The Carter County, Tennessee Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing 15-year-old girl. The CCSO reports that Madison Bartlett was reported missing on Monday. Bartlett was last seen in the area of 1801 Highway 91 in a black dress and pink CROC shoes and she got in a white Chevrolet Camaro that was seen driving towards Johnson City. Madison has brown hair and eyes, is 5'1 and weighs roughly 160 pounds. She had dyed her hair blue and pink with blonde undertones and had a piercing in her nose. If anyone has any information, they are asked to call 423-542-1851.
The Virginia Department of Health reports that there are 125,703 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The VDH also reports that there have been 2,578 confirmed deaths. There are 2,399 cases in Southwest Virginia:
Washington County has 442 cases with 42 hospitalizations and 10 deaths
Wise County has 373 cases with 32 hospitalizations and 5 deaths
Smyth County has 366 cases with 32 hospitalizations and 6 deaths
Lee County has 244 cases with 21 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Tazewell County has 227 cases with 15 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Russell County has 207 cases with 21 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Scott County has 172 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
City of Bristol has 153 cases with 8 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Buchanan County has 107 cases with 6 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Dickenson County has 76 cases with 7 hospitalizations and 1 death
City of Norton has 32 cases with 3 hospitalizations
A man has been arrested after a drug bust in Letcher County. The Letcher County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies worked with Kentucky State Police on a major drug bust on Thursday night. An attempted traffic stop in the Millstone area led to a chase through Sergent before the driver, identified as Kenneth Fisher, got out and tried to run off before deputies caught him. One pound of meth, 250 Xanax pills, and more than $4,000 was found in his car. Fisher has been charged with drug trafficking, fleeing and evading, and non-eligible license plates. He also had two warrants for his arrest in Pike County and is now being held at the Letcher County Jail.
A Laurel County, Kentucky man has been arrested on assault charges. Laurel County deputies responded to a complaint on Thursday and found a woman at a home with a broken nose. They then found Nathan Davidson hiding in the attic and he attempted to fight the deputies when they arrested him. Davidson has been charged with second-degree assault and attempting to evade police. He was transported to the Laurel County Correctional Center.
Two people are dead following a Pulaski County, Kentucky car crash. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office reports that the crash happened on Highway 80 in the Shopville community, between Somerset and the Laurel County line, on Thursday afternoon. 42-year-old Penny Brown was driving eastbound when she lost control of her car and crossed the center line into the westbound lane. The vehicle struck a Jeep Cherokee, driven by 62-year-old Michael Duvall, head-on. The Pulaski County Rescue Squad extricated Brown from her car and she was pronounced dead a short time later by the coroner's office. Duvall was also pronounced dead a short time later. A passenger in the Jeep, 50-year-old Rholda Duvall, was treated at the scene by EMS and was then air lifted to the UK Medical Center.
A Thursday afternoon crash involving a semi-truck in the Tri-Cities is under investigation. Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that a 1992 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling southbound on Highway 11 East toward Johnson City when the driver entered the emergency lane and struck a parked semi-truck. The Silverado came to rest in the middle of the highway on its top and the driver was transported to the Bristol Regional Medical Center. The driver of the semi-truck was not around at the time of the crash. The crash is still under investigation and more details should be released at a later time.
A body has been found under a bridge in Kingsport. Kingsport Police officers responded to the 500 block of Lovedale Drive at around 2 p.m. Thursday. The body of an adult male was found under a bridge behind a property. The medical examiner now has the body. The death remains under investigation, but foul play is not suspected at this time.
The Virginia Department of Health reports that there are 124,619 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The VDH also reports that there have been 2,575 confirmed deaths and 10,015 confirmed hospitalizations across the state. There are 2,359 cases in Southwest Virginia:
Washington County has 433 cases with 40 hospitalizations and 10 deaths
Wise County has 371 cases with 32 hospitalizations and 5 deaths
Smyth County has 359 cases with 31 hospitalizations and 6 deaths
Lee County has 238 cases with 21 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Tazewell County has 223 cases with 15 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Russell County has 203 cases with 21 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
Scott County has 170 cases with 14 hospitalizations and 4 deaths
City of Bristol has 151 cases with 8 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Buchanan County has 105 cases with 6 hospitalizations and 2 deaths
Dickenson County has 75 cases with 7 hospitalizations and 1 death
City of Norton has 31 cases with 3 hospitalizations
The accused cross burner in Marion has been taken into custody for bond violations. James Brown is accused of burning a cross in front of the home of Travon Brown on June 14. His probation officer and three other probation officers went to his residence for a walk through. Brown was only allowed to have his children and Viana Ayala stay at his home, but Dennis Wavey, of New York, was found in a room along with marijuana and related paraphernalia. Wavey told officers that it all belonged to him and that Brown had not smoked any. On September 8, U.S. District Court for Southwest Virginia documents show that magistrate judge Pamela Meade Sargent issued an arrest warrant for Brown. He was taken into custody for violating the conditions of his pre-trial release by associating with a known possessor of illegal controlled substance, allowing an unauthorized individual to live in the home, and providing false information to the probation officer. Brown is currently being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon. Ayala, who signed onto Brown's unsecured bond, is ordered to appear in court on September 21 to show cause why she should not be held in contempt of court for not turning Brown in. Brown's trial in the cross-burning case is set for February 8, 2021.
The Mountain Home Veteran Affairs Healthcare System reports that there have been 16 known COVID-19 deaths in their system. Mountain Home reported 42 active COVID-19 cases, 41 of whom are veterans, with the other one being an employee. The system also reports 326 convalescent cases, 283 of which are veterans, 37 are employees, 4 are veteran-employees, and two are listed as "all other." It was not specified if the latest death was a veteran or employee. The numbers do not reflect just cases at the medical center in Johnson City, but those in veterans and employees at all of the system's clinics.