Archives for February 2017

Short-Term Boyfriend Accused in ATM Card Theft

GREENE COUNTY–A Rocky Top man is due in court Wednesday on theft charges.

Baileyton police responded to a Jan. 5 call from a woman who said her boyfriend of three days disappeared with her debit card. 25-year-old Troy Stansberry allegedly withdrew $900 from a Baileyton Rd. truck stop ATM using the victim’s PIN.

Stansberry was arrested Monday. He is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on $11,000 bond.

Mosheim Duo Charged for Defrauding Cemetery

GREENE COUNTY–A Mosheim couple was in court Tuesday for taking money from a cemetery.

38-year-old Phillip Long and 33-year-old Holly Long each face multiple counts of forgery. The two were arrested Sunday for allegedly cashing checks intended for the Brown Springs Cemetery Fund and keeping the money.

Investigators say the couple cashed nearly $4,000 worth of checks over several days in August of last year.

At latest check, the Longs are being held on bond in the Greene County Detention Center.

Unicoi Co. Ambulance Provider Shaping Up

UNICOI COUNTY–Officials delay a decision on an embattled ambulance service provider.

The County Commission has been considering moving away from MedicOne over repeated contract violations. The commission tabled action following a Monday report from MedicOne’s new operations manager Jimmy Erwin, a 17-year veteran of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Dept.

Since Feb. 10, MedicOne has repaired one inoperable ambulance and moved another into the county, bringing its total to four. Two new paramedics have been hired with six more applications pending.

The company is also setting up operations at a N. Main Ave. house that will comply with its service location requirements.

Pipe Bomber Sentence Suggested

U.S. Attorneys say how long a Johnson City bomber should go to prison…Jim O’Reilly…

The sentencing memorandum for Christopher Alexander proposes a five-year sentence for the Kingsport man, who prosecutors say placed pipe bombs that exploded inside Victory Orthotics and Prosthetics in July, 2015. Alexander pled guilty last June to four felonies. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March, 13th.

Sentence Suggested For Pipe Bomber

JOHNSON CITY-U.S. Attorneys say how long a Johnson City bomber should go to prison.

The sentencing memorandum for Christopher Alexander proposes a five-year sentence for the Kingsport man, who prosecutors say placed pipe bombs that exploded inside Victory Orthotics and Prosthetics in July, 2015.

Alexander pled guilty last June to four felonies. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March, 13th.

Sullivan, Hawkins Co. Schools to Dismiss Early Ahead of Storms

SULLIVAN COUNTY–A severe weather forecast will close some area schools early.

Officials with Sullivan and Hawkins County schools announced Tuesday afternoon that their schools will dismiss early on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service says a cold front will bring significant severe weather along its boundary, which is expected to pass through the Tri-Cities region Wednesday afternoon.

Plea Deal In Child Pornography Charges

ABINGDON — It’s 60 years in jail for a Galax, Va. man taking a plea deal on child pornography charges.

Prosecutors say Richard Denny Nofsinger, Jr. possessed a cell phone with eight sexually explicit videos involving children with two of those videos involving Nofsinger and child victims.

According to court papers Nofsinger was charged in a double homicide that occurred in Galax last year.

Woman Arrested For Using Fake Money At Two Businesses

JOHNSON CITY — A woman is arrested on suspicion she passed fake currency at two area businesses.

Police say an investigation revealed Cecilia Heatherly used a fake $20 bill on Feb. 6 at Roadrunner on N. Road St. and on Feb. 20 passed three $20 bills at Walmart on W. Market St.

Heatherly was already at the Washington County Detention Center when she was served with warrants on the counterfeiting charges. Bond was set at $18,000.

Traffic Stop Results In Weapons Charges

JOHNSON CITY — A routine traffic stop Monday resulted in a passenger arrested on weapons charges.

Police say they stopped a car at an undisclosed location and found the passenger identified as Robert Lee Hawks of Jonesborough was in possession of a gun which investigators determined was assembled from stolen parts.

Hawks was also found to be a felon in possession of a gun.

Bail was set at $13,000 pending his first court appearance.

Soft Lockdown Lifted In Carter County

ELIZABETHTON — A soft lockdown put in place by Carter County school authorities this morning because of a threat made on social media has been lifted.

WCYB reports an anonymous post said that someone with a gun was going to show up at Happy Valley, Cloudland and Elizabethton High Schools.

Police say they were not able to trace the post but an investigation did reveal there no validity to the threat.