An Unloaded Handgun Was Found At A Washington County Virginia School. Dixie Hunter, Principal Of Damascus Middle School, Said The Weapon Was Discovered Along With Some Ammunition In A Student’s Bookbag At The School. The Student Was Showing The ,22 Caliber Shells To Other Students And One Of Them Reported The Incident. No One Was Injured In The Incident. The Student Was Suspended. An Investigation Is Underway By School Resource Officers And Central Office Personnel.
The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Is Investigating A String Of Thefts And Vandelism Incidents In The Piney Flats Area. Public Information Officer Leslie Earhart Said The Majority Of Thefts Involved Vehicles But Included Guns, Gps Units, Dvd’s, Money, And Tools. She Added All Of The Incidents Occurred Along Allison Road And Surrounding Areas. Anyone With Any Information Is Asked To Contact The Sheriff’s Office.
The Tennessee Board of Pharmacy has effectively revoked the license of the pharmacy that distributed injectable steroids suspected of causing a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis. In an emergency meeting, the board voted 7-0 to accept the voluntary surrender of the New England Compounding Center’s license. Department of Health attorney John Smith said the action has the same effect as a revocation and is understood to be a formal disciplinary action.
An Attorney For A Former Sullivan County School Teacher Accused Of Possessing Child Pornography Is Seeking To Have An Appeals Court Review A Judge’s Refusal To Suppress Evidence Seized By Police. 48 Year Old Randall Scott Mccoy Is Charged With Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor In Connection With Nearly 600 Images Allegedly Stored On Four Computers Seized From His Home. Judge Jerry Beck Denied A Motion To Suppress. Attorney Rick Spivey Contends The Probable Cause Cited To Obtain The Search Warrant Was Insufficient. Mccoy Has A Trial Date Set For May 20th, 2013.
An Abindon Virginia grand jury has returned charges against five West Virginia men for an alleged scheme to withdraw more than $10 million in cash from financial institutions to pay kickbacks to mine supply buyers. The indictment alleges the five were involved in a check-cashing scheme to cloak the withdrawal of cash from coal companies and related businesses by coal operators. In exchange for a 10 percent fee, J.D. “Dot” McReynolds of Tazewell, Va., provided cash and fraudulent invoices to the coal operators. The government says the 75-year-old McReynolds has already pleaded guilty and faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. McReynolds is among 16 Virginia and West Virginia defendants who have entered guilty pleas.
Virginia foresters are asking residents to use caution when burning outdoors during the state’s fall wildfire season. The season began Monday and continues through Nov. 30. The Virginia Department of Forestry says conditions are ripe for wildfires as leaves dry out and fall from trees, humidity levels drop, grasses turn brown and winds increase. Director of resource protection John Miller says residents should designate alternate escape routes from their homes and neighborhoods because a fire could block their primary routes.
An Elizabethton Man And His Brother Accused Of Trying To Introduce Drugs Into A Federal Penitentiary Nearly Two Years Ago Have Pled Guilty To The Crime In U.S. District Court In Abingdon As Part Of A Plea Agreement. 33 Year Old Scotty Ruble And 35 Year Old William Ruble Pled Guilty To A Charge Of Possessing With Intent To Distribute And Distributing A Controlled Substance. Scotty Ruble Attempted To Sneak Five Grams Of Meth Into The Lee County Medium Security Prison During A Visitation And Gave The Drugs To His Brother. Both Men Are Scheduled To Be Sentenced January 4th.
Greene County Authorities Have Raided A Local Establishment And Seized Quantities Of Moonshine And Other Items. Classics 321 Club On The Newport Highway Opened In April And Has Been The Subject Of Numerous Citizens Complaints In Recent Months. Sheriff Steve Burns Said Deputies Made Eight Arrests And Confiscated Illegal Liquor And Two Guns. The Doors To The Club, Which Is Located Near The Cocke County Line, Were Padlocked Following The Raid. The Investigation Is Continuing.
A Bristol Tennessee Man Accused Of Killing Another Man In Scott County Virginia Last Year Will Go On Trial At The End Of This Month. 60 Year Old Charlie Ramey Is Charged With Felony First-Degree Murder In Connection With The Christmas Day 2011 Shooting Death Of Gregory Hale. Meanwhile, His Alleged Accomplice, 36 Year Old Daniel Norris, Who’s Also Facing The Same Charge Is Currently Jailed In Tennessee On Unrelated Charges And Has Had A Hold Placed Against Him By Scott County Authorities.
Demolition Work Is Expected To Start This Week In Johnson City To Make Way For A Planned Two Million Dollar-Plus Three Story, 26 Unit Apartment Complex On South Roan Street And State Of Franklin Road. The Plan Is To Demolish Two Buildings To Make Way For The Complex Which Will Sit Next To Olde Town Lofts. The Planned Apartments Will Include A Rooftop Deck, Outdoor Seating Areas, An Elevator, Interior And Exterior Gardens And A Retail Space That Could Be Used As A Coffee Shop.
A Bristol Tennessee Man Is Behind Bars Facing Multiple Charges. 43 Year Old Gus Katelouzos Is Charged With Breaking And Entering With The Intent To Commit Rape, Rape, And Sodomy. He’s Being Held In The City Jail Without Bond. A Court Date For Katelouzos Is Pending In Bristol General Sessions Court.
Gasoline Prices Continue To Stabilize, Following An Unusual Autumn Spike Over The Past Two Weeeks. Stephanie Milani With Triple A Auto Club Says Prices Are Down In Bristol, Johnson City, And Kingsport. Model City Drivers Paid 7.6 Percent Less Than Last Week. As We Head Into The Last Two Months Of The Year, Experts Think Prices At The Pump Will Continue To Decline, Notably Due To Decreased Seasonal Demand.
A Washington County Tennessee Woman Accused In A Shooting Incident In Kingsport Over The Weekend Has Been Arrested. It Happened Just Before Midnight Friday At A Home On Montclair Road. 57 Year Old Cathy Mcmackin Is Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder In The Shooting Of Dino Austin. He Sustained A Gunshot Wound To His Leg. He Was Treated And Released From A Local Hospital. Police Located Mcmackin Yesterday And She Is Being Held Without Bond In The City Jail. She Is Set To Be Arraigned This Morning In General Sessions Court.