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Thursday, September 06, 2012

New Trial Granted For Convicted Killer
The man convicted of killing a Colonial Heights bait shop owner has been granted a new trial. 48 year old Steven James Rollins was convicted in 2003 of killing 81 year old James Bussell. He was stabbed 28 times at his bait shop and barbecue restaurant. Rollins was sentenced to death by lethal injection. A three judge panel agreed with his contention that he had ineffective counsel and a biased juror. The case has been sent back to Sullivan County for re-trial. (jb)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Inmate Sentenced To Life Without Parole In Prison Murder
An inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia will be spending the rest of his life in prison. 29 year old Antonio Carl Johnson pleaded guilty in March to first-degree murder. He stabbed and killed Ernest Eugene Bennett with a shank in January 2010 in one of the prison's housing units. A motive for the attack has not been released. (jb)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Man Arrested In Stabbing Incident
Johnson City police have arrested a man involved in a stabbing incident at the John Sevier Center. A 9-1-1 caller told them that a man was walking near South Roan and East Maple with blood on his clothing. The victim told police that he had been stabbed in the leg at an apartment at the Johnson Sevier Center. Police arrested 52 year old Louis Popps and charged him with aggravated assault and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond has been set at 31 thousand dollars. (jb)

Friday, June 01, 2012

Police Investigate Stabbing
Johnson City police are investigating a stabbing incident. It happened Thursday evening in the 200 block of West 8th Avenue. Police say that a man went outside of a home and came back in later with the wound. The man was stabbed in his upper shoulder. Police are not releasing any more information at this time. (jb)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Damascus Man Charged With Arson
A Damascus, Virginia man is in jail, charged with setting his house on fire. It's believed that 37 year old Christopher Allen Whited set the fire after a domestic altercation. Deputies found him inside of an outbuilding behind the burning home. Whited had apparently stabbed himself. He was airlifted to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment. Sullivan County deputies arrested him after his release. He was transferred to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon. (jb)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Red Onion Prison Locked Down
Red Onion State Prison went on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after a correctional officer was stabbed by an inmate. The unnamed correctional officer was escorting an inmate when the inmate attacked him. The incident happened around 3:00 o'clock. The officer received multiple stab wounds to his back, neck and head. No other inmates were involved in the incident. Red Onion is a maximum security prison that houses about 800 inmates. (jb)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Boy Charged With Stabbing Father
A Johnson City boy is in custody after he allegedly stabbed his father with a kitchen knife. The incident happened around 11:00 o'clock last night at a residence in North Johnson City. Investigators were called in and the 17 year old boy was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and Domesitc Violence. He was booked into the Upper East Tennessee Juvenile Detention facility. (jb)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Breeding To Undergo Mental Evaluation
A man accused of killing his girlfriend at a Kingsport apartment complex will undergo a mental evaluation. Mark Breeding is alleged to have stabbed Birdie Hartsock to death at City View Apartments on Bloomingdale Pike in February. He was supposed to be in court today for a preliminary hearing, but his lawyer requested a competency evaluation. Breeding's preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for May 3rd. (jb)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Elderly Woman Stabs Husband
An elderly Kingsport woman has been chraged with aggravated domestic assault. Police say that 70 year old Lola Kelchner of Park Place Drive stabbed her husband with a knife after a night of drinking. The two got into an argument, Mrs. Kelchner got a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her husband in his forearm and left hand. Mr. Kelchner was treated at the scene by EMS. She was arrested and released under a 15 thousand dollar bond. (jb)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Delgado Trial Set
It's been over four years since a trial mishap delayed the first-degree murder trial of a Johnson City man. 43 year old Poncho Juan Delgado faces first-degree murder charges in the May 25th, 2006 death of 41 year old Robert Curtis. Curtis' body was found by Johnson City firefighters when they responded to a house fire on E. Fairview Avenue. Investigators say that Curtis had been stabbed multiple times. Delgado's trial is set to start September 10th. (jb)

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