Kingsport man dies in head-on collision
Kidnapping suspect faces drug charges
Nurse charged with prescription fraud
Applications being accepted for Encore
UVA students charged in statue damage
KINGSPORT - A collision on West Sullivan Street near the Belvue Avenue intersection early Tuesday morning left one person dead and another injured. According to the Kingsport Police Department, Frank W. Sandidge was traveling east in a 1995 Toyota pickup when he crossed the center line to pass a vehicle parked by the roadside. The truck collided head on with a 1993 Cadillac driven by Carmella Q. Holtsclaw of Kingsport, who suffered a broken ankle. Both drivers were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment. Sandidge, 74, died as a result of his injuries. Kingsport police said Sandidge was not wearing a seat belt, and speed was a contributing factor in the wreck.
KINGSPORT - A Johnson City man out on bond on kidnapping and assault charges now faces charges of assault on police and possession of illegal drugs for resale near a school. Kingsport police officers stopped Alvin Michael Young, 24, for speeding near Jackson Elementary School in Kingsport on Tuesday around 8:15 p.m. Police said Young was first seen traveling west on East Stone Drive, weaving back and forth between the inside and middle lanes. Authorities stopped Young for traveling 56 mph in a 45 mph zone. Officers detected a "strong odor of marijuana" in the car, according to the police report. Police said Young refused to cooperate during a weapons check, struggled and shouted at officers, "actively and aggressively resisted a search of his person" at the jail, attempted to place a bag containing crack cocaine and marijuana in a toilet, and kicked one officer in the thigh. Out on bond for two simple assaults, one aggravated assault and kidnapping charges, Young now faces additional charges of speeding, resisting arrest, possession of over 0.5 gram crack cocaine for resale within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana for resale within 1,000 feet of a school, introduction of narcotics inside a penal institution, and assault on police.
JOHNSON CITY - A Gray woman has been charged with picking up fraudulent prescriptions while working as a nurse for a Kingsport doctor. According to Johnson City police, Leslie Henley, 39, 1008 Quality Circle No. 18, Gray, was arrested March 29. She was allegedly attempting to pick up a fake hydrocodone prescription for herself at a Walgreen's Pharmacy in Johnson City. An investigation revealed Henley, who was employed by Dr. Joni Sago's office on West Stone Drive in Kingsport as a nurse, had picked up an additional 12 fraudulent prescriptions from Nov. 22 through March 14. Henley is charged with 12 counts of obtaining narcotics by fraud.
KINGSPORT - Applications are now being accepted for the 2007 class of Encore, the senior leadership program of Leadership Kingsport. Now in its third year, Encore is a two-month program designed to bring together a diverse group of people who are 50 or older and who have an interest in the community. The program is also open to those new to the area who have an interest in learning more about Kingsport. The goal is to promote interaction among the participants and community representatives through education and training experiences that broaden their understanding and perspectives. Applications may be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, 151 E. Main St., and must be returned by July 2. Program days will be Tuesdays in September and October. Tuition is $125. For more information, contact the Leadership Kingsport office at 392-8816.
BLACKSBURG - Nine University of Virginia students have been charged with felonies in connection with the disappearance of one of Blacksburg's fiberglass statues of the Virginia Tech mascot. Blacksburg Police Capt. Bruce Bradbery said five students turned themselves in to be charged Wednesday; the others were charged at the police station Monday. "Farmer Hokie" vaninshed from in front of the Blacksburg's Municipal Building the weekend of March 24. It was later returned, though it's unclear by whom. The statue was broken off its pedestal, leaving only its feet, and is still in the custody of the police department. The nine are charged with destruction of property, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.comments powered by Disqus