Multiple drug charges filed during Kingsport traffic stop
KINGSPORT, Tenn. — A Kingsport man faces multiple drug charges following a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office investigation into methamphetamine and heroin distribution, according to a news release.
David Michael Stallard has been charged with driving on a suspended license, controlled Schedule I drug violations, promotion of meth manufacturing, possession of Schedule II narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule III narcotics for resale, possession of Schedule VI narcotics for resale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Stallard was arrested Wednesday during a traffic stop in Kingsport. A Kingsport K9 alerted officers to the presence of illegal drugs in the vehicle, the release states. Police said they found more than 135 grams of meth, 32 grams of heroin, 14.4 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and $9,132.
Stallard is being held without bail at the Sullivan County Jail. Additional charges are pending.
No charges filed in Carter County road rage shooting
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn.—No charges have been filed after a man was shot during a road range incident, according to the Carter County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies responded to the scene on state Route 91 just before 1 p.m., according to a news release. Investigators said they determined that 26-year-old Maison Jeremiah Little exited his vehicle at a traffic light and punched 24-year-old Coen Shaw Powell in the face.
Powell drew a handgun and fired at Little, hitting him at least twice, the release states. Powell was taken to the sheriff’s office for questioning. Little transported himself to the hospital for treatment.
The sheriff's office said no charges have been filed.
No charges have been filed at this time.
Single bullet hole found in downtown business window
BRISTOL, Tenn. — City police were asking questions Wednesday after a "shots fired" call at The Answer business in downtown Bristol.
Police received a call of shots fired Tuesday night on Sixth Street. Responding officers were notified that a man wearing a black hoodie was seen running from the area, according to a news release. The officers were unable to find the man but did find a single bullet hole in the window of the shop at 32 Sixth St. The store was closed.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 423-989-5600, 423-764-TIPS (8477) or by email at email@example.com.
Thieves target vehicles at Bristol events
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Four Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks were stolen over the weekend near Bristol Motor Speedway — a trend local police have seen in recent years during busy events.
Jordan Ballard, of Kingsport, Tennessee, was in town Friday night for events at BMS, which drew nearly 100,000 people for Saturday’s night race. He was parked between Thunder Valley Drive and Copperhead Road on state Route 394, he said. Ballard and his fiancee arrived about 9:30 p.m.
The couple went to the speedway to catch the last 30 laps, then went to the concert.
“After we got tired of that, we went to the campground with some friends, then got a Lyft to where my truck was parked, and it was nowhere in sight,” Ballard said.
Ballard called 911 to report it and got a free ride to Kingsport in the back of a police car. He said he called his insurance provider the next day, and he’s currently waiting as the investigation continues.
Not only did the thief steal Ballard’s truck, they also got a pistol that he said was a Christmas gift from his dad in 2017. A YETI cooler given to him by his fiancee as a birthday gift and other sentimental items were also stolen, he said.
A toolbox full of power tools and a suitcase with an iPad were also taken, as were work clothes and two pairs of work boots.
Ballard said his fiancee’s wallet and various car and house keys were also stolen.
“Whoever stole my truck caused me to miss two days of work since I had no way to get to North Carolina,” Ballard said.
He estimates the value of the truck at $20,000 and everything inside it worth almost $8,000.
Other victims went to social media to ask the public for help in locating their stolen trucks, which were likely taken sometime late Friday, Aug. 16, according to posts on Facebook.
“I would like to point out this is not a specific problem with just Bristol or Bristol Motor Speedway,” said Bristol Tennessee Police Department Capt. Terry Johnson. “Any type of event where people park and leave their vehicles for hours tends to attract this type of crime.”
Vehicles can be stolen at concerts, festivals, races or anywhere else a large number of people gather, he said.
“It involves venue parking, on-the-road parking and private property parking,” Johnson said.
Four vehicles were stolen near BMS last weekend, compared to two last race weekend.
“I really hate that we even have one,” Johnson said. “I know to the victim it’s a huge problem, and there is no difference in one or 15 a race, the fact it's theirs is traumatizing and frustrating to their trip. It’s frustrating to us as well, and we never know how many don’t happen because of our efforts.”
Over the years, Bristol police have employed different tactics and strategies with personnel and technology to mitigate motor vehicle thefts.
“We will look at the thefts from both races again and consider anything new or different we can do for the races in 2020,” Johnson said.
Bristol, Tennessee, is not alone when it comes to vehicle thefts.
“We have them occasionally during these events, but not as often as them,” said Bristol Virginia Police Department Sgt. Steve Crawford.
Abingdon has also had some vehicle thefts in the past during events, according to Police Department spokeswoman Tenille Montgomery. But recently, she added, there have been no vehicle thefts during events.
In 2017, more than 750,000 vehicles were stolen in the U.S., and nearly half of those were due to driver error, such as unlocked doors and keys left in the vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Vehicle theft is a multibillion-dollar crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles coming in at nearly $6 billion in 2017. Summers prove to be the worst season for vehicle theft, the NHTSA said.
The NHTSA released a list of the top 10 states for the most vehicles stolen in 2017. Neither Tennessee nor Virginia made the list.
With the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion coming up, police say drivers should heed some tips to prevent vehicle thefts. To note, Johnson said he couldn’t recall any vehicle thefts during past R&R events, which are held each September.
A motor vehicle is stolen every 40.9 seconds in the U.S. To prevent theft, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises drivers to remove their keys; close and lock all windows and doors when parked; park in well-lit areas; and never leave valuables in a vehicle, especially if they can be seen from the outside.
Man faces charges following foot race
BRISTOL, Tenn. — A Bristol man faces charges after a short foot chase Wednesday.
Shortly before 2 p.m., Detective Justin Bush saw Dwaine Steven Hardy, 28, walking in the area of State Street and 13th Street, according to a news release from the Bristol Tennessee Police Department. Bush had investigated Hardy in a child neglect case and obtained a warrant for his arrest on that charge. The detective was also aware Hardy was wanted, with extradition, for a probation violation on a robbery charge out of Maryland.
Bush began talking with Hardy, and when another officer arrived, they attempted to take him into custody, the release states. Hardy attempted to run but was caught. Additional charges are pending as a result of the chase, the release states.
Hardy was taken to the hospital and will be transferred to the Sullivan County jail.
Two arrested in downtown Bristol stabbing
BRISTOL, Va. — Two people accused of stabbing a man in downtown Bristol have been arrested, police said Wednesday.
Tina Marie Kennedy, 46, of Kingsport, Tennessee, was arrested Aug. 16 at a home in Bristol, Tennessee. She faces a charge of assault and battery. Darrell McMurray, 50, of Bristol, Virginia, was found under a bridge in Bristol, Tennessee. He’s been charged with aggravated malicious wounding, police said.
Bristol Virginia Police Department Sgt. Steve Crawford said the stabbing occurred Aug. 10 in the apartments at Blakely-Mitchell on State Street. Todd Gross told the Bristol Herald Courier that he was cut in the throat by two people, but he did not know why. Gross is being treated at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Kennedy and McMurray, who are homeless, are being held at the Sullivan County jail and are awaiting extradition, Crawford said. They are being held without bail on fugitive from justice warrants. Kennedy also has a violation of probation warrant, according to the jail.
'Smash and grab' burglaries reported at cellphone stores in Bristol and Hazard, Kentucky
BRISTOL, Tenn. — Police in Bristol, Tennessee, and Hazard, Kentucky, are investigating two separate “smash and grab” burglaries that occurred early Tuesday at AT&T stores.
One burglary occurred at AT&T's store at The Pinnacle shopping center around 4:30 a.m., according to Bristol Tennessee Police Department Capt. Terry Johnson. A man walked in wearing a gray hoodie, black shorts and gloves. He is believed to be a black man of unknown age, Johnson said.
“Took a hammer and broke the glass door, took all the display phones and fled within 3-4 minutes,” Johnson said.
The suspect took several cellphones and tablets from the store, according to a news release.
While reviewing surveillance video, Johnson said detectives observed a black sedan with tinted windows in the area prior to the alarm activating, and it was seen leaving the area afterward.
Johnson said Bristol investigators are working with Hazard, as the department believes the same suspect is responsible for both.
“If we develop information on a suspect, we will reach out,” Johnson said.
The Hazard Police Department said in a written statement on Facebook: “This morning, AT&T was burglarized and several items were stolen. Video of the suspect obtained has provided us with a person of interest. If you recognize this individual please help us in identifying him.”
Hazard police have released an image from surveillance.
WYMT-TV reported that the Hazard burglary occurred at 2 a.m. Hazard and Bristol are about 2 1/2 hours driving distance from each other.
“Once our officers got there, they realized the window was broke out,” Hazard Deputy Police Chief James East told WYMT-TV. “Pretty much snatched and grabbed several iPhones, iWatches, Samsung phones, and left the business.”
Thousands of dollars worth of merchandise are believed to have been stolen from both locations.
"We are reaching out to other law enforcement in the region to see if they are being hit as well and to warn them of the two we know about," Johnson said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Justin Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-989-5530.
Two trucks destroyed by arson at new Abingdon dealership
ABINGDON, Va. — Authorities are investigating after two pickup trucks were destroyed by fire at an auto dealership celebrating its grand opening this week in Abingdon.
The Virginia State Police is investigating at the Blue Ridge Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealership, which is now open on Old Jonesboro Road near Interstate 81’s Exit 14.
Two trucks, which were on display next to the interstate, were destroyed sometime Sunday night or early Monday. The word “GRAND” was on the side of a red Dodge Ram, and “OPENING” was on the side of a blue Dodge Ram.
“Unfortunately, right now, while it’s being investigated by the police as arson, we were told not to comment until they can complete their investigation,” said Ryan Mathesius, president of the Blue Ridge Auto Group.
The dealership recently moved from the Hansonville area of Russell County to Abingdon.
“We are excited to be in Abingdon and look forward to serving the community,” Mathesius said. “We won’t let the acts of a couple individuals ruin what we aim to provide to our customers and our employees.”
Thomas Gozevich, sales manager, said a cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
The VSP is expected to release additional details, according to spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
Man accused of fatally shooting wife in dentist office pleads not guilty
BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — The man accused of fatally shooting his wife in a Kingsport dentist office earlier this year pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday.
Harry Clint Weaver Jr., 64, was indicted by a Sullivan County grand jury in July on charges of felony first-degree murder, premeditated first-degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping, attempted second-degree murder, three counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and aggravated domestic assault. On Feb. 13, authorities said Weaver shot Kelly Weaver, 52, at the dentist office in Colonial Heights, where she worked. Another person shot Harry Weaver and kept him there until police arrived.
In Sullivan County Circuit Court on Monday, Judge William Rogers granted a no contact order against Weaver to stop him from contacting Kelly Weaver’s family. He had been writing letters to them, Assistant District Attorney Kaylin Render said.
Weaver’s next hearing is set for Oct. 29 at 9 a.m., when it may be determined whether the death penalty will be sought.
He is being held in the Sullivan County jail on $1 million bail.