Johnson City convenience store robbed
Krystal employee assaulted
Police release description of robber
Kilgore seeks money for MECC projects
JOHNSON CITY - Local authorities are asking the public for help after two unidentified men robbed an area convenience store Monday morning and made it away from the area without being caught. According to reports, Johnson City police responded to the Roadrunner Market, 2607 S. Roan St., a little before 4:30 a.m. on a robbery call. There, they learned two men had entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, who was subsequently struck with a wooden object. The robbers, who were described as white males between the ages of 17 and 25, fled on foot from the store. The Johnson City Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to call 434-6166 or, to remain anonymous, call 434-6158.
JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police are looking for three men who reportedly were involved in the assault of a Krystal employee Monday morning. Shortly after 4 a.m. Monday, a white sport utility vehicle pulled up to the drive-through window of Krystal, 504 N. State of Franklin Road, and three men ordered food. When the customers attempted to pay with a credit card, the employee told the men that the restaurant's credit card machines were down and he could not accept the credit card. The three men in the car began yelling and refused to leave, according to reports. The employee went outside to get a license plate number from the vehicle, and the man in the front passenger seat got out and hit the employee, then slammed him onto the pavement, police said. The vehicle drove away before police arrived.
ERWIN - The Erwin Police Department and the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department have released a description of a man who robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy, 1252 N. Main Ave., and have recovered a knife, an investigator said Monday. EPD Investigator Regan Tilson said the robber is believed to be a white male with a dark goatee, some sideburns, brown eyes, and between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet 1 inches tall. Police do not have a description of the vehicle but found a camouflage mask that was used. The man was wearing blue jeans. Tilson said the man did not want any money but instead took OxyContin pills. "I need to find that OxyContin," Tilson said.
BIG STONE GAP - Delegate Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, introduced a budget amendment on Monday seeking $4.3 million for renovations to Mountain Empire Community College's Dalton-Cantrell Hall. Kilgore said the State Board for Community Colleges lists the project as one of its top priority projects for the Virginia Community College System six-year capital outlay plan. "I know this state money will help keep (MECC) a valuable resource for our region, and I respectfully urge the General Assembly to pass this amendment," said Kilgore, who is chairman of the House majority caucus.