Local News 2021

211 NEW COVID-19 CASES, 5 NEW DEATHS REPORTED THURSDAY IN REGION

THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH REPORTED 211 NEW COVID-19 CASES, AND 5 NEW COVID-19 RELATED DEATHS, IN THE EIGHT COUNTY NORTHEAST TENNESSEE REGION ON THURSDAY. ONE NEW DEATH WAS REPORTED EACH IN CARTER, HANCOCK, JOHNSON, SULLIVAN, AND UNICOI COUNTIES. GREENE COUNTY CONTINUES TO LEAD THE REGION IN NEW DEATHS PER 100,000 PEOPLE. SULLIVAN COUNTY REPORTED 63 NEW COVID-19 CASES THURSDAY. WASHINGTON COUNTY REPORTED 46 NEW CASES, AND GREENE COUNTY 36. A TOTAL OF 2,457 ACTIVE CASES WERE REPORTED IN THE REGION THURSDAY, WITH SULLIVAN COUNTY LEADING THE WAY WITH 733 ACTIVE CASES, FOLLOWED BY GREENE COUNTY WITH 572, AND WASHINGTON COUNTY WITH 475.

THIRD CANDIDATE FOR SHERIFF IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

A THIRD PERSON HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR SHERIFF IN WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE. FORMER DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY SPECIAL AGENT MICHAEL TEMPLETON HAS ANNOUNCED HE WILL COMPETE IN THE MAY 2022 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY FOR SHERIFF, AND HAS ALSO SUBMITTED HIS NAME, AS THE COUNTY COMMISSION SELECTS AN INTERIM SHERIFF TO SERVE OUT THE LST NIN MONTHS OF ED GRAYBEAL’S TERM. GRAYBEAL RETIRED EARLIER THIS YEAR. TEMPLETON, A SULLIVAN COUNTY NATIVE, STARTED HIS LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER WITH THE JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT IN 1982. HE JOINS WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFICE CHIEF DEPUTY LEIGHTA LAITINEN, AND JOHNSON CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT MAJOR KEITH SEXTON AS CANDIDATES FOR THE SHERIFF’S POSITION.

MAN ACCUSED OF ROBBING CONVENIENCE STORE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS

KINGSPORT POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A MAN ACCUSED OF ROBBING A CONVENIENCE STORE EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, OFFICERS WERE CALLED TO THE SHELL STATION AT 120 WEST STONE DRIVE JUST AFTER 3:00 AM. THEY SAY 41 YEAR OLD DANIEL RHOTON OF KINGSPORT IS ACCUSED OF ENTERING THE STORE, THREATENING THE CLERK, CLAIMING TO HAVE A GUN. POLICE SAY RHOTON RAN FROM THE SCENE WITH ITEMS FROM THE STORE, AND AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF CASH. A WARRANT FOR HIS ARREST HAS BEEN OBTAINED, CHARING HIM WITH AGGRAVATED ROBBERY. POLICE SAY RHOTON SHOULD BE CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS. HE’S BELIEVED TO BE TRAVELING IN A MAROON 1996 HONDA ACCORD, STANDS 5-9 WEIGHS 172, AND HAS BROWN HAIR AND BROWN EYES. IF YOU SEE HIM, OR KNOW WHERE HE IS, YOU’RE ASKED TO CONTACT KINGSPORT POLICE AT 423-229-9429.

OHIO MAN SENTENCED IN WRONG WAY CRASH

AN OHIO MAN WAS SENTENCED IN CONNECTION TO A FATAL CRASH IN FEBRUARY OF THIS YEAR. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, 31 YEAR OLD TRAVIS LEE TOLLIVER WILL SERVE 22 YEARS IN PRISON, TO BE FOLLOWED BY 5 YEARS OF SUPERVISED RELEASE. INVESTIGATORS SAY TOLLIVER WAS DRIVING A SEMI TRUCK IN THE WRONG LANE ON ROUTE 23 SOUTH, WHEN HE HIT A CHEVY CRUZ HEAD ON, KILLING PERRY OWENS, WHO WAS A PASSENGER IN THE CAR. A RELEASE OF HIS BLOOD SHOWED TOLLIVER HAD METH, FENTANYL, AND AMPHETAMINES IN HIS SYSTEM AT THE TIME OF THE CRASH.

NORTH DAKOTA MAN ACCUSED OF PUNCHING PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND IN THE STOMACH

A NORTH DAKOTA MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND. ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFF’S OFFICE, DEPUTIES RESPONDED TO THE BUDGET INN ON PORTERFIELD HIGHWAY IN ABINGDON SUNDAY MORNING. A DEPUTY FOUND THE VICTIM WITH A SWOLLEN FACE, AND LARGE AMOUNTS OF BLOOD ON HER FACE AND CLOTHES. THE VICTIM TOLD OFFICERS SHE WAS FIVE MONTHS PREGNANT, AND COULD NO LONGER FEEL THE BABY MOVING. 29 YEAR OLD JARON GUERRO WAS ARRESTED IN BRISTOL VIRGINIA, AND CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED KILLING OF AN UNBORN FETUS, AND MALICIOUS WOUNDING. ADDITIONAL CHARGES ARE PENDING. THE CONDITION OF THE VICTIM AND HER UNBORN CHILD ARE UNKNOWN. GUERRO IS BEING HELD IN THE REGION JAIL WITHOUT BOND.

ONE DEAD, CHILD INJURED IN GREENE CO CRASH

ONE PERSON IS DEAD, AND A 10 YEAR OLD CHILD WAS INJURED, IN A CRASH ON INTERSTATE 81 IN GREENE COUNTY WEDNESDAY. ACCORDING TO THE TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL, A FORD EXPEDITION DRIVEN BY 31 YEAR OLD MORGAN WOODS, STRUCK THE REAR OF A TRACTOR TRAILER NEAR MILE MARKER 27. TRAFFIC WAS CONGESTED DUE TO A LANE BLOCKAGE BY T-DOT. INVESTIGATORS SAY THE TRACTOR TRAILER WAS STOPPED WHEN THE EXPEDITION HIT IT. WOODS WAS KILLED IN THE CRASH. A 10 YEAR OLD PASSENGER IN THE FORD WAS INJURED. THE DRIVER OF THE TRACTOR TRAILER WAS NOT INJURED, AND NO CHARGES ARE BEING FILED.

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