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TWO ARRESTED IN JOHNSON CITY

Johnson City Police Have Arrested Two People After Shots Were Fired In The Downtown Square Parking Lot. Kardae Jackson And Morris Jackson Of Chattanooga Reportedly Got Into Sometype Of Altercation With A Group Of People In The Parking Lot. Witnesses Told Police The Jacksons Were In Their Vehicle When The Group Of People Approached Them. One Of The Men Allegedly Fired Shots Into The Air. No One Was Injured. The Two Have Been Charged With Reckless Endangerment. Police Said The Other Party Involved Left The Scene. The Investigation Is Continuing.

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PAIR ARRESTED FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP

A Traffic Stop In Washington County Tennessee Has Lead To The Arrest Of A Greene County Man And A Johnson City Woman. 43 Year Old Mitchell Hubbard Is Charged With A Seat Belt Violation, Loud Muffler Violation, Possession Of Schedule One Drugs For Resale, And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Meanwhile, 37 Year Old Stacy Larson Is Charged With Possession Of Schedule One Drugs For Resale And Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia. Deputies Reportedly Found Around 32 Grams Of Heroin In The Vehicle. Bond For Hubbard Was Set At 85-Hundred Dollars While Larson Is Being Held On A 6-Thousand Dollar Bond. Both Are Slated To Appear In Court Later Today.

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LIMESTONE MAN INDICTED

A Limestone Man Has Been Indicted On Child Pornography Charges. 69 Year Old Larry Dunbar Is Charged With One Count Of Aggravated Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor And One Count Of Sexual Exploitation Of A Minor. He Was Taken To The Washington County Detention Center Where He’s Being Held On A 50-Thousand Dollar Bond. Dunbar Will Appear In Criminal Court On April 10th.

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KINGSPORT ROAD CLOSURE

Part Of Main Street In Downtown Kingsport Will Be Closed Today Through Mid-Week. The Closure Will Take Place At The Intersection Of Cherokee Street Due To Construction Related To The Centennial Park Project. Drivers Are Urged To Be Alert For Construction Workers. The Roadway Will Be Reopen Wednesday.

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FUGITIVE CAPTURED AFTER POLICE CHASE

Authorities Have Captured A Fugitive After Leading Police On A High Speed Chase. The Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshal’s Task Force, And The Glade Spring Police Department Arrested 48 Year Old Michael Stogsdill, A Fugitive From Justice From Bristol Tennessee. According To Sheriff Newman, Police Observed The Fugitive Pulled Into A Local Eatery In Glade Spring. An Attempt To Stop Stogsdill’ Vehicle Was Unsuccessful, With A Pursuit That Ended After Police Used Spike Strips. Stogsdill Is Charged With Probation Violation, Felony Eluding Law Enforcement, And Possession With Intent To Distribute Schedule One Or Two Drugs. A Passenger, 26 Year Old Valerie Hayden, Was Arrested And Charged With A Felony Probation From Smyth County.

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BRISTOL TENNESSEE WOMAN FACING CHARGES

A Bristol, Tennessee Woman Is Facing Felony Charges After Leading Police On A High Speed Chase And Crashing Into A State Trooper. 21 Year Old Brittany Worley Is Charged With Attempted Capital Murder, Felony Elude, And Reckless Driving After Driving At A High Rate Of Speed In Front Of A Washington County, Virginia Deputy. The Pursuit Was Along Interstate 81, With Worley Reportedly Traveling At More Than 100 Miles Per Hour. She Lost Control Of Her Vehicle And Came To A Stop In The Median Of The Interstate. She Is Being Held Without Bond. Meanwhile, A Passenger, 27 Year Old Andrea Smith Was Charged With Possession Of A Schedule One Or Two Substance.

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ARREST MADE IN KINGSPORT SHOOTING

Kingsport Police Have Made An Arrest In A Weekend Shooting That Hospitalized One Man. James Powell Iii Is Charged With Attempted First Degree Murder. His Charge Stems From An Investigation After Police Were Called About Shots Fired At Bloomingdale Terrace Apartments. Then A Vehicular Crash Was Reported Less Than A Mile Away.Police Believe The Shooting Resulted In The Victim Fleeing The Apartment Complex With Another Male Victim Only Identified As “Chop” Who Was Found Shot. The Victim Is Listed In Critical Condition At A Local Hospital. Powell Is Being Held In The Kingsport City Jail Without Bond.

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KINGSPORT POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN

Kingsport Police Are Looking For A Missing 22 Year Old Woman. Taylor Dawn Powell Was Reported Missing By Her Mother. She Was Reportedly Last Seen Five Days Ago At Her Mother’s Home In Kingsport. Authorities Said The Woman Left With An Unknown Acquaintance Traveling In A Red Jeep. Police Believe There Is Reason To Be Concerned About Powell’s Welfare And Overall Safety. She Is A White Female With Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes. She Is Around 5-4, 120 Pounds. Anyone With Any Information About Her Whereabouts Is Asked To Contact Kingsport Police.

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TRI CITIES PLUMBER HAS CASE BOUND OVER

A Tri-Cities Plumber Accused Of Theft In Johnson City Has Had His Case Bound Over To A Washington County Tennessee Grand Jury. Glenn Harris Is Charged With Theft Over 10-Thousand Dollars. He’s Accused Of Taking 5-Thousand Dollars To Remodel A Bathroom And Never Finishing The Job. He’s Due Back In Court In April. Harris Faces Similar Criminal Charges In Unicoi And Sullivan Counties.

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TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR 2017 THIRSTY ORANGE EVENT

Tickets Are On Sale Now For The Sixth Annual Thirsty Orange Brew Extravaganza. It’s An Opportunity To Sample 150 Plus Craft Beers. The Event Will Take Place On April 8th From 1-6 Pm In Founders Park In Johnson City. Tickets Can Be Purchased Online At Thirstyorange Dot Com.

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SOME TAX REFUNDS DELAYED

Some Of The Neediest Taxpayers Are Getting Caught In The Middle During Tax Filing Season This Year. The Internal Revenue Service Is Being Barred From Issuing Refunds Before February 15th On Any Returns Claiming The Earned Income Credit Or The Additional Child Tax Credit. Congress Mandated The Delay Last Year.

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PURKEY TO SPEAK ON TERRORIST ATTACK

Tennessee Department Of Safety And Homeland Security Commissioner, David Purkey, Will Give A Free Lecture In Johnson City. It’s Titled “Behind The Scenes With The Governor: The 2015 Chattanooga Terrorist Attack” And Will Focus On The July 2015 Incidents In Which Muhammad Abdulazeez Opened Fire At A Military Recruiting Center And Then A U.S. Navy Reserve Center In Chattanooga. Five People Were Killed And Two People Were Injured. The Lecture Will Take Place At The Millennium Centre January 31st In The 2nd Floor Ballroom At 6pm.

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PLAT CHANGES TO THE FALLS DEVELOPMENT

Bristol Virginia Leaders Have Approved Plat Changes For The Next Phase Of The Falls Retail Development. The Plan Includes A Plat For The New Lot 18 And The Extension Of Falls Boulevard To A Proposed Traffic Circle And A Left Hand Turn Toward Lee Highway. The City Commission Will Get A Final Plat At Their Next Meeting February 21st. The Work Is Expected To Begin In Mid-2017 And Be Completed By Mid-2018.

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NEW COURT DATE SET FOR FALL BRANCH MAN

A Fall Branch Man Who Held Police At Bay While Holding His Girlfriend And Toddler Son Hostage Will Appear In Greene County General Sessions Court Later This Year. 42 Year Old James Ray Littleton Is Charged With Aggravated Kidnapping And Other Felonies In Relation To The Standoff On New Year’s Day. He Negotiated With Officers And Released The Two Hostages, After Which He Surrendered To Police. Littleton Is Set To Appear In Court On March 20th.

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MAN ACCUSED OF ABDUCTION HAS COURT DATE RESET

A Court Date Has Been Reset For A Greene County Man Accused Of Kidnapping. 42 Year Old James Littleton Of Fall Branch Is Charged With Aggravated Assault And Two Counts Of Aggravated Kidnapping. He’s Accused Of Holding A Woman And Child In His Home Against Their Will. He Set Off Smoke Bombs And Then Allegedly Threatened Firefighters With A Gun When They Tried To Enter The Home. A General Sessions Court Judge Reset The Preliminary Hearing Date For March 20th.

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JOHNSON CITY MAN TO SERVE PROBATION

A Johnson City Man Involved In An Illegal Steroid Trafficking Operation Won’t Spend Time Behind Bars. Michael Vanleeuwen And Pamela Little Pleaded Guilty In March 2016 To Possession With The Intent To Distribute Anabolic Steroids. In Lieu Of Jail Time, A Judge Ordered Vanleeuwen To Serve Four Years Of Probation In Addition To Four Months Home Detention With Electronic Monitoring And 10 Days Of Intermittent Confinement. Little Is Scheduled To Be Sentenced April 3rd.

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FRED’S TO CLOSE IN JOHNSON CITY

Memphis-Based Fred’s Pharmacy And General Merchandise Stores Has Announced Plans To Close Their Johnson City Location. The Store, Which Is Located On Oakland Avenue, Will Remain Open Until March. A Spokesperson For The Company Said Everything Possible Is Being Done To Make The Transition Seamless For Employees.

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TRIAL DATE SET FOR CHUCKEY MAN

A Chuckey Tennessee Man Accused Of Murder Will Appear In Greene County Criminal Court Later This Year. 62 Year Old Dale Burgner Is Charged With First Degree Murder In The Shooting Death Of Another Man. Authorities Said Burgner Walked Out Of His Home Last June Armed With A Gun And Confronted The Victim Following An Argument. Burgner Allegedly Admitted To Pulling The Gun And Shooting The Victim In The Head. He Has A Pre-Conference Hearing On May 5th And A Trial Date Is Scheduled For September 11th.

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CARTER COUNTY EXTENDS SCHOOL DIRECTOR’S CONTRACT

Carter County Educational Leaders Have Decided To Keep Kevin Ward In The Position Of Director Of Schools For Another Two Years. The School Board Extended Ward’s Contract By Two Years And Gave Him A 5-Thousand Dollar Pay Increase. Ward Has Served As The Director Since July 2012.

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BRISTOL MALL DOWN TO SEVEN STORES

When Sears Closes Its Store In The Bristol Mall In A Couple Of Months, There Will Only Be Seven Stores Remaining In The Facility That Has A Capacity To Hold 60 Stores. But With The Decline, Mall Manager Nancy Mitchell Reportedly Says This Isn’t The End. There Are No Plans To Close The Mall But There Are Options Being Looked At By Mall Owner Sunstar Madhav Property Llc. Owners Are Considering Options Such As Fitness Centers, Antique Stores And Entertainment Venues. One Offer Was For A Call Center But Would Require A Large Investment To Renovate The Mall And The Owners Decided Against It.