Philadelphia man accused of shooting stepson

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Alleged woman beater also arrested

A Philadelphia man was arrested last week for allegedly shooting his stepson in the leg.


John Wayne Williams, 55, is charged aggravated assault in the incident.
According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to 178 Maddox Hollow Road at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday. Witnesses reportedly told deputies Williams shot his stepson with a shotgun following a family dispute. The stepson was identified as 26-year-old Dustin L. Rogers.
“The victim was transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries to his lower extremities,” the sheriff’s office said. “The shooter was taken to Roane Medical Center for minor injuries, and then later booked into the Roane County Jail on one count of aggravated assault with domestic violence.”
For the second time this year, Kenneth and Ruby Messimer have been indicted by the Roane County grand jury. Last week’s indictment was for theft and aggravated burglary.
The Messimers were indicted in February for manufacturing meth, child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Oak Ridge mom accused of providing her son and his friends with alcohol entered a guilty plea last week.
District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Misti Dawn Butler pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the state’s social host law.
“She will have to perform 200 hours of community service work,” Johnson said.
Johnson said Butler will also have to pay fines, court costs and give a $250 donation to the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.
“She will be on supervised probation through Anderson County where she is already on state probation,” Johnson said.
A woman told Kingston police last weekend she thought she would die at the hands of her boyfriend, who is accused of severely beating her.
Clifford Eugene Waller, 56, of 811 Sunset Drive, was charged with aggravated domestic assault.
A Kingston police report said authorities were called about a man kicking a woman in the head while she was lying on the ground across from 820 Sunset Drive.
Dispatch told officers witnesses were reporting the woman was not moving, and the man continued to kick her and then began pouring water on her.
“She was beat pretty bad,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, who said he thought she had a broken pelvic bone and hip.
Police found the man standing over the female, who was still on the ground unresponsive. 
When the victim regained consciousness, she told police the suspect had been drinking all day before suddenly punching and kicking her all over.
Both the victim and the suspect, with a cut on his finger, were taken for treatment.
Reporting officer Jamie Melton reported Waller said, “We got in a fight, and I won.”
A Kingston couple were awakened sometime after midnight June 16 by a loud, popping sound.
Several hours later, Susan Wann found the source: bullet holes in her bedroom wall.
Kingston police reports said Wann went outside to inspect and also noticed bullet holes in her neighbors’ wall.
Police believe the gunshots were fired from inside the 120 Newport Way home of Wann’s neighbors, Thomas and Sherry Watts.
Police reported they talked to the couple and determined an argument became physical. Both told police Sherry Watts first got the weapon, a 9-mm semi-automatic pistol.
The gun was fired in the couple’s attached garage, and police reported Sherry Watts threw the weapon in a bush in the Wann’s yard, where it was recovered as evidence.
One bullet was recovered in a bedroom closet in the Wanns’ house. A second was recovered in the outside wall.
Thomas Watts had a number of scratches and cuts on his body consistent with domestic assault, the report stated.
The Wattses were charged with three counts of reckless endangerment. Sherry Watts was also charged with domestic assault.
People at the gravel pits of Kingston City Park told police a handgun-toting man approached them on June 9, making  verbal threats and physical gestures involving the handgun.
That is what a Kingston Police Department report said started the search for and apprehension of Sebastian Derrick Toney, 34, of Portland, Tenn.
Toney was charged with public intoxication; resisting stop, frisk halt, arrest; carrying or possession of weapon; possession of handgun while under the influence; and reckless endangerment.
Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said the suspect claimed he was looking for a truck that had been driven recklessly in the parking lot of Downtown Apartments near the Roane County Courthouse.
Police were dispatched to the gravel pit with a description of the suspect, and officers spotted him on the walking trail on West Race Street.
When attempting to stop him, however, the man fled on foot toward South Kentucky Street and was observed running through a yard on East Church Street.
“He just starts walking real slow and takes off running before my guys can get around the guardrail,” said Washam.
Kingston police, Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol authorities helped patrol the area.
Kingston Police Lt. Caleb Strayer and Officer Brian Luttrell apprehended Toney in a sedan at the Downtown Apartments.
The weapon was recovered in high grass on West Church Street.