medical Center and has since been released.
Reports that said Burleson had been kidnapped from the college campus and then shot have remained unsubstantiated to date. Both local and ASU campus officials say they have found no evidence to that effect. ASU police have closed the case and turned everything over to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation who continue to investigate the incident.