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Monday, October 12, 2015

Upper East Tennessee plane crash
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office officially released the names of the victims of a Friday night fatal plane crash. The victims have been identified as William “Bill” Gibbons, 45, and his 15-year-old daughter, Abbey, of Bloomington, Indiana. It was raining when the small plane crashed on Buffalo Mountain near the Unicoi County-Washington County line during its flight from Knoxville to Bloomington. Sheriff Ed Graybeal said on Sunday that Gibbons was likely following a flight plan that led him over Johnson City when the plane went down just after 7 p.m. Friday. Rescue teams, investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board worked until the late afternoon on Sunday to inspect the debris. Gibbons’was a biomedical engineer and vice president of Cook Medical in Bloomington.

Car destroyed by fire
A vehicle fire Saturday on the Cosby Road in Cocke County left heavy damage. Raymond Joudi, Jacksonville, Florida told Deputy Travis Vaughn he was pulling his 2014 Nissan Versa behind his Coachman motor coach on the Cosby Highway at 11:23 am, when he discovered the car was on fire. Cocke County Firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the blaze, but not before the car was destroyed and the motor home was damaged. Deputy Vaughn said the car was valued at $14,000, and the motor home sustained smoke and fire damage estimated at $3,000. The cause of the fire is undetermined.

Ramirez charged with animal cruelty
A woman who left her dog in her car, with the window open slightly while she shopped at the Newport Walmart on Sunday, mow faces charges. Newport Patrolman Brandon Cassidy said the dog was left in the car for more than an hour. It was spotted by Newport Municipal Judge Vida Bell, who provided water to the dog after officers opened the door of the vehicle. As a result Brenda Marie Ramirez, 29, no address given, was charged with cruelty to animals. Patrolman Cassidy said the animal was in distress and panting heavily when it was freed. Newport animal control was called to the scene and they seized the dog which will be held until the case is heard.

Styles/McGhee shooting
A Saturday accidental shooting sent a Newport coupe to the hospital. Samuel Styles, 22, of Smith Street, told Newport Sgt. Matthew Elliott that he was lying in bed with his girlfriend, just before 8 am when he picked up his 40 caliber handgun to check it, pulled back the slide and the weapon discharged. Styles called 911 to report he had shot his girlfriend, Cassandra McGhee, 33. Investigator Detective Derrick Webb determined the weapon discharged accidentally, with the bullet striking Styles in the left thigh, traveling through the right thigh of the female and ultimately lodging in the bottom of the box spring on the bed. First Call EMS transported both of the injured to the Newport Medical Center, and later Ms. McGhee was transferred to the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, in stable condition. No charges were filed.

Weekend assault cases
Newport and Cocke County authorities investigated several reported assaults over the weekend Cocke County authorities say Joshua Junior Stuart, 31, Scenic View Drive, Cosby, was assaulted Friday however the incident was not reported to Cocke County authorities until Saturday.    Stuart went to the sheriff's office to report that he was at his residence when another individual came by to confront him about an electric bill which the victim had paid. Stuart told Deputy Andrew Clark he was awaiting his assailant to re-pay him for the money he had paid on the bill.     He says a male argued with him, and so Stuart said he was leaving to call authorities. At that point Stuart says the other male struck him on the jaw twice.     On Saturday, Stuart was taken to the Newport Medical Center for an evaluation and he reportedly was told that his jaw was fractured.   Michael Ray Baxter, 22, Blade Road, Newport was charged Saturday with assault.    Corrections Officer Tyler Chambers said Baxter, an inmate in the Cocke County Jail, assaulted fellow inmate Steven K. Smith in the cell they shared.     Sgt. Chambers said Smith was moved to another cell and Baxter is slated for a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.  Christina Renee Ellson, 42, Cedar Glen Way, Bybee, was jailed Saturday evening by Deputy Michael Shelton on an assault charge. The officer responded to Fowlers Grove Road after Sarah Loyd, Phillips Road, Bybee, reported that Ellison reached into her car on Cedar Glen Way, and struck her on the face, saying the passenger in the Loyd auto was not to be there. Officer Shelton was told two small children were in the auto at the time of the assault. Ellison later was was arrested at her home.  Thomas Gibson, Clevenger Cut-Off Raod, Newport reported Saturday that he was pushed from a car while traveling at 50 miles per hour. He told Newport Patrolman Adam Lawson that the auto was being driven by Jeremy Roach, 38 at the time of the 5 pm incident on the Cosby Road. Gibson also alleges that Roach took his food stamp card, identification and $10 in cash. At the Newport Medical Center, Gibson was found to have no visible injuries although he complained of chest pain.

Monday, October 12, 2015

  • Upper East Tennessee plane crash
  • Car destroyed by fire
  • Ramirez charged with animal cruelty
  • Styles/McGhee shooting
  • Weekend assault cases

    Saturday, October 10, 2015

  • Gellert arrested again
  • Teaching of religions restricted under proposed law
  • Friday night football
  • Munn injured in ATV incident

    Friday, October 09, 2015

  • School board moves on Parrottsville project
  • Three jailed on assault charges
  • Woodson hospitalized after crash
  • Sonoco celebrates Newport plant and it's workers
  • Martin jailed after alleged drug deal

    Thursday, October 08, 2015

  • Large TV coming to BMS
  • Highway 411 crash
  • Haslam visits VW
  • Church charged in stabbing
  • Two injured in Highway 25E crash

    Wednesday, October 07, 2015

  • Memorial service set for Toby Ford
  • Ledford arrest
  • Teen attacked by pit bulldog
  • Newport drug bust
  • Panhandling regs approved by Newport City Council
  • McSween dead at 80
  • CLB to meet in special session

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