A critical need for blood donations in support of Hurrican Harvey victims is prompting a regional blood center to call on community members to roll up their sleeves and help. Blood Assurance, a non profit regional blood center is asking residents to make a blood donation at a donor center or bloodmobile drives to help meet increased demand for blood. More than two thousand units have been contributed so far but the need remains at a critical level.
(WFHG)-The Bucs will kick-off the season this weekend, but following a 2nd sexual assault on campus just this week, the team will be short a cornerback. The football player and ETSU student has been arrested and charged with statutory rape. A 17-year-old female says the assault happened at Buccaneer Ridge earlier this week after meeting 23-year-old Jackson Trawick on Tinder. School officials say sexual misconduct by ETSU athletes will not be tolerated and Trawick has been removed from the roster. The former player contends the sex was consensual.
LEE COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – A federal grand jury indicted four guards at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lee County, Va. on charges of making false statements.
Charles Carter, Ryan Sluss and William Marshall each face one count of making a false statement and using a false writing in a matter within the executive branch of the U.S. government.
Jerry Shuler faces 10 counts of those same charges.
Prosecutors said the four men falsified forms, saying they performed required checks on inmates, but those checks had not been conducted.
It appears a notorious Kingsport stalker is back at it again...66 year old Albert Toronjo of Elizabeth Street has been arrested for the fourth time in three years on stalking charges...this time for an incident in Cherokee Village when he would not stop pecking on windows and knocking on the complainants door. He was arrested the next day during a traffic stop. He has already pleaded guilty to a variety of misdemeanor charges involving harrassment of females. Toronjo's bond was set at ten thousand dollars.
A Florida start-up healthcare company will purchase and reopen the Lee County Hospital.
The hospital authority has approved a purchase by Americore for $2 million. Mountain States Health Alliance also made an offer.
As a part of the approved agreement, Americore plans to reopen the hospital as a critical access facility and provide other services including behavioral health, de-tox rehab programs, and veterans' care.
Wellmont Health System formerly owned the Lee County Hospital but it closed in 2013 due to low patient numbers and financial losses.
26 Year old William Samuel Greear is arrested after admitting he rolled over his vehicle with a child inside while he was drag racing. Greear was identified as the driver, his girlfriend and her six year old daughter were passengers when he lost control of his car in a curve while drag racing on Highway 11w. Both the mother and the child were transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. Greear was arrested on a variety of traffic violations.
Twenty members of the Virginia Department of Forestry are leaving today to assist with the hurricane recovery efforts in Texas. The VDOF’s incident management team is heading to the Houston area to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s storm response efforts in the region.
“Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc in Texas,” said State Forester of Virginia Bettina Ring. “Because of our expertise in all-hazard response, the Texas A & M Forest Service requested the assistance of the Virginia Department of Forestry.”
The VDOF employees from across the Commonwealth will assemble at 3 p.m. today at the agency’s office in Abingdon (1240 West Main Street, Abingdon, Va. 24212) to begin the long drive to the Houston area. The team is expected to be in Texas for two weeks.
VDOF Director of Fire and Emergency Response John Miller said, “Right now, the VDOF incident management team is slated to coordinate resource staging areas across a multi-county area. These areas will supply water, ice and MREs (meals ready to eat) throughout the affected region of Texas. But these assignments are subject to change depending on the needs of those most impacted by the storm.”
Ring said, “We have great people working at the Virginia Department of Forestry, and they care deeply about helping people. They are a special group of folks who put their lives at risk to help and protect other Americans. I’m proud of all of them.”
An Abingdon woman is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail without bond after police say she murdered her husband. 49-year-old Ginger Claudine McIntyre is accused of shooting 55-year-old Randy Lee McIntyre in the chest with a shotgun on Saturday night. McIntyre is charged with 2nd Degree Murder in the domestic-related incident. Reports say this is not the first time police have been called to their home on Ironwood Loop.
(WYMT) - Officials in Hawaii have declared Abby Milam and two other crew members dead after they went down in a Black Hawk Helicopter more than a week ago.
The Armed Forces Medical Examiner determined that DNA on debris recovered from the crash matched that of Abigail R. Milam, Kathryn M. Bailey and Michael L. Nelson.
Milam was from Jenkins, Kentucky in Letcher County. She entered active-duty military service in August 2011 as a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Repairer. She was assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade and 25th Infantry Division.
Her awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal with two loops, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with award numeral 2, Army Service Ribbon, and the Aviation Badge.
Friends and family held a vigil service for Staff Sergeant Milam just after the crash happened.
Milam, Bailey and Nelson went missing along with two other soldiers on Tuesday, August 15 after their Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed off Oahu’s North Shore.
Nelson, 30, was from Antioch, Texas and entered active-duty military service in July 2006 as a UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter Repairer.
Bailey, 26, whose home of record is listed as Hope Mills, North Carolina, entered active-duty military service in August 2015 as an Aviation officer.
The other two people involved in the crash are still missing.
A man accused of driving under the influence and killing a man last New Years Day has pleaded guilty in a Russell County Court. Dale Donnells made a plea to involuntary manslaughter and DWI. Police say Donnells was driving the wrong way on Route 19 when he hit Thomas Estep's vehicle and killed him.