UPDATE: 17-YEAR-OLD HOSPITALIZED, 18-YEAR-OLD ARRESTED, AFTER STOLEN BUS FROM WISE COUNTY WRECKED IN BRISTOL
A 17-year-old driver has been injured after crashing a stolen school bus from Wise County in Tennessee. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports that a bus stolen from Wise County Wednesday morning was crashed on Denton Valley Road in Bristol. There were no children on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver has been identified as a 17-year-old, who was injured in the crash, and 18-year-old Cullon Michael Henderson, of Wise, was a passenger on the bus. The juvenile court will determine the charges against the driver, while Henderson has been charged with theft.
The Town of Marion is accepting dilapidated houses for donation. Town officials say that it is an effort to improve the community, they are accepting dilapidated houses for donation. The town has already acquired eight houses and is working with property owners on another three. One home was donated by a bank, the town purchased a couple at a tax sale, and a couple other homes were donated to clear up the taxes. The town's dilapidated homes remain on the tax rolls, which can cause a financial burden for owners. Marion hopes to see new homes built in place of the dilapidated houses.
Authorities in Kingsport are asking for the public's help in identifying a porch pirate. The Kingsport Police Department reports that a white man traveling in a compact, silver, 4-door sedan, was seen stealing packages on April 22 from at least three Kingsport homes. The thefts reportedly occurred in the 3700 block of Skyland Drive, the 3900 block of Thornton Drive, and across town in the 100 block of Chippendale Square. Home surveillance at the three homes captured footage of the suspect. If anyone has information regarding the suspect, they are asked to call the KPD at 423-229-9429.
Five people are dead, including two deputies, after a shooting near Boone, North Carolina. The Watauga County Sheriff's Office reports that a call came in for a welfare check along Hardaman Circle due to a homeowner and his family not attending work recently or responding to telephone calls. Upon arrival, deputies noticed that all vehicles belonging to the residents were on the property, so they proceeded to enter the home. They received gunfire from an unknown individual inside and two deputies were struck by the gunfire. One officer, Sergeant Chris Ward, died after being flown to the Johnson City, Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. K-9 Deputy Logan Fox died at the scene. The shooter remained active for hours, barricading himself in a section of the home and periodically firing gunshots toward officers. Authorities announced Thursday morning that the suspect is dead, but it is not clear how he was killed, as are the suspect's two parents.
2020 was the worst year on record for fatal overdoses in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health reports that nearly 2,300 people died from overdoses. That is a 41 percent increase from 2019, which was already record-breaking. Fentanyl, a potent opioid that often gets mixed in with other drugs, accounted for about 72 percent of all overdose deaths.
Police in Laurel County, Kentucky are asking for help finding a suspect in a theft case. The Laurel County Sheriff's Office reports that on Monday evening, a Ford F-350 pickup truck, a Gatorade trailer, and a Bobcat excavator were stolen from a business four miles south of London on U.S. 25. The excavator was recovered on Tuesday, but the truck and trailer are still missing. The LCSO believe that Patrick Sizemore is the man who stole the equipment, and they are asking for the public's help in finding Sizemore. If anyone knows of his whereabouts or where the other stolen items may be, they are asked to call 606-864-6600.
A 17-year-old driver has been injured after crashing a stolen school bus from Wise County in Tennessee. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office reports that a bus stolen from Wise County on Wednesday morning was crashed on Denton Valley Road. There were no children on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver has been identified as a 17-year-old, who was injured in the crash, and an 18-year-old passenger was also reportedly on the bus. No further information has been released.
The Virginia Attorney General says colleges can impose a vaccine requirement. Mark Herring released an advisory opinion on Monday in response to a request from Democratic delegate Mark Keam of Fairfax County. Herring noted that there is no federal law prohibiting Virginia colleges and universities from imposing a vaccine requirement. He also added the boards of visitors of Virginia's higher education institutions have been granted broad authority by the General Assembly to implement policies and regulations to protect the safety and welfare of students.
A cyclist was killed in a Monday crash involving an SUV in Richlands. The Richlands Police Department reports that 47-year-old Charles "Chucky" Wesley Lyons was hit while on a bicycle on Route 460 West Monday afternoon. Lyons was taken to Clinch Valley Medical Center where he died due to injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the Volvo SUV has been identified as 61-year-old Tony Hill. Hill was driving west near the Baker Hollow Road intersection when his vehicle hit Lyons in the roadway. No charges have been filed yet, but the crash is still under investigation.
A K-9 unit from Scott County joins the Hawkins County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office due to new marijuana legislation. The Scott County Sheriff's Office reports that K-9 Xeno was trained to sniff out marijuana and cannot be trained to unlearn the detection skill. Due to the new legislation that makes marijuana legal, a lot of K-9 dogs will have to retire, but Xeno will not have to.