Police probe Cloud Apartments stabbing
Two killed in Johnson City traffic crash
Bristol Compressors employee injured
Lee County man sentenced in burglary
Breakfast to benefit heating program
KINGSPORT - A man who said he went to collect a $20 debt told police that an unknown man at the debtor's apartment stabbed him Tuesday afternoon, according to Kingsport Police Department Detective Cpl. Frank Light. Police were called to Cloud Apartments late Tuesday afternoon and found a man with a stab wound to the chest. Light said the victim, Leslie James Russell, 37, of Kingsport, had loaned $20 to an acquaintance and was supposed to be repaid last week. Russell apparently didn't get his money so he went to the man's apartment to collect the debt. Light said Russell reported that he knocked on the door and was invited inside. Russell told police that an unknown man walked down the stairs inside the apartment and stabbed him. "He fell out the door and he said the guy came out after him and he kicked the guy and was able to get him off of him," Light said. Russell was treated and released at a local hospital. Light said the suspect apparently fled from the scene. No suspect has been identified at this time, but the investigation is continuing.
JOHNSON CITY - Two women are dead after a traffic crash in Johnson City Tuesday afternoon. According to the Johnson City Police Department, the wreck happened about 4:10 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of East Watauga and East Oakland avenues. "Upon arrival, officers discovered that two women died at the scene of the crash," said JCPD Capt. Jerry Tunnel. "I think a total of four people were involved in the wreck." The identities of those killed as well as the names of others involved in the crash were being withheld pending notification of next of kin and further investigation. Police would not say Tuesday night what caused the crash, which was between a white Ford Contour and a Plymouth Voyager, or if charges were pending. The JCPD's Traffic Homicide Team is conducting an investigation into the crash. The area where the crash occurred remained blocked well into Tuesday night due to downed power lines and the ongoing investigation.
BRISTOL, Va. - An employee at Bristol Compressors was severely injured Monday afternoon following an accident inside the plant, according to an investigator with the Washington County (Va.) Sheriff's Department. Deputy Danny Clark said Tuesday that Glen Rosenbalm, 59, of Bristol, Tenn., had just returned from a break and "walked in between the arms and the door of the dehumidifier oven" when the machine was accidentally activated and pinned him, causing him to be stuck for two to three minutes. Rosenbalm suffered a crushing injury to his chest and possible internal injuries, said Clark. Rosenbalm was transported via Virginia State Police MedFlight to Bristol Regional Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon. Clark noted that Bristol Compressors contacted the Virginia office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a further investigation into the accident.
JONESVILLE - A Lee County man caught inside a closed Jonesville business last fall stealing cable was sentenced Tuesday in Lee County Circuit Court to a year of home electronic monitoring. Richard Michael Fore, 38, Route 4, Box 4424-B, Jonesville, was caught inside Custom Cable last August and charged with break and enter, grand larceny and two counts of conspiracy. He pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to two years in the Virginia State Penitentiary. The court suspended one year of the time in lieu of one year of supervised probation and allowed Fore to serve the remaining year on home electronic monitoring.
NORTON - Mountain Empire Older Citizens is joining forces with Applebee's Restaurant on Saturday for an all-you-can eat pancake and sausage breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at Applebee's in Norton. The meal, which costs $5, consists of pancakes and sausage and coffee or tea and will be served by MEOC staff, volunteers and friends. Applebee's will donate all the food and beverages. All proceeds benefit MEOC's Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly, which assists elderly people to buy fuel or pay fuel bills. This program is designed to prevent needy persons from having to choose between paying for fuel, food or medicine. For more information call (276)523-4202.