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Friday, August 29, 2014

Assistant Band Director Arrested for Having Sex with Student
A former Sullivan South assistant band director is jailed after an extensive investigation. The Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted 23-year old Ethan J. Tate of Johnson City for having sex with a 16-year old girl. Detectives uncovered the former Kingsport educator and student were having sex over a six month period between last September and February of this year. Tate was arrested on 13 counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure and is being held under $50,000 bond.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Months after Police Kill Unarmed Bristol Man, Grand Jury Rules Killing was Justified
Finally details about that killing of an unarmed man in Bristol by a Washington County Virginia deputy three months ago. A Sullivan County grand jury has now found the killing of Ransom McCoy was justified. The incident began as a high speed chase in Virginia, leading to Tennessee with McCoy wanted for theft. According to prosecutor Barry Staubus, the grand jury heard evidence that Deputy Tom Dula shot and killed McCoy as McCoy rammed his truck at police as a threat again and again. Staubus said, “With his tires spinning, accelerating, getting ready to ram the vehicle one more time, that’s when Officer Dula fired…as a matter of fact, he fired eight times and six bullets struck Mr. McCoy.” (LM)

Bristol Woman Indicted for Embezzling from Elderly Woman
A Bristol woman has been indicted on a charge of embezzling a large amount of money from an elderly woman she cared for. A Bristol, Virginia grand jury charges Michelle McGlamary with 17 coumts of embezzlement, accusing her of bilking an elderly woman out of $87,000 over a year and a half, working as her caretaker and power of attorney. No word yet on a trial date. (LM)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Months after Police Kill Unarmed Bristol Man, Grand Jury Rules Killing was Justified
Finally details about that killing of an unarmed man in Bristol by a Washington County Virginia deputy three months ago. A Sullivan County grand jury has now found the killing of Ransom McCoy was justified. The incident began as a high speed chase in Virginia, leading to Tennessee with McCoy wanted for theft. According to prosecutor Barry Staubus, the grand jury heard evidence that Deputy Tom Dula shot and killed McCoy as McCoy rammed his truck at police as a threat again and again. Staubus said, “With his tires spinning, accelerating, getting ready to ram the vehicle one more time, that’s when Officer Dula fired…as a matter of fact, he fired eight times and six bullets struck Mr. McCoy.” (LM)

Bristol Woman Indicted for Embezzling from Elderly Woman
A Bristol woman has been indicted on a charge of embezzling a large amount of money from an elderly woman she cared for. A Bristol, Virginia grand jury charges Michelle McGlamary with 17 coumts of embezzlement, accusing her of bilking an elderly woman out of $87,000 over a year and a half, working as her caretaker and power of attorney. No word yet on a trial date. (LM)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Carter County Corrections Officer Fired After Inmate Assault
Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes terminated a corrections officer in the wake of a criminal investigation. Corrections Officer Chancelor Presnell was fired after an incident involving an inmate. The sheriff says the inmate made sexual and inappropriate remarks to a female corrections officer and was assaulted by Presnell in retaliation. He worked as a corrections officer for about nine months and was fired for Unbecoming Conduct, Misconduct with Inmates and Excessive Force Resulting in Injury. The incident remains under investigation and is expected to be heard by the grand jury next month.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Arts Center Damaged When Trailer Breaks from Truck
A highway construction truck, hauling a trailer loaded with guardrails, saw the trailer break away and run off of Route 19 in Tazewell County, crashing into the front of the Appalachian Arts Center, affiliated with Southwest Virginia Community College. A person in the arts center escaped injury. The truck’s driver, Benny Terry of Pounding Mill, was charged with having defective equipment. A county building inspector was determining the extent of damage to the center, which exhibits locally made craft, fine art, literature and music. (LM)

Carter County Jailer Fired for Inmate Assault
A Carter County jailer is fired and is under criminal investigation, accused of assaulting an inmate in retaliation for making sexual remarks to a female jailer. Sheriff Chris Mathes says jailer Chancelor Presnell has been fired for misconduct and use of excessive force resulting in injury of an inmate. He says evidence will likely be presented to a grand jury in September, with criminal assault charges likely against Presnell. Presnell had worked as a jailer for about 9 months. (LM)

Prosecutors Wrap Up Case Against Former Governor
Prosecutors have finished presenting their case to a jury in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The government wrapped up its case Thursday with FBI Special Agent David Husler testifying as the final prosecution witness. The defense is set to begin presenting its case Monday.

Kingsport Stalker Faces More Charges
He’s suspected of stalking as many as fifty victims in the Kingsport area and now Albert Joseph Toronjo faces even more charges. He was arrested in May on charges of stalking, assault, aggravated criminal trespass and theft of property. The arrest came when detectives warned the public about him. Numerous victims came forward saying Toronjo was targeting women who were widowed, divorced or otherwise alone claiming he was a handyman looking for work. Now he faces even more charges as a grand jury indicted him on four more accounts of assault.

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