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Friday, July 25, 2014
Kingsport Counterfeit Suspects Arrested
Thanks to tips from the public, the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested two suspects accused of producing counterfeit money and passing it at a Kingsport business. The suspect in the surveillance video was identified as Derrick A. Hensley. During the investigation information was obtained that Timothy Duncan was also involved in producing counterfeit money. Both men have been arrested on Criminal Simulation Charges.
Bristol Police Search for Tire Thief
Appalachian Tire in Bristol has been burglarized several times according to authorities. They say someone stole from the business between July 7th and 14th and took different brands and sizes of recapped tractor tires. If you have any information, you’re asked to call the Bristol, Tennessee Police Department at (423) 989-5251.
More Fake Money Circulating Around the Tri-Cities
Bristol, TN Police say several counterfeit bills are making their way around the city. Numerous $20 bills have been passed at businesses such as Shell Roadrunner, Ed’s Pizza, Wal-Mart and even a yard sale. If you have any information on the fake money, you’re asked to call the Bristol Police Department at 423-989-5600.
Bristol Leaders Want Public Imput on Reconstruction Plan
Bristol leaders are holding a public meeting next week to see what you think about a new reconstruction plan. An engineering company has preliminary designs for the $6.4 million project that will include pedestrian safety and drainage improvements as well as realigning a problem crash area. The work will be on East Cedar Street near King University extending from intersections of 5th Street and King College Road. The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. on July 29 at Fairmount Elementary School.
Man Sentenced to Prison for Crack Operation
He was part of a crack cocaine operation and now he’s going to federal prison. 25-year old Garry Lee Brown was sentenced to 12.5 years for helping bring cocaine from Chattanooga to Johnson City.
Elizabethton Police Veteran Resigns Amid Investigation
The Elizabethton Police Department is short a sergeant in the narcotics vice unit. 16-year veteran Jesus Pena resigned after an internal investigation. Chief Greg Workman says the probe involved undercover informants and that Pena didn’t file paperwork in a timely manner. Prior to the investigation, Pena had a clean record from disciplinary problems.
Bluff City Crash Under Investigation
A crash in Bluff City is still under investigation as two people were seriously injured and airlifted to the hospital. A Nissan 300ZX crashed on Old Elizabethton Highway as heavy rain poured in the area late yesterday afternoon. Officials say the driver was going around a curve, lost control and hit a tree. The driver had to be cut from the car. Officials have not released the names of the two people involved.
Former Kingsport Alderman Pleads Guilty
Jantry Shupe, the fomer Kingsport Alderman arrested twice for DUI pleaded guilty in court. Shupe was arrested over the July 4th holiday weekend and once before in June 2013 – he was found not guilty in the first incident. This time, Shupe was sentenced to 48 hours in jail along with 11 months and 29 days of probation.
Dingus Headed Back to Court in September after Mistrial
No verdict in the vehicular homicide trial of Cody Dingus. The judge declares a mistrial after reports of jury misconduct. Dingus admitted to the jury he and his girlfriend were intoxicated and was driving over 80 miles an hour two years ago on Knob Creek Road in Johnson City. He crashed and killed his girlfriend and passenger, 18-year Sheridan Edwards. Dingus insists Edwards grabbed the wheel, causing the crash as police pursued him as a DUI suspect. A status hearing has been set for September 2nd where a new trial date will likely be determined.