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  • Cops: Woman posted selfies in stolen dress

    Published On: Jul 21 2014 09:17:45 AM CDT
    Stolen dress selfies


    If you steal a dress, you might want to avoid any pictures of yourself in it.

    An Illinois woman is learning that the hard way, according to police, after posting photos to Facebook of herself in a leopard-print dress reported stolen from a local boutique.

    Danielle Saxton, 27, now faces misdemeanor retail theft charges, Carterville TV station WSIL reported.

    The dress and other clothing and jewelry were stolen from Mortie's Boutique in West Frankfort on July 11.

    Boutique co-owner Kert Williams posted about the thefts on Facebook, and people made the connection after seeing his post and the photos posted by Saxton, police said.

    Saxton is now free on her own recognizance.

  • Coal miner says employees at Wise County mine had no warning of layoffs

    By Callan Gray,
    Published On: Jul 21 2014 10:20:01 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 22 2014 03:18:32 AM CDT
    WISE COUNTY, Va. -

    Hundreds of people are without a job now that two coal mines are shutting down.
    Cumberland River Coal Company, a subsidiary of Arch Coal, has decided to stop production at underground mines in Wise County, Va. and Letcher County, Ky.

    Several sources told us at least two hundred employees will be laid off.  Eighty-three people work at the Wise County mine, according to the website of the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy.

    We went to Wise County on Monday and followed miner Derrick Saylor as he made his last trip to the Pine Branch #1 mine.

    "I'll just have to try and find another mining job or something else," said Saylor.

    Saylor has spent a decade mining there and has a wife and child he has to support. He told us the miners had no warning of the layoffs. Saylor said the whole community will take a hit.

    "In the mountains, we're tight knit," said Saylor. "The people we work with, they're just like family."

    We looked back at our news archives and discovered almost 900 coal jobs have been lost in Virginia and Kentucky since February 2013.

    Saylor told us he thinks the Pine Branch #1 mine closed for three different reasons, the rising cost of mining, stricter EPA regulations on coal fired power plants and the cheap price of natural gas.

    Arch Coal released a statement Monday afternoon.

    "With this move, we are actively responding to currently challenged metallurgical coal markets while striving to enhance our overall competitive cost position in Appalachia," said John W. Eaves, Arch's president and chief executive officer in a statement. "Our strategy is to increasingly shift our portfolio toward higher-margin, lower-cost metallurgical coal operations, while retaining our valuable reserves for when market conditions strengthen in the future. We will continue to serve our customers here and abroad with the high level of quality they have come to expect from Arch."

    According to the statement from Arch Coal, Cumberland River sold approximately 290,000 tons in the first half of 2014, consisting primarily of higher-cost metallurgical grade coal. The decision to idle operations at Cumberland River will reduce Arch's annual 2014 metallurgical coal sales volumes by approximately 200,000 tons. As such, the company now expects to ship between 6.3 million and 6.9 million tons of metallurgical coal for 2014. Arch plans to provide an update regarding its full year 2014 expectations in its second quarter 2014 earnings release on July 29, 2014.

    Saylor said the effects of mining layoffs are being seen county-wide.

    "Everything is going down," he said. "Business is leaving, schools are not in the best of shape."

    Saylor told us he'll support his family with the 60 days of severance pay and 90 days of insurance coverage he'll get but once that's stops, he's not sure what he'll do.

    We reached out to Virginia Delegate Israel O'Quinn about the layoffs. He said he's disappointed by the mine closures and released a statement which read:

    "It was disappointing to see another coal mine closed in Southwest Virginia. This Administration, along with the EPA, is inflicting incredible economic pain upon hard working people and they deserve elected officials who will support them, not try to take their jobs."

  • Teenager remembered by family after lake accident

    By Kyle Benjamin,
    Published On: Jul 21 2014 12:22:53 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 20 2014 07:22:27 PM CDT

    On July 11, 14-year-old Bailey Stout died in a jet ski accident on Boone Lake.

    BRISTOL, Tenn. -

    On July 11, 14-year-old Bailey Stout died in a jet ski accident on Boone Lake.

    A Friday afternoon on the lake started like any other getaway weekend for the Stout family, filled with the promise of fun and laughter. It ended with pain and anguish when the jet ski Bailey rode with her mom, Nikki Hulse, was hit from behind by another jet ski driven by her dad, Steven "Pig" Stout.

    We talked to her parents this weekend as they celebrated Bailey's life at her favorite hangout, Bristol, Tennessee's Skate Inn. They said Bailey's strong spirit lives on and will keep touching others.

    Nikki's arm is still bruised from wrist to shoulder, a visible reminder of the pain she carries in her heart. It came from the scrape from her daughter's fingernails when they were thrown from their craft. "It was just a tragic accident," she said. "It just happened as quick as the blink of an eye."

    "It'll be a day in my life never, ever, ever, ever forgotten, until I'm up there with my daughter," Steven told us.

    Before the accident, Nikki slowed the jet ski while Bailey looked to shore to find a house that belonged to a family friend. "She let off the throttle, looked at me and grinned. Then [Steven] didn't see us, and he hit us," Nikki said.

    People on the lake ran to help. One man swam from shore, and others in a pontoon boat helped get Bailey out of the water. Her dad performed CPR on the deck of the boat. "I did everything God wanted me to do to keep her with me, but he wanted her, so that's why she's up there in Heaven," he said.

    The last 10 days have been a blur for Bailey Stout's parents. "If it wasn't for support, I wouldn't be standing on my legs. It's just so tremendous. You've got billions of good hearts out here in the Tri-Cities, trust me," Nikki told us.

    The empathy of coworkers and community have helped the family cope. "She touched more lives than I would ever, ever, ever had dreamt," Nikki said.

    Bailey Stout would have been a freshman at Virginia High School this fall. There will be a tree planted there in her memory.

  • "Woman in black" is from Alabama, Sullivan Co. deputies say

    Published On: Jun 04 2014 09:36:06 AM CDT
    Updated On: Jun 04 2014 09:49:33 AM CDT
    Lady in black

    Viewer photo


    After multiple calls and Facebook posts from News 5 viewers wondering about a woman walking around the area in a black shroud, we have learned more about her identity.

    Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Lt. Andy Seabolt told News 5 WCYB the woman is Elizabeth Poles, 56, of Motts, Alabama. Deputies received a call on June 1 around 3:00 a.m.about a suspicious person in the area.

    When investigators found her in front of the B-Mart on Highway 11W just outside Kingsport city limits, Poles claimed she was on a Bible mission and needed a ride to Winchester, Virginia.

    When deputies asked the woman where she lived, she said she was from an Islamic nation and worked at the Pentagon.

    Investigators determined her claims were not true.  

    The sheriff's office took her to the Virginia state line so she could continue on her way to Winchester.

  • Coal workers laid off in Wise County

    By News 5 Staff,
    Published On: Jul 21 2014 04:33:00 PM CDT
    Updated On: Jul 21 2014 04:54:49 PM CDT
    Arch Coal Logo
    WISE COUNTY, Va. -

    Another round of layoffs for the coal industry – this one striking Wise County, Virginia.

    On Monday workers at both Cumberland River Coal’s Pine Branch Number One in Wise County, and a second mine in Letcher County, Kentucky, learned that the mines would be shutting down indefinitely.

    Derrick Saylor is one of the workers who learned that he would be losing his job. "Here in the mountains we are tight knit, like a family," said Saylor. "People we work with are like family cause we are with them as much as family at home"

    "It’s tough [and] it’s sad to see the coal industry where it is at today," Saylor said.

    Saylor says he will get 60 days of severance pay and 90 days of insurance coverage.

    Saylor says he was told that the cheap price of natural gas, tougher EPA regulations on coal-fired power plants, and the rising cost of mining in general as the reasons behind the closure.

    Officials say as many as 213 people will lose their jobs because of the closures.

  • Name released in weekend prison inmate death

    By News 5 Staff,
    Published On: Jul 21 2014 11:58:56 AM CDT
    Northeast Correctional Complex
    MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn. -

    We now know the name of the inmate killed at the Northeast Correctional Complex in Mountain City over the weekend.

    24-year-old Timothy Tillery, Jr. was pronounced dead at the hospital from injuries received after a fight broke out at the prison Saturday morning.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is helping to figure out what happened.

  • Kia and General Motors Recall Vehicles

    By Kristen Quon,
    Published On: Jul 21 2014 05:16:56 PM CDT
    GM, General Motors

    Kia motors corporation and General Motors have released a recall on vehicles.

    Kia Motors Corporation is recalling certain model year 2014 Kia Soul vehicles manufactured July 21, 2013, through January 17, 2014.

    In the affected vehicles, the plug that secures the pinion gear to the steering gear assembly may loosen due to an improper application of thread-locking adhesive during the assembly process.

    As a result, the pinion gear can separate from the steering gear assembly, causing a loss of steering, thereby increasing the risk of a crash.

    Kia will notify owners, and dealers will replace the pinion plug with a new pinion plug which has properly applied thread-locking adhesive, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2014. Owners may contact Kia customer service at 1-800-333-4542.


    General Motors  is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Cadillac ATS vehicles manufactured April 23, 2012, to March 20, 2014, and 2014 Cadillac CTS vehicles manufactured June 10, 2013, to March 20, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the transmission shift cable may detach from either the bracket on the transmission shifter or the bracket on the transmission.

    If the transmission shift cable detaches while the vehicle is being driven, the transmission gear selection may not match the indicated gear and the vehicle may move in an unintended or unexpected direction, increasing the risk of a crash.

    Furthermore, when the driver goes to stop and park the vehicle, despite selecting the 'PARK' position, the transmission may not be in 'PARK.'

    If the vehicle is not in the 'PARK' position there is a risk the vehicle will roll away as the driver and other occupants exit the vehicle or anytime thereafter. A vehicle rollaway increases the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.

    GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure the cable is properly seated at the transmission and shifter brackets, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2014.

  • Read the latest StormTrack 5 Forecast

    Published On: Feb 27 2013 05:28:32 PM CST
    Updated On: Jul 22 2014 05:01:47 AM CDT
    StormTrack 5 Team




    Today: Afternoon showers and thunderstorms. Highs 84-89. Winds east 5-10 mph.

    Tonight: Evening showers and thunderstorms. Lows 63-68. Winds south 5 mph.

    Wednesday: Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 83-88. Winds west 5-10 mph.

    Wednesday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Lows 63-68. Winds southwest 5 mph.

    Weather Summary:

    We are tracking warm and humid conditions in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. The warm and humid conditions will combine to create a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, especially in the afternoon.

    Only a slight chance of evening showers and thunderstorms are in store for the Tri-Cities tonight. Just partly cloudy after midnight.

    The same pattern appears to be in place for Wednesday as today. We will have a 50-50 shot at showers and thunderstorms. A strong or severe storm could pop-up with heavy rain and windy conditions that could create some street flooding or ponding of water.

    StormTrack 5 Meteorologists are tracking a cold front heading into the southern Appalachians from the northwest. This front will create a better shot at showers and thunderstorms for Wednesday night into Thursday.

    Some storms could produce the dangers of downpours, lightning strikes, gusty winds and small hail to be on the alert for as the front crosses the region.

    High pressure will settle in for Friday and Saturday with partly to mostly sunny skies. The northwest flow will make the conditions somewhat enjoyable again. The front will stall to our south however.

    That front will head back across our area as a warm front on Sunday with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms returning. A cold front sailing in from the northwest will keep the rain chances in for Monday with odds at 50 percent.

    Highs will be in the low to mid 80s today through Monday. Lows will be in the mid to upper 60s tonight and Wednesday night with low to mid 60s Thursday night through Monday night.
    Our normal high is 86°, low 64°.

    Meteorologist Donnie Cox