There are plenty of stories dominating the national and international news this week, meaning Brett Kavanaugh - President Trump’s choice to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court - is not the name everyone is searching online. From the tense and hostile environment of the NATO summit, to President Trump’s continuing trip through England, to the highly partisan and overwrought Congressional hearings involving embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok, everyone has the opportunity to be offended or appalled.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced 12 new indictments in connection with the Mueller probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. All Russian nationals and members of the GRU, a Russian intelligence agency, they have been accused of engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks. That brings the total of criminal charges against Russians to 26, as well as charges against five Americans, one Dutch citizen, and three corporate entities. One person has already been sentenced and served a month in prison, while four others pleaded guilty and await sentencing.
As he prepares for his one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin this week, President Trump continues to refer to the investigation as a witch hunt and “fake news.”
On Tuesday, police released the name of a woman whose body was found in a low-income housing complex apartment over the weekend. She was identified as 37-year-old Mary E. Hammitt of Elizabethton.
About 6:30 p.m. Saturday, police went to Lakewood Village, where residents reported an “unknown person” had been found deceased in their apartment. Investigators would not say how they thought the person died, but confirmed there was no trauma to the body. Cause of death will be determined during an autopsy.
Johnson City Police asks that anyone having information call 423-434-6166, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 423-434-6158.
Three men and a woman were bound over to a Carter County grand jury Wednesday on attempted first-degree murder charges stemming from a June attack on Matthew Lewandowski on Rasnick Hollow Road.
As reported last week, Kasey Delamae Miller and three accomplices shot video of the attack, and police were able to obtain the video from Miller’s phone. The video was of poor quality, but it was determined during the search that the video had been sent to Miller’s phone by one of the accomplices. Investigators were able to search his cellphone, and found the better quality video that was shown in court on Wednesday.
Now that pleas have been entered, the grand jury process started, and arguments opened, we will wait to deliver further news and other factors throughout.
A final comment from Assistant District Attorney Timothy D. Horne regarding the case:
“I have always heard that the coming of technology would have a tremendous benefit for law enforcement and prosecutors, but I don’t think any of us ever dreamed that it would be the use of that technology by criminals that would make our work easier.”
Judge Stacy Street sentenced Keeva Delaney, who pleaded guilty in May to voluntary manslaughter in the June 6, 2016, shooting death of 26-year-old Aaron Delaney, to a ten year prison sentence. In a very interesting fashion.
Given possible sentencing options of short sentences with long probations, split confinement, or time served, Street opted for none of the above and sentenced Delaney to one month in jail during each of the next 10 years. She will spend every June from 2019 until 2029 behind bars, a reminder of the crime she committed, and the life she took.
For more information on the emotional day in court, and the details of the arrangement, read Becky Campbell’s article in the Johnson City Press, or on our website.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and you have a yearning for the Highlands, head to Grandfather Mountain for the 63rd year of ancient Celtic traditions.
The Highland Games in Linville, North Carolina are running through Sunday, offering traditional Scottish tests of strength like caber tossing, sheaf throwing and hammer throwing, and a grand celebration of Scottish culture through music, food and dance in addition to the games. If you’d like to go, you can find more information about the games on our website, or by visiting www.gmhg.org.