Johnson City teen charged in carjacking
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JOHNSON CITY - A 17-year-old Johnson City teen was arrested Wednesday on an attempted murder charge after allegedly trying to carjack a vehicle in Johnson City last week and then stabbing the driver of the automobile. According to investigators with the Johnson City Police Department, it was around 12:30 a.m. on April 12 when the teenager, armed with a knife, demanded a man give him his vehicle. The victim, who was traveling near the intersection of East Main and Bert streets at the time of the incident, reportedly refused to give up his vehicle. At that point, the teen began repeatedly stabbing the 40-year-old man, authorities said. "He suffered several stab wounds to the head," said JCPD Sgt. Brian Rice. "It appears that the man had been a previous acquaintance of the teen." On Wednesday, authorities charged the boy with attempted first-degree murder and attempted carjacking. He was being held in the Washington County Juvenile Detention Facility while awaiting an appearance in juvenile court. The victim, who was transported to Johnson City Medical Center immediately following the attack, was treated at the facility and later released.
Woman facing shoplifting, drug charges
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JOHNSON CITY - A Fall Branch woman was behind bars Tuesday after police were called to an area business on a shoplifting call and later discovered nearly 40 grams of marijuana. Johnson City police arrived at Kmart, 3019 Peoples St., about 5 p.m. Tuesday where Sandra R. Oaks allegedly had shoplifted merchandise from the store. During their investigation, authorities allegedly discovered Oaks was in possession of 39 grams of marijuana. Officers seized $640 in cash from the woman. Police charged Oaks with shoplifting and possession of Schedule VI drugs for resale.
Gray man charged after traffic stop
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JOHNSON CITY - A Gray man was arrested Wednesday on several charges following his attempt to conceal drugs, authorities said. Washington County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Jonathan Edward Grove, 18, 5727 Kingsport Highway, Gray, after stopping him for a number of traffic violations Wednesday evening. Investigators reportedly observed Grove driving recklessly and stopped him on Highway 36. According to reports, authorities discovered Grove had no driver's license and then saw him try to hide something in the vehicle. A search of Grove's vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana, rolling papers and a partial marijuana cigarette, officials said. Grove allegedly had asked a passenger in the vehicle, who was a juvenile, to try to conceal the drugs. Grove was charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Preacher's wife testifies in murder trial
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SELMER, Tenn. - A preacher's wife testified at her murder trial Wednesday that her husband abused her physically and sexually, but she said the shotgun fired accidentally as she pointed it at him in their parsonage bedroom. Mary Winkler heard a "boom" but said she did not pull the trigger, prompting prosecutor Walt Freeland to ask her later whether she understood how a trigger worked. "You know that pulling a trigger is what makes it go boom?" Freeland asked on the final day of testimony. "Yes, sir," Mary Winkler replied. She said she remembered holding the gun but not getting it from the closet. She said that she just wanted to talk to her husband, Matthew, when she went into their bedroom that day in March 2006, but that she was too terrified. "He just could be so mean," she said. But, she told Freeland, her husband did "nothing" for which he deserved to die. Her depiction of her marriage contrasts radically with the description by the prosecution, whose witnesses described Matthew Winkler as a good father and husband. The couple's 9-year-old daughter, Patricia, testified that she had a good father and that she never saw him mistreat her mother.