Sullivan County District Attorney General Barry Staubus Has Filed A Motion In Criminal Court To Try A Teen In The Murder Of A Man At A Kingsport Nightclub Earlier This Year. 16 Year Old William Newkirk Jr. Is Charged With First Degree Murder And Aggravated Assault. He’s Alleged To Have Killed 20 Year Old Brett Rodgers At Hog Wild Saloon On West Stone Drive In March. Another Person Was Also Shot During The Incident At The Club. A Court Date Is Set For Later This Year.
AAA Auto Club Is Reporting That Gas Prices Continued To Increase Last Week As A Result Of Reductions In Domestic Supply And The Oil Market’s Response To The President’s Decision To Leave The Iran Nuclear Deal. Tennessee Gas Prices Rose Three Cents During The Past Week With An Average Of $2.62 Per Gallon. Gas Prices Are At Their Highest In Years, Yet It Doesn’t Seem To Be Slowing Motorists Down. Demand Is Significantly Higher Than This Time Last Year. Prices Could Increase For The Memorial Day Weekend.
A second person has died as a result of a two vehicle crash in Letcher County last Saturday at Payne Gap in Letcher County . Kentucky State Police Post 13 in Hazard was notified by officials with Pikeville Medical Center this morning that 90 year old Kathleen Tackett of Belcher had passed away last night at their facility from injuries she had received in the collision on May 5th.
This incident, including new developments with the additional fatality, will presented to the next possible Letcher County Grand Jury and remains under investigation by Detective Scott Caudill with KSP Post 13.
The preliminary investigation determined that Franklin Travis Helbert, age 37 of Appalachia, VA, was operating a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado northbound on US 119 while pulling a horse trailer. Helbert lost control of the truck which crossed the centerline and continued into the southbound lane where it collided with a 2008 Toyota Yaris, which was driven by 66 year old Judy Kiser of Pikeville. Rainfall and wet road conditions are believed to have contributed to the crash. Kiser, along with two passengers in her vehicle, 90 year old Kathleen Tackett of Belcher and 61 year old Barbara Newsome of Pikeville were transported by Neon Ambulance Service to Whitesburg ARH Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the collision. Barbara Newsome died at the hospital. She was pronounced deceased by Letcher County Coroner Renee Campbell. Franklin Helbert refused medical treatment.
Franklin Travis Helbert was charged with DUI 2nd Offense, Manslaughter 2nd Degree, two counts of Assault 1st Degree, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Letcher County Detention Center. Toxicology result for both drivers, which are collected during fatal crash investigations, are pending. Detective Scott Caudill with KSP Post 13 is conducting this investigation and accident reconstruction.
Lawyers Gathered In Front Of The U.S. District Court Building In Abingdon To Announce Plans To Sue Major Prescription Drug Manufacturers And Distributors On Behalf Of Southwest Virginia Counties. They Are Seeking Compensation For Incurred Cost Of The Growing Opioid Abuse Problem. Attorneys Said This Is Costing County Taxpayers Millions Of Dollars Each Year. The Suit Was Filed On Behalf Of Smyth, Wythe And Russell Counties. Each County Is Expected To Be Represented By A Unique And Individual Filing. Attorneys Expect Additional Southwest Virginia Counties To Seek Representation As Well.
The Suspect Who Was Shot And Killed By Washington County Virginia Sheriff’s Deputies Following A Car Chase, Has Been Identified. He’s 37 Year Old Phillip Gibson 2 Of Castlewood. He Was Shot Multiple Times Tuesday Night After Pointing A Weapon At An Officer. The Chase Started After Deputies Observed Him As A Suspect In A Break-In, In Which A Handgun And Prescriptions Were Taken. Sheriff Fred Newman Said Gibson Has A Lengthy Criminal History With 23 Felony Convictions. The Three Officers Involved Have Been Placed On Administrative Leave.
Postal Workers In Our Region Will Be Picking Up Food Donations Saturday For The 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger. The Items Will Be Picked Up By Letter Carriers And Will Benefit The Second Harvest Food Bank Of Northeast Tennessee. This Is A Partnership Between The Food Bank And The National Association Of Letter Carriers. Second Harvest Is In Need Of Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Canned Meats, Canned Fruit, Rice And Cereal. For More Information, Visit “StampOutHungerFoodDrive.us”
A Russell County Grand Jury Has Indicted A Man In Connection With A Deadly Crash Last Year. Otis Luther Is Charged With Felony Homicide, Aggravated Involuntary Manslaughter, Felony Dui And Other Charges. He’s Accused In A November 2017 Crash That Killed 18 Year Old Brittany Swan Of Coeburn. It Happened On Fincastle Road In The Town Of Lebanon. Luther Is Also Facing Charges Of Breaking And Entering, Larceny And Gun Charges In Wise County.
The Search For A Clintwood Virginia Man Accused Of Gunning Down Another Man In Washington County Virginia Is Over. 44 Year Old Roger Melvin Tackett Was Taken Into Custody After An Hour Of Negotiations, At A Home On Morning Glory Lane In Clinchburg Over The Weekend. Tackett Is Facing Charges Of First Degree Murder, Use Of A Firearm In The Commission Of A Felony And A Felon In Possession Of A Firearm In The Shooting Death Of 46 Year Old Bruce Ferguson At His Home On Lime Hill Road Last Week. Tackett Is Being Held Without Bond In The Southwest Virginia Regional Jail In Abingdon.
A Single Vehicle Crash In Lee County Virginia Over The Weekend Has Left One Person Dead. It Happened On Route 58 On Saturday Morning. According To Virginia State Police, 68 Year Old Daniel Woods Of West Virginia, Was Riding His Motorcycle, When The Bike Ran Off The Right Side Of The Highway And Struck A Guardrail. Woods Was Flown To UT Medical Center In Knoxville, Where He Later Died From His Injuries. The Crash Remains Under Investigation.
Union High School In Big Stone Gap Virginia Has Received A Top 100 Ranking. New York Based “Working In Support Of Education” Is A Nonprofit That Promotes Financial Literacy Education And Composed The List Of The 100 Best “Wise” Schools For 2018. Union Made The List For Teaching Personal Finance. In All, 45 Virginia Schools Made The List, Including Eastside High School In Wise, Honaker High In Russell County, Gate City And Rye Cove High Schools In Scott County And Patrick Henry And John Battle High Schools In Washington County.