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ONE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH

KINGSPORT POLICE RECEIVED SERIOUS BUT NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES IN A CRASH ON INTERSTATE 26 SATURDAY NIGHT. POLICE SAY ABOUT 7:45 PM A CHRYSLER SEDAN DRIVEN BY 19 YEAR OLD CECILIA HAYNES WAS TRAVELING IN THE MIDDLE LANE OF THREE EAST BOUND LANES ON I-26 AT MILE MARKER 1.4. SHE WAS OVERTAKEN BY A CHEVY CAVALIER TRAVELING BEHIND HER IN THE SAME LANE, BUT AT A MUCH HIGHER RATE OF SPEED. THE CAVALIER DRIVEN BY 37 YEAR OLD JEREMIAH FIELDS REAR ENDED THE CHRYSLER, AS FIELDS ATTEMPTED TOO LATE TO AVOID HITTING THE CHRYSLER. THE CHRYSLER VEERED OUT OF CONTROL INTO THE CABLE BARRIER AND OVERTURNED, COMING TO REST UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MEDIAN. FIELDS WHO WAS NOT WEARING HIS SEATBELT, WAS EJECTED FROM THE VEHICLE. HE WAS TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL. HAYNES WAS NOT INJURED. THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION WITH CHARGES PENDING.

KINGSPORT MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER

A KINGSPORT MAN WAS ARRESTED BY DEPUTIES WITH THE HAWKINS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, AND MEMBERS OF THE U.S. MARSHALS SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 8TH, ON A PRESENTMENT FOR ATTEMPTED 1ST DEGREE MURDER, AND FELONY MURDER OBTAINED BY THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT ON NOVEMBER 6TH. POLICE SAY 25 YEAR OLD DOMINIQUE FLEMING WAS ARRESTED AS THE RESULT OF AN INVESTIGATION INTO AN INCIDENT THAT OCCURRED NOVEMBER 3RD AT 205 BIG VALLEY DRIVE IN JOHNSON CITY. JUST AFTER 10:00 PM, RESIDENTS IN THE AREA LOCATED A WOMAN WHO HAD SUFFERED A SEVERE HEAD INJURY. THE WOMAN WHO WAS PREGNANT A THE TIME, LOST THE FETUS DUE TO COMPLICATIONS STEMMING FROM THE ASSAULT. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO JOHNSON CITY MEDICAL CENTER, WHERE SHE REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. FLEMING IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD ON 500,000 DOLLAR BOND.

DRIVER OF TRACTOR TRAILER DIES AS A RESULT OF INJURIES FROM CRASH

KINGSPORT POLICE SAY THE DRIVER OF A TRACTOR TRAILER INVOLVED IN A CRASH ON MONDAY, HAS DIED AS A RESULT OF INJURIES SUFFERED IN THE CRASH. POLICE SAY MONDAY, A TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVEN BY 63 YEAR OLD ALLAN WOFFORD, COLLIDED WITH ANOTHER TRACTOR TRAILER DRIVEN BY 73 YEAR OLD CARL REUTER ON FORDTOWN ROAD, AT THE INTERSECTION WITH TRI CITIES CROSSING. POLICE SAY REUTER FAILED TO YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY, AND WOFFORD’S TRUCK CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF REUTER’S TRUCK. THE CRASH REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION, AND CHARGES ARE PENDING.

INVESTIGATION INTO DISCOVERY OF BODY

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DISCOVERY OF A DECEASED MAN SUNDAY MORNING. POLICE SAY THE BODY WAS FOUND ALONG THE RAILROAD TRACKS ON STATE OF FRANKLIN ROAD, NEAR INTERSTATE 26. MEMBERS OF THE JOHNSON CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT, JOHNSON CITY POLICE, AND WASHINGTON COUNTY/ JOHNSON CITY EMS RESPONDED.

TBI INVESTIGATING POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING

AGENTS WITH THE TENNESSEE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION ARE INVESTIGATING AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN GREENE COUNTY FRIDAY NIGHT. THE GREENE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAID THE A DEPUTY RESPONDED TO THE 300 BLOCK OF NORTH BROYLES STREET IN GREENEVILLE AROUND 8:30 PM, ON A REPORT OF INDIVIDUALS SITTING IN A PARKED VEHICLE PLAYING LOUD MUSIC. THE TBI SAYS AS THE DEPUTY APPROACHED THE VEHICLE, ANOTHER PERSON AT THE LOCATION JUMPED INTO THE VEHICLE AND IT FLED. AUTHORITIES TWICE ATTEMPTED TO STOP THE VEHICLE WITH SPIKE STRIPS, AND SUBSEQUENTLY IT STOPPED ALONG SNAPPS FERRY ROAD, WHERE DEPUTIES SURROUNDED THE VEHICLE. THE SITUATION ESCALATED, AND WITH AT LEAST ONE DEPUTY FIRING ON THE VEHICLE, STRIKING AND INJURING THE DRIVER 34 YEAR OLD JOSHUA COOK, WHO WAS TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

WOMAN FOUND IN BURNING HOUSE DIES

BRISTOL VIRGINIA POLICE SAY A WOMAN FOUND INSIDE A BURNING HOUSE WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND, DIED AT BRISTOL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER. POLICE CALLED TO INVESTIGATE SAY THEY BELIEVE THE WOMAN SET FIRE TO THE HOUSE, THEN SHOT HERSELF. POLICE SAY AN AUTOPSY WILL BE PERFORMED, AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING. THE WOMAN’S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.

THREE FORMER PRISON EMPLOYEES INDICTED

THREE FORMER EMPLOYEES AT NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX HAVE BEEN INDICTED ON CHARGES STEMMING FROM INCIDENTS AT THE PRISON. ACCORDING TO TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION SPOKESPERSON ROBERT REBURN, INDICTMENTS WERE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED AGAINST FORMER WARDEN RANDY LEE, FORMER CORRECTIONS SERGEANT SHANNON CLARK, AND FORMER MAINTENANCE WORKER BILLY PORTER. ACCORDING TO REBURN, LEE IS CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT, TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE, AND CONSPIRACY TO TAMPER WITH EVIDENCE, FOR INCIDENTS BETWEEN LATE 2018 AND EARLY 2019. CLARK IS FACING CHARGES OF OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT, AND INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH AN INMATE. PORTER IS CHARGED WITH INTRODUCING CONTRABAND INTO THE FACILITY.

WOMAN FACING DUI CHARGES

THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL ARRESTED A WOMAN, AFTER RECEIVING SEVERAL CALLS FRIDAY ABOUT AN IMPAIRED DRIVER RUNNING CARS OFF THE ROAD ON THE INTERSTATE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY. TROOPERS SAW 47 YEAR OLD JENNIFER WILHELP-HAYES OF LENIOR CITY, DRIVING HALF UP THE SHOULDER, AND HALFWAY IN THE RIGHT LANE, NEAR THE INTERSECTIONS OF INTERSTATE 81 AND INTERSTATE 26. ACCORDING TO THE REPORT, OFFICERS FOUND MANY OPEN AND UNOPENED CONTAINERS OF ALCOHOL IN THE FRONT OF THE CAR. SHE WAS ALSO REPORTEDLY URINATING ON HERSELF, AND REFUSED FIELD SOBRIETY TESTS, STATING SHE WAS TOO DRUNK TO DO THEM. SHE WAS CHARGED WITH DUI.

FORMER CORRECTIONS OFFICER ARRESTED

A FORMER SULLIVAN COUNTY CORRECTIONS OFFICER WAS ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING AN ORDER OF PROTECTION EARLY SUNDAY MORNING. 25 YEAR OLD TIMOTHY EDENS WAS ARRESTED AROUND 2:00 AM SUNDAY MORNING, AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT 750 DOLLARS. EDENS WAS FIRED AFTER BEING INDICTED FOR INAPPROPRIATELY TOUCHING A FEMALE INMATE AT THE KINGSPORT JUSTICE CENTER ON JANUARY 17TH.

TWO FIRES WITH-IN A MILE OF EACH OTHER

THE BLOOMINGDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT WAS CALLED TO PUT OUT TWO STRUCTURE FIRES WITH IN A MILE OF EACH OTHER SUNDAY. THEY RECEIVED THE FIRST CALL AROUND 1:20 SUNDAY AFTERNOON. WHEN THEY ARRIVED, THEY FOUND A MOBILE HOME WITH HEAVY SMOKE AND FIRE VISIBLE. THEY LOCATED ONE RESIDENT INSIDE, AND WERE ABLE TO GET THE VICTIM. THEY WERE TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT. AS THEY WERE FINISHING UP AT THAT LOCATION, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A SECOND CALL TO A STRUCTURE ABOUT A MILE AWAY. A KITCHEN FIRE AT THAT LOCATION WAS EXTINGUISHED QUICKLY, AND THE HOME RECEIVED ONLY MINIMAL DAMAGE.