Local News 2022

COMPLIANCE CHECK FINDS 2 UNREGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS

A COMPLIANCE CHECK BY AUTHORITIES, LED TO THE ARREST OF TWO UNREGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN HAWKINS COUNTY. THE CHECKS WERE CONDUCTED BY THE HAWKINS COUNTY SHERIFFu2019S OFFICE, THE TBI SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY UNIT, AND THE UNITED STATES MARSHALS SERVICE FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT. THE OPERATION LASTED TWO DAYS, WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT TEAMS CONDUCTING COMPLIANCE CHECKS ON 48 REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS. OUT OF THE 48, 45 WERE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE CHECKS. THE OFFENDERS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WERE REPORTEDLY TO BE LIVING AT AN UNREGISTERED ADDRESS, AND TWO WERE LOCATED AND ARRESTED FOR FAILING TO REGISTER. THE IDENTITY OF THE ARRESTED OFFENDERS WERE NOT RELEASED.

PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OPENS AT KINGSPORT HOSPITAL

BALLAD HEALTH IS EXPANDING PEDIATRIC SERVICES IN THE TRI-CITIES, WITH THE OPENING OF A NEW PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. THE HEALTH SYSTEM HELD A RIBBON CUTTING AND GRAND OPENING WEDNESDAY, FOR THE NEW SERVICE AT INDIAN PATH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL IN KINGSPORT. NISWONGER CHILDRENu2019S NETWORK CHIEF EXECUTIVE CHRIS JETT SAID THE NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WILL PROVIDE EMERGENCY ACCESS FOR CHILDREN WITHIN THE REGION, BUT WHAT IT ALSO DOES IS IT TIES THEM BACK TO NISWONGER CHILDRENu2019S HOSPITAL, AND GIVES THEM ACCESS TO THE SPECIALISTS LOCATED THERE. INDIAN PATH COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MARKS THE THIRD PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IN THE REGION.

TWO INMATES TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER FIGHT

TWO INMATES REQUIRED HOSPITAL CARE AFTER A FIGHT AT NORTHEAST CORRECTIONAL COMPLEX MONDAY. ACCORDING TO ROBERT REBURN WITH THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, A FIGHT LEFT TWO INMATES OF THE PRISON WITH NON LIFE THREATENING INJURIES. ANOTHER TWO INMATES WERE ALSO REPORTED TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT, BUT DID NOT RECEIVE OUTSIDE MEDICAL ATTENTION. REBURN SAID THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS WAS UNABLE TO SHARE THE NATURE OR EXTENT OF THE INMATESu2019 INJURIES.

CARJACKING/KIDNAPPING

A MAN IS CHARGED AFTER A CARJACKING AND RAPE IN JOHNSON CITY.u00a0 THE VICTIM SAID SHE WAS AT AN A-T-M ON WEST MARKET WHEN A MAN GOT IN HER CAR AND MADE HER DRIVE TO AN ABANDONED HOUSE IN THE EASTERN PART OF WASHINGTON COUNTY.u00a0 u00a0POLICE SAY THE SUSPECT SEXUALLY ASSAULTED THE WOMAN THEN LEFT HER AND HER 1-YEAR-OLD CHILD AND FLED.u00a0 VIDEO FROM TWO BUSINESSES HELPED IDENTIFY CHRISTOPHER WAYNE BENNETT, WHOu2019S ALSO CHARGED WITH STEALING 3 VEHICLES LAST MONTH.u00a0 BENNETT FACES A TOTAL OF 10 CHARGES.

MAN FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES

A JOHNSON CITY MAN FACES A TOTAL OF 8 CHARGES AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED IN THE PARKING LOT OF A GAS STATION.u00a0 POLICE WERE CALLED TO 3100 BROWNS MILL AND FOUND THOMAS LEVAN IN A VEHICLE AT A PUMP.u00a0 A REPORT NOTES ERRATIC BEHAVIOR AND LEVAN THEN TRIED LEAVE.u00a0 AN INVESTIGATION FOUND THE VEHICLE WAS STOLEN AND THERE WAS A LOADED GUN INSIDE.u00a0 CHARGES INCLUDE SIMPLE ASSAULT AGAINST A FIRST RESPONDER AND BEING A CONVICTED FELON WITH A FIREARM.

ETSU GAME CHANGE

WITH POSSIBLE INCLEMENT WEATHER FROM HURRICANE IAN, KICKOFF TIME SATURDAY FOR THE ETSU-CHATTANOOGA FOOTBALL GAME AT GREENE STADIUM IN JOHNSON CITY HAS BEEN MOVED TO 3 P.M.u00a0 IT WAS ORIGINALLY SET FOR 7:30.u00a0u00a0u00a0 PREGAME ON THE BUC SPORTS NETWORKu2014WXSM AND 104.9-NASH ICON WILL BEGIN AT 1:30.

WASH CO VA SHERIFF ACCREDITATION

THE WASHINGTON COUNTY VIRGINIA SHERIFFu2019S OFFICE HAS BEEN ACCREDITED FOR THE 5TH TIME.u00a0 THE DESIGNATION COMES FROM THE VIRGINIA LAW ENFORCEMENT PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS COMMISSION AND ACCREDITATION INVOLVES A TOP-TO-BOTTOM REVIEW OF THE AGENCY.u00a0 THE SHERIFFu2019S OFFICE WAS FIRST ACCREDITED IN 2006.

Headlines