A review of the most viewed crime stories written by the Times-News staff, for the week of Nov. 29 through Dec. 6.
1) Police: Hawkins man caught at 3 a.m. with children he met on Facebook
A 20-year-old Hawkins County man is facing charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor after an early morning traffic stop Saturday revealed him to have three 13-year-old girls in his vehicle whom he allegedly met on Facebook.
2) Bluff City man charged with sex crimes against juvenile
A Sullivan County man faces 75 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after police allegedly discovered explicit images on his computer.
3) Former Hawkins judge returned to region to serve last months of jail time
Former Hawkins County Sessions and Juvenile Court Judge James Franklin “Jay” Taylor is back in the region to serve his final stretch of jail time on his Hawkins County convictions for felony theft.
4) Nickelsville couple bound over on charges of wounding a child, abuse and neglect
A Southwest Virginia couple accused of abusing a 14-month-old child to the point it was hospitalized with skull fractures had their cases bound over to a grand jury during a preliminary hearing Monday in Scott County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
5) Accused dealership burglar claims he won pickup in lottery
Police said a man allegedly caught red-handed breaking into a pickup for sale on a Rogersville dealership lot early Friday morning claimed he’d won the truck in a lottery.
6) Alleged shoplifter says she was hiding presents from niece
A woman arrested Nov. 19 for allegedly shoplifting at the Surgoinsville Dollar General Store reportedly told police she wasn’t stealing, but instead had hidden items in her purse so that her 7-year-old niece wouldn’t see what she was getting for Christmas.
7) Former Hawkins clerk’s jail sentence for theft now on third appeal
The appeals are beginning to pile up for former Hawkins County Chancery Court deputy clerk and convicted embezzler Kevin Graham, currently free on bond pending an appeal of an appeal that had reversed another appeal.
8) Wise County Sheriff's Office investigates report of bullet fired into occupied dwelling
A Wise County Sheriff’s Office investigation into a gunshot fired into an occupied dwelling in the Rocky Fork section of the county was still under way Wednesday.