Kingsport teen dies in motorcycle crash
Daniel Boone High student arrested
Mother charged after baby left in vehicle
Holliston CEO: Bankruptcy e-mail fake
Lee deputies raid suspected counterfeiter
KINGSPORT - Traffic crash investigators have identified the 17-year-old who died in a motorcycle crash late Monday. Matthew McWilliams, 406 Wakefield, Kingsport, crashed his motorcycle into a guardrail on Shipp Springs Road in Kingsport about 11:30 p.m. Monday after he ran off the road. McWilliams was taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment but died from his injuries later. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Fatal Incident Reconstruction Support Team is assisting with the investigation.
GRAY - A Daniel Boone High School student was arrested Tuesday after allegedly making threats to kill classmates. According to Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal, School Resource Officer Jerry Bennett was notified by school officials that a 15-year-old freshman had made threats to bring weapons to the school and kill Christian students and those who love God and go to church. The teen was brought to the school office, and an investigation immediately began. Graybeal said through further investigation and in talking with students officers learned the teen had talked of being "the new Adolph Hitler" and creating a "Super Church." Graybeal said no weapon was brought to school, and no students were in any danger. The teen has been charged with civil rights intimidation and is being housed in the Regional Juvenile Detention Center without bond.
CHURCH HILL - Church Hill police charged Jessica Ruth Carrier, 20, 420 Hill Ave., Surgoinsville, with child abuse Tuesday afternoon for allegedly leaving her 10-month-old daughter alone in a vehicle while she went into a local store. Police were called to the parking lot of the Family Dollar store shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday on a complaint of an infant left alone in a vehicle. Detective Dustin Dean stated in his report that when officers arrived they found the infant alone in a car seat with both back windows open about two inches. Police Chief Mark Johnson said he couldn't disclose the exact amount of time the child was left unattended, but he said, "I think it will be more than substantial to merit the child abuse charge." Church Hill EMS was called to the scene to give the infant medical attention, and she was later placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. Johnson said Carrier arrived back at her vehicle about 10 minutes after officers arrived on the scene.
CHURCH HILL - ICG Holliston Corp. CEO Lawrence Maston told the Times-News Tuesday night that a press release issued about 9 p.m. referring to a pending bankruptcy filing by the company in April is a phony that was probably sent by a disgruntled employee. ICG Holliston employs about 300 people at its Church Hill plant. The Times-News contacted Maston immediately upon receiving the e-mailed press release Tuesday night. Maston said he intends to seek legal action against the person responsible for the e-mail. "It's a phony e-mail address," Maston said of the originator of the press release. "We want to get a warrant for yahoo.com and the server that this is coming from so we can get disclosure on who this is coming from. We are in the middle of a transaction that will refinance the company, and that e-mail is just extraordinarily harmful. There's no truth to it at all. This person has sent several e-mails of this nature, and this is the worst of them."
JONESVILLE - A Sunday raid on a Rose Hill residence resulted in the seizure of items believed to be part of a counterfeiting operation, said Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons. The sheriff said his officers served a search warrant on the Campie Trailer Park residence of Michael Carroll, 27, Sunday night and seized items including blank money orders, Western Union shipping boxes, and records indicating ties to Nigerian financial entities. Parsons alleges that Carroll has been falsifying money orders, which he then took to various stores and purchased merchandise then got back change, resulting in his obtaining the items purchased plus actual cash. The sheriff said he will soon seek indictments against Carroll for passing a counterfeit $100 bill in Lee County and said federal charges are possible. Parsons asks anyone who thinks they may have taken counterfeit currency or money orders to contact his office at (276) 346-7777.