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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Former Bristol Library Foundation Director Waives Preliminary Hearing
A former Bristol Library Foundation director has waived her preliminary hearing in General District Court on charges that she embezzled thousands of dollars in agency money. Anita Foster Machado made her first court appearance after being charged last August with six counts of embezzlement. The Bristol, VA Commonwealth's Attorney's office dropped one of the charges, leaving the grand jury with five felonies against Machado to consider on Aug. 3. Police said Machado used a foundation credit card over a three-year period and made over $20,000 in personal purchases, including makeup, clothes and tanning visits. (KC)

JC Police Plan "Strict Enforcement" of Fireworks Ban
Johnson City prohibits the use or sale of fireworks, and police officials plan a strict enforcement against them. They say it's in the interest of public safety due to the risk of injury. Under the city ordinance, those found with fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated.

Johnson City Man Sent to Prison for 10 Years for Crack Cocaine Selling
Prison is ordered by a federal judge for a Johnson City man, convicted of dealing crack cocaine and reportedly joking about the addictions suffered by his customers. 26-year-old Robert Nelson Racanelli, found guilty by a jury, was handed a 10 year prison sentence by Judge Ronnie Greer who also ordered Racanelli to get substance abuse treatment. He's among a dozen people convicted in the crack selling ring. Authorities said in monitoring Racanelli's phone calls, they heard him joke about his customers' addictions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former Bristol Library Foundation Director Waives Preliminary Hearing
A former Bristol Library Foundation director has waived her preliminary hearing in General District Court on charges that she embezzled thousands of dollars in agency money. Anita Foster Machado made her first court appearance after being charged last August with six counts of embezzlement. The Bristol, VA Commonwealth's Attorney's office dropped one of the charges, leaving the grand jury with five felonies against Machado to consider on Aug. 3. Police said Machado used a foundation credit card over a three-year period and made over $20,000 in personal purchases, including makeup, clothes and tanning visits. (KC)

JC Police Plan "Strict Enforcement" of Fireworks Ban
Johnson City prohibits the use or sale of fireworks, and police officials plan a strict enforcement against them. They say it's in the interest of public safety due to the risk of injury. Under the city ordinance, those found with fireworks can be cited into court and have their fireworks confiscated.

Johnson City Man Sent to Prison for 10 Years for Crack Cocaine Selling
Prison is ordered by a federal judge for a Johnson City man, convicted of dealing crack cocaine and reportedly joking about the addictions suffered by his customers. 26-year-old Robert Nelson Racanelli, found guilty by a jury, was handed a 10 year prison sentence by Judge Ronnie Greer who also ordered Racanelli to get substance abuse treatment. He's among a dozen people convicted in the crack selling ring. Authorities said in monitoring Racanelli's phone calls, they heard him joke about his customers' addictions.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Red Onion Prison Inmate Indicted for 2011 Murder of Cellmate
An inmate at the Red Onion Correctional Facility in Wise County has been indicted by a grand jury for the Sept. 2011 murder of his cellmate. Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Abbott said 34-yr-old John Watson is accused of beating Kawaski Bass to death. Watson told investigators that the killing was self defense because Bass was trying to sexually assault him. Bass' mother has sued the state because she said prison guard ignored his cries for help during the attack.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Red Onion Prison Inmate Indicted for 2011 Murder of Cellmate
An inmate at the Red Onion Correctional Facility in Wise County has been indicted by a grand jury for the Sept. 2011 murder of his cellmate. Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Abbott said 34-yr-old John Watson is accused of beating Kawaski Bass to death. Watson told investigators that the killing was self defense because Bass was trying to sexually assault him. Bass' mother has sued the state because she said prison guard ignored his cries for help during the attack.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Occupant Escapes Home Fire in Gray
Reports this morning of a house fire in Gray. Apparently an occupant of the home was able to escape without injury. No word on the cause.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Man Charged With Statutory Rape at Johnson City's Library Waives Hearing
Bruce Carnegie, the 44 year old Johnson City man arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old boy in the bathroom of the city's public library, has waived his preliminary hearing. That means three charges of aggravated statutory rape against Carnegie will now be considered by a grand jury. If indicted, Carnegie is to appear in Circuit Court Sept. 14th. As part of the proceedings, a judge was convinced to reduce Carnegie's bond from $75,000 to $60,000, but at last word, he remained jailed.

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