The Virginia Department of Health reports that there are 112,446 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The VDH also reports that there have been 2,417 confirmed deaths and 9,397 confirmed hospitalizations across the state. There are 1,910 cases in Southwest Virginia:
Washington County has 345 cases with 31 hospitalizations and 9 deaths
Wise County has 317 cases with 27 hospitalizations and 5 deaths
Smyth County has 253 cases with 24 hospitalizations and 3 deaths
Tazewell County has 186 cases with 13 hospitalizations and 1 death
Lee County has 183 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 3 deaths
Russell County has 177 cases with 19 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Scott County has 148 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
City of Bristol has 115 cases with 8 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Buchanan County has 97 cases with 6 hospitalizations and 1 death
Dickenson County has 63 cases with 7 hospitalizations and 1 death
City of Norton has 26 cases with 2 hospitalizations
The man who pleaded guilty to charges related to the 2019 shooting at Meadowview was sentenced to three more years in jail. Deonte Bristol pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated burglary, attempted aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and reckless endangerment in June 2020. Bristol was sentenced on Thursday in Sullivan County Criminal Court to four and a half years in jail, with credit for the 18 months he has already served. He is one of three people arrested after the shooting that left one man with non-life-threatening injuries during an attempted robbery in 2019 at the Meadowview Conference Resort and Convention Center. Brittany Stafford's case was dismissed and Matthew Phillips is scheduled to appear back in court on October 29.
A person has been transported to the hospital after a Friday morning house fire in Kingsport. The Kingsport Fire Department reports that firefighters were called to the scene of the fire in the 1400 block of Fort Robinson Road at a little after 4 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, crews found the home fully engulfed in flames. An occupant of the home was found outside and was transported to the hospital a short time later. The fire has been fully extinguished, but the home was destroyed and is considered a total loss. The fire is under investigation by the Kingsport Fire Marshall's Office. The heat from the fire also melted siding on the exterior of a nearby home.
An elderly woman is in critical condition after reportedly being shot by her husband in Washington County, Virginia. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reports that 56-year-old James Christopher Barnett called 911 Thursday morning to say that he accidentally shot his wife. The sheriff's office executed a search warrant at the home on Watauga Road off of Highway 58 where the shooting occurred and took Barnett into custody. He has been charged with aggravated malicious wounding and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. His 71-year-old wife was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center to be treated for her injuries and the latest information was that she was in critical condition.
Injuries have been reported after a Friday morning crash on Interstate 26 East in Washington County, Tennessee. Washington County Emergency Communications report that the crash was reported at 7:22 a.m. Friday near mile marker 17, the Boones Creek exit. The Johnson City Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol were both on the scene of the crash. Injuries have been reported at the scene, but no other details have been released.
A man has been arrested after a homicide in Big Stone Gap. 31-year-old Joshua Blake Smith is facing multiple charges, including second-degree murder, abduction, malicious preventing another from calling 911, trespassing, credit card theft, possession of a schedule III controlled substance, and solicitation of another to conceal a dead body after a homicide on Albermale Street. Smith is being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail at Duffield. The Big Stone Gap Police Department, Wise County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, and the commonwealth's attorney office are investigating are death. No other details have been provided at this time.
A fatal crash in Dickenson County on Saturday afternoon is under investigation. The Virginia State Police reports that troopers responded to Route 631 south of Fairview Road at about 12:46 p.m. A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 20-year-old Timothy Smith, of Clintwood, was heading south on 631 when it ran off the right side of the road. The vehicle went down the embankment, hit several trees and overturned in the river. Due to the vehicle being out of view from the road the exact time of the crash is unknown. The VSP reports that Smith died at the scene and that the crash remains under investigation.
Shots were fired into a vehicle in Johnson City early Saturday morning. The Johnson City Police Department reports that shots were fired on Saturday at approximately 1:20 a.m. Upon arrival officers found the victim who said that 36-year-old Elijah Taylor had shot him in his car. Taylor was found and taken into custody by the JCPD at around 7:15 p.m. Saturday. He was transported to the Washington County Detention Center where he is being held on a $30,000 bond.
The Virginia Department of Health reports that there are 108,676 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The VDH also reports that there have been 2,352 confirmed deaths and 9,148 confirmed hospitalizations across the state. There are 1,738 cases in Southwest Virginia:
Washington County has 311 cases with 27 hospitalizations and 7 deaths
Wise County has 287 cases with 28 hospitalizations and 5 deaths
Smyth County has 222 cases with 21 hospitalizations and 3 deaths
Tazewell County has 171 cases with 11 hospitalizations
Russell County has 168 cases with 16 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Lee County has 161 cases with 11 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Scott County has 143 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 3 deaths
City of Bristol has 105 cases with 8 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Buchanan County has 93 cases with 6 hospitalizations and 1 death
Dickenson County has 55 cases with 5 hospitalizations and 1 death
City of Norton has 22 cases with 2 hospitalizations
One person is dead after a fatal crash in Kingsport on Friday night. The Kingsport Police Department reports that the crash happened on Konnarock Road at 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Melinda Goodson was driving her Mercedes-Benz eastbound approaching Warpath Drive with Leslie Ashmore was a passenger in the car. Wilma Massengill was driving westbound alone in a Toyota Corolla on Warpath Drive attempting a right turn onto Konnarock Road. Massengill failed to properly negotiate the turn, as her Toyota crossed the center line into the direct path of the Mercedes colliding head-on. Massengill was killed in the crash, while Goodson sustained injuries, but Ashmore was not injured. A crash reconstruction team along with the Kingsport Police Department's Traffic Unit responded to the scene. The traffic unit is still conducting an investigation on the crash, but Goodson has been cited, not for anything she did to contribute to the crash, but for not having car insurance.