Archives for November 2017

Bristol, Va. Death Investigated As Homicide

(BRISTOL, Va.) — The body of a man found dead in his apartment Thursday morning has been identified.

Police say Steven Hafen of Reedy Creek Road was killed late Wednesday from what appeared to be blunt force trauma but an autopsy will be done to confirm the exact cause of death.

There’s been no details on the investigation into Hafen’s death other than it is being investigated as a homicide.

Kingsport Hit And Run Driver Wanted

(KINGSPORT) — A search is on for a driver involved in a hit-and-run collision on Thursday.

Police say a red sport utility vehicle was eastbound on Stone Drive and hit a car stopped at a traffic light then the driver fled the scene.

According to investigators the SUV will likely have damage either to the front end or the driver’s side.

A video of the crash is posted on the Kingsport Police Facebook page and anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the department.

Man Held Without Bail For Domestic Assault

(GREENEVILLE) — A fight between a man and a woman Tuesday ends up with the man arrested for domestic assault.

Police say Kevin Greene kicked in the front door of the victim’s apartment and started aguing with the victim which escalated into Greene kicking in two more doors in the victim’s home then throwing a number of items.

The victim told officers Greene hit her in the face but there’s no word on if the woman was hurt.

Greene was booked into jail on no bond.

Pomrenke Gets Jail Sentence On Contempt Conviction

(ABINGDON, Va.) — Former Judge Kurt Pomrenke is sentenced to two months in jail for his conviction on contempt charges for violating a 2015 order regarding evidence from his wife’s corruption trial.

According to court papers Pomrenke was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and has 14 days to appeal the sentence.

Earlier this week the Virginia Supreme Court removed Pomrenke from the bench because of his actions to share evidence about Pomrenke reaching out to witnesses from his wife’s corruption trial.

Driver Dies From Injuries In Greeneville Crash

(GREENEVILLE) — A driver died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a one car crash on Little Chuckey Road.

Police say Christopher Moorman was heading northbound Tuesday when his car went off the road and Moorman overcorrected, resulting in his car going off the southbound side and hitting a utility pole.

Moorman was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center with incapacitating injuries and died the next day.

House Arrest Sentence Handed Down In Chuckey Assault Case

(GREENEVILLE) — It’s five years of house arrest for a Chuckey man found guilty in September of aggravated assault.

Prosecutors say Roger Burgner shot his neighbor, Ray Estepp in the head as the two faced each other at their fence line in the 200 block of Fishpond Road last year.

Burgner testifed that Estepp physically abused his daughter and he hit Burgner in the face which Estepp denied.

Estepp recovered from the gunshot wound after being hospitalized for months.

Alert System Now Operational In Greene County

(GREENEVILLE) — Greene County’s new emergency notification is now up and running.

According to authorities those wanting to recieve the alerts needs to first opt in and then they will be notified of severe weather situations, missing children and other emergency situations.

Officials say the work to get the system online accelerated following the April incident at the US Nitrogen plant on Pottertown Road. where nitric oxide vapors were released.

Restaurant Signs Coming Down In Wytheville

(WYTHEVILLE) — The familiar restuarant direction signs throughout town will soon be a thing of the past now that the Town Council ordered them removed at their Monday meeting.

Lawmakers say the signs are in bad condition and haven’t been maintained for some time now.

Restaurant owners will be notified and the signs will be removed by the pubic works department then returned to the business owners.

Accident Kills Bean Station Woman And Her Son

(KNOXVILLE) — A woman from Hawkins County and her son were killed Wednesday in a crash near Knoxville.

Police say the accident was on I-40 in West Knoxville when Sabrina Brown of Bean Station made an abrupt lane change and lost control resulting in her hitting a semi truck and then her car was hit in the passenger side by a pickup.

Brown and her three-year-old son died and her one-year-old daughter suffered life threatening injuries.

Body Discovered In Bristol

(BRISTOL, VA) – A suspicious death investigation is underway in Bristol, Virginia…Jim O’Reilly…

Officers have made entry into an apartment on Reedy Creek Road. The victim appears to be a middle-aged white male. Police were called to the scene just after 10:30 this morning.