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  • Dozens charged in Buchanan County Drug Round-up

    By Kristen Quon, Producer/Reporter, kquon@wcyb.com
    Published On: Sep 22 2014 04:21:24 PM CDT

    On September 17 the Buchanan County Sheriff's office, Grundy Town Police and the Virginia State Police began executing drug indictments for the arrest of drug offenders.

    47 individuals have been charges and arrested. Numerous amounts of narcotics were seized during the investigation.

    The names of those arrested are listed below:

    John Shannon Asbury , Vansant, VA 

    7 cts. Distribution Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Common Nuisance

    4cts. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Judy Carroll Asbury-Ramey Vansant, VA 

    2 cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Common Nuisance

    5 felony Dist.  Of Controlled Substance

     

    Kimberly Denise  Burks, Vansant, VA 

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Jamie Houston Bailey, Vansant, VA 

    2cts Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Matthew Bailey, Vansant, VA

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    Sarah Ball, Raven, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    Amanda L. Caudill, Oakwood, VA

    2cts. Dist. Schedule 1 & II Controlled Substance

    2cts. Conspire to Dist. Schedule 1 & II Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Beverly L. Christian, Hurley VA

    1ct. Common Nuisance

    2cts Child Neglect

    1ct. Dist. of Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. of Controlled Substance

     

    Jim Charles Christian, Hurley VA

    3cts. Child Neglect

    2cts. Common Nuisance

    2cts. Dist. Of Controlled Substance

    1cts. Conspire to Dist. Of Controlled Substance

     

    Richard Linden Crockett, Hurley, VA 

    3cts. Common Nuisance

    5cts Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

     

    Marla Louise Deel, Grundy, VA 

    3cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct.  Conspire to Dist. Schedule IV Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

    William Dwayne Deel, Grundy, VA 

    3cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Robert James Fitzwater, Grundy, VA

    1ct. Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

    1ct. Dist.  Less than a ½ oz. of Marijuana

     

    Erin Nicole Foster, Maxie, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Micheal Fuller,Grundy, VA 

    2cts. Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

    Possession of firearm by convicted felony

     

    Faithy Fuller, Vansant, VA

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Common Nuisance

     

    Marvin Craig Hibbitts, Grundy, VA 

    1ct. Dist.  Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Brandy Nicole Justice, Big Rock, VA 

    1ct Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Stevie Justice Raven, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    Alfred Adam Justus, Vansant, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Quinton Manuel Kilbourne. Grundy, VA  

    4cts. Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

    4cts. Common Nuisance

     

    Michael D. Mullins, Grundy, VA

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Common Nuisance

     

    Shannony Keith May, Maxie, VA 

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Common Nuisance

     

    Jonathan Michael Owens, Vansant, VA 

    Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Substance

     

    Linda Ramsey, Big Rock, VA

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Jonathan Matthew Ratliff, Oakwood, VA 

    1ct. Dist IV Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist IV Controlled Substance

     

    Deanna L. Shortridge, Harman, VA 

    3cts. Dist Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

    1Ct. Obstructing Justice by Force

     

    Angela Renee Stacy, Hurley, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Billy Ray Stiltner, Grundy, VA 

    3cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1cts. Common Nuisance

     

    Donald Lee Stiltner, Haysi, VA 

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    2cts. Common Nuisance

    Kenneth Lawrence Stiltner, III, Grundy, VA 

    Dist Schedule I & III Controlled Substance 3rd offense

     

    Susan Stiltner, Hurley, VA

    2cts Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct Common Nuisance

     

    Christy Lynn St. Clair, Grundy, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct Common Nuisance

     

    Kenneth Wayne St. Clair, Grundy, VA

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Ernest Lee Quinley, Grundy, VA 

    3cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Joseph William White, Vansant, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

     

    Terry Randall Williams, Big Rock, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule IV Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Seniree Ann Sisk, Raven, VA

    4cts. Dist./Manufacture Oxycodone

    1cts. Child Endangerment

     

    Gary Fraley, Grundy, VA 

    2cts. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Clifford Osborne, Grundy, VA

    3cts. Dist. Schedule I and II Controlled Substance

    3cts. Common Nuisance

     

    Gary Thomas Mullins, Oakwood, VA

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist Schedule III Controlled Substance

    Nicholas Wayne Collins, Grundy, VA 

    1ct. Dist. Schedule IV Controlled Substance

    1ct. Common Nuisance

     

    Jerry Orville Jenks, Jr., Paynesville, WV 

    1ct Dist. Schedule I & II Controlled Sub

    1ct. Dist Common Nuisance

     

    Kenneth Looney, Pelion, SC

    2 cts. Possession schedule I & II

    1ct. Obstruction of Justice w/o Force

     

    Allison Raye Hurley, Vansant, VA 

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance 

     

    Billy Smith, Grundy, VA

    3cts. Dist. Schedule I & II

    2cts. Common Nuisance

    1ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance 

    1ct. Child Abuse and Neglect

    Courtney Noelle Smith, Grundy, VA

    1ct. Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance

    1Ct. Conspire to Dist. Schedule III Controlled Substance 

     

  • New Facts: Inmate found dead in Kingsport Jail

    Published On: Sep 20 2014 08:23:29 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 22 2014 10:30:39 AM CDT
    Kingsport Police Department
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. -

    We now know the name of an inmate who died over the weekend in the Kingsport city jail.

    We're told Benjamin Honaker was found dead in his cell on Saturday morning.

    He'd been arrested Friday evening around 6:30 p.m. on DUI charges.

    His body was taken for an autopsy.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been called in to handle the investigation.

  • Nearly 40 charged in Buchanan County drug sweep

    Published On: Apr 02 2014 10:30:27 AM CDT
    Virginia State Police
    BUCHANAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

    A major drug bust landed nearly 40 people behind bars in Buchanan County, Virginia.

    Officers with the Grundy Police Department, Virginia State Police, and Buchanan County Sheriff's Department took part in the operation.

    The 39 people arrested this week face numerous drug charges. This is the second-largest drug bust in the history of Buchanan County.

    Those charged and arrested are as follows:

    Arlie Brooks - Distribute Schedule I/II controlled substance, common nuisance
    James Burton Childress - Distribute Schedule I/II controlled substance, conspiracy
    Linda Sue Childress - Distribute Schedule I/II controlled substance, conspiracy, common nuisance
    Pamela Stacy Charles - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy, common nuisance
    Norman Ray Cole - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy, common nuisance
    Marla Louise Deel - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy
    William J. Deel - Distribute Schedule IV controlled substance
    Diana Endicott - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy
    Tiffany B. Estep - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance
    Dolly Rebecca Grizzle - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy, child abuse and neglect
    Erin Nicole Foster - Distribute Schedule I/II controlled substance, common nuisance
    Jonathan Helton - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance
    Marilynn Marie Hill = Manufacture methamphetamine, conpsire to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of Schedule I/II controlled substance
    Bobby Ayers Horn - Distribute Schedule IV controlled substance, common nuisance
    Charles Hunt - Distribute Schedule IV controlled substance, common nuisance
    Audy Ray Jackson - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Jennifer Jackson - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance
    Lee Jackson - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy
    Brandy Nicole Justice - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, child abuse and neglect
    Constance Deann Keen - Distribute Schedule IV controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Jaclyn Joann Kersey - Distribute Schedule I & II controlled substance, common nuisance
    Lauren Kilbourne - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Lonnie Dean Looney - Sell, give or distribue .5 or less marijuana, common nuisance, distribute Schedule III controlled substance
    Terri Lynn Mullins - Distribute Schedule IV controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Corey James Petty - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy
    Peggy Quinley - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, conspiracy
    Rhonda Lynn Ratliff - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance
    Ronald Keith Ratliff - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Julie R. Sage - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance
    Scotty Keith Sexton - Distribute Schedule I/II controlled substance, common nuisance
    Allison Miranda Stacy - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Danny Ray Stacy - Distribute Schedule I/II controlled substance, conspiracy
    Linda Carol Stacy - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance
    Lori Daphne Stacy - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy
    Jason Stiltner - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy, child abuse and neglect
    Rhonda Ann Stiltner - Distribute Schedule III controlled substance, common nuisance, conspiracy, child abuse and neglect
    Shawn Eric Yates - conspire to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture methamphetamine
    Donna St. Clair Yates - Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine, manufacture methamphetamine, possession Schedule I/II controlled substance
    Barbara Young - Distribute Schedule IV controlled substance, common nuisance

  • Man accused of biting off part of girlfriend's nose

    By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
    Published On: Sep 22 2014 07:15:44 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 22 2014 09:04:21 AM CDT
    Taylor


    Johnson City Police arrest a man on felony charges of aggravated domestic assault.

    Officers tell us he bit off the tip of his girlfriend's nose.

    Brent Taylor was arrested on Sunday for an incident that occurred on September 11, 2014.

    Witnesses told police Taylor was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he became angry and assaulted his girlfriend and mother.

    Police say Taylor's mother suffered a broken bone in her wrist, while his girlfriend allegedly had the tip of her nose bitten off.
     
    Taylor is being held at the Washington County detention center and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.

  • Police say two pounds of nails found at Tweetsie Trail parking lot

    By Lyndsey Price, lprice@wcyb.com
    Published On: Sep 22 2014 07:54:47 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 22 2014 08:04:22 PM CDT

    Open for about a month, there's already been an act of vandalism at the Tweetsie Trail in Johnson City.

    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

    Open for about a month, there's already been an act of vandalism at the Tweetsie Trail in Johnson City.

    The parking lot outside of the Tweetsie Trail has been busy since it opened in August. Sydney Bickers and Katie Smith use the trail and parking lot several times a week. They've never had any problems, and they are disappointed now that one has turned up.

    "It's really sad that somebody would do that just because everybody loves this like every time I've come here I've seen a lot of people on the trail which means it’s getting a lot of good use," says Smith.

    Captain Brian Rice with the Johnson City Police Department says they received a call from someone using the trail early Sunday morning who found the nails in the parking lot.

    "At some point persons unknown threw out about 2, 2 1/2 pounds of roofing nails there in the gravel parking lot," said Rice.

    Rice says luckily nobody has reported damage to their cars so far and that could be thanks to those who love to use the trail.

    "With the help of citizens there on the scene they collected what they think to be all the nails," said Rice.

    Smith and Bickers say they are not letting something like this stop them from parking in this lot and enjoying the trail, but they will pay more attention.

    "I guess I will be more aware and just kind of watchful especially for stuff on the ground because it's gravel so it's easy to miss little things," said Smith.

    Captain Rice with the Johnson City Police Department tells us if you have any damage to your car because of the nails found in the parking lot, you need to report it to police.

    You can call the police department at (423) 434-6160.

  • Man accused of inappropriate conduct with young girls

    Published On: Sep 22 2014 11:41:40 AM CDT
    ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

    An Elizabethton man is charged following an investigation by police into alleged actions with two Nine year old girls.

    James Perry is accused of showing pornographic images to the girls, exposing himself to them, and inappropriately touching one of them. Elizabethton police say they seized his computer and photo storage cards he had stored in his safe. Officers say the investigation began back on August 8. A grand jury charged Perry on September 15. The warrant was served on september 19.

    Perry is charged with Aggravated Sexual Battery, Indecent Exposure, Soliciting Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Exploitation of a Minor by Electronic Means.

  • Power walker loses 150 pounds

    By By Georgiann Caruso CNN
    Published On: Sep 22 2014 06:22:42 AM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 22 2014 07:49:19 AM CDT
    (CNN) -

    In the fall of 2011, Jen Corn was the heaviest she had ever been.

    At 5 feet 6 inches, Corn weighed more than 300 pounds. Her mother and aunt had just offered to pay for her to have weight-loss surgery. But Corn knew the price tag was hefty: around $15,000.

    "I told them no," said Corn, then 39, recalling the exact moment. "I felt like I was not worth that."

    Her mom, Jean Corn, said the two older women knew something had to be done since diabetes runs in the family.

    "We were just desperate," Jean Corn said. "We (also) knew her heart wasn't going to be able to carry this weight forever."

    Corn's rejection of the offer devastated her family. But Corn had made up her mind to take matters into her own hands to lose the weight.

    "If I was going to do this, I (was) going to do it the right way. I (was) going to do it the healthy way, and I (was) not going to rely on somebody else," she said.

    In denial

    Corn's weight problem had begun in high school in Woodstock, Georgia. She played sports, which helped her feel like she hid some of the weight, but she said she ate everything in sight.

    "There were a lot of self-esteem issues growing up, which of course only added fuel to the fire to make it worse," she said.

    She wouldn't address her weight with anybody. She got into fights with her mom about it; at one point, she told her mom never to mention it again. She avoided shopping, scales and mirrors.

    "As long as I didn't see it, it wasn't true," she said.

    In 2011, she realized she couldn't walk from her front door to her mailbox, a distance of 30 feet.

    "I'd get to the mailbox sounding like I smoked 12 packs a day," she said, recalling how she complained about pain in her knees, back and feet. "It was ridiculous."

    She thought about joining Weight Watchers again.

    In 2008, Corn had tried the program, an attempt that lasted six months. She had also failed at other diets -- Nutrisystem, the South Beach Diet and Sugar Busters among them.

    But this time, her resolve to get healthy was strong.

    'A snowball effect'

    Corn joined Weight Watchers shortly after the talk with her mom and aunt. This time around, her mind-set was different. She had made a commitment to herself to go to the meetings, pay attention and adhere to the plan. She had heard the plan would work if she followed it precisely.

    Shortly after joining the program, Corn saw something at the doctor's office that would end up changing her life.

    She went to see the doctor about her foot hurting. A note written on her chart classified her as morbidly obese. Corn was not even sure what the term meant.

    "He told me it was because I was heavy and offered me tips on what to do for my foot but not about how to lose weight," she said.

    Corn persevered. She attended her weekly Saturday morning meetings without the dread she had in her 2008 attempt. Instead of focusing on her goal of losing 150 pounds, the Bradenton, Florida, resident attempted to achieve smaller goals like 5, 10 and 25 pounds.

    The first six months of her weight-loss journey, Corn focused strictly on her diet. After she had lost about 40 pounds, she started walking the neighborhood in addition to using her treadmill at home.

    "It was kind of like a snowball effect," she said. "I was losing more weight, which caused me to exercise more."

    Corn also slowly overhauled her diet.

    "Before I knew it, I was not eating as much food as I used to," she said. "It was a slow process, so my body had time to adjust to less food."

    Her daily diet before had been filled with fast food, fried chicken and little vegetables. Now it's all about high-protein and high-fiber foods, salads and healthy snacks.

    And, of course, lots of water throughout the day.

    "I do allow myself a piece of chocolate here and there, some ice cream here and there, as long as I pre-arrange for it in my mind," she said. "I would feel deprived if I couldn't have those, and then that's usually when I go completely off the rails."

    One step at a time

    Corn hit her goal weight of 163 pounds in March. Now, almost three years after the start of her journey, Corn weighs 161 pounds. She struggles every day, keeping healthy snacks around her at all times.

    She blogged about her weight-loss journey, which she refers to as her "road trip."

    "To me, it's not about being skinny, it's about being healthy," she said.

    Corn has a message for others facing their own weight problems.

    "First, you don't have to have a movie-star budget to do this," she said. "It won't be easy, but it's your life you're dealing with, and there's nothing more precious on this earth than your own life."

    An avid power walker, Corn walks 5 miles a day. Her goal is to walk a half-marathon in Sarasota, Florida, in March.

    Her self-confidence has also increased as a result of the "new" her.

    "I'm still kind of shy, but I'm not afraid to walk up to somebody and talk to them, as opposed to standing back and waiting for them to come talk to me," she said.

    And her mother couldn't be prouder.

    "This was a person (who), if I would have paid her $1,000 to step on a treadmill, she wouldn't have done it," Jean Corn said. "This is a person (who) doesn't have a personal trainer, (who) doesn't have a chef, (who) doesn't have makeup artists. She is living proof that there is no gimmick, no magic pill; it's absolutely take one step at a time."

  • Deteriorating fire station forces volunteer department to relocate

    By Olivia Caridi, ocaridi@wcyb.com
    Published On: Sep 22 2014 03:23:19 PM CDT
    Updated On: Sep 22 2014 03:35:43 PM CDT

    For the past 20 years, the Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department has serviced the entire Valley Forge community. It wants to continue doing so, but the deteriorating fire station is becoming too much of a burden.

    ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -

    For the past 20 years, the Hampton Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department has serviced the entire Valley Forge community. It wants to continue doing so, but the deteriorating fire station is becoming too much of a burden.

    If you walk into the station, there is sheet rock laying on the ground - a sight to be expected at a house destroyed by a fire. But last week when volunteer firefighters came to the station to respond to a call, they found the ceiling had fallen onto part of a truck.

    The station is in the basement of a deteriorating building on Highway 19 in Elizabethton. The family that owns the building let the fire department move in rent free after the firefighters saved the building from a destructive fire.

    But the building has presented problem after problem for assistant chief Chris Isaacs and his team.

    First of all, there are only three functioning lights and one outlet. Isaacs says they need new electrical service from the exterior all the way inside to meet codes. there is no running water after the water line broke underneath the concrete floor somewhere.

    There is only one source of heat that heats the area where the trucks are so the water inside won't freeze in the winter. But the biggest problem comes with the garage doors.

    The doors have injured two firefighters in the past. When the firemen come in for a fire, they have to physically come through the door with a key, unlock the door, take a broom to raise the door up so it will clear the top of the firetruck, pull the firetruck out, and then perform the task again to lock the doors back down.

    It's not for a lack of trying, the volunteers have put in plenty of time, money and effort into renovating the building. While they're thankful for the space, they say it's time for a change in location.

    In Tennessee, any homes further than five miles from a fire station do not have fire protection, so Isaacs says they are looking to stay on the highway. There is property across the street they are interested in purchasing, but it's expensive - he says they will have to go in debt to buy it.

    But Isaacs says they will find a way - it's a matter of helping themselves so they can keep helping others. "We meet people at their worst day of their life, and they don't realize how much we do until that day," he says.

    The station plans on setting up a building fund to raise money to purchase the building. If you're interested in donating, Isaacs says to contact the Hampton Volunteer Fire Department location.

  • Wisconsin bridesmaids honor sister in fashion

    Shannon Hall, 24, died in a car crash earlier this month in central Wisconsin just weeks before her wedding. In Marshfield on Saturday, her four sisters wore their bridesmaids’ dresses for a different but still special occasion.

  • Football player's inspirational speech goes viral

    Meet Apollos Hester, a high school running back in Texas whose post-game speech stunned TV anchors and is going viral.

  • High school sweethearts marry after 63 years

    An Arkansas couple first met when they were both 16 years old, then went their separate ways, married other people and lived their own lives. Sixty-three years later, after both of their spouses died, Johnny and Marcella Vick tied the knot.