Rose Hill pair arrested on drug, gun charges

On August 11, 2017 the Lee County Sheriff’s Office executed a narcotics search warrant at Robert McKinney and Sarah McPherson’s residence at 144 Trendy Rose Drive in Rose Hill Va. Upon searching the residence there was a large amount of crystal methamphetamine (approx. half an ounce), along with a large amount of synthetic marijuana (Posh), assorted pills and marijuana, 5 firearms and a large amount of money located in the residence. The information in the affidavit for the search warrant was obtained by Lt. A.J. McQueen after an extensive investigation on McKinney. Robert Wayne McKinney, 39, and Sarah Lindsey McPherson, 25, was both arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute a schedule I or II, possession with intent to distribute a schedule IV, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm while being in possession of a controlled substance. Both Robert Wayne McKinney and Sarah Lindsey McPherson are being held in the Duffield Regional Jail with no bond. This is still an active investigation with more possible charges at a later date.

PGPD to hold Blood Drive August 30th

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VSP indicted for rape and sodomy

A trooper with the Virginia State Police has been indicted by a Scott County grand jury on rape and forcible sodomy charges.

Matthew Morgan Phillips, 28, of Bristol, Virginia, is now suspended from duty without pay until legal proceedings against him are completed, according to VSP spokesperson Corrine Geller.

A court report says the rape incident occurred in January, while the other case dates back to September and October of 2014. Prosecutors said that he forced himself on two women.

Geller noted that Phillips had made arrangements with the court to turn himself in on the charges next week. His next court date is scheduled for Aug. 14.



Navy Band to perform in Pound

 America's Navy is coming to Pound, Virginia, one of five cities in two states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2017 tour — one of the signature outreach programs of the U.S. Navy.

The United States Navy Band Country Current performance is scheduled for August 20, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the J.W. Adams Combined School Performing Arts Center.

The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current is renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.  Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of our active-duty Sailors.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis. The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public. 

Wise man receives 11 years in prison for drug and shoplifting charges

A Wise man was sentenced last week after he pleaded guilty in May to drug, shoplifting and obstruction of justice charges.

Joshua Adam Collins, 33, pleaded guilty on May 4 to the charges and was sentenced without a plea agreement on July 27 to 11 years in the penitentiary with nine years suspended.

Collins will spend a total of two years in the penitentiary and must also complete five years of probation upon his release.

According to the release, Collins’ case stemmed from an investigation into ongoing illegal distribution and abuse of dangerous medications in the county by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force.

On March 21, 2016, Collins reportedly distributed Methylphenidate in Wise County to an undercover informant.

During that investigation, Collins went into a Norton Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store on May 27, concealed merchandise and then left the store without paying for the items. The items were valued at less than $200.

According to the release, he had previously been convicted of two previous larceny offenses.

He also confronted witnesses in his case at a Food City parking lot in Wise, where he allegedly assaulted a witness.



LCSO July Activity Report

Total calls received by Dispatch: 6,162.

Total calls received that Deputies responded to: 877.

There were 420 calls dispatched to other agencies.

There were 208 Rescue Squad calls and 25 Ambulance calls.

There were 36 Fire Department calls dispatched.

Nine funerals escorted.

Fifty-one vehicles were unlocked for citizens.

Deputies served 176 warrants and processed 90 people.

Deputies served 167 subpoenas, 22 show cause summons and 209 other various civil papers.

Three search warrant was executed.

Deputies traveled a total of 59,289 miles with 804 miles being on transports.

Deputies transported no juveniles, three mental health patients and one prisoners from other jurisdictions.

Deputies along with inmates from Duffield Regional Jail picked up 1,054 bags of trash from our county roads.

Lee County Reserve Officers volunteered 112 hours to the community this month.

USP Lee officer forced to fire at inmate during 4 man brawl

A USP Lee inmate was transported to a local hospital after an altercation on Monday morning during which an officer fired his weapon.

The U.S. Department of Justice said the fight happened just after 8 a.m. in the prison's rec yard, involving four inmates including one that was carrying a homemade weapon.

One inmate was shot in the upper right arm by the officer and was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The facility was placed on lockdown until further notice.

Southwest Virginia Museum to hold 2nd Annual Kids Summer Fest

The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its 2nd Annual Kids Summer Fest from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. with a guided hike and scavenger hunt along the Big Stone Gap Greenbelt Trail situated alongside the beautiful Powell River. Upon return to the museum, children will join staff and volunteers for a fun day of crafts, games and educational activities on the museum grounds.

Children will also be invited to explore their creativity through activities such as music, drama, storytelling, painting, square dancing and other fun activities.

Admission to the Kids Summer Fest is free for all children ages 6-12. Children are encouraged to bring a lunch. Registration is also required.

For more information or to register for the Kids Summer Fest call the museum at 1-276-523-1322.

Big Stone man will serve 10 years in prison on drug charges

A Big Stone Gap man on Tuesday was sentenced to serve 10 years of a 30-year prison sentence on drug charges arising from a 2016 investigation.

James Edward Williams, 34, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Wise County Circuit Court to five counts of distribution of a Schedule I or II drug. Twenty years of the sentence was suspended. Following his release Williams will also be required to successfully complete seven years of supervised probation.

Wise County Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp said the case stems from an extensive investigation by the Southwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force and its member agencies into the distribution of illegal drugs in and around Big Stone Gap.

Slemp said evidence showed between May and August 2016 on five different occasions Williams sold a variety of illegal narcotics including cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The case was prosecuted by Wise County Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Ross Phillips.



Pennington man assaults girlfriend after ransacking apartment for pills

 A Pennington Gap man allegedly ransacked his girlfriend's apartment and sexually assaulted her in an attempt to find medication she was hiding from him, according to a police report.

On June 24, Leonard Christopher Shupe, 30, went to his girlfriend's apartment in Duffield. When he entered, Shupe, 1376 Poor Valley Road, Pennington Gap, is alleged to have choked her and then slapped her on the left side of the face, the report stated.

Shupe reportedly broke personal items and ransacked the apartment, searching for pills and demanding the victim's medication, which included Subutec, Klonopin, Neurontin and Risperdol. He also allegedly threatened to hurt the victim's family if she called police.

According to the report, the victim refused to turn over her medications to Shupe. He then penetrated her in a search for medication he thought was hidden inside her body, the report said.

When the victim tried to leave the apartment through the front door, Shupe allegedly grabbed her and threw her back into the apartment.

The victim eventually told Shupe that the medication was hidden in the closet, and he took the pills, a cell phone, a large speaker and nearly $200. He then left.

Warrants were taken out for his arrest. He was charged with grand larceny, strangulation, domestic assault, destruction of property, abduction and sexual battery.

Shupe later returned to the residence with three other females: Michell Biggs, 49, Pennington Gap; Megan Goodman, 28, Pennington Gap; and Honey Lytle, 28, Jonesville. The victim was hiding upstairs when the group arrived. According to a report, he attempted to reach through a window to unlock the door.

Police arrived and arrested all four.

The incident report does not fully state what the women did.

All three women were charged with burglary, conspiring to commit burglary, kidnapping, conspiring to abduct by force, two counts of assault, two counts of conspiring to commit malicious wounding, obstruction of justice, conspiring to obstruct justice, robbery and conspiring to commit robbery by violence.

Additionally, Lytle and Goodman were charged with larceny less than $200.

Shupe is being charged with burglary, conspire to commit burglary, two counts of kidnapping, conspire to commit abduction, obstruction of justice, conspire to commit obstruction of justice, three counts of assault, two counts of conspiring to commit malicious wounding, robbery, conspiring to commit robbery by violence, two counts of larceny less than $200, strangulation and vandalism.

His next scheduled court appearance is Aug. 10.