ROGERSVILLE - Rogersville City Recorder Bill Lyons said Monday the city's newly completed skate park in the City Park was closed indefinitely Thursday over concerns about insurance and patrons not using safety equipment. Although the park has a sign posted listing helmet and safety gear rules, there is no ordinance in place that allows the city to enforce those rules. Last week the Board of Mayor and Aldermen was presented with a sample ordinance. No action was taken, and Mayor Jim Sells decided to form a committee to study whether an ordinance is needed. Lyons said members of the BMA are expected to meet this morning at the park with Tennessee Municipal League officials to discuss a solution to insurance coverage questions.
St. Charles man charged with wounding
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JONESVILLE - A St. Charles man has been charged with malicious wounding after allegedly beating a woman during an attempt to rob her of cash and her medicine. In a warrant charging Adam Blondell, 20, P.O. Box 60, Betty Davis alleges that she was at the residence of Debbie Owens with a group drinking and was intending to chip in for more alcohol. She alleges that as she pulled out her money, Blondell saw the money and her medication and attempted to grab it. When she attempted to foil the theft, Blondell allegedly began punching and beating her, eventually knocking her to the ground where he began kicking her. Davis claims Blondell also pulled her up by the hair and threatened to kill her. Davis said she was transported to Lee Regional Medical Center by the rescue squad then transferred to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of her injuries, and she now faces reconstructive eye surgery due to the attack. Blondell was held under a $5,000 secured bond, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 9.
Lee man accused of malicious wounding
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JONESVILLE - A third man has been charged with the malicious wounding of Dallas J. Ketron from a March 11 attack on the man. Gregory Dustin Pennington, 19, Route 1, Box 325, Pennington Gap, is free under a $5,000 unsecured bond, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 16. Ketron alleges in warrants against Pennington, Mickey Thacker, 27, and Ryan Thacker, 21, both of Dot Trailer Park, Pennington Gap, that he was knocked down by the Thackers who began beating, kicking, punching and stomping him before Pennington joined in. Ketron's warrant alleges that he had to be flown to the hospital for treatment of multiple injuries including head trauma, multiple skeletal fractures and a possible brain injury.
Malicious wounding charges dismissed
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JONESVILLE - At the request of the alleged victim, malicious wounding charges against a Ben Hur man have been nolle prossed, or not prosecuted with the right to bring them back later. Jackie Crusenberry, 29, P.O. Box 177, Ben Hur, was charged earlier this month in a warrant obtained by Darryll Martin. Martin alleged that he was leaving a trailer when Crusenberry struck him in the back of the head with a bottle, knocked him to the ground, and began stomping his face, shoulder and leg multiple times. Crusenberry was set for a preliminary hearing on Monday, but prior to the hearing Commonwealth's Attorney Damie Carter entered a motion for the dismissal based on a request by Martin. Crusenberry advised the court that he wishes countercharges filed by his wife against Martin to be dismissed once they have been served and make their way through the court system.
Johnson City murder case continued
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JOHNSON CITY - The case of a man charged with the shooting death of a 24-year-old Johnson City woman has been continued. Anthony "Al" Branche, 25, formerly of 100 Carter Sells Road, Apt. 8, is charged with second-degree murder in the Sept. 25, 2005, death of Laura Carrier, 24, whom Branche allegedly shot in the head. In October 2005, after Branche waived his right to a preliminary hearing, Johnson City Police Department Investigator Frank Peters said Branche first told police Carrier shot herself. "He later admitted he had shot the woman, then placed the gun in her hand," Peters said. Although District Attorney Tony Clark told Criminal Court Judge Lynn Brown there would either be a plea May 2 or he would ask for a trial date, Brown tentatively scheduled a trial date for July 25 and 26.