Bristol motorcyclist killed in wreck
Toaster oven sparks mobile home fire
Church Hill man finds meth lab in ditch
Would-be robber flees without cash
Shell station robber still at large
Lee man arrested on multiple charges
BRISTOL, Tenn. - A Bristol, Tenn., man died Sunday after apparently losing control of his motorcycle while driving too fast and hitting a guardrail, according to the Bristol, Va., Police Department. Shane Andrew Garrett, 25, of 330 Godsey Road, Bristol, Tenn., was pronounced dead after the single-vehicle crash on Sunset Drive. Police said witnesses reported seeing the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the crash.
STANLEY VALLEY - A dirty toaster oven was blamed for a fire Sunday afternoon that destroyed a mobile home on Stanley Valley Road. Harvey Anderson, 4108 Stanley Valley Road, told investigators that he used a toaster oven to prepare a meal Sunday around 11 a.m., and when he was done he turned the oven off. Anderson said he "smelled smoke" for a few hours afterward before discovering that the bedding of the toaster oven was smoldering. He told investigators he left the residence to get water to extinguish the fire, and upon his return discovered flames coming from the front door. A passer-by called 911, and volunteer firefighters from the Stanley Valley and Carters Valley fire departments responded but could not save the home.
CHURCH HILL - A Church Hill man found what was later determined to be a meth lab lying in a ditch on Old Union Road Friday and turned it in to Church Hill police. Bill Lyons told police he noticed a 5-gallon gas can lying in the ditch and stopped to retrieve it. Upon stopping, however, Lyons detected a strong odor of ammonia and noticed the can had duct tape wrapped around the nozzle. He placed the gas can in the bed of his truck and brought it to the Church Hill Police Department. Officers investigating the scene also found tubing, liquid heat and other items associated with manufacturing meth. The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit was contacted, and a cleanup crew was sent to the scene.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - A 78-year-old Bristol, Tenn., man who found an uninvited passenger in his truck after he paid for gas was nearly robbed at knifepoint Saturday, according to the Bristol, Va., Police Department. Police said Glenn Greenwell stopped for gas at the Marathon gas station on Commonwealth Avenue, and when he returned from paying an unidentified man was sitting in his truck. The man, described as about 40 to 50 years old with light-colored hair and a beard, wanted a ride, and Greenwell agreed to give him one. But when Greenwell pulled away from the station, the man pulled out a knife and demanded money. Greenwell drove to 19th Street and Euclid Avenue and pulled off the road. The man jumped out of the truck and fled on foot without getting any money, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Bristol police at (276)645-7400.
JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police said a lone person held up the Shell station on South Roan Street early Sunday, and the suspect is still at large. Police said a suspect armed with a knife entered the convenience store at 2607 S. Roan St. on Sunday, demanded money, then fled on foot. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Johnson City Police Department at 434-6166 or Crime Stoppers at 434-6158.
JONESVILLE - A Lee County man who allegedly attempted to fill a forged prescription ended up behind bars Thursday on multiple charges. Sheriff Gary Parsons said his office received a call Thursday from Food City in Pennington Gap regarding the forged prescription. Investigators learned that Terrance James "Matthew" Clark, 24, 819 E. Morgan Ave., Pennington Gap, had left a prescription at the store pharmacy. The pharmacist became suspicious because of the large number of pills and a discrepancy in the tracking number and called Lonesome Pine Hospital to confirm the forgery. While Lee County Sheriff's Department Capt. Taylor Scott and Lt. Fred Rouse were investigating the forgery, the Pennington Gap Pizza Hut, where Clark worked, reported a larceny. The officers arrived and arrested Clark as he left work. He was charged with prescription fraud and petit larceny.