SuperTalk WFHG Local News Stories
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Abingdon Woman Who is a Sex Offender Arrested for Being at School
A woman called to High Point Elementary in Washington County, Virginia to meet with her child's teacher is facing new criminal charges because she's a registered sex offender. Authorities say 28-year-old Jennifer Marie Wilson, of Kipling Drive, Abingdon, has convictions of sex offenses that prohibit her from going on school property, and she failed to disclose this to school officials. (LM)
Sex Charges Mount Against John Battle High School Teacher
New charges are filed against the John Battle High School teacher arrested for having sex with two 17 year old girls from the school. The new charges claim that 48-year-old Roger Neal Mullins Junior took indecent liberties with one or both victims at the school, as well as at a hotel in Bristol. He’s facing charges of taking indecent liberties with chidlren by a person in a supervisory relationship. Police say the social services department got the initial complaint that a Battle student reported sexual involvement with Mullins. Then police determined there was a second student victim. (LM)
Abingdon Man Charged with Having Porn, Soliciting Minor
An Abingdon man has been arrested for child pornography and soliciting a child. This after a school resource officer tipped off county authorities that an Abingdon High School student was involved in inappropriate conversations on Facebook with Chistopher Chad Thompson of Norfolk Street. Sheriff Fred Newman says the investigation also turned up evidence that the 26-year old Thompson had child porn on his cell phone. He’s charged with possession of porn and solicitation of a minor by electronic means. He’s free on bond pending court proceedings. (LM)
Update: Child Abuse Trial Resumes Friday
The mother of a badly battered 2-year-old boy was a key witness at a trial in Jonesborough. Amanda Percell told jurors she was afraid of her former boyfriend, Andrew Allen, and had been beaten by him herself. She said that's why she lied and told 911 her toddler had fallen. Medical personnel say the boy suffered a beating. The mother says it didn't happen in front of her, but Allen told her he had whippped the boy using a spatula. The defense is trying to turn the tables and blame it all on the mother. The couple lived in Telford and both are charged with child abuse, with her trial later. Allen's trial continues Friday. (LM)
Man Falls to his Death From Cell Phone Tower in Greeneville
Greene County emergency officials confirming a death on West Vann Road after a man fell from a cell phone tower. His identity or the reason for him being on the property have not been released. The incident occurred just after noon on Thursday. One Greene County official did say the man was not from the Tri-Cities region.
Domestic Episode in Johnson City Turns Into Standoff
A three-hour standoff with Washington County, TN deputies ended peacefully with a suspect who had pointed a pistol at his wife. Sheriff Ed Graybeal said 46-yr-old Scott White of Herb Hodge Rd. had to be talked out of shooting himself before surrendering. His wife told police that the two had argued, then turning physical with White assaulting his wife then pointing the gun at her. White's daughter knocked the gun out of her father's hand and the two women and White's grandson escaped. White is charged with three counts of aggravated assault.
Bristol Wins Designation as "Virginia Enterprise Zone"
New Virginia Enterprise Zones, which provide job creation and property investment grants, were announced by the Governor and Bristol, Virginia is one of five new zones designated. Governor Terry McAuliffe said the program is one of the state's most successful in recruiting new business and helping existing businesses grow. Localities compete to be designated an enterprise zone...and with Bristol and the others newly designated, the state now has a total of 57. (LM)
Man Wanted in Bristol for Assaulting Officers Arrested in Florida
A registered sex offender who scuffled with Bristol Virginia police, injured two officers and then got away, actually got far away. Local police have been notified that Stevenson Gilberto Harrison was arrested about a month ago in Palm Beach County, Florida, and was taken to St. Louis where he has federal charges pending of violating probation. Harrison will be returned to Bristol to face charges involving the August incident, in which two female officers went to a probation office to find and arrest him for theft, but he fought them off and fled. The officers were treated at a hospital and released. (LM)
Greene County Police Investigating Shooting at Greeneville Apartments
Greene County police are investigating a shooting in northwest Greeneville. The victims said they were followed from Wal Mart to Blue Springs Village Apartments by a blue Honda Accord with tinted windows and North Carolina tags. Four black males got out of the Honda with guns drawn ordered the victims to give up wallets and cell phones. The assailants then fired two shots at the victims, police said. No one was injured and shell casings were recovered at the site.
Mother of Battered Child Takes Witness Stand in Jonesborough
On the witness stand in Jonesborough, the mother of a badly battered two year old boy. Amanda Percell tells jurors she was afraid of her former boyfriend, Andrew Allen, and had been beaten by him, and that's why she lied and told 911 her toddler had fallen. Medical personnel say the boy suffered a beating. The mother says it didn't happen in front of her, but Allen told her he had whippped the boy using a spatula. The couple lived in Telford and both are charged, with her trial later. (LM)
Changes Coming for Virginia's Standards of Learning
Changes are afoot in the annual testing system for students in Virginia. State lawmakers and the Dept. of Education are eliminating the Standards of Learning tests in third grade history and science, fifth grade writing and elementary US History. A report says those test will now be administered on a local level, giving teachers more flexibility instead of what Gov. Terry McAuliffe called “teaching the test.” The SOLs have been in Virginia schools since the mid 1990s.
Police Searching for Man Who Chased Estranged Wife From Blountville to Kingsport
Police are looking for a Kingsport man who chased his estranged wife for several miles in his car then eluded officers who called off a chase when he began endangering other motorists. 37-yr-old Shawn Botkin ran into the back of his wife's car and pulled up beside her and said “I got you,” police said. The woman then came to the Kingsport Justice Center and Botkin drove away. Botkin faces several charges including evading arrest and domestic assault.
Johnson City to Raise Hotel/Motel Tax, Against Property Tax
In a fight to increase revenue for the city without raising property tax, Johnson City is looking to increase another. The city commission hopes to change the state legislative hotel/motel tax rate. The local city charter states for home rule cities the tax rates for hotels can be no higher than 5%. Johnson City commissioners hope to increase the charge to 7% for each city for community improvements to promote tourism. The added 2% rate on temporary housing is expected to earn the city an additional $400,000. (EE)
Cravens Arrested Again Before Johnson City Child Neglect Trial
A Johnson City man accused of neglect in a child's death is back in jail. This time, 28-year old Jonathan Cravens is accused of Aggravated Burglary after police found him hiding in the closet of an apartment. Police were called to 824 Rolling Hills Drive after the apartment’s caretaker arrived to find the home in disarray. Investigators determined Cravens entered through a window. He is already set for a bench trail next month after police say a 16-month old child left in his care choked to death in August 2013.
Johnson City Man in Critical Condition After Serious Crash
A serious crash is still under investigation in Johnson City. Officers say they found 23-year old Clinton Lady unconscious after he wrecked at the intersection of Cherokee Road and Brook Hollow Road. Investigators are not sure why Lady's vehicle left the roadway, but when it did, he hit a utility pole, went over an embankment and then hit a tree. Lady is currently listed in critical condition at the Johnson City Medical Center.
Woman Arrested After Running From Johnson City Traffic Stop
Officers tried to pull over 26-year old Shawna Ray, but she drove away. A report from the Johnson City Police says she wasn't on the run for long. They were able to track her down at a gas station on West State of Franklin Road where she was taken into custody. Shawna Ray faces numerous charges including felony evading arrest, reckless driving, driving on suspended license, stop sign violations and violation of vehicle registration law.
Greeneville PD Detective Has "No Idea" What Caused Deaths of Two Infants Wednesday Morning
“...One of our patrol officers attempted to give CPR...” That's Greeneville Police Dept. Detective Tim Davis describing the scene of when officers arrived and found a 13-mo-old and 2-mo-old unresponsive at a home on North Hardin Street. The infants were taken to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead... “At this time, we have no idea what's going on or what caused this. The investigation will continue,” Davis said. The TBI is assisting police in the case, which Davis said at this point does not involve the children's parents.
Kingsport Man Arrested As Six Month Old Child Suffers From "Shaken Baby Syndrome"
The day before Thanksgiving, a six month old child was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center where doctors diagnosed the child with “Shaken Baby Syndrome”. Kingsport detectives began an investigation that determined 25-year old James Casteel was living with the baby in a storage building when the child started to cry. Casteel shook the child to stop the crying and went back to sleep. About 12 hours later, Casteel’s mother found the child unresponsive. The case was presented to a Sullivan County Grand Jury and now Casteel has been arrested on charges of Aggravated Child Abuse and Filing a False Police Report. The baby remains hospitalized with multiple injuries including brain damage. The child’s mother was incarcerated at the time of the incident.
Suspect Caught in Russell County Shooting
Russell County authorities have caught the suspect accused of shooting his brother twice. Sheriff's Detective Craig McGlothlin confirms that 19-year old Herbert Spivey has been arrested. He's accused of attempting to kill his half brother, 25-year old Joseph Sweet. The arrest reportedly came in an area of Tazewell County – that's the county from which Spivey hails. (LM)
Kidnapper on The Run in Kingsport After Trying to Snatch 13-month-old Son
A suspected kidnapper is on the run from police in Kingsport. A report from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office said 23-yr-old Daniel Powell abducted his 13-mo-old son from his mother's home on Cooks Valley Road late Sunday. The female victim, who was hit in the head and face by Powell several times during the incident, chased him to a home on Edith Road where the baby was found. Powell fled the scene and is facing several charges including attempted child neglect and domestic assault. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact Sullivan County deputies.
Surveillance Video Revealing in Gate City Liquor Store Robbery
The man who robbed the liquor store in Gate City, went in with pistol drawn and pointing it to order two employees from the aisles to the counter to fill up a plastic bag with cash. This happened Monday night and state police have just released surveillance video. It also shows the man pacing, agitated and committing the crime in just 69 seconds. Police say he got away in an older white Honda Accord. He wore a green stocking cap, sunglasses and a bandanna over his face, and a sweatshirt with a Fox Racing logo on the back. (LM)
Two Arrested in Meth Bust at Bristol, Tennessee's Village Square Apartments
A meth lab bust in Bristol Tennessee at Village Square Apartments on King College Road, just across the street from Holston View Elementary School. Police arrested two men – 56-year old Richard Allen Frazier and 46 year old Kenneth Wayne Moore at Apartment D2. Police say with a search warrant, they found meth for distribution, an active meth lab and meth making materials. Frazier and Moore are facing charges of conspiracy to make meth close to a public school. Police say more charges are pending. (LM)
Bristol, Virginia City Council Meets Behind Closed Doors Concerning "Business Prospect"
Bristol, Virginia may be negotiating incentives with a new business prospect. It was urgent enough for a special called meeting of City Council. But the meeting was all behind closed doors in executive session and mums the word from Mayor Catherine Brillhart. We asked if she could tell us anything. She said, “No just that we went into executive session concerning a prospective business.” (LM)
Governor McAuliffe to Increase Budget
Just after looking into bonds for new voting machines for Virginia, Governor Terry McAuliffe looks to raise his budget to increase teachers' retirement, give deputy sheriffs raises, and more. McAuliffe brings the changed biennial budget and propositions to state officials today. The Virginia governor hopes to free up funds by selling $250 million of state owned property meant to support the coal industry. With the funds the governor plans on also expanding Medicaid, but not until the proposal is taken to lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session. (EE)
Car Stolen Out of Washington State Crashes in Abingdon, Suspects on the Run
Abingdon and Washington County police are currently searching for two suspects who ran from the scene after crashing a stolen car based out of Washington state in a resident's front yard. When police arrived, a beige Honda Element was found on its side after hitting a parked car in the Lowry Drive area. The vehicle had been reported stolen out of Mount Vernon, Washington, according to police. Anyone with information on the case should contact Abingdon or Washington County law enforcement.
Scott County Lawmakers Looking at a Site Outside of Gate City for New Animal Shelter
Earlier this month, a fire destroyed Scott County's animal shelter in the Midway community near Gate City. County Administrator Kathie Noe said the Board of Supervisors has agreed to lease a former kennel facility in the Yuma area for interim animal care. Long term plans could have a brand new facility built... “We are looking at the possibility of rebuilding on some property that we own in the Daniel Boone area which will make it more visible and more accessible,” Noe said.
Johnson City Man Charged for Burglarizing Apartments in His Complex
Johnson City police say two apartments were robbed at Heights at 1301, an apartment complex on Seminole Drive known mostly as off-campus housing for ETSU students. As officers were taking the report from one burglary, another victim came forward and said their apartment had also been burglarized. Witnesses told officers they saw 22-year old Frederick Heath put a TV in his vehicle. Investigators determined that TV was one of the stolen items. Heath is also a resident at the complex and has been arrested on aggravated burglary and theft charges.
Bulls Gap Man Charged for 2012 Rogersville Fire
A Bull's Gap man is arrested for a 2012 fire in Rogersville. The furniture Depot Store in the city caught fire early morning in August of that year destroyed the building as well as $30,000 worth of furniture. Investigating the fire officials found that the building was broken into and found a cigarette with DNA on it. 29 year old Trinity Brian Livesay was arrested after the evidence found connected him to the burned down store. Livesay is being charged with arson and burglary and is being held in Hawkins County Jail under a $30,000 bond. (EE)