Archives for January 2017

Some Stolen Audio Equipment Returned, Truck Still Missing

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn.–Deputies find some equipment stolen from Greene County last week.

A public appeal for help in finding a missing box truck and the entertainment equipment inside went out Monday. Tuesday morning, deputies in both Washington and Greene counties followed leads that took them to a few pieces of the audio gear. The rest of the equipment and the box truck itself remain missing.

At latest check, Washington County investigators are questioning possible suspects, though no charges have been filed.

Glade Spring Meth Bust Nets 1 Arrest

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va.–A Glade Spring woman is in custody on federal drug charges.

Police say 34-year-old Michelle Renee Boardwine faces two counts of meth possession and two counts of bringing a controlled substance to a jail facility.

Deputies from Washington County, Smyth County, and the Drug Enforcement Agency executed a search warrant Monday at a S. Monte Vista Dr. home after neighbors had complained about possible drug activity.

Boardwine remains in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon without bail.

Skyline Dr. Closure in Johnson City Starts Wednesday

JOHNSON CITY–A section of Skyline Dr. is scheduled to close for about 4 months starting Wednesday.

Skyline Dr. will be widened to four lanes at its intersection with N. State of Franklin Rd near Food City. Drivers can use Market St. or Sunset Dr. and Knob Creek Rd. to get around the closure. Indian Ridge Rd. will also be widened to five lanes at the intersection.

Local access for area residents will be maintained. Work is expected to last until June 1.

Greene Co. Animal Control Suspends Intakes

GREENE COUNTY–Another Tri-Cities animal shelter is closed over fears of illness.

A sign posted to the door of Greene County’s James Eagle Animal Control facility says intakes have been halted until further notice. Officials say symptoms of canine parvovirus, or parvo, began showing up Jan. 13. Intake was suspended for at least two weeks starting this past Friday.

Five infected dogs were euthanized to prevent further spread of the disease.

Two Sullivan County shelters remain closed through this week after an outbreak of canine distemper.

State Audit Points Out Problems In Mount Carmel

MOUNT CARMEL — A audit released by the state comptroller’s office finds issues with the town’s financial reporting.

According to the report deficiencies included overpaying former mayor Larry Frost, failure to implement accurate purchasing procedures and operational issues with regards to handling funds and providing receipts.

Town officials say they are taking steps to correct the problems found in the audit.

Another Retailer For The Falls

BRISTOL, Va. — A global discount supermarket chain announces it’s opening a location at The Falls.

A spokesman for ALDI Food Market says the company plans to open the Bristol location by the end of the year.

It’s the ninth retailer to be located at the center that is developed as a public private partnership.

Hospital Disturbance Leads To Arrest

ELIZABETHTON — A man causing a disturbance at Sycamore Shoals Hospital on Saturday will be facing a judge.

Police say John Yarbrough of Bristol, Tenn. was in the emergency room when he became unruly, forcing officers to put him in cuffs because he wouldn’t follow orders from the medical staff.

Yarbrough was taken to the Carter County Detention Center and is now free on bond pending a March 1 appearance in Carter County General Sessions Court.

Gray Man Arrested After One Car Crash

JOHNSON CITY — A man made his first court appearance on charges connected with a crash on Monday.

Police say Jonathan R. Pearson of Gray got into an accident at N. Roan St. and Bristol Highway when he crossed into oncoming traffic leaving the roadway then hitting a light pole and building.

According to an arrest report Pearson was charged with multiple moving violations and was also found to be in possession of cocaine.

Arrests Made In Kingsport Vehicle Thefts

KINGSPORT — Five people are behind bars in connection with a number of recent vehicle thefts.

Police say the four cars were stolen between Jan. 12 and Jan. 29. under varying circumstances.

Arrested were James and Chelcee Cheruk, Lauren Elizabeth Paugh, Michael R. Goins and Larry M. Palladino.

According to investigators there are 16 other vehicle theft cases that occurred this month that are still open and detectives are determining if they are somehow connected.

No Confidence Vote Against NSCC President

BLOUNTVILLE — A no confidence vote is taken against Northeast State Community College President Dr. Janice Gilliam by the school’s faculty senate.

According to the Bristol Herald Courier the senate says the vote resulted from Gilliam’s unrealistic expansion projections, enrollment issues and loss of key staff during her tenure.

So far there’s been no response from Gilliam or the college.