Crime Watch Bristol Virginia/Tennessee 2012
complied by Lewis Loflin
Also see Crime Watch 2013
In this series of reports we will take a hard look at drugs and crime in Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, and Bristol VA/TN. According to my local sheriff 90% of the crime in this area is related to drugs. This means everything from home meth labs to outside gangs from large urban areas coming into the area to supply the demand. We have few options for treatment with the determined effort by many communities to keep out treatment centers. There is little hope for solving the problem anytime soon.
I will look at these issues without the political correctness the press often operates under. While some will cry "racism" this is merely to reflect racial proportion of those committing the crimes. On the one hand whites are often the operators of the typical "home brew" meth lab while blacks and Hispanics, often operating with urban/national black and Hispanics gangs and criminals, account for most of the outside drug traffic. See Drug Arrests Explode Across Kingsport-Bristol in 2008
Added January 2012
Added February 2012
86-year-old Annie Bell Smith was found strangled in her apartment at Springdale Village complex, an area known for it's high crime rates and drug problems. She was found dead Sunday July 10, 2011 by her paster when he came to pick her up for church. She "spoke" her mind and the police are closed lipped on details. They have "several people of interest."
This is the latest of a number of murders in the Bristol-Kingsport area due mainly to drugs. It's unknown at this time if this killing is related to robbery, etc. Like about half the murder victims in Virginia she was black and most of the killers of black people are also black. What a travesty, by all accounts she was an outstanding member of the community. Her killers were black as I figured.
Added October 2011
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