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  • BREAKING: Suspect in triple-homicide in police custody

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 09:53:27 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 10:03:52 PM EDT

    The Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office, the TBI, and California authorities are searching for Daniel Henry, charged with killing his parents and aunt.


    Update Oct. 3 9:16 p.m.

    Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal confirms Daniel Henry is now in police custody. According to Sheriff Graybeal, United States Marshals located Henry at a hotel room in New Orleans, Louisiana.

    The Washington County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office is investigating a triple homicide that happened early Saturday morning.

    Sheriff Ed Graybeal says the homicide happened around 1:33 am this morning at 123 Skyline Road in Jonesborough. Officers responded after receiving a call from a person in California. When they arrived, police discovered three adults killed. 

    In a press release, those victims have been listed as family members of the suspect, Daniel L. Henry. The victims are identified as 66-year old Robert Kenneth Henry, 55-year-old Melody Diane Henry, and 64-year-old Barbara June Hammonds, Henry's parents and aunt, respectively.

    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Daniel L. Henry, Caucasian male, age 38, brown hair, hazel eyes 5' 11", 190 pounds. His whereabouts are not known but it is believed that Henry has fled from Tennessee possibly en route to California.  Henry is charged with three counts of First Degree Murder.  He has been added to the National Crime Incident Computers and the TBI Top Ten Most Wanted List, and will be extradited back to Tennessee if caught out-of-state.

    Anyone with information is asked to call local law enforcement or the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 423-788-1414. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations is also assisting in the investigation.  Police tell us Henry should not be approached and is considered armed and dangerous.

  • Food City begins curbside pick up program

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 05:31:44 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2015 07:11:00 PM EDT

    Get your groceries at the curb: the cost and how long it'll take

    BRISTOL, Va. -

    Gone are the days of long, tedious shopping trips. Food city is bringing groceries out to you.

    The new program called "gocart" allows you to shop online using a personal account. You can then head out to one of their six participating locations to pick up your order.

    The following stores are participating: Commonwealth Avenue in Bristol, Virginia; Boone's Creek location in Johnson City; Eastman Road in Kingsport; and three locations in Knoxville.

    Professional shoppers gather your order and even pack it up for you.

    Food City Director of Front End Operations and E-Commerce, Kevin Stafford, advises customers to plan ahead.

    "We require customers to give us at least a three hour window in order to fulfill their shop. And once they fill it, we'll pick it and have it ready for them to go," said Stafford.

    Shoppers can pay for their order when they pick up their groceries.

  • Johnson City woman charged with child abuse and neglect

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 08:52:28 AM EDT
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    Johnson City Police arrested a Johnson City woman on a charge of child abuse and neglect.

    Police say 28-year-old Iris Benitez left her two children home for several hours. When officers checked into her home, they say her kids, ages six and seven, were unsupervised for up to six hours.

    Benitez was taken to the Washington County Detention Center. Police say her arraignment was scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 28.

    Her children are with Child Protective Services.

  • Virginia executes first inmate in nearly 3 years

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 10:58:18 AM EDT
    Lethal injection room


    A convicted serial killer who faced the death penalty in two states became the first inmate to be executed in nearly three years in Virginia.

    Alfredo Prieto was pronounced dead at 9:17pm Thursday at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. The 49-year-old was injected with a lethal three-drug combination, including the sedative pentobarbital, which Virginia received from the Texas prison system.

    Virginia has long been among the most prolific death penalty states, but had not put an inmate to death since January 2013 before this week.

    Prieto's execution remained uncertain until hours before it was scheduled to take place as his lawyers made a flurry of last-minute attempts to spare his life. But attorneys for the state urged the courts to let the death sentence be carried out to help the family members of Prieto's victims find justice.

    "It is time for this to end," Margaret O'Shea, a lawyer from Attorney General Mark Herring's office, said Thursday. "It is time for the carousel to end."

    Prieto looked calm as he entered the execution chamber at 8:53 p.m. The warden stepped behind the curtain at 9:09 p.m. and shortly afterward officials began administering the drugs. Prieto's chest rose and fell several times but he made no sounds. He was motionless after a few minutes.

    Wearing glasses, jeans and a light blue shirt, he did not resist and showed no emotion as he was strapped to the gurney.

    "I would like to say thanks to all my lawyers, all my supporters and all my family members," he said, before mumbling, "Get this over with."

    The El Salvador native was sentenced to death in Virginia in 2010 for the murder of a young couple more than two decades earlier. Rachael Raver and her boyfriend, Warren Fulton III, both 22, were found shot to death in a wooded area a few days after being seen at a Washington, D.C., nightspot.

    Prieto was on death row in California at the time for raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl and was linked to the Virginia slayings through DNA evidence. California officials agreed to send him to Virginia on the rationale that it was more likely to carry out the execution.

    He has been connected to as many as six other killings in California and Virginia, authorities have said, but he was never prosecuted because he had already been sentenced to death.

    Virginia's lethal injection protocol calls for the use of pentobarbital, a sedative, at the beginning of the execution. That's followed by rocuronium bromide, which halts an inmate's breathing, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart.

    Prieto's attorneys filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to halt the execution until Virginia officials disclose more information about the supply of pentobarbital, which Virginia received from Texas because another sedative it planned to use expired. They said they were concerned about the quality of the drugs and they fear that they will cause a cruel and painful death.

    But U.S. District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson lifted a temporary order blocking Prieto's execution on Thursday, saying Prieto's lawyers had not adequately shown that the drugs are unsafe. He said unwarranted delay of the execution would be harmful for those victimized by Prieto's crimes, a harm "magnified here by the appalling number of people that Prieto has killed, raped, or otherwise injured."

    Prieto had also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene, saying he's intellectually disabled, and therefore ineligible for the death penalty. But the high court declined to grant his requests to stay the execution Thursday.

    His attorneys argued that the state should reconsider whether Prieto is intellectually disabled because the measure used during his 2008 trial was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court ruled last year that Florida can't use rigid cutoffs on IQ test scores to determine whether someone is intellectually disabled. Virginia had a nearly identical law.

    "The Commonwealth had the opportunity to correct that error, and chose not to," Attorney Rob Lee said in a statement after the execution. "Our nation prohibits the execution of persons with intellectual disability; in this case, the state was unwilling to ensure that protection was honored before carrying out its harshest penalty."

  • Gate City's National Guard unit called up

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 12:50:34 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 02 2015 07:02:41 PM EDT

    Gate City's National Guard unit called up

    The Virginia National Guard’s Gate City unit has been called up due to the weather.

    The unit, based in Southwest Virginia, is part of the National Guard plan to have up to 800 personnel in place by Friday night to respond to storm-related events. Staging areas will be in Hampton Roads, Central Virginia, Northern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley and Southwest Virginia.

    The troops will be on standby for everything from high water rescues to transporting flood victims to safety and clearing debris.

    News Five talked with first lieutenant Christopher Davis and he says the Gate City unit has gotten everything ready and they’re prepared to move out, but right now they’re waiting on orders.

    "Based on the needs of the community, if they call expecting a need, then we can go ahead and set up in that area and await further instructions,” Lieutenant Davis Said.

    Potential missions for the Virginia Guard include using Humvees and light and medium tactical trucks for high water transport as well as engineers with chain saws, trucks, and heavy engineer equipment for debris reduction and downed tree removal.

    Deputy director of joint operations Lt. Col. Douglas Gagnon says personnel must be in place before the severe weather hit to allow for a rapid response when needed.

    The Virginia National Guard was last on state active duty in February and March responding to heavy snow and flooding.

    A flash flood watch is in effect for Virginia through Saturday night.

    The Virginia Department of Emergency Management warns that every river in the Commonwealth will be impacted, increasing the flood risk for all Virginians.

    It said the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) is in full activation, providing 24-hour coverage for the foreseeable future. The VEST consists of multiple state agencies working together to support emergency response. State emergency managers are in regular contact with local emergency managers and the processes are in place to share information and resources.

    Also, the Virginia Department of Transportation has more than 2,000 workers on standby.

    To our east, Virginia State Police say they've responded to dozens of vehicle crashes throughout the state as heavy rains cause problems for motorists. Police say they responded to 74 crashes and 52 disabled vehicles by midday Friday. State Police urged motorists to be on alert for flooded roadways, limited visibility and slick conditions as heavy rains continue through the day.

  • Search for young man mysteriously missing

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 04:23:55 PM EDT

    Missing: Robert H. Atchley

    Kingsport police are asking for your help finding a young man who was recently reported missing by his mother.

    They said Robert H. Atchley's mother last saw him at their Barnett Drive home, early Sunday morning. She said he woke her up to say he wasn’t feeling well and was getting a ride to the hospital.

    Since then, she tried to call him several times but got no answer. Later, she got a series of text messages from his phone which caused her to believe someone else might have it, and she should be concerned for his overall welfare.

    Kingsport police said there’s no record of Atchley at any area hospitals.

    He is described as 22 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

    Anyone who knows where he is should call Kingsport police at 423-229-9429 or 423-246-9111, or click here to send an anonymous tip on the “Citizen Feedback” form.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 06:28:32 PM EST   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 08:34:16 PM EDT
    StormTrack 5 Team






    Tonight: Areas of light to moderate rainfall, especially in the mountains. Lows 52-57. Northeast wind 5-15 mph and gusty.

    Sunday: Breezy with a chance of scattered showers, especially east.  Highs low 60s east-upper 60s to low 70s west. Northeast wind 10-20 mph.

    Sunday Night: Pockets of light rain and drizzle east.  Breezy and cool.  Lows 49-55.  Northeast wind 5-10 mph, gusting to 25 mph.

    Monday: Clouds gradually decreasing.  Breezy through afternoon.  Warmer.  Highs 60s east-70s west.

    Weather Summary:

    A complex weather pattern involving an upper level low pressure system centered across the southeast along with deep tropical moisture, aided in part by Hurricane Joaquin will continue to lend us to times of light to moderate rainfall. 

    By the end of the night, areas around the Tri-Cities will have accumulated 1-2" of rain, with locally more in our eastern mountains.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Sunday morning for northeast Tennessee, though it's unlikely that we'll much flooding area-wide.

    A Wind Advisory is also in effect through Monday morning for the mountains of North Carolina, where wind gusts can pick up to 40 mph at times.  Expect breezy conditions to last through Monday afternoon.  With wind and a saturated ground comes the threat for downed trees and/or power lines mainly in the mountains of North Carolina.  

    As the upper level low and Joaquin's moisture continue to shift eastward, the threat for rain gradually decreases in our area.  On Sunday, the mountains stand a better chance at seeing light to moderate rainfall.  Flooding, at this point, is still a possibility.  Northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia may see a few areas of light rain during the day as well, with chances lower.

    After Monday, rain chances go down. Warmer, sunny and dry weather is forecast for much of next week.

    By late week, a weak cold front moves down from the northwest.  As of now, we stand a slight chance of a passing shower Friday and Saturday.

    Temperature Outlook: Highs in the 60s to near 70 through Sunday. Highs in the 70s Monday through Friday. Lows in the 50s through the week - near 50 on Monday and Tuesday nights.

    Our average high is 73°, low 48°.

    Meteorologist Chris Michaels

  • High school football scores 10-2

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 12:28:36 AM EDT

    Check out all the high school football scores from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for 10-2.

    SCIENCE HILL    20
    GRAINGER   0
    HAMPTON   43
    VOLUNTEER    0
    CHUCKEY-DOAK    33
    DANIEL BOONE    28
    COCKE COUNTY    14
    CHEROKEE    0
    SEYMOUR    28
    CLOUDLAND    52
    UNAKA    14
    CLAIBORNE    7
    COSBY   0

    GATE CITY    14
    RIDGEVIEW    16
    CHILHOWIE     22
    GRAHAM    47
    ABINGDON    57
    EASTSIDE    12
    J.I. BURTON    58
    WISE CENTRAL    46
    GRUNDY    6
    MARION    7
    TAZEWELL    27
    RYE COVE   0
    HARLAN COUNTY, KY      44

  • Idaho allows students to carry concealed guns

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 01:43:00 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 03 2015 05:56:25 AM EDT

    The state of Idaho allows students with permits to carry concealed guns on campus, which proponents say would reduce the number of mass shootings in the United States.

  • Friday Night Huddle: Oct. 2, 2015 (Part 1 of 3)

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 12:10:57 AM EDT

    Elizabethton, Science Hill, Abingdon, Ridgeview, Hampton and Sullivan North all get a win this week.

  • Friday Night Huddle: Oct. 2, 2015 (Part 3 of 3)

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 12:23:23 AM EDT

    We have all the scores from the first Friday in October.

  • Saturday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 10-03-15

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 06:24:12 PM EDT

    Meteorologist Chris Michaels lets you know when to expect some brighter days in his StormTrack 5 forecast.

  • Friday Night Huddle: Oct. 2, 2015 (Part 2 of 3)

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 12:16:28 AM EDT

    Virginia High, Sullivan East and Sullivan South collect wins this week.

  • People want crumbling steps at Twin Springs High School repaired

    Published On: Oct 01 2015 11:33:44 PM EDT

    People want crumbling steps at Twin Springs High School repaired

  • Get your groceries at the curb: the cost and how long it'll take

    Published On: Oct 02 2015 07:10:19 PM EDT

    Get your groceries at the curb: the cost and how long it'll take

  • Saturday's StormTrack 5 Forecast Video 10-3-2015

    Published On: Oct 03 2015 08:40:21 AM EDT

    A Flash Flood Watch is in effect as heavy rain is expected today. Meteorologist Ricky Matthews has more.