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JOHNSON CITY - A missing 17-year-old Kingsport girl was located Wednesday after Johnson City police chased her and an alleged car thief down. A Johnson City Police Department officer observed Coty B. Ingram, 19, of 111 Holston Ave., Johnson City, driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen out of Elizabethton. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, Ingram sped up. After a brief pursuit, Ingram pulled over, and he and the teen jumped from the car and ran. Officers were able to catch both of them and took them into custody. Ingram is charged with possession of stolen property over $10,000, felony evading arrest and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Washington County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond and has additional charges pending from Carter County. He is scheduled for arraignment today. The Kingsport teen was transported to the regional juvenile detention center.

Telford woman accused of child abuse

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TELFORD - Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a Telford woman after learning she threw her 13-month-old to the floor in a rage, Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Thursday. Amanda E. White, 296 Payne Town Road, Telford, was arrested at a neighbor's house shortly after the incident on charges of public intoxication, felony child abuse and neglect, criminal trespassing and attempted custodial interference. According to Graybeal, White's grandmother has custody of her children. White was apparently at her grandmother's home at 237 Archer Road and became involved in an argument when she allegedly threw the child to the floor. When White left the residence, she tried to take her 2-year-old daughter with her, said Graybeal. White was taken to the Washington County Detention Center on a $13,500 bond and will be arraigned today.

Husband charged with murder attempt

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TELFORD - A Telford woman was undergoing surgery Thursday evening after her husband allegedly cut her throat with a utility knife and beat her in the head with a rock. Allen Atkinson Rogers, 53, of 295 Browning Road, Telford, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on $100,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court today for an arraignment.

Jonesville raid nets drugs and cash

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JONESVILLE - A Wednesday evening raid on a residence just east of Jonesville resulted in the seizure of drugs and a substantial amount of cash, said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons. The sheriff said a warrant was obtained for the Hillside Apartments residence of Donald Lynn Collins, 43, based on surveillance and undercover buys from the apartment. During execution of the warrant, officers found a number of Lortab pills and $11,362 in cash, Parsons said. Parsons said his office will seek indictments against Collins at a future sitting of the grand jury and noted that Collins was already on bond after being arrested in a January roundup of alleged drug dealers. "Obviously this guy hasn't learned his lessons and needs some time behind bars to think about it," Parsons said. He added that his office intends to seize the cash as proceeds from drug transactions.

Former VA Director Dr. Carl Gerber dies

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JOHNSON CITY - Dr. Carl J. Gerber, former director of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 73. "No one was more committed to his work or his community," East Tennessee State University President Paul Stanton said Thursday. "Not only is it a saddening experience for me as a friend ... (but) it seemed like everything he did was for the betterment of both the VA and the medical school." A memorial service will be held at Tetrick Funeral Services, Peoples Street, on March 17 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the ETSU Foundation, Dr. Carl J. Gerber Lectureship Series Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Middle School Choral Festival is tonight

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KINGSPORT - The Sullivan County Middle School Choral Festival will be held at Sullivan North High School tonight at 7 p.m. The festival is under the direction of Michael Nuss. Approximately 500 students from Blountville Middle, Holston Middle, Sullivan Middle, Ketron Middle, Colonial Heights Middle, Bluff City Middle, Holston Valley Middle and North High School will be participating in the festival.

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