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HAWKINS OFFICER SHOOTING

AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN HAWKINS COUNTY REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.  SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES WERE CHECKING A VEHICLE IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE VFW AUXILIARY IN BULLS GAP.  A WOMAN ALERTED OFFICERS THAT HER HUSBAND, MICHAEL SNYDER, WALKED INTO SOME WOODS AND TALKED ABOUT HARMING HIMSELF.  SNYDER HAD AN ACTIVE WARRANT FROM HAMBLEN COUNTY.  DEPUTIES SAY HE’D CLIMBED A TREE AND THEN REPORTEDLY FIRED A WEAPON AT OFFICERS.  ONE HAWKINS COUNTY DEPUTY AND A GREENE COUNTY DEPUTY RETURNED FIRE, STRIKING SNYDER, WHO WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT.   NO OFFICERS WERE INJURED.  THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IS HANDLING THE CASE.

COVID-19—VIRGINIA

VIRGINIA HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT THE LARGEST ONE DAY INCREASE OF COVID-19 CASES IN THE STATE.  THERE ARE NOW 37-THOUSAND 727-CONFIRMED CASES—AND THAT’S UP 1483 FROM SUNDAY.  THERE ARE NOW 1208 DEATHS CONNECTED TO THE VIRUS IN THE STATE.  WASHINGTON COUNTY CONTINUES TO HAVE THE MOST CASES IN THE TRI-CITIES REGION OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA WITH 51.

COVID-19—TN/REGIONAL CASES

THERE ARE 20-THOUSAND 145 CASES OF COVID-19 IN TENNESSEE, INCLUDING 336 DEATHS AND 12-THOUSAND 837 RECOVERIES.  IN THE 8 COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION, THERE ARE 14 CASES.  7 OF THOSE ARE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, 4 IN SULLIVAN COUNTY AND 1 CASE EACH IN CARTER, GREENE AND HANCOCK COUNTIES. CASE NUMBERS WILL BE UPDATED AT 3 P.M.

TEENS KILLED IN CRASH

AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER TWO TEENS WERE KILLED IN A HIGH-SPEED CRASH IN JOHNSON COUNTY.  THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAY 421 AND WORLEY ROAD.  A TOYOTA SCION, TRAVELING AT 109 MILES PER HOUR, CAME UPON A SLOWER VEHICLE.  THE DRIVER—18-YEAR OLD DENNIS SAGE—SLAMMED THE BRAKES AND LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE, WHICH LEFT THE ROAD AND HIT A POWER POLE.  SAGE AND A PASSENGER, 19-YEAR OLD JACOB DEHART, WERE KILLED IN THE CRASH.

MAN CONNECTED TO ALERT ARRESTED

A MAN PREVIOUSLY CONNECTED TO THE EVELYN BOSWELL AMBER ALERT IS FACING SEVERAL CHARGES, INCLUDING ABUSE AND NEGLECT.  A WOMAN TOLD SULLIVAN COUNTY AUTHORITIES SHE WAS WILLIAM MCCLOUD’S EX-GIRLFRIEND AND THE MOTHER OF HIS 8-YEAR OLD CHILD.  MCCLOUD HAD BEEN AT HER RESIDENCE FOR DINNER AND HE BEGAN TO ASSAULT HER.  THE CHILD TRIED TO STOP THE ASSAULT AND WAS STRUCK IN THE FACE.  MCCLOUD REMAINS IN JAIL ON A $50-THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.

JC STABBING

AN ELIZABETHTON MAN IS FACING CHARGES AFTER A STABBING IN JOHNSON CITY.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO MCDONALD’S ON EAST MAIN AND WITNESSES SAID THERE WAS A FIGHT INVOLVING 2 MEN.  ONE HAD A MACHETE AND OFFICERS FOUND A VICTIM WITH LACERATIONS TO HIS HEAD, LEG AND HANDS.  HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL, TREATED AND RELEASED.  36-YEAR OLD ELIJAH TAYLOR FLED THE SCENE BUT WAS ARRESTED DURING A TRAFFIC STOP.  POLICE ALSO FOUND HIM WITH METH IN HIS SHOE.  HE’LL BE ARRAIGNED TUESDAY.

MAN MAKES THREATS WITH KNIFE

A 71-YEAR OLD JOHNSON CITY MAN IS FACING CHARGES—AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY MADE THREATS WITH A KNIFE.  POLICE WERE CALLED SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO THE AREA NEAR THE JOHN SEVIER CENTER.  LARRY MATHERLY WAS INTOXICATED AND HAD THREATENED TWO PEOPLE.  HE’S CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION.  HE’LL BE ARRAIGNED TUESDAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.

MAN WAIVES GUN AT BAR

A KINGSPORT MAN IS CHARGED AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY WAIVED A GUN IN JOHNSON CITY.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO NUMANS ON EAST MAIN AND FOUND THE SUSPECT, DARIUS WOODBURY, LEAVING THE AREA IN A VEHICLE.  POLICE FOUND THE GUN AND ARRESTED WOODBURY.  HE’S CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND BEING A FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.  WOODBURY WILL BE IN SESSIONS COURT TUESDAY.

JC HOTEL-MOTEL TAXES

HOTEL-MOTEL TAXES IN JOHNSON CITY AREN’T A HUGE PART OF THE CITY’S OVERALL BUDGET, BUT THEY STILL ACCOUNT FOR SEVERAL HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.  THANKS TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, APRIL FIGURES WERE WAY OFF.  FINANCE DIRECTOR JANET JENNINGS, “NORMALLY WE RECEIVE ABOUT $100 TO $120-THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH FOR HOTEL-MOTEL.    FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL, WE’VE ONLY RECEIVED ABOUT $30-THOUSAND.”    JENNINGS ALSO SAYS FEBRUARY NUMBERS WERE GOOD AND THAT MARCH WAS DOWN SOME, BUT NOT DRAMATICALLY.

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