WJHL.com - Chief calls officer hero, flooded business owner calls him out o

Chief calls officer hero, flooded business owner calls him out of line

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Haircuts for the Homeless

    Haircuts for the Homeless

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-20 15:38:55 GMT
    On his days off, stylist Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless of New York City. Here are some of the transformations.
    On his days off, stylist Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to the homeless of New York City. Here are some of the transformations.
  • VIDEO: Grouper snatches shark in one bite

    VIDEO: Grouper snatches shark in one bite

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-20 18:44:27 GMT
    Clip of video from YouTubeClip of video from YouTube
    One bite: that's all it apparently took for a grouper to eat a 4-foot shark in a video posted to YouTube, according to user Gimbb14.
    One bite: that's all it apparently took for a grouper to eat a 4-foot shark in a video posted to YouTube, according to user Gimbb14.
  • Cancer patient fights to get accidentally donated keepsakes returned

    Cancer patient fights to get accidentally donated keepsakes returned

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-08-20 23:51:45 GMT
    A McMinnville woman battling cancer was arrested after accidentally donating a keepsake to Goodwill and then asking for it back.
    A McMinnville woman battling cancer was arrested after accidentally donating a keepsake to Goodwill and then asking for it back.
JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

After 13 years in business, Babies on Broadway owner Joy Powell has had her share of floods and next day cleanups, but last night she experienced a first.

"I'm very upset, not about the flood, we handle that, I'm upset that I was treated that way," Powell said.

It all started when flood waters consumed much of Broadway and Main streets in Johnson City. At the time, like she always does during a flood, Powell was trying to clear debris and trash from an outside storm drain. She says in the past when she's done that, the flood waters have receded within a matter of 10 minutes. But Wednesday night, she was stopped in the act on her property by a Johnson City police officer. Because of that, she says the waters remained high for an hour-and-a-half.

"You clean it out and then the water goes down," Powell said. "13 years they let me do it, what's different now?"

According to the police department, an officer heard a paramedic demanding the woman get to higher ground, so he put on a life jacket and swam to her. He even tried to physically pull her out of the water, but she wouldn't cooperate.

"He used very foul language," Powell said. "He told me to get the F across the street and I asked him not to speak to in me that language. I jerked away and I said, 'You can't touch me.' He told me if I did not come, he would grab me around the neck and drag me across the street."

Johnson City police admit Broadway Street posed quite a challenge for rescue crews and officers last night. Chief Mark Sirois says people were stranded in their cars and the strong current even briefly pulled a paramedic under the water.

Afraid Powell was in danger, Chief Sirois says his officer had a duty to get that woman to safety.

"What they were telling her was that the grate could have come unhinged or loose and she could have been sucked into that," Chief Sirois said. "I commended the officer for what he did. He was trying to save her life. I thought that the officer did a fine job."

According to Chief Sirois, he's since talked to the officer and his supervisor and is convinced the public servant acted appropriately. But what about his language?

"There was a word used and I've talked to the officer about that. It was something to get her attention and we don't condone that," Chief Sirois said. "In the heat of the moment and the frustration, he was trying to get her verbally to leave the area and get out of the dangerous situation. The officer had reason to believe that she was in a life-threatening position, because of where she was."

According to Chief Sirois, there is no video or audio of the exchange. He says the officer will not be disciplined.

"We have a formal complaint process in place if this individual feels she would like to follow up with us that way," Chief Sirois said.

Copyright 2013 WJHL. All rights reserved.

  • Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Gov. Nixon taking National Guard out of Ferguson

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:44:32 GMT
    It's been a quieter night in Ferguson, Missouri. Some demonstrators returned to the streets Wednesday evening to protest the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white officer, but in diminished numbers.
    Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday ordered the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson, where nightly scenes of unrest have erupted since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old nearly...
  • Future of Johnson City Athletic Club in jeopardy

    Future of Johnson City Athletic Club in jeopardy

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:30:46 GMT
    A local club that provides athletic opportunities for young men and women who live in public housing is in jeopardy.The city government and the Johnson City Housing Authority have worked together to fund the Johnson City Athletic Club for years.The club is best known for its boxing program which has produced champion boxers.City leaders terminated the agreement with the Housing Authority at Thursday's commission meeting, but said it doesn't have to be the end of the Athletic Club.“I understan...
    A local club that provides athletic opportunities for young men and women who live in public housing is in jeopardy.The city government and the Johnson City Housing Authority have worked together to fund the Johnson City Athletic Club for years.The club is best known for its boxing program which has produced champion boxers.City leaders terminated the agreement with the Housing Authority at Thursday's commission meeting, but said it doesn't have to be the end of the Athletic Club.“I understan...
  • Woman who claimed retaliation by Johnson City Commission back on city board

    Woman who claimed retaliation by Johnson City Commission back on city board

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:26:29 GMT
    A Johnson City attorney who was voted off a volunteer board after suing the city will get another chance to serve.Almost two weeks ago, the Commission voted not to reappoint Lee to the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Board.Lee has been a vocal critic of a plan by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce to sell the so-called “General Mills” property to a developer who plans to demolish the mill and build apartments. She sued the city over its handling of the rezoning request.The Ci...
    A Johnson City attorney who was voted off a volunteer board after suing the city will get another chance to serve.Almost two weeks ago, the Commission voted not to reappoint Lee to the Johnson City Housing and Community Development Board.Lee has been a vocal critic of a plan by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce to sell the so-called “General Mills” property to a developer who plans to demolish the mill and build apartments. She sued the city over its handling of the rezoning request.The Ci...
Powered by WorldNow

338 E Main Street
Johnson City, TN 37601

Telephone: 423.926.2151
Fax: 423.926.9080
Email: news@wjhl.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.