ERWIN MAN CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

AN ERWIN MAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY, AFTER JOHNSON CITY POLICE CONDUCTED AN INVESTIGATION INTO A REPORT OF A SUSPICIOUS PERSON, AND A DISTURBANCE IN THE BACK PARKING LOT OF 2316 BROWNS MILL ROAD. OFFICERS SPOKE WITH THE VICTIM AND WITNESSES, WHO TOLD POLICE THAT 49 YEAR OLD GLEN W HICKS HAD THREATENED THE VICTIM WITH A GUN. HICKS WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT.

PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN WYTHE CO CRASH

ONE PERSON IS DEAD AFTER A CRASH ON ROUTE 11 IN WYTHE COUNTY ON WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO VIRGINIA STATE POLICE, A GMC TRUCK PULLING A BOX TRAILER WAS DRIVING IN THE 2900 BLOCK OF ROUTE 11 JUST AFTER 7:30 PM, AND WAS UNABLE TO AVOID HITTING A PEDESTRIAN. THE PEDESTRIAN IDENTIFIED AS 66 YEAR OLD WORLEY J STAFFORD OF RURAL RETREAT WAS REPORTEDLY PUSHING A GROCERY CART ALONG THE ROAD. HE DIED AT THE SCENE. STATE POLICE STATED THERE ARE NO SHOULDERS OR SIDEWALKS IN THE AREA. THE DRIVER OF THE GMC WAS TAKEN TO AN AREA HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT OF NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

INJURED HIKER RESCUED

AN INJURED HIKER WAS RESCUED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ON THE MARGARETTE FALLS TRAIL. THE GREENEVILLE RESCUE SQUAD, CAMP CREEK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND DEPUTY RYAN CARON RESPONDED TO THE TRAIL AROUND 3:00 PM, AFTER AN 81 YEAR OLD MALE FELL AND WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE BROKEN A COLLARBONE. ACCORDING TO THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, CARON MET THE HIKER ABOUT A MILE UP THE TRAIL, AND HELPED HIM TO THE PARKING AREA, WHERE THEY WAITED FOR EMS TO ARRIVE. THE HIKER WAS TAKEN TO GREENEVILLE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL.

RICHLANDS MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 2 CHILDREN

A JURY FOUND A RICHLANDS MAN GUILTY OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TWO CHILDREN. ACCORDING TO THE TAZWELL COUNTY COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, 41 YEAR OLD JOSHUA ADAM KEEN WAS FOUND GUILTY WEDNESDAY OF THREE COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED SEXUAL BATTERY OF A CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 13 YEARS OF AGE, TWO COUNTS OF TAKING INDECENT LIBERTIES WITH A CHILD BY A CUSTODIAN, AND ONE COUNT OF FORCIBLE SODOMY OF A CHILD UNDER 13 YEARS OF AGE.  KEEN ALSO PLEADED GUILTY TO ESCAPING CUSTODY AFTER BEING TRANSPORTED TO AN AREA HOSPITAL, AND RUNNING OUT THE DOOR. HE WAS AT LARGE FOR NEARLY A YEAR. SENTENCING IS SET FOR MAY 30TH. KEEN FACES A MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCE, PLUS AN ADDITIONAL 75 YEARS.

500K LOAN TO UPGRADE BRISTOL-BLUFF CITY UTILITY DISTRICT PIPES & MATERIALS

ACCORDING TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, A LOAN OF 500,000 DOLLARS IS EXPECTED TO BRING UPGRADES TO THE BRISTOL-BLUFF CITY DISTRICT. THE FUNDS WILL BE USED TO BRING THE DISTRICT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND CONSERVATION STANDARDS. THE PROJECT WILL UPGRADE PIPING AND MATERIALS TO COMPLY WITH STATE STANDARDS AND IMPROVE OVERALL SYSTEM EFFECTIVENESS. THE DISTRICT IS NONCOMPLIANT IN PART OF ITS WATER SYSTEM, WITH THE STATE’S FIRE-FLOW STANDARD, CAUSED BY UNDERSIZED AND SUBSTANDARD PIPES THAT LEAK AND BREAK.

VA SCHOOLS RECEIVE $12M IN SECURITY EQUIPMENT GRANTS

MORE THAN 480 VIRGINIA SCHOOL DIVISIONS RECEIVED 12 MILLION DOLLARS IN SCHOOL SECURITY EQUIPMENT GRANTS THIS PAST NOVEMBER. THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAID THAT WISE COUNTY WAS AWARDED 250,000 DOLLARS, WITH BRISTOL VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS GETTING MORE THAN 46,000 DOLLARS. WORK IS NOW UNDERWAY TO PREPARE FOR THOS SECURITY UPGRADES. SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THEY BELIEVE SAFETY CONTINUES TO BE A TOP PRIORITY, NOT ONLY IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, BUT IN OTHER REGIONS OF THE STATE.

PROPOSED TN STATE SOVEREIGNTY ACT EVALUATES IF FEDERAL DECISIONS GOOD FOR THE STATE

A NEW BILL IN THE TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WOULD CREATE A PROCESS FOR LAWMAKERS TO EVALUATE FEDERAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS, TO EXAMINE IF THEY VIOLATE THE CONSTITUTION OF TENNESSEE AND RESPOND ACCORDINGLY. THE BILL KNOWN AS THE TENNESSEE STATE SOVEREIGNTY ACT OF 2024, CREATES A COMMITTEE OF 10 MEMBERS, TO INCLUDE LEADERS OF THE SENATE AND HOUSE, TO SERVE AS CO-CHAIRS, WITH THE SENATE SPEAKER APPOINTING 4 MEMBERS WHICH INCLUDES 1 MEMBER OF THE MINORITY PARTY, AND THE SAME PROCESS FOR THE HOUSE. MEMBERS WOULD MEET TWICE A YEAR, OR ANY TIME A PETITION OF 100 SIGNATURES FROM EACH OF 20 COUNTIES IS SUBMITTED, OR BY REQUEST OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. AN EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE GOVERNOR OR SPECIAL REQUEST BY THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND REPORTER WOULD ALSO LAUNCH A MEETING. IF A VIOLATION IS FOUND, THE COMMITTEE WOULD SHARE THE FINDINGS WITH THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SUBMIT A RESOLUTION, AND REQUEST A VOTE. THE COMMITTEE CAN ALSO REQUEST A SPECIAL SESSION, AND SUBMIT LEGISLATION THAT INCLUDES MEASURES OF NON-COMPLIANCE.

MAN TRANSPORTED TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING STABBING INCIDENT

A GREENEVILLE MAN WAS TRANSPORTED TO JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER FOLLOWING A STABBING INCIDENT AT A UNAKA STREET RESIDENCE TUESDAY EVENING. THE VICTIM CAME TO THE GREENEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT, BLEEDING PROFUSELY, WITH A SEVERE LACERATION TO HIS LEFT ARM AND THE LEFT SIDE OF HIS BODY. THE VICTIM SAID HIS DAUGHTER’S BOYFRIEND STABBED HIM FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT OVER BORROWING THE VICTIM’S VEHICLE. WHEN POLICE WENT TO THE HOME, THE VICTIM’S DAUGHTER AND HER BOYFRIEND HAD FLED THE SCENE, AND NEVER SHOWED UP TO THE HOUSE WHEN INSTRUCTED BY PHONE TO MEET POLICE THERE. A WARRANT HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE SUSPECT FOR AGGRAVATED ASSAULT. HIS GIRLFRIEND IS FACING A CHARGE OF ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT.

BRISTOL TN POLICE INVESTIGATING RECENT FATAL CRASH

BRISTOL TENNESSEE POLICE ARE SEEKING ANYONE WHO MAY HAVE WITNESSED A RECENT FATAL VEHICLE CRASH. POLICE SAY JUST AFTER 7:00 PM ON FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16TH, A CRASH INVOLVING TWO VEHICLES OCCURRED ON HIGHWAY 394, NEAR THE EASTERN INTERSECTION WITH FEATHERS CHAPEL ROAD. 35 YEAR OLD GINGER IRICK TO JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER WHERE SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD. THE DRIVER AND PASSENGER OF THE OTHER VEHICLE WERE TRANSPORTED TO ANOTHER HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CRASH IS CURRENTLY ONGOING. WITNESSES ARE ASKED TO CONTACT BRISTOL POLICE AT 423-989-5600, WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE CRASH.

VA TECH STUDENT SPOTTED IN MISSOURI, BELIEVED TO BE TRAVELING ON HIS OWN FRE WILL

AUTHORITIES SAY A VIRGINIA TECH STUDENT WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING AFTER HE NEVER ARRIVED AT HIS PARENTS HOUSE IN ABINGDON, WAS SPOTTED IN MISSOURI, AND APPEARS TO BE TRAVELING ON HIS OWN FREE WILL. ACCORDING TO  THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE, 20 YEAR OLD JONATHAN ROOP WAS SEEN AT A RESTAURANT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON IN POPLAR BLUFF MISSOURI. ROOP WAS ALONE, AND LEFT THE RESTAURANT WHEN HE WAS IDENTIFIED BY AN EMPLOYEE, DRIVING AWAY UNACCOMPANIED IN HIS VEHICLE. LOCAL POLICE WERE ALERTED, AND ATTEMPTED TO LOCATE ROOP, BUT WERE UNABLE TO FIND HIM.

WILDFIRE GROWS TO 500 ACRES, BURNS 6 STRUCTURES

AUTHORITIES SAY AS OF WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, A WILDFIRE IN LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA HAD GROWN TO 500 ACRES, AND BURNED 6 STRUCTURES. ACCORDING TO THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY, THE FIRE IS LOCATED OF HICKORY HILL ROAD, NEAR THE BLACKWATER COMMUNITY. ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR WILDFIRE HAZARD MITIGATION AND PREVENTION MICHAEL DOWNEY SAID THURSDAY MORNING, THAT AS OF 4:40 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, 6 STRUCTURES, ALL OUTBUILDINGS, HAD BURNED, AND 7 HOMES HAD BEEN PROTECTED FROM THE FIRE. THE FIRE WAS LISTED AS 40 PERCENT CONTAINED AS OF THURSDAY MORNING.

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