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The Week in Review: Local stories that made headlines

Staff Report • Jul 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

A glance at the week's top local stories on JohnsonCityPress.com:

Women who escaped captivity in Ohio case thank public for support. Amanda Berry, who has family in Elizabethton, appeared on video with the other two women who had been held captive in Ohio. Read the story and see the video on JohnsonCityPress.com.

Rain pushes Watauga Lake to record mark for second time this year. Rain pushes Watauga Lake to record mark for second time this year

Police: Man dies after girlfriend stabs him with large knife during argument. A woman has expressed remorse for her actions during an altercation involving a kitchen knife and alcohol, which created a deadly situation for her boyfriend early Monday morning, according to the Johnson City Police Department.

Official misconduct charges dismissed against former Unicoi sheriff Harris; prosecutors may not proceed with remaining charges. ERWIN — Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood told the jurors chosen to hear former Unicoi County sheriff Kent Harris’ trial on six counts of official misconduct that he had little doubt that a violation of the law had occurred. However, Blackwood said the evidence heard over the two-day trial was not sufficient to charge Harris with the felonies.

High water reported in downtown Johnson City as storms passed through area. Bands of heavy rain hit the region late Wednesday evening and night, which caused high standing water in parts of Johnson City, including the downtown area.

Drugs found in body cavities of Johnson City woman. A Johnson City woman arrested on a driving charge following a traffic stop this week ended up hospitalized for an overdose of cocaine, Xanax and Lortab, then medical staff found other drugs hidden in two of her body cavities.

State suspends Castle Clinic internist Robert Allen. Johnson City internist Robert Allen, who was practicing at the Castle Clinic until charged in Washington County Sessions Court with felony evading arrest, reckless driving, felony schedule VI drug charges, prohibited weapons violation and vandalism, has had his license to practice suspended by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners.

Nurse nearly breaks down describing injuries to 2-year-old in abuse case. Get updates on two recent child abuse cases by reading this story.

Local soldier has no complaints despite losing leg in Afghanistan. Sgt. Josh Hall, 23, stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C., said overall he has gained more than he lost while serving his country during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

UCMH board to weigh hospital proposals again. ERWIN — Proposals from two of the region’s largest health care systems to acquire Unicoi County Memorial Hospital will once again be up the UCMH Board of Control’s consideration.

Solution may keep Unicoi animal shelter open. UNICOI — Although there may be some fine details to work out and final approval is required, the leaders of Unicoi County’s three governments feel they have a solution that would allow the Unicoi County Animal Shelter to continue to serve all of Unicoi County.

Johnson City convenience market robbed at gunpoint. Police said a man showed a pistol at the Sunoco at 3730 Bristol Hwy., demanded money from the register and left before police arrived.

Operation Dixie Crystal fugitive sought by Johnson County police. One man is still wanted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department as the last of 30 men and women charged in Operation Dixie Crystal, a joint drug task force mission aimed to stop methamphetamine traffickers that began in 2012.

Tractor-trailer crash causes I-26 shutdown. KINGSPORT — Kingsport Police Department Sgt. David Moore said no injuries were reported in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 26, which involved an overturned tractor-trailer blocking both lanes of eastbound traffic Saturday morning.

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