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  • Community mourns father who died saving daughters

    Published On: Jul 26 2016 11:00:33 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2016 05:55:30 PM EDT

    Local man drowns after trying to save three daughters from current in N.C.

    According to authorities, a 35-year-old father from Piney Flats, Tenn. drowned Monday while trying to rescue his three daughters off the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

    A call came in to Atlantic Beach Fire and Police around 1 p.m. The caller said there were three people in distress in the water off the west end of Shackleford Banks. Atlantic Beach Fire Captain Casey Arthur said three girls were caught in the current and their father jumped in to try and save them.

    When fire rescue boats arrived on scene, firefighters found CPR being done on the father. A boater had picked him up. Another boater and some bystanders had rescued the three daughters safely.

    The man was Rick Brown, who was a deacon at Piney Flats First Baptist Church according to the church's pastor, Dr. Allen Davis. Davis said Brown was a good Christian man.

    The name has not been released by authorities yet. The father was taken to Carteret Health Care where he was pronounced dead.

  • Shoney's gives free meal to police officers across our region

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 06:15:25 PM EDT
    KINGSPORT, Tenn -

    A restaurant chain with locations in our area is showing its appreciation for members of local law enforcement.

    Officers were invited to come in and have a meal on the house at any Shoney's they choose Wednesday. It's all part of an effort to show appreciation for the work they do on a daily basis.

    The Shoney's on Fort Henry Drive in Kingsport served about 25 officers before lunch was over. Manager Tracy Stinson said it's the least they could do.

    "These guys put their lives on the line for us every single day so this is our way of saying 'Hey, we appreciate what you do for us.' It's not much, but if I can fix you a nice hot meal and feed you free, makes it all worthwhile," Stinson said.

    Stinson said they served officers from Kingsport, Sullivan and Hawkins Counties by the time lunch was over.

  • Back to School shopping spree

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 07:30:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2016 10:00:00 PM EDT
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    About 30 kids got the chance to go on a back to school shopping spree in Johnson City.
    Academy Sports gave children from the Boys & Girls Club $100 gift cards for back to school items.
    Kids couldn't stop smiling as they filled their buggies with everything from backpacks to new clothes.
    One little girl said she was most excited about getting new shoes.
    "Ok, let’s go try some other shoes,” said, 7-year-old, Natalia Thornton.
    Natalia Thornton was one of the 30 kids chosen to go on the shopping spree.
    Parents and their children had an hour to shop for anything back to school related.
    Natalia, said, “I’m excited because we get to shop for shoes and clothes and a backpack and probably socks."
    The kids weren't the only ones excited about shopping.
    Jeremy Mays, the store manager, said, “A lot of our employees here have kids and they like helping them. We get to go around and shop with them and it's a fun event for us too."
    For many parents, the cost of sending kids back to school can add up.

    “It's nice to not have that financial burden because I'm a single dad. So, it's very difficult to have all that responsibility," said, Justin Thornton, Natalia's dad.
    For Natalia, she said, the toughest decision will be finding the perfect pair of shoes.
    Around 100 stores across the country are participating in similar shopping sprees.
    They also have a similar event to help those in need during the holidays.

  • Former Norton Parks and Recreation Supervisor indicted

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 10:55:26 AM EDT

    A former supervisor with the City of Norton's Parks and Recreation Department has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

    Michael Todd Lintz is accused of giving false testimony to bond women out of jail, supposedly for community service work.

    He is also charged with coercing two of them to engage in sexual activity with him. The indictment says Lintz told them to falsely claim community service work hours.

    Lintz is expected to appear in federal court in Abingdon for arraignment Thursday.

  • Johnson County man stops crime, holds burglar at gunpoint

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 06:38:25 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2016 06:39:01 PM EDT

    Johnson County deputies respond to a breaking and entering call, but find the situation already under control when they arrive. The homeowner and her family held the suspect at gunpoint until law enforcement got there.


    Johnson County deputies respond to a breaking and entering call, but find the situation already under control when they arrive. The homeowner and her family held the suspect at gunpoint until law enforcement got there.

    News 5's Kristi O'Connor talked to the victim.

    Geraldean Barr is still in shock over what happened Tuesday night. She said if it were not for her son-in-law's concealed carry permit, she does not know what could have happened.

    About 8:30 Tuesday night, Johnson County deputies responded to a call of a breaking and entering.

    "Somebody tried breaking into her house and he's still here. We've got him sitting on the porch," The person who called 9-1-1 said.

    Geraldean Barr, 70, was watching TV in her recliner when she heard someone busting through her front door.

    "I said he's going to kill me. That's the only thing I could think of to say that. I said Lord help me," Barr said.

    She was face-to-face with a strange man was standing in her kitchen.

    "The suspect appeared to be intoxicated on some form of narcotic," Johnson County Lt. Shawn Brown said.

    "I pushed on him and said 'you get out of here, you get out of here now'," Barr said.

    Barr said he was so unsteady, he fell onto her front porch when she pushed him, but that gave her time to call for help. Luckily, her daughter and son-in-law live next door.

    "I said come Jonah as fast as you can there's somebody here trying to break in," Barr said.

    While her daughter talked to dispatchers, her son-in-law held the suspect at gunpoint until deputies arrived.

    "Someone can legally, lawfully possess a firearm and in situations like this often times it prevents something more dangerous or more serious from happening when you can intervene," Lt. Brown said.

    Barr is grateful her family was there to help, but just the thought of what could have happened keeps her up at night.

    "I didn't sleep any. It's just so unnerving. I'm just really nervous," Barr said.

    Barr says she was impressed deputies arrived within just 5 minutes. Lt. Brown says the suspect, 32-year-old Charles Hawkins, is a registered sex offender.

    He was taken to the Johnson County Community Hospital for treatment of being under the influence. He's charged with aggravated burglary and public intoxication.

    Officials say Hawkins was too intoxicated for questioning, so they are not sure of a motive at this time.

  • Gray burglary suspect found hiding in the trunk of his car

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 12:12:12 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 27 2016 12:35:59 PM EDT

    A burglary suspect was arrested after he was found hiding in the trunk of his car, according to Washington County, Tennessee sheriff's deputies.

    Sheriff Ed Graybeal said they were called to a home in Gray, Tennessee on Tuesday at 12:15 a.m. in repsonse to a domestic violence call. He told us the victim said her ex boyfriend, 25-year-old Matthew Donald, tried to force his way into the apartment. The victim was able to push Donald away and lock the door.

    We're told deputies got a description of his vehicle and later found him hiding out in the trunk of his car on Kingsport Highway.

    He was charged with aggravated burglary and domestic violence.

  • Smyth Co man arrested for meth dealing after sting operation

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 12:30:12 PM EDT

    An undercover sting operation in Smyth County led to the arrest of a man accused of selling methamphetamine.

    The Smyth County Sheriff's Office tells us 60-year-old Randall Davidson was arrested Monday. The Chilhowie Police Department assisted with the arrest. He is charged with possession of a schedule 1/11 controlled substance with the intent to sell, give, or distribute.

    He is being held in the Abingdon Regional Jail without bond. His arraignment is pending in the Smyth County General District Court.

    In a statement, the sheriff's office said according to intelligence gathered by the sheriff's office narcotics unit, this arrest will curtail a major influx of methamphetamine to the Saltville and Chilhowie areas.

  • One dead, one injured in Greene County crash

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 11:44:41 AM EDT
    Fatal Crash

    A wreck Tuesday on the Newport Highway in Greene County, Tenn. killed one person and sent another to the hospital.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Donald Hodge, 67, passed out behind the wheel of his pickup truck and hit a tractor-trailer head on.

    A passenger in the pickup, Jerry Morrell, 50, of Johnson City died on the way to the hospital. Hodge was also taken to the Johnson City Medical Center.

    The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt. The investigation is ongoing.

  • We Salute You: Danny Mullins, Dickenson County, Va.

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 06:31:35 PM EDT

    We Salute You: Danny Mullins, Dickenson County, Va.

  • Thursday Afternoon's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 07-28-16

    Published On: Jul 28 2016 12:23:00 PM EDT

    Meteorologist Chris Michaels breaks down the timing and impacts of any storms later today in his StormTrack 5 forecast.

  • Johnson City church packs 20,000 meals for the hungry

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 11:08:30 PM EDT
  • Hawk takes long look at TV sky view camera

    Published On: Jul 26 2016 01:27:46 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2016 01:12:50 PM EDT

    A hawk landed next to a Lincoln, Nebraska, TV station's sky view camera, giving viewers a close look at the bird while it got a close look of the lens. (No audio)

  • Wednesday Afternoon's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 07-27-16

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 12:17:58 PM EDT

    Some scattered storms this afternoon and evening, but still VERY hot.  Meteorologist Chris Michaels has your forecast for the rest of the week.

  • Erik Jones promotes the Bristol Night Race

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 11:24:15 PM EDT

    Erik Jones was in Tennessee talking about the Bristol race in 4 weeks

  • Sen. Warner responds to Trump's attack on Kaine

    Published On: Jul 26 2016 10:54:23 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 26 2016 11:26:11 PM EDT
  • Mountain Music School teaches students about Appalachian Music

    Published On: Jul 27 2016 06:24:16 PM EDT