An Earle alderman says F-B-I agents investigating reports of voting problems created charges out of general confusion. Forty-five-year-old Lee Johnson is accused of tampering with ballots in the 2002 elections. He took the stand in his own defense yesterday, saying the F-B-I investigators scared Earle residents. Johnson denied ever tampering with absentee ballots that he or others were authorized to transport to polling places on behalf of voters in the ward he`s represented since 1992. Earlier, the testimony of a witness who couldn`t remember if she changed her ballot prompted the judge in the case to throw out three of six counts against Johnson. The federal trial is continuing in Little Rock.