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  • Poster to catch Benjamin Shook and video to find Hayleigh Wilson

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 12:41:21 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2015 05:49:23 PM EDT

    There is now an increased emphasis on the Hayleigh Wilson missing person case on a national level.

    The U.S. Marshal’s Service is collaborating with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to bring Hayleigh home safely and Benjamin Shook to justice.

    Click here to watch the NCMEC's video about Wilson and Shook.

    A new wanted poster from the U.S. Justice Department is out. It reads, “Benjamin Shook is a sexually violent predator and is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service in the Eastern District of Tennessee for failure to register as a sex offender.  Shook was last seen with a 14-year-old female identified as Hayleigh Wilson, a missing child from the Surgoinsville, Tennessee area.”

    The Smyth County Sheriff's Office followed up on a few tips it received Thursday into the disappearance of Wilson and Shook. Authorities say none of those tips have been confirmed, but they’re asking that anyone who has had contact with Shook or Wilson to call them.

    “We are concerned that someone may be scared that we are going to prosecute them for helping them to leave the area. This is not the case.  It is our goal to bring Hayleigh home,” said Lt. Bill Eller.

    Also, the sheriff’s office released new pictures of 41-year-old Shook.  He's the convicted sex offender who was last seen with 14-year-old Wilson. The U.S. Marshal's Office told News 5 WCYB's Samantha Kozsey the pictures were taken fairly recently.

    Last week, an AMBER Alert was issued for Wilson. Police in Surgoinsville, Hawkins County, say she left her home late at night on Monday, June 22, after meeting Shook in an online chat room. She took her step-father's truck.

    On Tuesday, June 23, the two were spotted by a surveillance camera in a Walmart in Marion, North Carolina. Later, they were caught on camera at an Exxon station in Sugar Grove, Virginia. Then, they received a ride from someone from there to Raccoon Branch campground in Sugar Grove.

    The two were last seen in the Sugar Grove area last Wednesday, June 24. Officers have been searching remote areas of Smyth, Grayson, Washington, and Wythe counties ever since.

    The U.S. Marshal's Office is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of Shook and the safe return of Hayleigh Wilson.

    If you have information you are urged to call 877-WANTED-2, 800-TBI-FIND, or your local law enforcement office.

  • Bristol, Virginia man charged with animal cruelty

    Published On: Jul 02 2015 11:16:37 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2015 10:23:38 AM EDT
    Animal Cruelty - Richard G. Shepard

    Richard G, Shepard of Bristol, Va.

    BRISTOL, Va -

    The Bristol Virginia Police Department is looking into a case of animal cruelty.

    Officers tell us the incident happened on Vermont Avenue Thursday evening. They say a man beat a cat with a baseball bat.

    Officers tell us they arrested 46-year-old Richard G. Shepard and charged him with animal cruelty.

    We're told similar charges are pending against a male juvenile.

  • Wisconsin man threatens to kill President Obama

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 06:16:16 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2015 06:10:20 AM EDT
    CNN -

    A criminal complaint and arrest warrant were issued Thursday against a 55-year-old Tomah, Wisconsin man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

    Brian D. Dutcher, 55, allegedly told a security guard at a La Crosse library, "the usurper is here and if I get a chance I'll take him out and I'll take the shot," referring to Obama who was in Wisconsin supporting overtime pay reform.

    According to the warrant, Dutcher confirmed in an interview with the Secret Service that he made the remarks to the security guard.

    The warrant also says Dutcher posted on Facebook on June 3 "that's it! Thursday I will be in La Crosse. Hopefully I will get a clear shot at the pretend president. Killing him is our CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY!"

    Dutcher also told a La Cross detective that his threat was serious and that "he would not have said what he said if he didn't intend to carry it out."

  • Second try the charm for wanted debit card thief

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 03:51:56 PM EDT

    Two women are wanted for using a man’s stolen debit card and taking a second card when the first stopped working.

    Kingsport police detectives said the bizarre scheme started June 7 when one of the women stole a debit card from the victim while visiting his home.

    According to the report, “The victim described the woman as an acquaintance; however, he allegedly did not know her name.”

    Then, the suspect and another woman “fraudulently used the stolen card to make a purchase at a Kingsport Wal-Mart, followed by two failed attempted transactions at an area Walgreens and an Eastman Credit Union” ATM.

    Three days later, after that didn’t work, police said the first woman “returned to the victim’s home, this time as a burglar rather than as a guest. During the burglary, she allegedly crawled in a window and returned the stolen debit card; however, she stole a completely different debit card. The woman and her accomplice then used the new card to make fraudulent purchases at Kingsport locations of Walgreens and Wal-Mart, and another transaction at an area Shell gas station.”

    The suspects were caught on surveillance video at both Wal-Mart and Walgreens during two of the transactions.

    Anyone who recognizes the women is asked to call the Kingsport Police Department at 423-229-9429 or 423-246-9111. You can also submit a tip online anonymously using the “Citizen Feedback” form available by clicking this link.

  • Police asking for calls about Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook

    Published On: Jul 02 2015 07:33:18 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2015 11:00:00 PM EDT

    The U.S. Marshal's Office tells us the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is now looking into the disappearance of 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson and convicted sex offender Benjamin Shook.

    The Smyth County Sheriff's Office followed up on a few tips it received Thursday into the disappearance of Hayleigh Wilson and Benjamin Shook. Authorities say none of those tips have been confirmed, but they’re asking that anyone who has had contact with Shook or Wilson to call them.

    “We are concerned that someone may be scared that we are going to prosecute them for helping them to leave the area. This is not the case.  It is our goal to bring Hayleigh home,” said Lt. Bill Eller.

    Also, the sheriff’s office released new pictures of 41-year-old Shook.  He's the convicted sex offender who was last seen with 14-year-old Wilson. The U.S. Marshal's Office told News 5 WCYB's Samantha Kozsey the pictures were taken fairly recently.

    Last week, an AMBER Alert was issued for Wilson. Police in Surgoinsville, Hawkins County, say she left her home late at night on Monday, June 22, after meeting Shook in an online chat room. She took her step-father's truck.

    On Tuesday, June 23, the two were spotted by a surveillance camera in a Walmart in Marion, North Carolina. Later, they were caught on camera at an Exxon station in Sugar Grove, Virginia. Then, they received a ride from someone from there to Raccoon Branch campground in Sugar Grove.

    The two were last seen in the Sugar Grove area last Wednesday, June 24. Officers have been searching remote areas of Smyth, Grayson, Washington, and Wythe counties ever since.

    The U.S. Marshal's Office is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of Shook and the safe return of Hayleigh Wilson.

    If you have information you are urged to call 877-WANTED-2, 800-TBI-FIND, or your local law enforcement office.

  • Fourth of July festivities in East Tennessee and SW Virginia

    Published On: Jun 19 2015 04:28:52 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2015 09:00:00 PM EDT

    America’s birthday is coming up and the celebrations have been planned.

    The next step is yours: Decide where you want to go!

    News 5 WCYB has some Independence Day suggestions that organizers sent to us.

    First, if you’re planning to fire up the grill, but have some questions about what to do, LongHorn Steakhouse has you covered. Call 1-855-LH-GRILL or text LHGRILL to 40679 for steak-grilling tips, advice, and more. Phone lines open until 5pm Friday, and noon-5pm Saturday.

    July 2-4, Historic Jonesborough is planning to celebrate its 45th annual Jonesborough Days Festival on July 4th weekend. It’ll begin Thursday, July 2, at 5pm and continue through Saturday, July 4, with family activities, regional music, parade, fireworks, and storytelling!

    July 2-4, Bristol: The cities’ Star-Spangled Celebration starts on June 2 with a “Duty Free” concert at 6:30 at Cumberland Square Park. July 3 has the weekly Antique Automobile Club of America Cruise-In at 6pm in the parking lot of Tri-Summit Bank, State Street & MLK Blvd. July 4 starts with the annual Independence parade down State Street at 5, plus music and food in Cumberland Square Park at 6.

    July 3, Kingsport: Independence Day fireworks show at 9:45pm, after 6:45 Twilight Alive concert featuring Bluesman & The Blues Essentials, and A1A – Jimmy Buffett Tribute Band. Broad and Market streets. Street closures at 3pm.

    July 3, Abingdon, Va: 6th annual Red, White and Beach Party, featuring the legendary beach music sound of Band of Oz, 6-9pm, at the Abingdon Market Pavilion in downtown Abingdon.

    July 3, Tazewell, Va: Town of Tazewell's s annual Independence Day Celebration at Tazewell High School. Food vendors serving tasty treats. Fireworks set off at dark. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket.

    July 3-4, Jonesborough, Tenn: Flag celebration at the International Storytelling Center.

    POSTPONED UNTIL LABOR DAY July 3, Damascus, Va: Fireworks and music will NOT take place due to expected weather.

    July 4, Blountville, Tenn: Tour the historic Deery Inn on Main Street from 11:30am to 2pm before the parade. See where presidents slept. There will be games and live music. Admission will be $5 for adults and $2 for kids.

    July 4, Blountville, Tenn: Historic Blountville Ruritan's Annual 4th of July Parade set for 2pm.

    July 4, Johnson City: Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Church on the Hill, invites the public for scenic viewing of Johnson City’s Independence Day fireworks display. Church grounds open at 7:30pm; fireworks begin at 9:55pm and last about 20 minutes. The Westminster Youth will sell hot dogs, snacks, and drinks. 2343 Knob Creek Road

    July 4, Clintwood, Va: DCH Foundation Freedom 5k run, 3k walk, and Kid's Fun Run at 8am, and fill up on pancakes after at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast! Walking Track across from Kid's Corner Park located beside Food City on Foxtown Road.

    July 4, Tazewell, Va: Renew your revolutionary spirit and celebrate at Historic Crab Orchard Museum, 10am-5pm. Fun-filled , family-oriented event includes live music performances, old fashioned kids' games, grown-up "Mountain Games," kids craft trail, a colonial reenactment, costumed demonstrations in the Pioneer Park and food vendors!

    July 4, Rogersville, Tenn: Join News 5 WCYB at the Rogersville 4th of July Celebration and enjoy spectacular entertainment! As always, this will be a totally free event. It starts at 1pm, and features two concerts and fireworks.

    July 4, Johnson City, Tenn: Join Pepsi and the City of Johnson City for the 30th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center. Craft vendors and food start at 4. Shuttle buses from East Tennessee State University (corner of State of Franklin and University Parkway) and Winged Deer Park Complex (Bristol Highway) parking lots start at 4.

    July 4, Mountain City, Tenn: 4th of July Celebration, Parade, & Day in the Park. Festivities begin 11am at Ralph Stout Park & end with Fireworks show when the sun goes down (approx.. 9:30pm).

    July 4, Marion, Va: 3 events. Marion Regional Farmers Market open for business, 8am - 12noon, at Town Square Parking lot, on the corner of Cherry and Church Streets. The 2nd Freedom 5k Run/Walk starts 6:30am at the Smyth County Courthouse. And NEW LOCATION Marion hosts its own Michael Shaun Brown as part of this year's Rock, White and Blues Independence Day Concert, 6-10pm, Marion Farmers Market Pavilion, next to Marion Post Office on the corner of Chestnut and Cherry Streets.

    July 4, Piney Flats, Tenn: Celebrate Independence Day as it would have been in 1791 at Historic Rocky Mount, 1pm.

    July 4, Piney Flats, Tenn: Freedom Fest at Poplar Ridge Christian Church, 6-9:30pm, followed by JD Metals Fireworks Show.

    July 4, Coeburn, Va: Coeburn's July 4th and Founder's Day Celebration. Downtown with music, food, and other entertainment beginning at 2pm.

    July 4, Johnson City: Parkway/Dunbar Resident Council presenting 4th of July fundraiser, 11am until after fireworks. Face-painting, crafts, food. 908 John Exum Pkwy.

    July 4, Jewell Ridge, Tazewell County: '4th of July celebration from noon to midnight.  Food, music, and fireworks.

    July 4, North Carolina: Tweetsie Railroad hosts the High Country¹s largest and most popular fireworks show. Parking $10/vehicle. Inclement weather make-up day July 5. U.S. Highway 321 between Boone and Blowing Rock.

    July 4-5, Grandfather Mountain, NC: Early Bird Discount for guests who enter the park before 9am.

    July 5, Honaker, Va: Honaker Lions Club Independence Celebration. The Keen Mountain Brothers, Jubalaires Quartet, and other gospel groups will provide entertainment. 4-10pm with fireworks display at new location: parking lot beside Honaker Funeral Home.

    Click here for a list from the Official Tourism Website of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Do you know of any others? Send us information with the link so we can use it!

  • Mother of missing teen opens up about daughter's disappearance

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 12:27:10 AM EDT   Updated On: Jul 03 2015 10:04:19 AM EDT

    Hayleigh Wilson's mom opens up about missing daughter

    SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. -

    Tonight, the mother of 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson opens up to us, now that her daughter has been missing for more than a week. She's on the run with a convicted sex offender Benjamin Shook, a 41-year-old, she met using a smartphone messaging app.

    "She was one that wherever i went, she wanted to go," Hayleigh's mom, Staci Johnston, said.

    Johnston says she and her daughter, Hayleigh, were always together.

    "We always had these little games we played together like making up words to songs on the radio," Johnston said.

    The Surgoinsville Middle School Eagles had one football player on the roster who was a girl. It was a job Hayleigh did not take lightly.

    "She was like 'Ugh, i'm so mad.' And i was like 'Hayleigh, why are you mad?' And she was like 'Because the coaches told the refs that I'm a girl,'" Johnston said.

    But it was Hayleigh's care for others that made Staci most proud.

    "She had a very very big heart. She would donate money to people, she would buy stuff for other people, she took and autistic friend to her 8th grade formal dance," Johnston said.

    But Staci thinks her daughter's need to help others is what got her caught in a predators trap.

    "The guy probably used her big heart and used it against her," Johnston said.

    For the last ten days, Johnston has been living every parent's worst nightmare. It's something she says she wouldn't wish on anyone.

    "I cry daily. And it's almost like you become numb. It's just a nightmare that you're never going to wake up from," Johnston said.

    That nightmare began ten days ago, when Staci and her husband woke up to find their truck missing, credit cards and cash gone and Hayleigh not in her bed.

    "When I read what she left for me in the front of the scrapbook that was about as far as I could go," Johnston said.

    Before leaving, Hayleigh left letters for family living at her dad's house. For her mom, she left a scrapbook filled with pictures, movie tickets and things to remember all of the stuff they used to do together.

    "I was just so devastated that I couldn't look at it, but it said something like I'll see you when i'm 18. I'll try to write, but it will be sparing," Johnston said.

    Johnston said she monitored Hayleigh's computer as much as she could. It was located in a central part of the house. She also said Hayleigh was open with her about what she was looking at, like youtube videos. However, Johnston had never heard of the messaging app known as KiK, which is where her daughter allegedly met Benjamin Shook.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 06:28:32 PM EST   Updated On: Jul 04 2015 06:13:51 AM EDT
    StormTrack 5 Team

    FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY

    PERIODS OF RAIN ALONG WITH ISOLATED STORMS THIS WEEKEND

    HEAVY RAINFALL AND LOCALIZED FLOODING POSSIBLE

    TEMPERATURES REBOUND - RAIN CHANCES DECREASE A BIT NEXT WEEK

    Independence Day: Scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Partly sunny. Warm and humid. Highs 73-79. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Tonight: Showers.  Mild and muggy with patchy fog late.  Lows 61-67.  Light wind.

    Sunday: Showers and a few storms likely.  Highs 72-79.  South wind 5 mph.

    Sunday Night: Isolated shower possible. Otherwise, mostly cloudy. Lows 63-66.

    Monday: A few showers and storms. Highs 77-80.

    Weather Summary:

    A stationary boundary just north of the Tri-Cities will provide the focus for showers and thunderstorms this holiday weekend. As weather disturbances move along this boundary, clusters of showers and storms will be guided from west to east across the Tennessee Valley into the southern Appalachians.

    This will result in periods of rain along with a few thunderstorms. There is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, so any storm can be expected to produce downpours and gusty winds. The severe weather threat, as in damaging winds and hail, remains low.

    Rainfall totals through the 4th of July may end up around 1 to 2 inches (locally heavier possible). It will not be raining the entire time, but have the rain gear handy over the next few days. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of the region through Sunday. Pockets of heavy showers may lead to isolated flooding issues, especially in low lying areas near bodies of water. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, Turn Around, Don't Drown!

    As the main disturbance lifts northeast of the area, we can expect more numerous showers and storms at times on Sunday.  Again, downpours and gusty winds are possible in this kind of environment.  Scattered showers are still possible on Monday as the disturbance is slow to lift.

    Aside from that, temperatures won't be nearly as hot as we saw during a large portion of June. Highs will be in the 70s to lower 80s through Monday.

    Rain chances will decrease a bit starting on Tuesday of next week as the jet stream lifts north of the region. Temperatures, as a result, will return to near average... in the low to mid 80s.

    Recap: Highs in the middle 70s to lower 80s through Sunday. Highs in the lower to middle 80s Monday through Thursday. Lows in the 60s.

    Our average high is 85°, low 64°.

    Meteorologist Ricky Matthews

  • Mother of missing teen speaks out

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 12:49:38 AM EDT

    Tonight, the mother of 14-year-old Hayleigh Wilson opens up to us, now that her daughter has been missing for more than a week. She's on the run with a convicted sex offender Benjamin Shook, a 41-year-old, she met using a smartphone messaging app.

  • Body cam shows officer beating suspect

    Published On: Jul 02 2015 02:20:03 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 02 2015 02:20:37 PM EDT

    A police body cam shows a suspect being beaten as he’s taken to the station.

  • Friday Night's StormTrack 5 Forecast: 07-03-15

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 11:23:18 PM EDT

    Meteorologist Chris Michaels recaps the latest flooding alerts, and looks ahead to your 4th of July forecast.

  • Hayleigh Wilson's mom opens up about missing daughter

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 10:03:41 AM EDT

    Hayleigh Wilson's mom opens up about missing daughter

  • Venus, Jupiter and a thunderstorm

    Published On: Jul 02 2015 09:13:07 PM EDT

    A photographer snaps a shot of Venus, Jupiter and a thunderstorm lit up by lightning over the skies of Orlando, Florida.

  • Friday Afternoon's StormTrack 5 Forecast Video: 7-3-15

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 12:24:05 PM EDT

    Meteorologist David Boyd with your July 4th forecast.

    Latest forecast and radar on www.WCYB.com/weather.

  • Rebecca Pepin slips and slides at The Big Messy, TWICE!

    Published On: Jul 02 2015 06:19:56 PM EDT

    Rebecca Pepin slips and slides at The Big Messy, TWICE!

  • Jonesborough Days underway despite rain

    Published On: Jul 03 2015 05:48:23 PM EDT

    Jonesborough Days underway despite rain