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Crime in Bristol VA/TN Crime Report January 2010

Compiled by Lewis Loflin

Police: Woman robbed in downtown Johnson City by Black Man: Roland S. White is behind bars after police say he robbed a woman in downtown Johnson City early Friday morning. According to police, White is alleged to have took $50 and a purse from a woman. Police charged White with Strong Arm Robbery and Simple Assault. News Channel 11 January 22, 2010

Boone man arrested for trying to fake out cashiers, taking liberties with a child

A Boone, NC man has been arrested and charged with "taking indecent liberties with a child", obtaining property by false pretense and being a habitual felon. John Leon Whittington, 43, of Boone, NC was also charged with two counts of violating his probation. He also reportedly manipulated bar codes on items at Lowe's Home Improvement store, purchasing items below their original price.

The Indecent Liberties with a Child stems from an investigation that was ongoing since the first of December, police say. It was reported that Whittington allegedly had improper behavior with a child. He was given three separate secure bonds which totaled $110,000 with a court date to appear in Watauga County Court on February 19. Ref. January 22, 2010 extract

Five Blacks Attack Bristol Man

A Bristol VA man was assaulted by it seems five blacks. According to news reports the man told police that a friend called and asked if he could come by and play video games on his rented PlayStation 3. When he answered a knock at the door several men came charging in. They were all black and beat the man with a baseball bat and brass knuckles. They took turns beating the man, while they locked four minors in the bathroom.

They pulled his pants down to his ankles, stole his cash and the game console, trashed the room, then took off on foot. The "man held a blood-soaked towel to his mangled, broken face." He was living at the Euclid Avenue motel with his girlfriend and two toddlers. The other two juveniles present were 16-year-old relatives. They are in fear and hiding. This area has reputation for drug dealing, but police have been silent on that.

Casey T. Wright, 26, of Bristol, Va., is being held without bond at the Bristol Virginia Jail, charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, wearing a mask to conceal identity, robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony, felony assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and four counts kidnapping and abduction.

Maurice Sumpter, 21, of Bristol, Va. was arrested and is being held at the Bristol Virginia Jail on several charges, including violation of probation, use of a firearm in committing a felony, malicious wounding, two counts of robbery and four charges of abduction by force.

Police are still searching for other suspects listed as:
Antonio M. Herrill, 19, Spurgeon Lane, Bristol, Va.
Willie Charles Howard, 33, Euclid Ave,, Bristol, Va.
One other unidentified suspect.

The charges placed against each suspect at this time include: Robbery, Conspiracy to commit a felony, Felony assault, Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, 4 counts of kidnapping and abduction on each suspect. Ref. BHC January 22, 2010

under arrest

VOP Claims Virginia Laws against Criminals is Racism

The Virginia Organizing Project is a hard-left advocacy group touting many of the same issues as ACORN. They are raving mad because Governor Kaine refused to sign an executive order that would have allowed 300,000 convicted felons to vote. The law has nothing to do with race and applies to all felons period. They basically claim it's still racist anyway because so many blacks are impacted. Here is their news release:

Just in Time for Martin Luther King Day, Governor Kaine Leaves Virginia's Felony Disenfranchisement Laws Stuck in a Jim Crow Past

After months of pressure for concerned citizens and groups all over the state, Governor Tim Kaine stated today that he will not sign an Executive Order granting restoration of rights for Virginia's 300,000 disenfranchised former felons.

Virginia's disenfranchisement policy is a vestige from the Jim Crow era and was a product of the 1901 Constitutional Convention, deliberately designed to marginalize minority voters. The Governor has the executive power to restore voting rights via an Executive Order to all of Virginia's former felons. Unfortunately, he made the decision not to correct this injustice.

Thanks to your support, Governor Kaine did receive thousands of phone calls and letters encouraging him to sign an Executive Order restoring rights for former felons. Janice "Jay" Johnson, Chairperson of the Virginia Organizing Project issued the following statement on the Governor's decision:

"Governor Tim Kaine's decision not to restore voting rights for former felons in Virginia is a deep disappointment. Faith and civil rights groups have been fighting to correct this injustice for decades, often knowing that their voices are unlikely to be heard by those in power. When Governor Kaine was elected there was a collective sense of hope that his term may bring about long-awaited change. Today, Governor Kaine dashed those hopes once and for all by stating that he would not grant a blanket restoration of voting rights for former felons.

Governor Kaine took the route of expediency over principle by declining to correct an injustice dating back to the Jim Crow-era. Just a few days before our nation will celebrate a great civil rights leader, Governor Kaine made the decision to leave us rooted in the racism of the past."

Why is this an injustice? It applies to every criminal regardless of race. Because black and other non-whites commit such a disportionate amount of crime is their fault and the VOP would do a greater service to address that issue. Their website is at

Myron T. Pinkston

February 18th, 2010 Kingsport Times-News. According to a press release from Kingsport police, Myron T. Pinkston, 19, was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a prohibited weapon and maintaining a dwelling where illegal drugs are sold, stored or used.