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AUTO THEFT

A JOHNSON CITY WOMAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY FOR AUTO THEFT. THE ARREST STEMS FROM AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE THEFT OF A 2010 SCION XB FROM A HOME ON POPLAR STREET IN JOHNSON CITY ON DECEMBER 2ND. THE VEHICLE WAS LATER INVOLVED IN A CRASH IN CARTER COUNTY ON DECEMBER 3RD. THE DRIVER AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH 23 YEAR OLD VIRGINIA CRAIG, WAS CHARGED WITH DUI BY THE CARTER COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE. CRAIG WAS CHARGED TUESDAY WITH AUTO THEFT OVER 2,500 DOLLARS. SHE’S SCHEDULED TO BE ARRAIGNED THIS AFTERNOON.

KINGSPORT MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT

A KINGSPORT MAN WAS ARRESTED BY JOHNSON CITY POLICE MONDAY ON THEFT CHARGES. THE ARREST CAME AS A RESULT OF A REPORTED THEFT, INVOLVING CONTRACT WORK, IN WHICH 29 YEAR OLD JOSEPH STOUT CHARGED THE VICTIM FOR MATERIAL OR LABOR, WHICH WAS NEVER DELIVERED OR COMPLETED. STOUT WAS CHARGED WITH THEFT OF PROPERTY OVER 10,000 DOLLARS.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

AN ELIZABETHTON MAN IS CHARGED AFTER A STABBING INCIDENT IN JOHNSON CITY. LAST MONTH, POLICE WERE CALLED TO THE JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER WHERE A PATIENT HAD STAB WOUNDS.  THE VICTIM SAID HE AND HIS GIRLFRIEND WERE VISITING AT 1814 EAST FAIRVIEW AVENUE WHEN HE HEARD SOMEONE KNOCKING AT THE DOOR.  WHEN HE ANSWERED, THE SUSPECT—ERIC “RICKY” SAULTS IS ALLEGED TO HAVE SWUNG A KNIFE AT HIM.  THE FIGHT SPILLED INTO THE YARD AND THE VICTIM RECEIVED STAB WOUNDS TO THE NECK AND ARM.  SAULTS WAS ARRESTED MONDAY AND CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND HE’S IN COURT TODAY.

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO BODY FOUND

AN INVESTIGATION IS CONTINUING INTO HUMAN REMAINS FOUND ALONG THE WATAUGA RIVER NEAR THE AREA OF HIGHWAY 321 IN JOHNSON COUNTY. SHERIFF EDWARD TESTER SAID A FISHERMAN MADE THE DISCOVERY MONDAY AFTERNOON. TESTER SAID AUTHORITIES ARE SEARCHING THE CREEK BANKS TO SEE IF THEY CAN FIND ANY OTHER REMAINS THAT HAVE BEEN LEFT BY THE CREEK SIDE. THE SHERIFF SAID THEY HOPE TO RELEASE MORE INFORMATION ON THE INVESTIGATION SOMETIME TODAY.

TWO INMATES CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

TWO INMATES AT THE WASHINGTON COUNTY DETENTION CENTER WERE CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT LAST WEEK, AFTER A JAILER WAS INJURED AND LOCKED INSIDE THEIR CELL. ACCORDING TO A STATEMENT FROM THE WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, THE OFFICER HAD GONE TO CHECK OUT A DISTURBANCE ABOUT 2:30 PM, WHEN AN INMATE GRABBED THE JAILER’S RADIO MIC AND STRUCK HIM MULTIPLE TIMES ON THE FACE AND HEAD, UNTIL THE OFFICER WAS DOWN AND UNABLE TO DEFEND HIMSELF. THE INMATE AND HIS CELLMATE BOTH WALKED OUT OF THE CELL AND SHUT THE DOOR, LOCKING THE OFFICER IN THE CELL. THE OFFICER WAS ABLE TO REACH HIS RADIO AND CALL FOR HELP. WITHIN SECONDS OF RECEIVING THE RADIO TRANSMISSION, MEDICAL PERSONNEL AND OFFICERS ARRIVED TO SECURE THE POD.34 YEAR OLD LEONTE WARD AND 26 YEAR OLD WESLEY WARD BOTH APPEARED IN COURT FRIDAY.

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