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  • Collision in Kingsport sends three to the hospital

    Published On: Nov 27 2014 05:14:53 PM CST
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

    There was trouble on the road in Kingsport Thursday.

    The driver of a Honda CRV lost control in a curve hitting a Dodge truck head-on on Forrest view road around noon.

    Three people were taken to the hospital, and are all expected to be okay.

  • Korean War veteran returns to Tri-Cities thanks to local ambulance service

    By Lee Owens, Videographer, lowens@wcyb.com
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 04:44:03 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 26 2014 08:19:37 PM CST
    ABINGDON, Va. -

    You may remember our story about a Korean war veteran and Bristol resident who was stuck in Texas after having a stroke.

    Now he's back home.

    Robert Taylor's family couldn't afford the $18,000 expense of getting him home on their own.

    When Abingdon Ambulance Service heard about his story, they decided to go to Houston and bring him back free of charge.

    "It was something that pulled at the hearts of everybody I believe that saw it, as it should," said Abingdon Ambulance Service paramedic Keith Martin. "Our company tries really hard to do the right thing. We have the military truck that honors the military and when we saw this story, it was the right thing to do."

    A three-person crew took two days to get Taylor back to our region, trading duties every four hours as they rode.

    They returned on Sunday and took Taylor to the VA Medical Center in Johnson City for observation.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 05:28:32 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 27 2014 05:20:17 PM CST
    StormTrack 5 Team

    A FEW FLURRIES AND MOUNTAIN SNOW SHOWERS ARE POSSIBLE THIS EVENING.  BE ALERT TO PATCHY ICE ON AREA ROADS, SIDEWALKS AND PARKING LOTS.

    HOLIDAY SHOPPERS WILL ENDURE CHILLY TEMPERATURES ON FRIDAY, BUT SUNSHINE IS EXPECTED TO RETURN AFTER SOME MORNING CLOUDS.

    MUCH WARMER WEATHER IS FORECAST THIS WEEKEND.

    RAIN SHOWERS ENTER THE FORECAST EARLY NEXT WEEK.

    Tonight: A few flurries and mountain snow showers this evening.  Mostly cloudy and cold.  Lows 21-26. Light west wind.

    Friday: Becoming mostly sunny. Chilly. Highs 36-42. Light southwest wind.

    Friday Night: Mostly clear and cold. Lows 20-25. Light wind.

    Saturday: Partly cloudy.  A warmer afternoon. Highs 50-55.  Light wind.

    Weather Summary:

    We are tracking unseasonably cold temperatures in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. Tonight will be mostly cloudy with lows dropping into the 20s.  Scattered flurries and a few snow showers will be possible this evening.

    If you have plans to do a little holiday shopping on Friday, grab the jacket before heading out the door.  Don't forget the sunglasses either! Some clouds may linger into the morning on Saturday, but the sky should clear. Highs will only reach the upper 30s to lower 40s.

    High pressure will allow for sunshine to continue on Saturday. A warming trend will begin this weekend with highs reaching the lower to middle 50s on Saturday and near 60 degree temperatures are expected in the Tri-Cities on Sunday.  Lows will be in the 20s Saturday morning...and lower 30s on Sunday morning.

    StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking our next chance of rain(not snow)for early next week. A cold front will approach the southern Appalachians late Monday into Tuesday.  Showers chances will increase late in the day on Monday or at night. Rain shower chances continue on Tuesday.  A slight chance of showers will linger in the forecast on Wednesday.

    High pressure will provide fair and seasonal weather conditions for Thursday. Highs Monday will be near 60 degrees...high temperatures will be mainly in the 50s Tuesday through Thursday.  Lows will be in the 30s to near 40 most of next week.

    You can always get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5 WCYB, wcyb.com and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.

    Our normal high is 54°, low 32°.

    Meteorologist Dave Dierks

  • Johnson City residents, ETSU students rally in support of Michael Brown's family

    By Callan Gray, cgray@wcyb.com
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 11:50:21 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 26 2014 11:59:37 PM CST
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    Protests continue across the country in response to a grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protestors marched through Johnson City Tuesday night to show support for Brown’s family.

    “We were kind of angry and just wanted to do something,” said Kat Hache, one of the organizers. “We thought this would be a productive way to show solidarity.”

    Public safety officers from ETSU escorted the peaceful group as they marched from campus to the fountain off of E. Main St. in downtown Johnson City. The group lit candles and had a poetry reading in honor of Brown. About 45 people took part in the event.

    Hache told us they're frustrated that Wilson was not indicted. They held signs with messages like, “No justice, no peace,” and “#BlackLivesMatter.”

    “This is an epidemic across our country and this is the latest manifestation of it,” said Hache. “People are frustrated, people are scared.”

    Thousands of people nationwide have protested with the same message but not all have been as orderly as the crowd that gathered in Johnson City. The Associated Press reports at least 58 demonstrators have been arrested since Tuesday night.

    The grand jury has heard bystanders' accounts, like one from Witness #48 who said, “And then a police officer hopped out of his cruiser and started chasing him, the dude turned back around and started charging towards the police officer, the police officer told him to stop at least three times and the boy wouldn’t stop,” according to the official witness interviews by the St. Louis County Police Department.

    Another account from Witness #44 describes Brown getting into a fight with Wilson through his police car window.

    “Self-defense is a legitimate thing,” said Hache. “Obviously, if someone were attacking me I would want to protect myself but I think there's a sense of deep distrust of institutions like law enforcement.”

    Many people now hope to begin the healing process and help the country move forward.

  • One dead in Interstate 81 crash

    Published On: Nov 27 2014 06:35:27 AM CST
    Tennessee Highway Patrol

    MORRISTOWN, Tenn. -

    Tennessee Highway Patrol tells us at least one person has died after a tanker truck and another vehicle collided on Interstate 81 Thursday morning.

    We're told it happened near mile marker 9 in Morristown.

    Troopers say there are no lane closures right now but drivers are asked to use caution while traveling through the area.

  • Man finds his lost dog for sale on Craigslist

    By By Becca Mitchell and Jackie Morlock
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 08:17:01 AM CST
    Updated On: Nov 26 2014 09:34:17 AM CST
    Lost dog on Craigslist

    WTKR

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WTKR) -

    A 22-year-old Virginia Beach woman was arrested on Sunday after police say she tried to sell a lost dog on Craigslist.

    The owner of the 3-year-old Siberian Husky named Nikita says she escaped from their yard near Taylor Road in Chesapeake on Saturday morning around 10 a.m.

    But, just when Nikita's owner started losing hope, he says he found another lead in the search for his beloved pet.

    "It blew me away. Until now, I would have never thought anyone would do that," Josh King said.

    Jessica Colleran, 22, of Virginia Beach, is accused of picking up Nikita later that day after she was listed on a "found dog" Craigslist ad. Colleran told the finder of the dog that she was the owner, according to Chesapeake police.

    King says his good friend Eric Simmons spotted that ad on Craigslist. It was posted by a man who says he found the dog off of Taylor Road.

    "He said a woman came and claimed her so he gave us all of her information," King explained.

    But, he says when he later found Collaren's ad on Craiglist listing a Siberian Husky for sale, he put two and two together.

    He took action and called Colleran pretending to be an interested buyer. He says he agreed to meet her on Sunday in a park in the Cradock area of Portsmouth.

    What Colleran didn't know is that Portsmouth police and Chesapeake Animal Control would also be there.

    "She's like no, no the person gave me the dog and she just kept saying that over and over," King described.

    King says animal control officers were able to scan Nikita for her microchip and verify she belonged to him.

    "She's had a lot of issues like medically. That's what was freaking me out the most," King said.

    Colleran was taken into custody and charged with obtaining property under false pretenses. She is currently being held in the Chesapeake Correctional Center.

  • Wilson's lawyers discuss his time in hiding

    By By Faith Karimi CNN
    Published On: Nov 26 2014 10:12:25 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 27 2014 12:35:38 PM CST
    Darren Wilson

    City of Ferguson

    (CNN) -

    Days after he fatally shot an unarmed black teen in August, Officer Darren Wilson was cutting grass when he was told his home address was circulating online.

    Within three hours, he'd grabbed some bags and gone into hiding, according to his attorneys.

    "He had to leave the grass, literally, half mowed," his lawyer, Neil Bruntrager, told CNN's Don Lemon late Wednesday.

    Since then, he's stayed under the radar by moving from house to house, including briefly living with one of his lawyers, and spending time watching movies in dark theaters to avoid detection.

    'Not a question of if ... but when'

    His lawyers revealed details about his time in hiding to CNN and The Washington Post newspaper Wednesday.

    They told CNN that Wilson is in talks to leave the Ferguson Police Department and may give up being an officer altogether -- after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the death of Michael Brown.

    "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when," Bruntrager said about his leaving the Police Department.

    Bruntrager confirmed what CNN originally reported last week.

    His time in hiding

    Wilson's shooting of the teen sparked days of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.

    As a result, the officer's address was shared online, forcing him to flee his home, his attorneys said.

    "There were death threats out against him," Bruntrager said. "There were bounties that had been placed upon his life."

    His client, he said, resorted to various measures to hide his identity.

    "He's had to learn to live in a way that makes him completely unnoticeable. As a consequence, there are several techniques that he utilizes that make that happen," Bruntrager said without elaborating. "It's an odd way to live your life. But for him, it's all about his family."

    Except for his getting married last month, Bruntrager told The Washington Post on Wednesday that Wilson mostly stayed out of the public eye.

    Wilson preferred going to the movies because it was dark, Bruntrager told the paper, jokingly saying that the officer "cross-dressed a lot."

    Keeping him safe was the first priority, he said.

    Future uncertain

    Immediately after the shooting, Wilson maintained that he wanted to return to his job as a police officer, his lawyers said.

    But his officer days may be behind him.

    "Realistically, he can't go back to being a police officer," Bruntrager said. "He knows that. There's no illusion about any of this. But it's the way in which he leaves ... that's important to him on different levels."

    "We want to make sure when he does, it's amicable," he told CNN.

    "He's on paid leave, and there are discussions that are going on right now to separate from the department in an amicable fashion."

    Another attorney told The Post that Wilson's safety had a lot to do with his decision to leave.

    "I think I expressed to him, 'Do you realize your first call (back on the job) will be to a blind alley where you're executed?' He took a pause for a minute, thought about it and said, 'Oh.' That is the reality," his attorney, James Towey, told the paper.

    Wilson, 28, spent six years with the Ferguson Police Department before being placed on leave after the shooting on August 9. Before his stint in Ferguson, he worked for two years at another police department.

    Last week, CNN reported that Wilson told associates he would resign to help ease pressure and protect his fellow officers.

    Wilson had expressed concern about resigning while the grand jury was hearing evidence for fear it would appear he was admitting fault.

    His many interviews

    Wilson has said he killed the 18-year-old out of fear for his life during their encounter. He maintains he did nothing wrong and was forced to shoot Brown after the teen attacked him and tried to take his gun.

    "I just felt the immense power that he had. And then the way I've described it is, it was like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan," Wilson told ABC News on Tuesday. "That's just how big this man was. He was very large, very powerful man."

    His lawyers said his story has remained the same throughout.

    "I met Darren Wilson approximately one hour after the incident," his attorney, Greg Kleoppel, told CNN. "That statement has been consistent one hour after the shooting, the following interview with the St. Louis County detective and on August 10 when it was recorded at the St. Louis County Police Department."

    Bruntrager said the officer went through a series of interviews.

    "Before he testified before the grand jury, he was also interviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department. They came in and gave him an exceedingly rigorous interview, where they didn't leave any question unasked," he said.

    Called a 'murderer'

    Brown's father, Michael Brown Sr., didn't mince words when he spoke about the officer. He described him as a "murderer" during an interview with CNN.

    "He understood his actions. He understood exactly what he was doing. You know, he didn't have a second thought, a pushback thought, or nothing. He was intending to kill someone. That's how I look at it," the elder Brown said. "He was going to kill someone at that point."

    Next steps

    Wilson's legal fights may not be over. There's a federal investigation under way.

    "So we have a civil rights charge potentially down the road," Kleoppel told CNN. "However, that's going to be very difficult to prove, because on a civil rights violation, you must prove that he intended to violate an individual's rights, and in this case, his life. Civil suit ... we'll have to wait and see."

    But his legal issues are the least of Wilson's worries.

    "He still has to deal with so many other issues because of all this," Bruntrager said.

    'Sorry for your loss'

    Though he has not said much, Wilson sympathizes with Brown's family, his lawyers said.

    "His remorse and his sadness about what happened is there, and it's real," Bruntrager told CNN.

    "But in respect to the Browns, he's been very careful to sort of stand back. He knows that whatever he says, it's not going to be read as he means it. He thought it's better to say, 'I'm sorry for your loss.' It's simple, but it's direct. And if you knew him, you'd understand that's the kind of guy he is."

  • Lost wedding ring returned by 12 year old boy

    By Kristen Quon, Producer/Reporter, kquon@wcyb.com
    Published On: Nov 25 2014 11:08:02 PM CST
    Updated On: Nov 25 2014 11:13:02 PM CST
    GREENEVILLE, Tenn. -

    Alison and Mark Quickel always wanted to get married outdoors.

    On Sept. 27, 2014 their dream came true. The fall wedding took place at the Clyde Austin 4-H Lodge in Greeneville.

    But there was one thing missing from the perfect day: the bride's wedding band.

    "The best man came in and said he needed to tell me something," said groom, Mark Quickel. " I knew he was going to say that the ring was lost...but I thought he was joking."

    But it was not a joke. While taking pictures earlier that afternoon, the groom's best man had lost the ring, somewhere in a field on the property.

    "I had a few moments of oh no, my rings are lost," said Alison Quickel. "But then I remembered the whole purpose of the day was not about the rings, and I knew it was going to be OK."

    The wedding ceremony continued, and the couple left for their honeymoon to Jamaica that night.

    The next day, the best man spent the whole day looking desperately for the ring.

    "Sunrise to sunset, he went out with a couple of his family members and had three metal detectors searching," said Alison. "They couldn't find it."

    All hope seemed to be lost, until an energetic group of fifth and sixth graders, including a little boy named Juan Mendoza took a field trip to the spot where the ring was lost.

    The children heard the story of the lost ring from fellow teachers, and the camp director.

    "He told us to find it," said Juan. "He said he knew he could count on us."

    Although there were other activities planned for the evening, the teachers and the camp director decided to take the students on top of hill to the field where the Quickel wedding took place.

    The teachers gave the children specific directors, and told the kids to form a line in order to cover more ground. They also told them they would only have 15 minutes to search, because the sun was beginning to go down.

    But Juan wandered off, searching alone, when something miraculous happened.

    "Something was shining in my eye," said Juan, excitedly. "So that bothered me a little...and then when I looked down it was the ring!

    The couple received a text immediately with a picture of Juan holding the ring. They said they never believed something like that could happen.

    "There was just a lot of things that I think people could turn around, and think that their day was ruined," said Alison. "But to see what came out of it, everything turned into right."

    The Quickles also learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes, it takes only "Juan" little boy to save the day.

  • Iditarod musher recovering after accident

    An Iditarod musher was seriously injured after she was involved in a head-on collision between an ATV and an SUV in Anchorage, Alaska. Karin Hendrickson is in fair condition. Her dogs are in slightly better condition.

  • Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey

    Following tradition, President Barack Obama pardoned the Thanksgiving turkey today at the White House.

  • Shoppers get naked for free clothes

    In San Francisco, dozens of shoppers stripped down in the cold for a chance at a free outfit from clothing store Desigual.

  • Man arrested for pointing banana at cops

    Sheriff's deputies in Colorado say they thought man was pointing a gun, but it turned out to be a banana.

  • Stolen decorations replaced by Secret Santa

    A 6-year-old Texas girl is smiling again after a Secret Santa replaced the Christmas decorations stolen from her front yard.

  • California boy falls 200 feet, survives

    A Santa Rosa, California, mother is especially thankful on this holiday. Her son is still alive despite surviving a 200-foot fall from a cliff that should have been fatal.

  • 'Hometown Highlights' features drone video

    The "Hometown Highlights" segment on News 5 WCYB features high school football highlights sent in by viewers. Videos can be sent to sports@wcyb.com.

  • Iowa businessman drives upside-down van

    Jim Anderson, owner of Anderson Automotive in Marion, Iowa, has created the perfect vehicle to advertise his business: an upside-down van.