Local News 2020

ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER SHOOTING

ONE PERSON HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER A WEEKEND SHOOTING IN SULLIVAN COUNTY.  THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS CALLED TO THE 500 BLOCK OF WADLOW GAP ROAD AROUND 7:30 SATURDAY EVENING.  EDWARD ZANES OF KINGSPORT FAILED TO STOP AT A CHECKPOINT IN SCOTT COUNTY VIRGINIA.  A PURSUIT WITH THE SCOTT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND VIRGINIA STATE POLICE LED INTO SULLIVAN COUNTY.  ZANES CRASHED JUST INSIDE SULLIVAN COUNTY AND WHEN HE GOT OUT OF THE VEHICLE, HE FIRED A SHOT AT OFFICERS.  NO ONE WAS INJURED.  ZANES IS CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF ATTEMPTED SECOND-DEGREE MURDER OF A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER AND FELONY EVADING ARREST. 

CAT FOUND DEAD WITH STAB WOUNDS

JOHNSON CITY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING AFTER A DEAD CAT WAS FOUND IN THE PARKING LOT OF A FUNERAL HOME.  OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO APPALACHIAN FUNERAL HOME ON EAST WATAUGA AFTER AN ORANGE AND WHITE TABBY WAS FOUND WITH ITS BACK TWO PAWS BOUND AND WITH MULTIPLE STAB WOUNDS.  A BLOODY SCREWDRIVER WAS FOUND NEARBY.  THE LAST VEHICLE SPOTTED IN THE PARKING LOT WAS A GREEN FOUR-DOOR TRUCK WITH A CAMPER TOP.  IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION, CONTACT JOHNSON CITY POLICE.

JC DOWNTOWN CAMERAS

JOHNSON CITY OFFICIALS ARE DISCUSSING INSTALLING MORE CAMERAS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA.  WITH MORE DEVELOPMENT COMES MORE PEOPLE AND WITH THAT, THERE’S ALSO AN INCREASED CHANCE FOR CRIME.  THE CAMERAS WOULD BE IN SEVERAL AREAS, INCLUDING THE TIPTON ST AND CHERRY STREET PARKING LOTS.   IT WOULD COST ABOUT $73-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR 16 CAMERAS INCLUDING A FEATURE TO PICK UP LICENSE PLATES, INSTALLATION AND LINKING THEM TO THE CITY’S EXISTING CAMERA SOFTWARE.

MAN MAKES THREATS WITH KNIFE

A JOHNSON CITY MAN IS CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY MAKING THREATS WITH A KNIFE.  POLICE WERE CALLED TO CAPONE’S EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ON REPORTS OF A MAN WHO WAS THREATENING EMPLOYEES.  AN INVESTIGATION FOUND DENNIS LADD ATTACKED THE STAFF WITH A KNIFE AFTER HE WAS ESCORTED OUT OF THE BAR.  LADD IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT, RESISTING ARREST AND PUBLIC INTOXICATION.  HE’LL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.

VIRGINIA—COVID-19 VACCINE—16 AND UP

VIRGINIA HAS NOW OPENED UP ELIGIBILITY FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINE TO ANYONE 16 YEARS OLD AND UP.  VIRGINIA IS 23RD IN THE NATION FOR THE MOST PEOPLE FULLY VACCINATED.  MORE THAN HALF OF ADULTS IN VIRGINIA HAVE RECEIVED THE SHOTS.  THE COMMONWEALTH HAS A GOAL OF 75-PERCENT.

COVID-19—SOUTHWEST VA/VIRGINIA

THERE ARE NO NEW DEATHS AND 16 NEW COVID-19 CASES IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.  THE VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTS TAZEWELL COUNTY HAS THE MOST NEW CASES WITH 5 WHILE SMYTH COUNTY HAS 4 AND THERE ARE 3 NEW CASES IN WASHINGTON COUNTY.  ACROSS VIRGINIA, THERE’VE BEEN 647-THOUSAND 111 CONFIRMED AND PROBABLE CASES AND 8-THOUSAND 893 COVID-19 DEATHS.

MAN MAKES THREATS WITH A GUN

JOHNSON CITY POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A MAN AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY MADE THREATS WITH A GUN.  LAST MONTH, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE ROADRUNNER AT 1702 WEST MARKET ON REPORTS OF A DISTURBANCE.  THE VICTIM SAID THERE WAS AN ALTERCATION OUTSIDE THE STORE AND FREDELL COOK ALLEGEDLY MADE THREATS TO SHOOT.  COOK WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY AND WILL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT CHARGES.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER SLEEPING IN DRIVE-THROUGH

A JOHNSON CITY MAN FACES SEVERAL CHARGES—AFTER POLICE FOUND HIM ASLEEP IN THE DRIVE-THROUGH LINE AT A LOCAL RESTAURANT.  OFFICERS FOUND AN OPEN CONTAINER OF BEER ALONG WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA, METH, XANAX, SCALES, GLASS PIPES, PILLS AND A LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH.  POLICE ALSO SAY 58-YEAR-OLD DONALD NEWELL HAD A PISTOL.  HE’LL BE ARRAIGNED TODAY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY SESSIONS COURT.