Darryll Ray Martin and Mark Adam Burke Arrested on Multiple Charges

According to the Scott County Virginia Sheriff’s Office, two search warrants were executed on Daniel Boone Road in Gate City. There was Crystal Methamphetamine and a .380 pistol with scales and baggies seized. Darryll Ray Martin was arrested for warrant on Probation Violation out of Lee County. Darryll Martin was charged with Possession of Schedule 2 with a Firearm, Possession of a Schedule 2 with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of a Firearm by Convicted Felon.
The other search warrant was conducted in the Nickelsville area of Scott County. As a result, there was Crystal Methamphetamine and $1,111 U.S. currency seized. Mark Adam Burke was arrested for Possession of Schedule 2 with Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both suspects were placed under arrest and incarcerated at Duffield Regional Jail.
The investigations were conducted by the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and was assisted by the Gate City Police Department, the Virginia State Police Tactical Team and the Southwest Virginia Task Force.

Junior Commonwealth’s Attorney Summer Program

Recently in the news was the unveiling of a new law related youth membership summer program for Junior Commonwealth’s Attorney Summer Program. Announced by C.H. “Chuck” Slemp, III, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County and the City of Norton as another way to crime prevention.
This initiative is designed to provide a select number of rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who are attending school in Wise County or the City of Norton with an opportunity to spend a week at the Courthouse learning from prosecutors about local government and the court system. Participants will receive classroom instructions, hear from guest speakers, observe court proceedings, receive behind the scenes tours of the Courthouse and Wise County Justice Center, and meet elected public officials from across the region. The program will run from 9am til 12noon daily during the week of July 22nd til July 25th, 2019 at the Wise County Courthouse with no cost to participants.
Chuck Slemp stated, “We are excited to offer this new mentorship opportunity for the youth of our community. Our courthouse is a very busy place and we have a lot going on every day that impacts the lives of citizens. This program will provide youth a one week behind the scenes unique perspective on local government and the court system. One of my priorities as Commonwealth’s Attorney is to seek creative ways to make a positive impact in the lives of our citizens and this new program is part of that mission as a broader crime prevention strategy.
Because space at the courthouse is limited, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office will be taking applications from those students who are interested in participating. An application is available online at www.chuckslemp.com/summerprogram. Applications must be received by June 3rd, 2019. Participating students must provide their own transportation to and from the courthouse daily.
For questions or additional information, please phone 276-328-9406 or online at www.summerprogram@wisecwa.info.

Lee County Board of Supervisors Meeting

Lee County Board of Supervisors will hold their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday evening, May 21st at 6pm, in the General District Courtroom in the Lee County Courthouse in Jonesville.

Pennington Gap Town Council Meeting

Pennington Gap’s Town Council will hold their next meeting on Monday evening May 20th at 6pm, at the Town Hall in Pennington Gap.

Public Service Authority Meeting

The Public Service Authority will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday evening May 28th at 5:30pm at the PSA Office located in Jonesville at 397 Park Street.

Logan A. Starnes Arrested

A Scott County Deputy stopped a vehicle for swerving between lanes and dangling objects. The accused Logan A. Starnes advised the Deputy that he was using his cell phone and that was the reason for swerving. He then gave consent for a search of his vehicle.
The Deputy noticed an open container of Bud Light, a black pouch containing Methamphetamine and baggies. In the center console the deputy found a Crown Royal bag with pills in it identified as Oxycodone. In a backpack, the deputy found a revolver and $177 in cash.
Starnes faces multiple charges including, Methamphetamine Possession with Intent to Sell/Give/Distribute less than 10 grams. Drinking While Driving/or Open Container, Possession of a Firearm on or about a Person with Schedule 1 or 2 Drug x2 and Concealed Weapon Carry.

Gracie Marie Tompkins Arrested

A Scott County Deputy stopped a vehicle, in which the accused, Gracie Marie Tompkins was a passenger in the vehicle. Sgt Pearla “alerted” to the vehicle. The vehicle did have a strong odor of marijuana coming from it. Tomkins gave consent to search her purse. Inside the purse the Deputy found a Lortab and some Xanax.
Tomkins now faces multiple charges including, Possession of Schedule 1 & 2 Narcotics and Possession of Schedule 4 Narcotics.

Shawn Michael Gulley Arrested on Multiple Charges

A Scott County Deputy responding to an Intoxicated Driver call from Dispatch, found the vehicle at Burger King and three of the occupants started walking south bound. Two Scott County Deputies and a Weber City Officer spoke to the subjects walking.
One of the Deputies asked one of the subjects, Shawn Michael Gulley, if he had any weapons on him. Gulley stated that he had a pocket knife. He was also asked if he had anything illegal on him. Gulley then told the deputy that he had several needles in his bag. The deputy asked him if he had any drugs and was advised by Gulley that he might have some drugs in his front pocket.
The deputy then located a baggie containing a crystal like substance in his front pocket. Gulley told the deputy that it was Crystal. In his bag, the deputy also found a scale, several baggies, needles, a lighter torch and $87 in cash.
Gulley was then placed under arrest for Possession with Intent. The crystal like substance tested positive for Methamphetamine and weighed approximately 12 grams.

Commonwealth’s Attorney for Wise County & City of Norton Press Release Regarding Joyce Ann Wine

Joyce Ann Wine, age 47, of Norton was sentenced last week in the Wise County Circuit Court for attempting to deliver drugs to a prisoner at Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap. Wine received a sentence of six years with four years suspended. Following her release from the active term of incarceration, Wine will be required to complete two years of probation.
Wine previously pled guilty without a plea agreement from prosecutors on February 7, 2019 to Felony Delivery of Marijuana, and Misdemeanor Delivery of Contraband to an Inmate at a Correctional Facility. At her sentencing hearing on May 8th, evidence was presented by both the Commonwealth and the defendant as to the appropriate sentence.
On March 11, 2018, Joyce Ann Wine entered Wallens Ridge State Prison for visitation with an offender incarcerated at the prison. A corrections officer conducted a routine search of Wine’s person before she entered the institution for her visit. The search produced five small balloons hidden in Wine’s clothing containing marijuana and tobacco.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Chuck Slemp said, “Wise County is home to three Virginia Department of Corrections facilities. My office is committed to working closely with the brave and dedicated corrections officers who ensure that our prisons remain drug free. This case sends a clear message that any attempt to bring contraband or drugs into one of these facilities will be met with severe punishment.”
Slemp thanked Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Berlin Skeen for his hard work in successfully prosecuting this case and Special Agent Jason Wood for a thorough investigation.

Jonesville Town Council Meeting Tonight

The Jonesville Town Council will meet this evening at 6pm in the Town Hall.