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May 17th, 2007 11:51 pm by Staff Report








Five injured in head-on collision


Intruder charged with sexual battery


Johnson City man charged with forgery


Black bear relocated to safe area


SCSO opens office in Bristol courthouse


Tennessee High student suspended


BRISTOL, Tenn. - Though they say the threat does not seem credible, police in Bristol are beefing up security at Tennessee High School for the rest of the school year. According to the Bristol Tennessee Police Department, on Wednesday the school's resource officer became aware of rumors that a student made threats toward the school and students. According to the rumors, the incident was to take place on Friday, the last day of school. After an investigation, the officer and school officials determined a student had made offhand comments during a discussion of the shootings at Virginia Tech. When the student was interviewed he denied making any overt threats but admitted his comments could have been misconstrued. Police say that as a result of the interview the student has been suspended.


Five injured in head-on collision

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ELIZABETHTON - Five people were injured, including one critically, in a head-on collision between a 2007 Honda Civic and 1994 Dodge pickup truck on Tenn. Highway 400 Wednesday evening. Trooper Greg Marlowe of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the Honda was driven by James Bryan Smith, 27, 2006 Ridgefield Road, Johnson City. The pickup truck was driven by Christopher John Ehrgott, 35, 112 Blevins Hollow Road. There were three passengers in the Honda. They were Ashley Dawn Johnson, 20, 2012 Leeland Road, Johnson City; Steven Craig Shell, 24, 525 Shell Ridge Road, Unicoi; and Avonda Townsend, 302 Cripple Creek Loop, Watauga. All five were transported by helicopter or ambulance to Johnson City Medical Center. A hospital spokeswoman said Townsend was listed in critical condition Thursday night, Johnson was listed in serious condition, and Smith and Shell were each listed in fair condition. Ehrgott had been discharged. Marlowe said the investigation is still in its early stages and he could not tell what caused the accident. No charges have been placed.


Intruder charged with sexual battery

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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police arrested a Knoxville man after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in her home Wednesday night. James Garner, 42, no address available, entered the woman's home uninvited Wednesday and forcibly fondled the woman, police said. According to authorities, the victim was injured slightly in the assault but needed no immediate medical treatment. She was on the phone with a neighbor Wednesday night when Garner came into her home. The neighbor called 911 when she heard the woman say there was a man in her house. Garner was charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and sexual battery.


Johnson City man charged with forgery

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JOHNSON CITY - A Johnson City man was arrested after allegedly identifying himself as a police officer and passing a forged check. According to a Johnson City Police Department report, Charles Robert Smith of West Walnut Street faces charges of forgery, theft under $500, and criminal impersonation. The arrest stemmed from an investigation into a forged check passed Wednesday at the Quick Stop Market on State of Franklin Road.


Black bear relocated to safe area

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MOUNTAIN HOME - The black bear that spent Wednesday in a tree on the grounds of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center is now in a new home. VA spokeswoman Judy Fowler Argo said the bear came down from its perch about 9 p.m. Wednesday and was captured in a cage provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Argo said the bear was relocated to a suitable area in a local county.


SCSO opens office in Bristol courthouse

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BRISTOL, Tenn. - The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has opened a Criminal Investigations Division satellite office in Bristol, Tenn. This will allow citizens in the "upper end" of the county to contact criminal investigators without having to travel to Blountville. The office is located in the Bristol Tennessee Courthouse, Room 158. The officers might not be in the office at times because they are conducting criminal investigations. The sheriff's office suggests calling and making an appointment. The detectives assigned to the office are Detective Marshall Crank and Lt. Detective Joe Smelser. Their primary focus will be crimes that occur in the Bristol area of Sullivan County. The Criminal Investigations Division main office is still located in Blountville at the sheriff's office. The phone number is 279-7506.


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